Is it necessary to wear a compression garment after tumescent liposuction on the abdomen and flanks?

Dear Docs, I have recently (7 hours ago) had a bilateral mastopexy with unilateral fast transfer to correct an asymmetry I had. I had fat taken from my upper and lower tummy and flanks. I have my compression bra on but have been given nothing for my tummy and it is so swollen, at the moment! Should I wear a tight tank top to hold my tummy in, or leave it? I was told about 3/4 of a litre of fast was taken! Any advice so greatly appreciated. Thanks x

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Post op swelling

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Thanks for your question. An abdominal binder would probably help your swelling and I would advise you to wear it for approximately 4 weeks. I would advise you to also contact your PS for his/her recommendations.


Columbus Plastic Surgeon

Compression garment following tumescent liposuction

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I agree with Dr Commons.  I would suggest wearing  a compression garment or abdominal binder for at least 4 to 6 weeks following tumescent liposuction.  Gentle massage over the area will also help mobilize fluid and reduce swelling.  However, check first with your surgeon for their recommendations.  Best wishes.

Abdoninal Binder

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You would be well served with an abdominal binder.  This will keep the swelling down and make you a lot more comfortable.   I am not sure why you were not given one.  I would call you surgeon and mention your swelling.   This may have been a simple oversight.  You really will do better with a binder.   Use the binder for 6 weeks.   My Best,  Dr C

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Some surgeons use compression garments and others do not. It is best to ask your surgeon what his preference is. Good luck.

Is it necessary to wear a compression garment after tumescent liposuction on the abdomen and flanks?

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Wearing a pressure garment after liposuction and or tummy tuck is almost the standard of care. Duration varies from 4-6 weeks. It helps you with reducing the swelling and bruising and also "Grabs" the body uniformly for better healing.

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