A compression garment is a garment used after a tummy tuck or liposuction to provide support. It is very effective in reducing swelling and oedema in the abdominal skin, it speeds up the healing process, reduces the downtime and allows the patient to return to daily routines sooner. In this blog, I’ll discuss how long you should wear your binder/compression garment for after having a tummy tuck.
Generalised discomfort and tightness is the most common issue patients complain of when wearing a binder or compression garment. This may be due to the fact that many patients wear the compression garment for the first time. This coupled with the post-operative skin swelling heightens the discomfort and feeling of tightness.
Due to these factors some surgeons do not encourage patients to wear a binder or compression garment at all. Some feel they are unnecessary because there is little proof they work, or how well they work. However other cosmetic surgeons routinely use them and believe they benefit the patient immensely.
The compression garment can also help collapse the tunnels that are formed from liposuction, if that was included in the tummy tuck procedure. Usually it’s recommended that the binder or compression garment is worn for at least four to six weeks. Some patients prefer to wear it beyond six weeks which is not detrimental.
The majority of plastic surgeons do encourage the use of binders or compression garments, and in my experience patients who wear them find it supportive and comforting after their tummy tuck procedure. Patients report that they experience less pain when walking around post surgery compared to those who don’t wear any support.
If the abdominal drains are present while the patient’s wearing the binder or compression garment, it is important to pad the skin underlying the drain tube, otherwise there is risk of pressure necrosis of the skin from the drain tube.
If the patient develops a seroma (collection of fluid), then the compression garment should be worn for the length of time the seroma persists which can be in excess of six weeks.
Your plastic surgeon should be able to give you an idea of how long you should wear your binder/compression garment for, based on your individual circumstances and what type of tummy tuck was preformed. The length of time in which you will wear a binder or compression garment after surgery depends on all these factors, as well as whether your plastic surgeon believes it would be beneficial to you or not.
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