The Healing Process: Postoperative Compression and Support Garments

  • Wednesday July 12, 2006 | Posted in: Plastic Surgery Procedures

    Technorati Tags: plastic surgery, plastic surgeon, liposuction, breast augmentation 

    Recovering from plastic surgery gets extra help from postoperative compression and support garments.  But it is best to choose the right kind and good quality of support garment to use for a particular procedure, as support garments are not made from the same cloth, so to speak.  There are products that are nothing more than slimming pantyhose ready to tear any moment. And then there are fabulous garments out there with run-stop fabrics, padded zippers, even in custom specifications.

    Also, many support garments don't come cheap. They may cost anywhere from $15 for a pair of Lycra bike shorts up to $300 for a full-body garment.  For many patiens, it can be an out of pocket expense.

    Usually hued in mute colors, the garments are priced relative to the quality and garment type.  But they are acquired just the same because support garments are essential to achieve a faster postoperative recovery.  

    From face lifts to neck lift, breast augmentation to liposuction, this list provides what support garment suits and best assists in the healing process:   

    At best, the support garment for one who has undergone liposuction must reduce swelling, if not aid in general comfort.  Support garments for liposuction patients must also promote proper tissue adherence. For that matter, a good surgeon can recommend the right compression garments for the liposuction patient.

    Breast Augmentation
    It is important for those who’ve undergone breast augmentation to procure proper support to aid in reducing swelling.  After augmentation mammoplasty, the patient may sustain a throbbing sensation that can only be alleviated by support garment. In such cases, the patient may have to put on supportive bras for at least two weeks.  There are specially designed bras with straps that help push the implants down into place. 

    Breast Lift
    Scar tissue maturation for breast lift may take up to twelve months. A proper supportive bra puts off unwanted tension on the new suture lines as to prevent the scars from stretching.

    Unless they wear supportive bras for at least 4 to 6 weeks or other support garments, it is not unusual for breast lift patients to experience a throbbing sensation after the mastopexy.

    The same recommendations go for those who’ve undergone breast reduction.

    Face Lift
    Compression head wraps are the support garments of choice after a face lift. These help in circumventing swelling reduction and other discomforts.  In addition, compression wraps aid in tissue adherence.

    Facial Implants
    Facial implants must be kept in place by way of compression wraps. Apparently, they circumvent shifting and lessen swelling in the surrounding tissues. Aside from helping in tissue adherence, compression wraps also help in the reduction of bruises and unnecessary swelling.

    Neck Lift
    There are compression garments out in the market specially designed to assist in tissue adherence and swelling reduction. Compression garments also regulate movement around the neck in that they prevent the patient from turning his or her head rapidly.  

    Tummy Tuck
    If one has undergone abdominoplasty surgery, binders are usually given for abdominal muscle support. 

    For labiaplasty patients, specially designed support thongs and panties are the most recommended.
    Otoplasty, an ear surgery, may not require a commercial support wrap, but a qualified surgeon can designate use of such.

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