How does someone know which size compression garment they need?

Looking for tips to get the right fit for a compression garment after Liposculpture. 

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How does someone know which size compression garment they need?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. This is the surgical procedure that revolutionized cosmetic surgery becoming one of the most performed cosmetic procedures. Subcutaneous tissue or fat is removed in order to contour the body in a way that is harmonious and pleasing to the senses. It can be performed in almost all regions of the body such as the neck, chin, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, arms and ankles. Usually done through a small incision in the skin through which a cannula connected to a vacuum is applied, it can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. After liposuction your body is going to be really swollen for at least 2 to 4 months after your surgery. It is important for you to wear your compression garment for at least 6 months, the first 3 months 24/7 and then the last 3 months at least 12 hours per day for your body get use to not having the faja for so many time. When you remove it, your body can get swollen and also you can have pain. Remember to also compress your body to prevent a seroma which is an accumulation of liquid that has to be drained, it is hard to touch and also really painful. Bruises are completely normal for almost 3 months from surgery, that’s why is better for you to use a bruising cream and apply it all over your body 3 times a day. To prevent bad circulation and swollen legs, use compression socks. Brazilian butt lift can be performed with the same procedure and for a month it will be swollen and it will drop a little bit without losing it’s shape if you use your garment.. If you’re going to perform liposuction on your inner, outer, anterior, lateral, postetior thighs, be careful and consult with your surgeon what’s best for you, sometimes we have more extra skin than fat, that can cause severe sagginess on our legs, which can be only be reversed performing a thigh lift…

Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction/ Liposculpture / Liposuction/ Hi Definition procedures/ Body contouring with fat grafting

I appreciate your question.

Your surgeon's office with size you pre operatively.  I would recommend that you speak with the patient care coordinator about this matter.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.

Best of luck!

Dr. Schwartz
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Director-Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute

Jaime S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 91 reviews

How does someone know which size compression garment they need?

Thank you for your question.  Your plastic surgeon's nurse should be able to advise you on the best size of compression garment for you.  In our office we provide compression garments for our patients, which I think is fairly common practice among those with large liposuction practices.  Best of luck to you. 

Steven L. Ringler, MD, FACS
Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon
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Choosing a compression garment will require that you try them on

The compression garment should be tight enough so that you feel like you have something on, but not so tight that it hurts.  It should be smooth and even with no ribs bones or seems that leave indentations in the skin.  If you are swelling then the garment is either too loose or you are doing too much.  You might need a lighter garment to sleep in and a tighter garment for the daytime.  The garment should extend beyond the borders of the treated areas in every direction.

Gary Lawton, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 135 reviews

Garment Measures after a Lipo

Thank you for your question. You have to measure your hips and check in the table of the garment you will buy the one that goes according to your measures. Depending on your surgeons recommendations he will tell you witch garment he approve his patients to use after a lipo.

Rafael Lluberes Freites, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Fit and adjustability are key

It’s not just the size or the fit of the compression garment after liposculture that matters, the adjustability of these garments is also important. Such garments should allow your new body shape to heal evenly and smoothly by preventing lumps and bumps forming during the recovery period. This means that it should stay in place and not fold or form rolls. Structure wise, those garments should have shoulder straps and a panty extension, both of which prevents the garment from folding when the patient sits.

Adjustability of the garment is also important – this is done through a closure system using hooks and eyelets overlaid by zippers. Failing to get a correctly fitted compression garment, you run the risk of having it not stay in place, creating rolls which can create indentations or depressions in your final surgical result.

Jan Zemplenyi, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Compression garment needed?

Thank you for your inquiry. The compression garment is usually around the same same you wear, for example if your a size L on your shirts you would probably need a L or M so that it can be tight enough. However, usually all plastic surgeons should have all the sizes in their clinic and the nurse or patient coordiniator could provide you with this information. 

Ricardo Vega, MD
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Compression and Liposuction

We measure and customize the garments for our patients.  I suggest you speak to your physician .  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 190 reviews

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