Compression garments come in a wide range of sizes and styles. A good compression garment should be adjustable. They are usually made of breathable blends of spandex and other stretchable fabrics.
A compression garment should stay in place and not fold or form rolls. A garment that folds or rolls can cut off circulation or exert too much pressure underneath the fold or roll.
As with any post-surgical requirements, the duration of use for a compression garment is highly dependent upon your own recovery and your doctor’s instructions. Larger, more invasive procedures will require a longer timeline for your compression garment and recovery in general. Typically, compression garments are worn for atleast 4 weeks after surgery. This will be discussed during the consultation process.
The benefits of compression garment are:
Wound care is usually performed by your plastic surgeon. Proper wound care is very crucial in your 1st 2 weeks following surgery to avoid infection. You will be instructed to keep your dressings clean and dry at all times.
You are not allowed to get it wet and if its start to peel off, you are advised to contact your Coordinator or the hospital staff to get your dressings changed.
Tummy tuck scars are an inevitable part of tummy tuck surgery. Remember that your abdominoplasty scars will get worse before they get better. Your incision will heal, but scars go through a series of changes before they are completely healed and that can take months. In contrary to many other surgical scars they will be roughly at their worst in about 3 months after the procedure. It may take up to a year for your tummy tuck scars to flatten and fade. Most doctors take great care in placing the incisions well below the bikini lines so that they remain hidden.
Below are some helpful tips on how to take care your scars:
Healing is a very subjective. Return to exercise depends on the amount of surgery performed, as each tummy tuck is different, and the rate at which the patient is able to recover.
Initially after your surgery, you may be asked to walk around a little bit to help promote blood circulation. However bed rest will be advised in the first 24 hours following surgery. In the first few days after tummy tuck, breathing and circulatory exercises, upper limb exercises and sitting in an upright position in bed are recommended.
Tummy tuck patients may refrain from strenuous activities for six weeks and then gradually work up to full activity over 2-3 weeks. By 6-8 weeks you should be able to get back to your normal range of activity. It is best to double check this with your plastic surgeon as it will depend on your recovery.
Weight lifting can put a significant strain on the incisions and the sutures. It is wise to begin weight lifting slowly. Two to Three months is a fine time to start, but start slowly. Do less repetitions and less weight than you were used to doing. It is most important to let your body guide you.
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