Pre & Post Surgery Advice

Cosmetic Surgery & Health

Are you contemplating cosmetic surgery? So you have chosen your cosmetic surgeon, decided on the hospital, organised your leave from work but have you thought about compression garments?

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Post-operative compression garments are a vital part of the recovery process from a cosmetic surgery, as choosing the right garment can have a significant impact on your healing.
Wearing a high quality, post operative compression garment will help you during the recovery process in the following ways:

Reduce swelling (edema) and flushing potentially harmful fluids from your body- the garment will provide compression on the skin that will push body fluids away from the skin, helping to reduce swelling and aiding in flushing fluids from your body. Flushing fluids from your body can significantly reduce bruising and the risk of infection during the healing process.
Aid in body contouring and skin retraction- the compression from the garment will help hold skin firmly against the body, aiding in the proper skin retraction and general body contouring.
Improve comfort during healing process- A properly fitted, high quality compression garment will make you much more comfortable during the recovery process by reducing swelling.

When do I fit the garments?
Always fit the garments prior to surgery to establish the correct size. Although you will be smaller after your liposuction procedure, post-operative swelling typically means you’ll be the same size you as were for the first few weeks after your surgery. Make sure you take the garments to hospital so they can be fitted before you are discharged. Always consult your fitter prior to surgery for the correct garment.

How long should I wear the garments?
Compression garments should be worn at all times for at least 6 -8 weeks after surgery. Always remove them when bathing or showering. If the garment is uncomfortable to sleep in use fitting bike pants, a soft post surgical bra or sports bra depending on your surgery.
It is recommend that you have multiple garments in order to always have a laundered garment on hand. For many cosmetic procedures, it will be necessary to wear your garment continuously for a long period of time. A high quality post-operative, medical compression garment is specifically designed to be worn for long time periods during the recovery process from a cosmetic surgery. The fabrics and construction used in a medical compression garment enable a patient to wear the garment for long periods of time without experiencing discomfort.

Could I use a non medical garment?
There is a big difference between medical, plastic surgery compression garments and off-the-shelf girdles, bras, or athletic shorts that you might find in your local store. While a non-medical girdle or a pair of athletic tights can be of high quality, they are not designed for cosmetic surgery recovery and are not manufactured with the materials, features, technology, and fabrics that are ideal for providing constant and consistent compression to a patient for extended periods of time. In many cases, a garment from the local store can actually provide too little or too much compression and cause your recovery to be longer and more uncomfortable than if you were to wear a medical, plastic surgery compression garment.

How do I know which garment is best for me?
Amanita has many different styles of garments. Your choice should be based on a number of things, including the type of procedure that you are having and the amount of time you will need to spend in the garment. The garment should always compress your body areas beyond the extent of the surgery as the swelling and bruising will spread.

Amanita staff are experienced fitters and will guide you as to the best garment for your surgery.

What else should I know?
If you are having a breast augmentation, reduction or reconstruction it is essential to wear a recommended compression or post surgical bra 24hrs a day for at least 6 weeks. This will ensure the breasts will not spread too far apart. Avoid underwire bras for at least 2 months and do not go without a bra
It is equally vital to wear a compression garment after a face lift. This will aid swelling control and will also give some pain relief.
If you are going to travel after surgery, make sure you wear your compression garment. If you experience swollen feet wear Tubigrip to cover the feet and legs.

Medical garments are designed with a targeted compression technology that makes sure that you receive the maximum compression in key surgical areas. In addition to providing maximum compression in the surgical areas, the garment will also provide general support for all areas of the body that the garment is covering. The combination of targeted compression and general support helps reduce the overall recovery time, improves comfort, and helps you get the best cosmetic outcome.