I had my flanks, back, under butt area, and a little fat under the arms done with Smart lypo. How long do you recommend wearing the compression garment? I was told 6-8 weeks with night time up to 6 months.
How Long Do You Recommend Wearing the Compression Garment After Liposuction?
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Compression garment after liposuction
Thanks for the question -
Compression garments accomplish goals.
They help keep the subcutaneous tunnels created by liposuction collapsed as scar tissue forms. This helps to maintain the improvement in contour.
It also helps reduce the swelling in the area which will accelerate healing and create a better result as well.
In our San Francisco office we have patients wear garments for 6 weeks.
I hope this helps.
How long to wear Compression Garment after Liposuction
It is my standard practice for liposuction patients to wear compression garments 24 hours a day (except when bathing, etc.) for about the first 3 weeks, depending on the extent of liposuction and then 12 hrs per day (day or night time) for 3 additional weeks.
The reasons for the compression garment:
- There are little cavities beneath your skin where the liposuction was done, and if these are not compressed they will fill with fluid.
- Compression (but not too much) will reduce swelling/edema.
- The compression garment may improve your final result by assisting skin to shrink.
Compression and return to activity after liposuction
As you can see there are many answers to this question with no definitive consensus, and so it comes down to experience and opinion.
I find quality of the garments make a big difference and sometimes excessively tight garments can compress and cause areas of adherence and tourniquet effects, producing even greater swelling.
I generally prefer firm compression for the inflammatory phase of wound healing (first 4 days) followed by light compression for 3 weeks. I have become a fan of the Under Armor type garments as they are readily available form fitting and comfortable.
I have recommended immediate but gradually progressive return to exercise using the week as the general guide for speed on a treadmill. For example: Week#1 = 1MPH, Week#2 = 2MPH, Week # 3=# MPH, and so on...
I hope this helps.
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I do hope you have found this information helpful and I wish you luck!
About 3-4 weeks
In our Santa Rosa plastic surgery practice, we ask that patients wear around-the-clock post-surgical compression for 3-4 weeks. An additional 3 weeks of wearing some form of less restrictive compression (Spanx, Lycra) is also recommended.
There is no universal answer, but do listen to your body and your doctor. In the end, you are the best judge as to when the swelling has finally subsided and the body can go without support.
1-3 weeks wearing compression garments
I like my patients to wear them all the time for 1 week. I use Topifoam beneath the garment as well. After that if they would like to leave them off at night, it is fine. Most patients prefer to wear them during the day when they are active. By holding the fat layer more firmly, the fat moves less and it hurts less. Will you still get a good result if you don't wear them? Sure, but you will swell more if you don't use them.
I advise my patients to wear compression 24 / 7 for one month. After that, about 30-40% of them ask "permission" to go a couple of weeks longer because they like the feel and sense more security.
Compression Garments after Liposuction
Many doctors believe that compressiong garments can be worn for much less than 6 weeks. In patients who experience minimal swelling, I find this to be true.
However, I find that the majority of my patients want to take every precaution to ensure the best possible result. In this case I recommend 6 weeks of compression, followed by compression during heavy physical activity for 3-6 months.
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