Garment Wear Time After Liposuction
Compression garments type and when applied and for how long varies from plastic surgeon to plastic surgeon and not dependent usually on the type of lipo performed. In my practice, A compression garment placed in surgery immediately after liposuction (steristrip protects the sutures) is recommended and beneficial after liposuction because:
- 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.
If bulging ridges, creases or bands are present above, within or below your garment, then you probably need to change garments - see your plastic surgeon.
It is common to have weight gain due to edema, serum that collects in the area, and the tumescent fluid that was injected. This will resolve over time. The more you wear the garment initially, the quicker this fluid resolves.Edema: a condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body.
The length of time that the garment should be worn varies depending on the amount of fat removed, the elastic nature of your skin, how much loose skin remains, and other factors. Your surgeon would give you the best advice, however this is the general routine for my patients.
The first garment should be fitted for you in the office prior to surgery and applied in the operating room. Often it will become loose as the edema is mobilized, and then it will need to be replaced. Spanx is a reasonable compression garment if it gives enough support and is the right size. I have my patents bring them in so I can confirm that it fits well.
Most important advice is to listen to your surgeon, as he or she knows how much fat was removed, the elasticity that remains in your skin, and amount of skin redundancy.
I recommend that my patients wear their garments for a minimum of three weeks full time then 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.
Every surgeon is different with their post op directions to their patients so I would follow your surgeon's direction for after surgery. I normally recommend that the compression garment is worn for (on average) 4 weeks depending on exactly what areas were treated.
Wearing Compression Garments After Liposuction
As you may have noticed, there are varying opinions regarding how long you should wear your garment. In this case, I would recommend following your surgeon's advice and wearing the garment for however long he or she recommends you wear it. In my practice, that recommendation is for about 6 weeks.
How long to wear compression after liposuction
Most surgeons typically advise wearing garments an average of 3 weeks. However, you will find practitioners varing in their recommendations from no wear to up to 3 months.
Compression garments after liposuction
Most of my patients are asked to wear the garment for six weeks. Some will wear it 24 hours per day except during bathing, in the first four weeks, then for the last two they can choose night or day. some however prefer to continue to wear it longer as it provdies support and relief of soreness that might persist rarely.
Liposuction postop garment
I typically ask patients to wear their garments for 6 weeks or so, but every surgeon has a different protocol. Regardless of the time, the goal of the garment is to help the skin settle into its new position and to reduce swelling and bruising, so it's important to follow your surgeon's plan.
Wearing Compression Garments after Liposuction
Every surgeon feels differently about the duration of compression after Liposuction but most feel that between 3 to 6 weeks are beneficial. I understand that in your part of the world Summers can be quite hot. You may want to have your surgery in cooler weather.