One of the topics concerning many of our patients when scheduling a procedure is whether or why they need to wear compression garments after their surgery. There are several important reasons why compression garments are so critical post-surgery. We’ll explain them here and are always happy to answer any additional questions you have over the phone or during a consultation.
So, why wear compression garments while you recover from cosmetic surgery?
First, What is a Compression Garment?
Simply put, a compression garment is a tight-fitting cloth accessory that has been used by patients recovering from surgery, burn victims, competitive athletes, and anyone looking to shape the silhouette of their physique. In fact, some working professionals who spend the bulk of their time on their feet — like doctors and nurses — often wear compression stockings to help with circulation. The same goes for people who travel on a regular basis and frequently take long flights, requiring too much time in a seated position, which puts them at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis.
All told, compression garments have multiple applications. Compression garments worn around the abdomen, called abdominal binders, are especially beneficial after surgeries like abdominoplasty for the following reasons:
- Compression garments reduce swelling, which supports speedier recoveries and the overall healing process.
- Due to their tight-fitting design, compression garments can help protect against infection by keeping the surgical area, including any stitches or staples, covered and clean.
- The protection afforded by compression garments can also help reduce the incidence and appearance of bruising, along with minimizing any scarring.
- Finally, compression garments like abdominal binders, provide ample support to your core, making it easier to walk, stand from a seated position, and even increase feelings of security when sneezing, coughing or laughing.
The same benefits of abdominal compression garments are found in compression garments, like bras and arm shapewear, designed to support recovery following breast reduction, breast lift, liposuction and thigh lift, as well as arm lifts.
Ultimately, if you’re going to plan a plastic or cosmetic procedure of any kind, we advise you to wear compression garments in support of faster, safer healing. Our team will advise you on the best compression products and demonstrate how to properly wear them so that you feel supported before and after your surgery.
When you’re ready to book a consultation, contact our office and we will schedule your appointment with Dr. Sterling.