Introduction: Liposuction Compression Garment
A liposuction compression garment is a critical component of high definition liposuction surgery. This is because following liposuction, pro-inflammatory cells, red blood cells, and plasma fluid from the vessels will leak into the soft tissues. Leakage from vessels occurs not only from irritation of vessels caused by the back and forth traversing of cannulas but also because the sheer irritation of soft tissues induces secretion of proinflammatory products that make the vessels leaky. The net effect is undesirable products leaking into the soft tissues.
The leakage of plasma fluid results in increase pressure of the tissues that can compromise blood flow. Given that the blood flow is already compromised during liposuction, this added consequence of plasma leakage can have a detrimental effect on the health of your skin. Red blood cell leakage will result in cells that get stuck in the soft tissues and subsequently will pop releasing staining products called hemosiderin. Hemosiderin can permanently stain your skin, referred to as hyperpigmentation. Finally, the exit of pro-inflammatory cells can be detrimental as they will activate an inflammatory state that will attract fibroblasts that will lay down undesirable scar tissue. Scar tissue in the soft tissue can result in soft tissue fibrosis that is characterized by firm tissues that feel woody by touch. This consequence is coined hyperinflammatory fibrosis and can occur from two to six weeks following surgery.
Benefits of liposuction compression garment
Appropriate liposuction compression garments can help avoid all of the above side effects following liposuction. The liposuction compression garment is applied immediately following liposuction and serves to avoid unnecessary swelling. Patients are typically provided two compression garments that are replaced at each lymphatic massage session. This allows patients to wash the alternative garment to be worn at the next visit. In addition to the compression garment, customized foam inlays are used to ensure uniform compression application throughout the entire body. Foam in-lays are wrapped around your body in a 360-degree fashion. In some cases where high definition liposuction is used to achieve abdominal etching, the foam may be doubled in the front to create even more compression to preserve etched contour lines. This degree of compression is controlled and does not compromise blood flow to the skin as would occur if the swelling was left unabated. Finally, wearing compression garments provides for pain relief by activating pressure sensory nerves which block the activation of pain sensory nerves.
In summary, a liposuction compression garment is a mainstay of the liposuction surgery journey. Without proper compression garment application, your liposuction outcomes and the journey would be compromised.
Liposuction Compression Garments: An Essential Part of Your Post-Op Routine
After undergoing liposuction surgery, wearing a compression garment is crucial during recovery. Compression garments help control swelling, provide support while healing, and allow the skin to smoothly adhere to new body contours. Considering compression an afterthought can compromise your liposuction results. This in-depth guide covers everything you need to know about liposuction compression garments.
How Do Compression Garments Work After Liposuction?
Compression garments provide gradient pressure that:
- Minimizes swelling and inflammation (Kaoutzanis et al., 2020)
- Reduces fluid buildup and helps drain incision sites
- Offers supportive scaffolding as the treated area stabilizes
- Allows skin to uniformly redrape over treated contours as swelling resolves
- May stimulate collagen and circulation
Consistently wearing compression is vital during the first 4-6 weeks post-op as most swelling and healing occurs. Doing so optimizes your results long-term.
When Should I Start Wearing Compression After Liposuction?
Your surgeon will have you fitted for your specific compression garment style in advance so it is ready immediately after surgery (Momeni et al., 2021). You will put on the garment as directed:
- In the operating room before being discharged if local anesthesia was used
- In the recovery room once sufficiently awoken if IV sedation or general anesthesia performed
- Ideally within 4 to 6 hours following surgery at the latest
Beginning compression quickly is key, as the first 48 hours see the most post-op swelling. Delaying garment use compromises results.
What Areas of the Body Require Compression Garments After Liposuction?
Common sites needing compression include:
- Abdomen, waist, and flanks
- Outer and inner thighs
- Upper arms (batwings)
- Neck and jawline
- Back and bra rolls
- Cheeks, chin, and jowls
- Calves and ankles
Your surgeon will specify the ideal post-op compression garment type and coverage areas based on your particular treatment sites.
What Compression Garment Options Are Available After Liposuction?
Liposuction compression garment styles include:
High-Waist Briefs – Shaping briefs extending above the navel provide abdominal compression and support.
Mid-Waist Briefs – Hit at the navel and mainly compress the lower abdomen and hips.
Thighs – Shape thighs, usually worn in conjunction with briefs.
Arms – Provide compression from the armpit to the elbow or wrist, depending on the treatment area.
Face – Customized face masks limit swelling and support healing of the cheeks, chin, and jowls.
Headbands – Wraparound style gently compresses the neck and jawline.
How Long Do I Need to Wear Compression After Liposuction?
You should plan to wear your prescribed compression garments:
- 24 hours a day for the first 2 weeks (Momeni et al., 2021).
- Then for 12 hours a day (daytime hours) until 4-6 weeks post-op.
- Potentially part-time compression for 2-3 months for significant fat removal cases.
Follow your surgeon’s specific recommendations on wearing compression during activities like bathing or exercise.
Why Is Compression Garment Fit So Important After Liposuction?
A properly fitted compression garment:
- Prevents bunching, pinching, and rubbing on incisions
- Allows you to move comfortably and freely
- Provides the right amount of pressure on treatment areas
- Minimizes risks of complications like seromas
- Maximizes comfort for consistent wear
Ill-fitted compression garments often slip down or roll, compromising care. Meet with your surgeon early-on for proper sizing.
What Features Should I Look for in a Post-Op Compression Garment?
Ideal compression garment qualities:
- Medical-grade with precise sizing options
- Breathable fabric that wicks moisture
- Flexible for mobility, comfort
- Adjustable fastening for ease of taking on/off
- Non-slip grip to maintain placement
- Lightweight for wearing in warmer weather
- Smooth seams to avoid irritation
Higher quality garments last longer with proper laundering. Purchase multiple so some are always ready after washing.
What Are Some Recommended Liposuction Compression Garment Brands?
Top compression garment brands include:
- Marena Recovery
- Leonisa Body Shapers
- SurgiCare Couture
- Vedette Shapewear
- My Care Shapewear
- Moinca’s Secret
Consult your surgeon for the specific style and brand they recommend for your body areas treated, fit, and budget.
How Do I Care for My Compression Garments After Liposuction?
Caring for your compression garments properly involves:
- Hand-washing with mild soap and line drying after each wear (Almeida et al., 2021)
- Avoiding bleach, fabric softener, and dryer heat to maintain elasticity
- Checking for fabric damage and replacing garments as needed
- Rotating between multiple compression pieces
- Using garment powder to ease getting dressed
Follow all laundering instructions from the manufacturer.
What If My Skin Reacts to the Compression Garment Material?
If you develop symptoms like:
- Redness, irritation, or rash
- Blistering, weeping skin
- Significant discomfort or itching
Promptly notify your surgeon’s office. You may need to adjust the compression level, try a different material or style, or apply medicated topicals to alleviate symptoms while healing continues.
Conclusion: Liposuction Compression Garment is Vital After Liposuction
Compression garments worn diligently for 4-6 weeks or longer play a crucial role in optimal liposuction results and recovery. Taking time to be properly fitted, wearing as directed, and properly caring for your compression garments minimize complications and maximize your outcome. Your commitment to compression after surgery ensures you fully realize the sculpting benefits of liposuction.