Compression Garments: Comfort and Compression

November 14, 2013: Authored by: Alpha Health Asia Staff

The purpose of a medical compression garment is to provide compression and support for your body following a liposuction or tummy tuck. The garment will be worn for long periods immediately following liposuction or tummy tuck, the garment and fabric must be comfortable, durable and have the ability to continuing providing the compression your body needs.

Fabric is one of the key components to providing the correct amount of compression while maintaining comfort. The other key components? Garment design, the fit of the garment and the materials and construction.

This article will focus on the fabric, what the fabric must do and how the fabric used by Design Veronique has delivered market leading compression and comfort for over 25 years.

A medical compression garment is not a ‘body shaper’
A proper post treatment compression garment (also called a pressure garment) is not a body shaper, it’s not to be compared with body shapers or athletic wear. The fabric used in medical compression garment should not have the ‘feel’ of cycling shorts, yoga wear or a standard body shaper; a medical compression garment should provide a higher level of compression to aid in supporting, contouring and healing your body.

The fabric used in a medical compression garment must:

Deliver Compression
Compression is essential for healing, but too much compression can slow the healing process. Fortunately the level of compression can be measured, allowing a high quality medical compression garment to meet a standard.

The standard measure of pressure, or manometric unit, used to calculate compression in a garment is mmHg (millimeter of mercury) and is equivalent to the amount of pressure exerted at the base of a column of liquid mercury of the given height. It is widely accepted that garments with an mmHg of 15 to 20 are considered “high pressure” and are suitable for use as medical compression garments.

Be Durable & Retain ‘shape’
Fabric selected for a compression garment should be strong and durable. Because a compression garment is worn for the better part of 24 hours each day, it should be durable and easily recover to its original shape after periods of extreme stress caused by constant wear.

Be Comfortable
The fabric should ‘feel’ comfortable and should not irritate the skin in any way. A few key features for fabric comfort include:

-Allergy- the fabric should not contain agents that can cause an allergic response
-Breathable- the fabric should be breathable to allow air to pass freely to the skin
-Wicking properties- the fabric should aid in ‘wicking’ moisture away from the skin
-Anti-microbial properties- the fabric should feature anti-bacterial or anti-microbial properties

Now that we have outlined the key purposes and features for a fabric used in a medical compression garment, we’ll detail the Design Veronique fabric.

About Design Veronique Medical Grade Compression Garments
Design Veronique has been designing and manufacturing medical grade compression garments for over 25 years, all Design Veronique compression garments are made in the USA and distributed around the world.

Design Veronique garments are comfortable, deliver the correct amount of compression and have the features, such as an open crotch and flat seams, required in a medical grade compression garment.

The Design Veronique Fabric
Design Veronique uses a propriety Powernet fabric, and has used this fabric for over 25 years. The Design Veronique Powernet is lightweight, breathable, durable and provides the correct amount of compression from all angles.

Design Veronique & Compression
The Design Veronique Powernet is an open hexagonal, net construction, which is specifically developed for strength and to apply pressure both vertically and horizontally resulting in four-way, even compression. Because compression is exerted at the points of the hexagon in the knit, pressure distributes evenly throughout a garment made from
Powernet.

Powernet fabric achieves “Modulus in Motion” defined as multi-directional stretch, administered by the hexagon unit, and modulus (tension strength at a given elongation), which provides continuous compression while contouring to the body
and providing freedom of movement.

Design Veronique & Durability
Due to its construction, Powernet can withstand a great deal of stress over a long period of time without losing its original shape, a concept known as memory. Memory is vital to a compression garment’s ability to retain its consistent and constant
compressive properties.

The hexagonal unit provides Powernet with the ability to retain a garment’s integrity after being cut or pierced, a necessary feature as holes are often made in a garment to accommodate drain or intravenous tubes. Additionally, Powernet is a wash and wear fabric that makes laundering at home an easy task

Design Veronique & Comfort
Design Veronique garments are comfortable. Comfort is delivered as the fabric is fully breathable, is lightweight and has wicking properties for moisture management.The fabric is anti-microbial and completely free of rubber, latex or anything that would cause an allergic reaction.

Summary
Medical compression garments play a specific role in assisting in recovery following body contouring procedures. The fabric used in a medical compression garment is much different from the ‘spandex’ fabrics used in yoga wear or body shapers- the fabric needed for a medical compression garment will have a higher level of compressive properties. Comfort is essential as the garment will be worn for long periods- keys to comfort include breathability, weight of the fabric and moisture management.

Design Veronique uses a propriety, industry leading medical compression fabric that delivers the correct amount of compression from all angles and that is lightweight, breathable, has wicking properties and is anti-microbial.


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