I am 3 weeks post tummy tuck. My girdle is extremely uncomfortable to sleep in. I take it off halfway through the night, but use the binder. Can this affect my results?
Is It Necessary to Sleep with Girdle 3 Weeks Post Tummy Tuck?
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If girdle is uncomfortable 3 weeks after tummy tuck usually can be removed.
Thank you for your question. Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon for advice on compression garments and girdle after tummy tuck.
in my practice if compression garments aren't comfortable I recommended patients do not wear them.
Girdle & Binder after Tummy Tuck
For most of my patients, I allow them to stop wearing the firm binder 2 weeks after surgery (unless they wish to wear it longer). I do recommend the GelZone abdominal wrap, which provides some support and scar treatment, starting 1-2 weeks after surgery. Check with your surgeon but in most cases, patients can stop wearing it by weeks.
I believe compression is important and use it in all of these cases. Your surgeon will have specific instructions for you which you should follow
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You will probably be just fine removing your girdle if it is “extremely uncomfortable” but always best to check with your plastic surgeon.
Is it necessary to sleep with girdle 3 weeks post-tummy tuck?
This is not an uncommon reason for persistent swelling and/or bulging in a certain area of your belly. Of course, thwarting the development of a pseudobursa, or seroma capsule, is always best, to provide the best result as well as avoid any future procedures for this. This may be a troubling consequence and often compromises your overall result. Thus avoiding this complication, in whatever manner, is the objective. "Drainless" tummy tucks are becoming more popular - basically, the overlying tissue is physically sutured to the abdominal wall to close the potential space. In addition, most surgeons typically restrict vigorous activity/strenuous exercise as well as lifting restrictions of usually <20#, especially the core, for 6-8 weeks to allow healing to continue. Most also often recommend an abdominal compression-type binder or garment, which will serve to provide compression as well as assist to decrease swelling and eliminate the dead-space of the area for at least 6 weeks as well. After this time, most allow you to loosen or remove during resting/sleeping. After the initial binder, many patients like the Spanx garments. Most patients are able to return to most activities within a couple of weeks, provided they adhere to the restrictions.
Overall, this is a procedure with a high satisfaction rate. Discuss the procedure and postoperative instructions/restrictions with your surgeon, as these will vary among surgeons. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!