How important is it to wear compression garments after liposuction? What do they do and how long should they be worn for?
It is extremely important to wear compression garments after liposuction. This is an integral part of the procedure and is critical to achieving the best possible result. First stage garments are worn for the first two weeks. These are high compression garments with reinforced panels and snaps and zippers on the seams. These garments should be worn around the clock except for dressing changes and bathing. These garments control bleeding and bruising immediately after liposuction. Later, they help prevent the development of fluid collections during the following several days. After that, they support and stimulate skin contraction to achieve the new and improved body contour.
Between two and six weeks after liposuction, second stage garments are worn during daytime hours and may be removed at night. These are more comfortable, more practical garments with less compression, that are easier to take off and put on and easier to wear under clothes. Second stage garments should be continued beyond six weeks until swelling has completely resolved and maximal skin contracture has occurred.