The name compression garment doesn’t sound very comfortable, which is likely why many liposuction patients balk at the idea of having to wear it virtually 24/7 for weeks after their procedures. But if you substitute “snug, form-fitting garment” for “compression,” the idea doesn’t seem so bad, right?
Whatever the name, getting the best possible results from your liposuction procedure includes applying uniform, external pressure to the treatment area. That could be the abdomen, thighs, arms, lower back—really almost anywhere unwanted fat tends to accumulate.
Liposuction involves making small incisions and then inserting a thin tube into the treatment area to break up the fatty tissue and suction it from the body. I occasionally use power-assisted liposuction (PAL), which disrupts the fat, making it easier to remove in some difficult locations.
So, why do you need to wear a compression garment after liposuction? There are several reasons.
Swelling is a common side effect of liposuction. Wearing a compression garment after the procedure reduces this swelling by applying consistent pressure to the treated area. This pressure helps to prevent fluid buildup and encourages proper blood flow.
Helps the Healing Process
The pressure from the garment helps to keep the skin and tissue in place, preventing it from shifting or moving during the healing process. This can result in a smoother and more even contour of the treated area.
Wearing a compression garment can also improve your comfort level after the procedure. The garment helps alleviate any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing by providing support and reducing unnecessary movement or friction in the treated area. Some people even continue to wear the garment after the requirement is lifted because they like the support it provides.
Although complications are rare, the compression garment helps lower the risk of post-operative problems. By reducing swelling and promoting proper healing, you are less likely to experience issues such as infection, skin irregularities, or other complications.
As mentioned above, consistently wearing a compression garment for 4 to 5 weeks after your surgery enhances the results of your liposuction procedure. By providing consistent pressure to the treated area, the garment smooths out any bumps or irregularities in the skin. It can also help to contour the area more effectively, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
For these reasons and more, wearing a compression garment and closely following all other post-op instructions is important to ensure your recovery goes as smoothly as possible.
If you’re in the Columbia area and considering liposuction, whether you’re from Ellicott City, Baltimore, MD, or beyond, you can request a consultation with us using the online form. You can also contact our 2 convenient offices by phone at (410) 884-4200 (Ellicott City) or (410) 751-2348 (Westminster).