I have been wanting to post about the infamous compression garments. I’m going to start by saying that I am not a doctor (obviously lol) and I am not giving anyone medical advice, I'm simply someone who has worn fajas/shapewear most of her adult life and someone whose tried/worn more than I'd like to admit lol. I'm sorry if this post seems all over the place, again, but I want to share as much info as I can.
Keep in mind that every doctor has a different technique and different recommendations when it comes to cgs. For example, Dr. Hughes uses a 3-part adjustable binder, which is to be used for 2-3 weeks following sx, he thereafter recommends shapewear. His office sells shapewear by Xess, I have heard from a few girls that they did not like it. I personally did not get that because I had an Ann Michell faja from years ago. It provided excellent compression all around, but I felt it put too much pressure on my butt, so after 2 days in that I started using Spanx (slim cognito mid-thigh body suit), with a vest on top (as seen on previous posts). This combination has been my favorite so far.
At around my first month PO, I started seeing a lot of positive reviews for the Vedette 136 (Megan). I decided to try it, I bought mine on amazon for like $46. I really liked it, it gives excellent compression (I don't think you need any squeem/waist cincher on top of this, more on this later) and the boyshort material is very stretchy so there is no unnecessary pressure on our precious booty. Now for those girls who are fresh out of sx (first month), I wouldn't recommend it, unless you get an ab board or sufficient foam to put in the lower ab area for extra compression. I also wouldn't recommend it to those who had thigh lipo, unless you wear something else, such as ace bandages to compress your thighs. I think the Vedette 136 is best for girls 6-weeks PO and after or as a maintenance garment. I only wore mine 3x because I have a very short torso (I'm 5'0) and I feel it stuck out a little bit, so I think this is best suited for girls that are around 5'2-5'6, if you are taller you might want to consider a bra extender (as I've read on a few girls' reviews)
Now the most exciting part! At least for me lol. About 10 years ago I bought a faja that shaped my body so nicely, it gave me a sick hourglass shape and actually made me look like I had a booty. I bought it off a lady that went into my office so I didn't know where else to get it. After much thinking, I remembered the name of the brand (Firm), I googled it and I couldn't find an online store. I kept trying and a few weeks ago I finally found a vendor located in Vegas. I placed an online order and got it within 2 days, but unfortunately I didn't follow the size chart. I got a 28 and it was way too small, it wouldn't go past my thighs! So I looked at the sizing chart again and it clearly indicated that if there is over a 10 inch difference in your waist/hip, you need to order a size up, I ended up changing it for a 32, I knew a 30 just wouldn't make it up my booty. They don't take returns, they do exchanges, you have to send in a $10 check, and silly me I forgot to sign the check, so it took a while for me to get the correct size. Well I finally got it yesterday and ladies, I'M IN LOVE! It makes my body look perfect and my booty looks amazing and much bigger! It has excellent compression, and it has hooks all around the thigh/crotch area so you can unhook to use the restroom, no need to take it off! I would recommend this faja hands down to anyone at any stage (however, if you have over a 10 inch difference in your waist/hip, maybe wait until 6 weeks PO because you are going to have to put some pressure on your booty to get it up). I paid around $145, the site can be converted to English, but for some reason it is more expensive on the English page. Girls this faja is worth every penny, so it's something you might want to strongly consider. Again, the brand is FIRM and the model is INTEGRITY. You can check it out at:
fajasfirmusa.com (sometimes their website is down for maintenance, just try another day if it doesn't work)
If for any reason you feel my faja is just not for you, here are a few other suggestions, I'm listing them in the order I think they are best, please note I have not personally tried these myself but from my experience with fajas I can tell they are good.
First I will start with an explanation of stages, for those who do not know the difference, here are the two different explanations I found most useful:
Stage One garments provide moderate compression immediately after surgery and may be worn for up to 2 weeks. This zippered garment with reinforced seams allows for easy application and durability during the critical immediate postoperative period. Stage Two garments provide continued healing compression and support during the second stage of recovery (typically 2-8 weeks post-op). This non-zippered, pull-on garment is sized smaller for additional support to the newly contoured body. Second stage garments also fit smoothly under clothing as patients become more active.
Stage 1 garments are worn up to 3 weeks post-op. They have hook-and-eye detail and or zipper closures for maximum control. Stage 2 garments pull on without zippers and are worn 3-8 weeks post-op. They provide all-day comfort under your clothing as foundation wear to improve skin tone and fight cellulite. Stage 3 garments are worn 8+ weeks post-op and continue to shape the body in stylish shapewear and activewear.
Despite the above explanation, I think garments with hooks and zippers also make good stage 2 garments, so here you go:
82.90 free shipping – MariaE brand - Below knee with hooks. This is a great stage 1/stage 2 garment, recommended if you had thigh lipo.
68.90 + 7.30 shipping – MariaE brand - Boyshort style with hooks. This is a great stage 1/stage 2 garment, recommended if you DID NOT have thigh lipo (unless you wear something else for thigh compression).
69.90 free shipping – MariaE brand - Boy short style with zipper. I feel this is more of a stage 2 garment, recommended if you DID NOT have thigh lipo.
75.90 free shipping – MariaE brand - Mid thigh with zipper. Another good stage 2 garment, good whether or not you had thigh lipo.
65.75 free shipping – Ann Chery/Ann Michel brand - Mid thigh with zipper. Another good stage 2 garment, good whether or not you had thigh lipo. I've used this brand, the compression and material is excellent. And the price is great.
$72.50 free shipping – FAJATE brand - boyshort style with zipper. Good stage 2 garment, if you DID NOT have thigh lipo. I have not used this brand but I've read good reviews and it looks good. Dr. Dass uses this brand…
You might notice all of these are butt-in fajas, that is because I don't like butt-out fajas, I don't like the way they shape your booty and I think it gives a fake look to it under clothes. This is my opinion of course and personal preference of course. I also did not include any thong ones because I've read that they are very uncomfortable, and I’m pretty sure they are.
Now as far as the infamous "waist cinchers." I have done A LOT of research, and I believe there is no need for us to be squeezed to death with squeems, vedettes, etc. Don't get me wrong compression is important, but not to the extent that we have been led to believe. I think the garments I've recommended provide enough compression and there is no need to wear any a waist cincher, unless you wear spanx, only in that case I would think it's a good idea to wear a waist cincher. In my research I found that there is strong consensus that the best (and only) way to properly waist train and really reduce your waist, is with steel boned corsets, here's a link to an educational video on them:
If this is something that interests you, you can purchase the corset here:
It is $79 with free shipping and you can get 15% off with offer code: Danielle15
I plan on starting a waist cinching regimen with steel boned corsets maybe at around 6-8 months post op.
I personally tried the Vedette waist cincher (Valerie). I have seen many positive reviews for this, but I feel that my vest provided more compression. Having said that, I only wore it twice for an hour or 2. I think this is best worn over a faja that might not have very strong compression or over shapewear. Many girls rave about it. If anyone would like to purchase it I'll sell it for $35, I believe it's a size 32 and it is beige, I'll pay for the shipping, including tracking. I'm also selling an extra spanx, I bought one too many, it's new, size medium, beige, $28, including shipping with tracking. Finally, I'd also like to sell my Vedette 136, it's a size medium, I only wore it 3x, it's been handwashed. Selling it for $35, shipping with tracking included. If anyone is interested PM me.
Ok girls so I'll wrap up here. In conclusion, I feel that the best brand options are MariaE, Ann Michel/Ann Cherry, and Fajate, in that order. I'm going to be buying a MariaE myself soon, I'll report on that once I do. Hoping this can be helpful, and as always I'm here to answer any questions.