4 Weeks Post Tummy Tuck - Should I Sleep in my Compression Garment?

I have my tummy tuck done 4 weeks ago I am still sleeping with the garment just because I feel more secure when I have it on, its OK to do this. I will include some before and after pictures so u will see my progress. Thanks.

Doctor Answers 10

Compression garment after tummy tuck

You can only benefit from wearing your compression garment.  I like to have my patients wear a snug girdle for 6 weeks.  6 weeks is the magic number of weeks after surgery at which point you have healed enough to resume all activities.  Many women report that they feel more comfortable wearing the garment even longer. If you notice increased swelling when the garment is left off, then there continues to be benefit from wearing the girdle.

Mobile Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Tummy tuck and compression garment use

I usually advise my patients to wear a compression garment for 4 to 6 weeks following tummy tuck surgery.  I believe it does help minimize fluid collections (seroma and hematoma) and helps swelling (edema) to resolve more quickly.  Over the years, I have been surprised that most patients don't balk at this request and in fact say the same thing you have, that they feel more secure in the garment than without it.  There is no harm in wearing the garment longer.  If you still have some swelling, this should help.

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Compression not required past 3 weeks...

Compression garments and abdominal binders are frequently used following abdominoplasty for several reasons.These devices provide compression, which reduces swelling, increases comfort and minimizes the potential for seroma formation.
I generally tell my patients to use a binder for three weeks following surgery.When drains are used, we continue the use of the binder for longer periods of time.
It’s interesting to note that when we discontinue the binder, many patients continue to wear it.They feel that the extra support makes them feel more comfortable when they sleep.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Wearing a garment after surgery

I actually recommend that you wear the garment day and night for three weeks or so after your surgery. Your results look great!

Leila Kasrai, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

Safe and Feels Good

Looks like great healing so far.  Each surgeon handles the use of garments differently.  I don't feel they help greatly with healing or smoothness but many of my patients like the feeling of support and continue to wear them after the first few weeks.  This is generally considered safe but as with all things, double check with your surgeon to be sure it fits his/her process and he/she is aware of what you are doing.

Lawrence Bass, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

No problem sleeping in garment

Sleeping with your garment on is fine for as long as you need it. There's no harm to doing it if you feel comfortable. 

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Compression Garments Following your Mommy Makeover

The purpose of the post-procedure #garment is to provide some gentle #support and to reduce swelling following a #TummyTuck or #Abdominoplasty. If it feels too tight or causes pain, take it off. Patients wear the #elastic garment for several weeks after surgery, as directed by their doctor. Some choose to wear it longer for several months for comfort.

If you have concerns about your #healing, or pain that you question to be unusual, it is important to call your plastic surgeon to discuss these further asked to be examined.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Wearing your tummy tuck compression garment

I would ask your surgeon about how long you should be wearing your compression garment. It certainly helps the recovery process. 

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 176 reviews

Should I Sleep in my Compression Garment?

Yes, it is definitely okay to sleep in your garment.   I advise my patients to continuously wear the garment for 6 weeks, only coming off for brief periods such as showering or bathing.  From 6 weeks, I am happy for my patients to no longer wear the garment.  Many patients choose to continue wearing the garment beyond 6 weeks as it helps to control the longer term swelling and provides some degree of support and comfort.

Eddy Dona, MBBS, FRACS
Sydney Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

Garment after abdominoplasty

Please consult your plastic surgeon for advice on wearing your garment after your tummy tuck.

That said, in my practice if the garment makes my patients feel comfortable and secured at 4 weeks I have no objection to them continuing to wear it.

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