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After undergoing Tummy Tuck surgery, also known as Abdominoplasty, the journey to a smoother, more toned abdomen begins. An integral part of this recovery process involves the use of compression garments. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about compression garments and their role in the postoperative and recovery journey.
Compression garments are specially designed medical garments that are worn snugly against the skin to provide support, compression and stabilisation to the body after surgical procedures. These garments are typically made from breathable and elastic materials to ensure comfort while maintaining an appropriate level of pressure on the treated area.
The purpose of wearing compression garments following a Tummy Tuck surgery, is to reduce post-operative swelling, support the healing tissues and muscles, and improve blood circulation.
Compression garments offer three main benefits: enhancing comfort, appearance, and the healing process.
Selecting the appropriate compression garment after undergoing a Tummy Tuck surgery is essential for a comfortable and effective recovery. Several factors, including style, size and compression level, play a crucial role in ensuring optimal healing and results.
The choice of compression garment style depends on personal comfort and the extent of your Tummy Tuck procedure; common styles include abdominal binder, girdle-style garments and full-body suits. Abdominal binders offer targeted compression to the abdominal area, while girdle-style garments cover a larger area, including the abdomen and sometimes the hips. Full-body suits provide full-body coverage, offering compression to multiple areas simultaneously, which can be particularly beneficial for extensive surgeries or when combined with other procedures (such as a mummy makeover). Appropriate sizing and level of compression are essential for the effectiveness of the compression garment, and the garment should fit snugly but not too tight.
Dr Dona will have specific recommendations based on your individual needs and the extent of your surgery. They will guide you towards the right style, size and level of compression that aligns with your recovery goals.
Rest assured, Dr Dona supplies his patients with compression garments, alleviating any concerns you might have regarding these factors before or after your surgery. He will ensure that the garment is precisely suited to your needs, encompassing the right style, size and compression level for an optimal recovery experience.
Compression garments come into play immediately after your Tummy Tuck surgery, often while you’re still recovering in the hospital. This initial usage phase is crucial as the garments effectively manage the initial swelling after surgery.
The sutured muscles typically take around six weeks to solidify. To ensure optimal recovery, wearing the compression garment consistently for a minimum six week is recommended, making exceptions only for brief periods of bathing. After this period, patients who wish to discontinue wearing compression garments are generally given the green light. However, many patients choose to wear them longer for additional comfort and support.
As your body’s healing progresses, a carefully guided reduction in dependence on compression garments is essential. Dr Dona will provide tailored advice on how to gradually decrease usage. This phased approach sees you wearing the garment for slightly fewer hours each day or temporarily removing it during specific activities. By progressively decreasing garment usage, your body adapts to the changing needs of healing tissues, ensuring a seamless transition.
Ultimately, the timeline for weaning off compression garments is individualised, influenced by factors such as the extent of the surgery, your body’s unique healing response, your physical and psychological comfort, and your surgeon’s professional recommendations. By closely adhering to your surgeon’s expert guidance and attentively heeding your body’s cues, you can confidently navigate the process of transitioning away from compression garments.
To ensure the comfort and effectiveness of your compression garment, it’s vital to maintain cleanliness by adhering to the washing instructions provided. Keeping the garment clean not only promotes personal hygiene but also prevents potential skin irritation or infection. Should you encounter any discomfort or skin-related issues, seeking guidance from your surgeon is recommended, as they can offer tailored solutions to facilitate a seamless healing process. Additionally, adjusting the garment’s fit to strike a balance between snugness and comfort is essential. Avoid excessive tightness to prevent hindrance to circulation and the onset of discomfort.
To ensure the prolonged quality of your compression garment, adhere to the washing and drying guidelines furnished by either the manufacturer or your surgeon. This practice is essential in upholding the elasticity and overall efficacy of the garment, particularly crucial if you anticipate wearing it for an extended duration. Additionally, to safeguard continued benefits, it’s recommended to replace the garment when signs of wear and diminished compression efficacy become apparent due to the natural effects of wear and tear over time.
Many compression garments are designed to be worn discreetly under clothing, allowing you to continue your daily activities with comfort and confidence.
Yes, compression garments are an essential part of postoperative care and recovery.
If you experience discomfort or tightness that doesn’t subside, consult your surgeon promptly. They can assess the situation and offer guidance to ensure your comfort and safety.
Dr Eddy Dona has been a specialist plastic surgeon since 2007, and is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. From your first clinic visit, and throughout your surgical journey, Dr Dona and his team will be there to make it as smooth as possible.
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Dr Eddy Dona (FRACS) is a Specialist Plastic Surgeons in Sydney, and a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Following his medical degree at the University of Sydney in 1996, Dr Dona then began a further 11 years of intensive training to become a Specialist Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon.
Since starting private practice in 2007, Dr Dona has had patients from all over Australia seeking his expertise and specialist management. Dr Dona’s practice has grown and become heavily focused on breast and body reconstructive procedures, especially after massive weight loss including post-pregnancy. Forever the perfectionist, Dr Dona is continuously trying to fine-tune his professional craftmanship.
“The perpetual pursuit of perfection is what drives me to be my very best.”
Despite running a busy private practice, Dr Dona spent the first 15 years of his specialist practice dedicating part of his time to one of Sydney’s largest teaching public hospitals, including training future plastic surgeons. This was where Dr Dona was often required to reconstruct the bodies of those affected by trauma and cancer.