This is my 19th day after having a tummy tuck and liposuction. My doctor wants me to wear the 2nd garment he provided for at least 6 weeks for the swelling to calm down but I can't stand the garment is too tight and it bothers me when I do chores, unlike others that prefer their garments for security. I am still pretty swollen but would prefer a garment that will not bother my incisions. I need suggestions from experience people. Is it necessary? What brand or type of garment should I buy?
Which Garment or Binder is Best to Wear After a Tummy Tuck?
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Compression garments after Tummy Tuck
If the garments are not pleasant to wear then patients will inevitably discontinue their use earlier than would be ideal. Some practices ask patients to purchase their own garments (I’ve even heard of patients being sent to Wal-Mart for this), which is leaving an important part of the postop care regimen in inexperienced hands. If a practice advises you to purchase your own compression garment, they are probably more interested in controlling costs than your postoperative comfort.
In responses to questions about compression garments, some surgeons have proposed a number of potential negative consequences related to the use of compression garments in abdominoplasty patients: patient discomfort, abdominoplasty flap ischemia (reduction of blood flow), interference with incision inspection and management, etc. These are all problems related to ill-fitting and/or inelastic compression garments. Patients must be carefully measured for a custom-fit garment preoperatively, and garment fit must be carefully monitored postoperatively. If a one-size larger or smaller garment is needed, we discontinue the current garment and have a new one sent by overnight delivery to the patient’s home.
I am not dogmatic about compression garment use. If a patient states that they would prefer not to wear it, or would prefer to discontinue its use early, we allow the patient to do so. That being said, the vast majority of our patients wear their garments for the full four-week protocol, and some use them for longer than four weeks on their own volition. Garment fit and comfort is everything. If the fit is right and the patient is comfortable, then patients feel better, have a more pleasant recovery, experience less edema and more rapidly return to normal activity.
Compression garments after a TT
- It restricts the amount of edema that forms and hastens its resolution by mechanical pressure.
- It decreases the amount of bruising.
- It assists the loose skin in retracting or shrinking.
I recommend that my patients wear their garments for a minimum of three weeks full timethen for twelve hours at a time (day or night). If there is not a lot of redundant skin, this continues to a maximum of six weeks.
To be effective, the garment needs to fit snugly—but not too tight as that can make it difficult to sleep or cause pressure problems (inspect your skin when it is exposed if you are uncomfortable). As the edema resolves it is common for patients to switch to a smaller garment that fits. A Spanx-type garment would work fine, rather than ordering one or paying more at your doctor’s office.
Binder and compression garment after tummy tuck
Thank you for the question. Your plastic surgeon will often provide you with your abdominal binder which he/she will
place at the end of your procedure. The abdominal binder is often worn for 4-6 weeks. At that time it may be continued or a compression garment such as spanks or squeem may be worn. I have found that most patients become accustomed to the abdominal binder and prefer to use it for months after their tummy tuck procedure. My blog on scottsdaletummytuck.com has an entry from one of my patients regarding a variety of compression garments including the pros and cons of each.
All the best,
Dr. Remus Repta
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Which garment or binder is best to wear after a tummy tuck?
This is not an uncommon reason for persistent swelling and/or bulging in a certain area of your belly. Of course, thwarting the development of a pseudobursa, or seroma capsule, is always best, to provide the best result as well as avoid any future procedures for this. This may be a troubling consequence and often compromises your overall result. Thus avoiding this complication, in whatever manner, is the objective. "Drainless" tummy tucks are becoming more popular - basically, the overlying tissue is physically sutured to the abdominal wall to close the potential space. In addition, most surgeons typically restrict vigorous activity/strenuous exercise as well as lifting restrictions of usually <20#, especially the core, for 6-8 weeks to allow healing to continue. Most also often recommend an abdominal compression-type binder or garment, which will serve to provide compression as well as assist to decrease swelling and eliminate the dead-space of the area for at least 6 weeks as well. After the initial binder, many patients like the Spanx garments. Most patients are able to return to most activities within a couple of weeks, provided they adhere to the restrictions.
Overall, this is a procedure with a high satisfaction rate. Discuss the procedure and postoperative instructions/restrictions with your surgeon, as these will vary among surgeons. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
Garment After Tummy Tuck
If you are uncomfortable in your garment, discuss this with your surgeon. Most patients like to wear the garments after surgery, and for weeks afterwards. I like the Flexie Shape garments as well as the spanx. Best wishes for a fast recovery!
Which Garment or Binder is Best to Wear After a Tummy Tuck?
When a patients tell me a garment is too tight, that is a red flag to me, and my first reaction is to remove it, either to be replaced with a better fitting one or abandoning it altogether. Spanx is my usual recommendation for light compression following the surgical garment.
All the best.
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I typically recommend a Spanx type garment after the initial 2 weeks of being in a heavier, more compressive garment.
Garment too tight after an abdominoplasty
The binder or garment is usually for patient comfort after the 2nd week. If your garment is too tight and hurts then ask your plastic surgeon for assistance.
Compression garments after a tummy tuck
Personally, I prefer an abdominal binder (with 3 velcro panels) after a tummy tuck. It's easily adjustable to give some compression without being too tight.
It sounds like you may need a larger size garment while you are swollen...I'd suggest that you call your surgeon to discuss. Also, have your surgeon check to make sure you don't have a seroma, as this will add to any lower abdominal swelling.
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