Liposuction is one of the most effective ways to remove fat and obtain slimmer body contours. This treatment is very popular, but patients need to be prepared for the recovery period. To help the body recover in a safe, quick, and comfortable way, compression garments are often worn. These garments are helpful to promote blood circulation, manage any swelling, and promote healing. Some patients wonder what the need for these garments is. Dr. Bohley can answer any questions you may have about the recovery period and the use of compression garments. 

What Is A Compression Garment?

A compression garment is often worn directly after liposuction to aid in the healing process. By adding external pressure to the body where incisions have been made, the swelling is reduced.

Compression garments come in many different forms. Full-body garments, tops, and sleeves are all available depending on where the incision sites are located. Generally, they are worn for approximately six weeks after surgery.

Why Do I Need A Compression Garment?

Common side effects of liposuction are inflammation, swelling, and bruising. To help comfortably speed the healing process, compression garments can ease discomfort from these side effects during the weeks after surgery. Applying a tightly binding fabric will put pressure on the healing areas. Since this pressure is evenly applied, swelling is decreased.

In addition to relieving swelling, compression garments can decrease bruising. While bruises do not have to be permanent, without a compression garment they are likely to last much longer. By applying even and gentle pressure throughout the treated area, these garments can decrease the intensity of bruising by preventing blood from surfacing toward the top layer of skin. 

Another benefit of compression garments is that they hold the tissues together. This helps your body to adhere to the new contours. Overall, compression garments are great for helping you feel comfortable during recovery and to heal quickly. 

How Do I Wear A Compression Garment?

After surgery, Dr. Bohley will instruct you on how to wear a compression garment. Since these garments come in all different sizes and styles, knowing which one is right for you is crucial. A compression garment should not be painfully restrictive. It should cover the entire area that has been treated. Dr. Bohley will help to make sure you get a garment that will benefit you. 

What Happens If I Do Not Wear A Compression Garment?

By not wearing a compression garment, the risk of noticeable scarring and bruising is greatly increased. Even pressure from a compression garment can also ease pain from the surgery. Without wearing a properly fitted garment, discomfort is likely. Also, compression garments help your body to adhere to its new contours, without one, the skin may not heal as properly. 

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Dr. Michael F. Bohley has extensive experience with cosmetic surgery. He is known for being one of the leading liposuction surgeon. To better understand liposuction treatment options as well as post-surgery care, please contact our office for a consultation