Compression Garments

Complete Guide to Wearing Compression Garments After Surgery

Did you know wearing compression garments after body contouring procedures like liposuction, a tummy tuck, or a mommy makeover is a critical part of the post-procedure process? Wearing compression garments after your procedure can speed up healing and lock in your results! Compression garments often don’t get the attention they deserve, which can lead to many questions on how to use them. This guide covers everything you need to know, plus some FAQs on the recovery process for those considering Minneapolis plastic surgery procedures.

Why Wear A Compression Garment?

After a Minneapolis plastic surgery procedure, Dr. Kovanda requires patients to wear compression garments around the clock, except while bathing. When worn as directed, compression garments can help you look and feel better faster! Compression garments help by:

  • Reducing swelling
  • Speeding up the healing process
  • Supporting new shape of the body
  • Reducing the risk of inflection

Body contouring procedures can disrupt blood vessels and capillaries, causing the fluid within them to move into the surrounding tissue. In some cases, the excess fluid build-up can prevent oxygen and nutrients from getting to the area. This can lead to bruising or swelling and slow the healing process.

Compression garments apply constant firm pressure to an area of the body. The pressure increases circulation, helps rid the body of excess fluid, and can even prevent infection. Also, these garments offer structural support and help the skin contract to its new shape. This is especially important in areas where fat or skin is removed!

Compression Garment FAQ’s

Dr. Kovanda and the Kovanda Aesthetic Surgery team have compiled the most frequently asked questions on post-procedure compression garments. If you don’t see an answer to your specific question, contact us today!

How tight should a compression garment be?

A post-surgery compression garment should be tight enough that you feel held without being overly restrictive. If you find that you cannot walk or squat comfortably, then it may be too tight. In other words, a compression garment should make it comfortable to move around more without as much pain.

Do I have to wear the compression garment to sleep?

Depending on your specific post-op care, a compression garment should be worn all the time, except in the shower. Wearing your garment to sleep can help you heal faster and provide the best results long term.

How long will a compression garment have to be worn?

Most people will need to wear compression garments for 4-6 weeks. However, the amount of time can vary between people based on the procedure. At Kovanda Aesthetic Surgery, we provide all patients with tailored post-op procedures to ensure the best possible outcome.

Request A Consultation

Are you interested in learning more about plastic surgery options or post-op care in Minneapolis? Dr. Kovanda and the team at Kovanda Aesthetic Surgery are here to help! Take the first step and request a consultation to learn how we can help you gain confidence and achieve your goals! Give us a call at 612-979-2093 or use our online contact form today!

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