Wearing a good compression garment is one of the most important things during your recovery period. After all, it helps to reduce swelling and keep your body in the best shape possible. This means that you’ll have the best results. This can only happen if you’re wearing the correct compression garment.
So why do you even have to wear a compression garment, and how do you choose the best compression garment for liposuction?
Why do I need to wear a compression garment?
Prior to your surgery, you will be told you need to purchase a compression garment which you will need to wear throughout your recovery period. It can often be frustrating to order this, particularly if you don’t understand why you need one in the first place.
Liposuction removes subcutaneous fat which is located between the skin and muscle. After this occurs, fluid will eventually accumulate in the empty space. A compression garment will provide pressure to the area where the liposuction took place, ensuring the fluid disperses, rather than builds up.
What do I need to look for in a compression garment?
If you’ve never worn a compression garment before, the amount of choice can often be overwhelming. It can be hard to know whether or not you are looking at the correct items.
Prior to ordering compression garments, your patient consultant should be able to give you a good idea about what type of garment you need to look for. This will vary from person to person and will depend on which area of the body you are having liposuction on. If you are having liposuction in multiple areas, you may require more than one compression garment.
When you’re trying to find the best garment, a few things to keep in mind include:
Colour: after liposuction, you may find that you are still draining fluid. This can often be noticeable on compression garments which are light in colour. While it is not the biggest thing to be worried about, this can be a concern for some. Centre for Surgery also recommends you wear loose, dark coloured clothing after the procedure so any fluids are not as noticeable.
Washable: because of the chance that the garment may end up with body fluids on it, it is always a good choice to check if the garment is machine washable.
Fit: when you first purchase a compression garment, it should be tight and applying a lot of pressure. If the garment isn’t applying enough pressure, you risk having fluid build-up and an increase in swelling. The compression garment should feel like a sports bra or other tight athletic wear. However, you want to ensure the garment isn’t too tight. If you are feeling any tingling sensation or you feel the circulation is being cut off, the garment is too tight.
Comfort: after your liposuction, you are going to be wearing the compression garment at all times (except when bathing). Therefore, it is important to ensure this garment is comfortable. While the garment will still need to apply lots of pressure, you don’t want to be experiencing any discomfort or physical pain. Consider whether any of the zippers or clips are rubbing or causing any pain. You’ll also want to be able to easily get the garment on and off and ensure the zips and clips are easily accessible.
Fabric: make sure you are choosing a compression garment made from the correct fabric. Generally, you’ll want to choose one made from spandex or nylon, as these are breathable and durable fabrics. You want to ensure the fabric will keep moisture away from the skin, so it’s best to avoid natural fibres such as cotton. This will help you to avoid any skin irritation. Most people will know their allergies, but if you are concerned, it’s best to avoid fabrics such as latex or rubber, which can cause allergic reactions.
If you need help choosing your compression garment to wear after liposuction, contact one of the patient consultants who will be able to offer advice.