How long should you wear compression garments? I am having a lot of swelling if I don't wear one. Its been 19 days since the procedure. What should I do to decrease swelling and water retention?
Wearing Compression Garment After Tumescent Liposuction?
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Compression garment after tumescence liposuction and liposculpting with #DrMarcDuPere #Toronto plastic surgeon
There is no formal rule for the garment but most of us plastic surgeons recommend wearing the garment for about 4 weeks. But you can remove it daily, starting 5-7 days post-op, for shower purposes. That is what I do with my #Toronto patients at Visage Clinic. It helps with the swelling and bruising and provide you with some pain control as it 'splints' the treated areas.
One has to be careful though as too tight a garment can produce permanent indentations and serious swelling beyond the garment edges.
I always provide my Toronto patients with 2 garments so you can wash one and still have one to wear.
Those garments do not go in the washing machine: hand-wash and hang to dry.
Hope this helps!
Dr. Marc DuPere, Toronto plastic surgeon
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Compression Garment after SAL
I advise my patient to wear the compression garment for 24 hours a day for the first 2 weeks after surgery and 12 hours a day for the next 2 weeks after surgery. The compression garment will help with the swelling and also with skin tightening. At this point you may look into getting lymphatic massage as the garment will probably not help much. Also, I would advise you to decrease your activity level because this can lead to more swelling during the recovery period. Good luck.
Usually compression garment is used 4 to 5 weeks after liposuction. Garment may be removed after 4 to 6 days for shower. It is common to have swelling initially and this is the reason to wear the garment. After the initial 30 days, as patients return to their normal exercise schedule, sometimes swelling may return and the garment can be used during the initial return to physical activity. Hope this helps.
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How Long to Wear Compression Garment after Liposuction
Thanks so much for your question! Every surgeon has their own preference and protocol on the wearing of compression garments after liposuction. For my patients, I ask them to wear the compression garment 23 hours a day for the first two weeks, and then 12 hours for another 4 weeks. Compression garments help with swelling, shaping, and smoothing things out. Minimizing salt intake and strenuous exercise and activity can also help with swelling. Hope this helps...best of luck!
Joyce C. Chen, MD, MPH, FACS
Limit your salt intake and activity
Compression and rest
Compression garment after tumescent liposuction
You should ask your surgeon about this, however I generally recommend patients wear their compression garment day and night for 3 weeks then another 3 weeks during the day only. Reduce salt intake and drink plenty of fluids to encourage going to the washroom regularly. This can help.
Compression Garments Following Liposuction
Patients who undergo tumescent liposuction can expect swelling and discomfort following this procedure. In an effort to decrease swelling, most surgeons utilize compression garments in the post- operative period. Although each patient should be considered individually, we generally recommend three to four weeks of compression following liposuction.
Compression minimizes swelling and decreases post-operative pain. It helps to remodel the soft tissue by collapsing tunnels created by the liposuction cannula during the procedure. Compression contributes significantly to the contour improvement seen with this procedure.
Swelling and water retention following tumescent liposuction can be reduced with compression massage, exercise and low salt diets. These maneuvers ultimately improve the post-operative experience by minimizing swelling and discomfort following this procedure.
Compression garments after liposuction
Compression garments help to control the post op swelling. I advise my patients to wear them 24x7 for 4 weeks, and for 12 hours over the next 4 weeks. Our post op protocol also involves anti inflammatory / anti edema meds for a week post op & lymphatic massage. The massage sessions are started after 7-10 days following the procedure.