Compression garments are specially designed for patients following liposuction. They are manufactured to help with the recovery process, and it is very common for surgeons to tell their patients to wear a compression garment for a necessary period of time after surgery. This time will be determined by the surgeon and depends on the area treated, the amount of fat removed, and your body. Compression garments are much like a body suit, except they are crotchless. You’ll most likely receive 2 garments immediately after your surgery, on your way home. One may be worn and the other may be used as a backup or alternative while the other is being washed.
How Do Compression Garment Help With My Healing?
They help in three primary ways:
1. reduce swelling by keeping the treated and surrounding area compressed
2. reduce bleeding
3. expedite drainage of the solution injected during a tumescent liposuction technique or, if another technique was applied, to allow for faster absorption of the anesthetic solution into the blood vessels, where the body can then eliminate it from the body as waste
Compression garments are elasticized and can be made from a variety of materials. Most are made from Lycra.
It is important to wear your compression garment for the time recommended by your surgeon. Taking it off too early may result in adverse side effects, while keeping it on for too long can inhibit your recovery.