Some are saying 2 weeks, some are saying 4 weeks and some 6 weeks. I have been given a chest belt instead of a garment. My personal doctor said for 2 weeks but some are saying 6 weeks. Will it make a difference (good or bad) if I wear it for more time ?
Duration of Compression Garment After Gynecomastia Surgery (Fat + Tissue Removal) ?
Doctor Answers 9
I am not sure what you mean by a chest belt. However, I assume that you mean an elastic device similiar to an abdominal binder. The purpose of the compression is to aid in adherence of the skin to the underlying mucle and to prevent fluid colleciton and sagging of the skin. Compression also aides in tightening of the skin. The more loose the skin, the longer I have my patients continue the compression. So long as the chest belt does not dig into your skin and cause ridges or folds in your skin, it will not cause you any harm to wear it longer than 2 weeks, and it may even help the appearance of the skin. Under no circumstances would I imagine that wearing it for more than 6 weeks would be of any benefit.
Garment after Gynecomastia Surgery
As you have noted, the use of garments will vary from one practice to another. Therefore, always best to select your plastic surgeon carefully and follow his/her recommendations. He/she knows exactly what was done and is ultimately responsible for your care. Personally, I do not think that the use of a garment past the 4 week point post op will necessarily help or hurt.
Using a Compression Garment After a Gynecomastia Surgery
We require our #patients to wear a compression garment for the a few weeks following their #Gynecomastia surgery. The #compression garment helps to reduce the swelling, and the longer it is worn, the more quickly you will heal.We recommend it not be removed, at all, until the second or third day after the surgery. After that, we suggest they feel free to temporarily remove the #garment for showering or laundering only. We encourage our patients to maintain circumferential pressure for 4-6 weeks, but they may switch to an exercise compression garment when advised.
However, each patient is unique and previous results are not a guarantee for individual outcomes. Your board-certified surgeon will recommend the use of the garment, or not, depending on your individual case and surgical procedure. Therefore, if you have any concerns about #healing, its best to ask questions of your surgeon or their nursing staff.
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