How Long Do You Wear Compression Garments After Female Abdominal Liposuction?

by | Published on Jan 23, 2023 | Abdominal Liposuction/Stomach Liposuction

The abdomen is a common area for fat build-up in both men and women. Abdominal liposuction removes the subcutaneous fat located above the abdominal muscle wall and beneath the skin, and results in a tighter, flatter, well-toned belly.

Female abdomen liposuction in NYC is a minimally invasive procedure performed using the laser-assisted Smartlipo Triplex device. The treatment combines three laser wavelengths to liquefy and remove the unwanted fat and tightens the skin. It comes with short patient downtime and quick recovery.  Wearing a compression garment post liposuction will support faster healing and improved outcomes. Plastic surgeons take individual considerations into account when giving advice on using a compression garment.

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Importance of Wearing a Compression Garment

Plastic surgeons usually recommend wearing a compression garment after abdomen liposuction. The compression garment is a tight fitting garment designed to minimize post-op bruising and swelling. It prevents fluid build-up, supports the tissues, relieves discomfort, and speeds healing. The garment must be worn for several weeks after the treatment. Compression garments are usually made of cotton and an elastic fabric, such as lycra or latex. The garment exerts consistent, uniform pressure on the treated region and does not cause any pain.  Depending on the type of surgery, this garment is available in various sizes to accommodate the curves of the body. Using the compression garment the right way is important for smooth healing and optimal outcomes.

For How Long Is A Compression Garment Required After Abdominal Liposuction?

The compression garment usually has to be worn 24×7 for at least 4 to 6 weeks post abdomen liposuction and taken off only to shower. After that, patients can continue to wear it for comfort and support.  How long you would need to wear the compression would actually depend on the nature of your liposuction treatment, the extent of fat removed, and how fast you heal.  As each patient is unique, the plastic surgeon will provide detailed instructions on how long you need to wear your compression garment.

Why Should You Wear a Compression Garment?

  • To protect the incisions: Even when bandages, gauze, or surgical tape are used to cover your healing incisions, the compression garment acts as an additional layer of protection. It protects the incision from microorganisms and serves as padding in case there is an unanticipated bump in the operation region.
  • To reduce risk of scarring: Since incisions are small and well-hidden, scarring from liposuction is often minor. Compression clothing keeps pressure on the incision site, promoting flatter, smoother skin, and reducing risks of scarring.
  • To enhance blood circulation: Blood clots are one of the most dangerous side effects of surgery. Clots develop due to poor circulation. Compression clothing enhances circulation and lowers risk of blood clots. It also lessens post-operative discomfort, haemorrhage, and inflammation.
  • To get better end results: Wearing compression clothing will improve your outcomes. The supporting compression helps the skin retract for a better, tighter contour by preventing laxity or wrinkles.

When compression clothing is fitted appropriately, you can expect to achieve better results for female abdominal liposuction in NYC. The garment should be compressive enough to lessen swelling and water retention, and tight enough to provide good contouring outcomes. In the first week, wearing a medium-pressure compression garment will allow you to go about your everyday activities without experiencing too much discomfort. Wearing particularly restrictive clothing is not advised as it can cause complications. Not wearing compression clothing can prolong recovery, make the healing process uncomfortable, and result in less-than-ideal outcomes.

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