There’s always discussion around the best methods for accelerating recovery post-surgery, and one of the simplest options is wearing a compression garment. Not only does it reduce swelling, support core muscles, and assist in minimising bruising and scarring, it can also have an impact on the visual result of your surgery.
Made simply from elastin and nylon, the compression garment helps form the basis of good post-operative care following procedures like liposuction, abdominoplasty, mammoplasty, breast surgery, and face and neck lifts.
“Comfort during recovery is an absolute priority,” says leading Perth specialist plastic surgeon, Dr Rohan Page. “Not only do compression garments offer support to the area and promote faster healing, they help stabilise post-operative changes, reduce pain, and make the recovery process smoother.”
Here are 6 reasons to shimmy into a compression garment post-procedure:
1. Reduce bruising
Bruising is caused due to disruption of blood vessels. Wearing a compression garment post-surgery helps speed up recovery by preventing blood cells from travelling towards the skin, which results in less bruising.
2. Encourage blood circulation
A lack of proper circulation can cause blood clots to develop which can be potentially dangerous and lead to serious consequences. Compression garments stimulate circulation, which reduces the risk of blood clot formation. Proper circulation also aids rapid wound healing and decreases chances of infection.
3. Ease swelling
Swelling occurs when excess fluid build-up in the cavities or tissue of the affected region. Wearing a compression garment controls swelling by pressing upon the affected part. By minimising swelling, compression garments also reduce the risk of developing severe fluid (seromas) and blood collections (hematomas).
4. Reduce sagging
By holding skin tightly to underlying tissues, compression garments are effective in speeding up the healing process and having you back on your feet and in routine faster.
5. Lessen post-surgery pain
Wearing compression garments encourages circulation and reduces swelling, which helps speed up the recovery process. In turn, the inflammatory process is reduced, which results in less pain and discomfort,
6. Supports a beautiful outcome
A compression garment helps achieve and maintain a smoother, more even outcome and minimises potential imperfections like dimples, lumps and bumps.
How do I know it fits correctly?
“For best results, compression garments should feel snug, not restrictive,” says Dr Page. “If not, they can do more harm than good. A too-small garment can impact blood flow and cause irregularities during healing, and a garment that’s too big won’t be effective. Find your perfect fit measuring yourself with a tape measure, then comparing it to the garment’s size guide.”
How long should I wear my garment?
Post-surgery, Dr Page will advise how long you should wear your compression garment, but generally, during the first month, it is worn at all times, day and night, except when bathing. During the second and third months, wear time can be reduced to 12 hours.
Because post-operative swelling can last three to six months, compression garments may be required for a more extended period. However, many patients choose to continue wearing as much as possible for comfort, peace of mind, and of course, the most fabulous of results.
01 November 2021
Written by Elizabeth Clarke