Compression Garments after Body Contouring: Improving Recovery and Results

Recovery after body contouring surgery often includes wearing medical compression garments, not to be confused with body shapers and girdles. Medical compression garments are specifically designed to protect the detailed body sculpting performed by your plastic surgeon.

Compression garments provide gentle pressure that promotes healing. At the same time, compression encourages the skin to adapt to your body’s new contours, encouraging smooth and elegant results.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Christopher J. Kovanda, who offers advanced body contouring techniques at his offices in the Minneapolis area, regularly instructs his patients to wear compression garments to speed healing and ensure enhanced results. Compression garments are regularly used after liposuction, tummy tucks, arm lifts, breast augmentation, and male mastopexy, to name a few procedures.

Why Wear a Compression Garment?

Compression garments not only encourage your body to adapt to its new contours, but they also speed healing and make you more comfortable during the process. Compression reduces swelling after surgery and speeds up blood flow around the surgical site, flushing out harmful fluids.

By reducing movement, compression garments lessen the chances of the surgical wound pulling apart or producing excess scar tissue. Compression garments also control quick, unexpected movements, such as from a sneeze or cough, which can be painful.

Benefits of Compression Garments

There are medical, aesthetic, and comfort reasons to wear a compression garment. Benefits include:

  • Proper Skin Attachment. When skin has been lifted and fat redistributed, a compression garment encourages the skin to heal smoothly over the new contours.
  • Reduced Swelling. After surgery, fluid can collect in the tissue, slowing recovery or causing complications. A compression garment reduces these effects.
  • Improved Circulation. By allowing blood to circulate more evenly, compression garments reduce the chance of seromas or hematomas.
  • Reduced Infection Risk. Compression garments hold surgical bandages in place and keep the wound sterile, reducing the risk of infection.

Why Medical Compression Garments?

Medical compression garments are specifically designed to support the body after surgery. Unlike store-bought compression garments, medical garments have unique features that take into account your specific needs during recovery, including:

  • Shape: A compression garment is structured to encourage your new contour, such as an hourglass or V shape.
  • Ease of Use: Off-the-shelf compression garments usually lack zippers, requiring you to step into them and pull them up. This does not take into account your limited mobility after surgery. Medical compression garments offer zippers for ease of use.
  • Seams: Compression garments avoid seams at surgical sites to avoid irritation.
  • Open Crotch: You will not need to remove your compression garment multiple times a day to use the restroom. Medical compression garments are designed with an open crotch.


Wearing a compression garment for the recommended time after surgery encourages faster healing and better results. If you are considering body contouring and would like to understand the entire process, including recovery, we would be happy to answer your questions.

A personal consultation with Dr. Kovanda will allow him to assess your needs and explain what treatment and recovery would look like for you.

Please call today for a consultation.

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