Liposuction can be an ideal surgical solution for those with certain “trouble spots” who are looking to fine-tune their body contours. During the procedure, one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Anthony Deboni or Dr. Gregory Baum, makes tiny incisions around the treatment area to suction out fat through a thin, hollow tube called a cannula. The recovery period following liposuction may involve at least a week of downtime, and strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least four weeks.
In addition, wearing a compression garment for the first two to four weeks is a post-procedure recommendation that, if not followed, could inhibit a safe, quick and comfortable recovery — here’s why:
Compression garments support your incisions and reduce swelling.
There’s no way to completely avoid swelling in your treatment areas in the weeks following your liposuction procedure. But, by applying consistent pressure to your healing tissues with the elastic fabric of a compression garment, you can prevent excess fluid from building up. This can limit the amount and duration of swelling so you can heal faster and more comfortably.
Compression garments promote circulation and prevent blood clots.
A potential risk with any surgical procedure is blood clots, which develop from a lack of circulation. Compression garments apply pressure to help optimize blood flow and circulation, preventing blood from pooling up and leading to serious clots.
Compression garments can help improve your overall results.
It’s important to stabilize your newly sculpted contours following liposuction if you want to achieve the best results possible. While you may not feel glamorous in them, wearing compression garments encourages healing in an attractive, compact shape. Compression helps hold your skin in place while it heals so it can adhere to your new body shape without any flabbiness or wrinkles forming.
Compression garments offer additional protection.
There’s also a level of peace of mind that comes with wearing a compression garment post-surgery. You’ll feel better knowing that your compression garment is there to protect you as you heal. For example, if you accidentally bump into a hard surface, the constant pressure from your garment will help reduce any pain that may occur.
Compression garments come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different body types and areas. For a proper fit, your garment should feel snug but not painful. For more information about proper post-procedure care, call (315) 545-5452 or request a consultation online today.