What good are compression garments after plastic surgery? (Jacksonville, Fl)
It is common for surgery patients to expect to be told by their board certified Cosmetic Surgeon, to wear
compressive garments after surgery, but what do they actually do? What evidence is there that they
contribute to a better outcome from cosmetic plastic surgery?
Research from the Library of Congress/ PubMed would validate that compression garments do the
Reduce swelling: A properly fitted compression garment applies variable force to the contents
through compression. This helps reduce the post operative edema that occurs after body recontouring
and restoring surgery.
Lower risk of bruising and bleeding: Pressure applied to an area of immediate surgery can limit
the space into which a patient bleeds, therefore potentially reducing the risk of hematoma and
Speeds the healing process: Patients who wear compression garments after body contouring
surgery have been shown through research to be able to return to their normal daily activities sooner than
those who do not. They can improve oxygen levels in soft tissue, allowing faster tissue repair. Perforated
materials and variations in materials allow breathability and variable pressure to m improve circulation to
the skin faster. This may result in a faster recovery.
Shapes & contours: Supportive garments may reduce the gravitational effect on loose skin after
liposuction procedures . This may enhance skin retraction and result in decreased need for skin resection
and higher patient satisfaction with more limited procedures. A compression garment can help support
and reinforce your new curves as you heal.
Potentially reduced risk of keloid scarring: Keloids can form when excess scar tissue grows over
a healed wound. Compression therapy is the first line of defense against keloids since they can soften
and break up keloid scar formations, a proven fact in burn patients, keloid formation and hypertrophic
Reduced infection risk: Garment wear may limit exposure of surgical sites and wounds after
surgery, thus reducing the possibility of infection.
Less pain & discomfort after surgery: Gentle pressure and support can relieve pain symptoms
resulting in less reliance and potential dependency on narcotic pain medication.