Selecting the Ideal Post Operative Compression Garment Style

March 7, 2011: Authored by: Alpha Health Asia Staff

There are many different styles of post operative garments, all with different features and uses based on their style of the garment. To simplify the process of selecting the ideal garment for you, here a few guidelines. Please note, we recommend you discuss your entire post operative recovery with your doctor and ask their advice on which garment style is the best for your recovery.

Garment Selection Tips:

  • Area of coverage- the garment style you select should cover (meaning the have compression support in that area) the entire surgical area and ideally another 6-8” beyond the surgical area. Simple rule- always select a garment style with an area of coverage greater than the area where the surgery or procedure was performed. Your compression garment must cover the entire area where the surgery or procedure was performed, there should not be any major seams or bands directly on the surgical site. Also, the swelling will spread after your surgery, ideally the garment will provide coverage for 6-8” surrounding the surgical site.
  • Zippered & Non-Zippered Garments- you will need a zippered garment immediately after your surgery, the zipper assist you with taking the garment on and off. As your body heals, you can purchase a non-zippered garment that will continue to provide compression while aiding in body contouring and body shaping.
  • Sizing- the garment should be very snug against your skin and the fabric should be stretched to provide the pressure and compression, but the garment should never feel excessively tight or inhibit your breathing in any way.
  • Open Crotch- your post operative compression garment must have an anatomically correct open crotch, you do not want to remove the garment each time you use the facilities

The most common garment styles used for body contouring have full coverage (fabric covering) of the abdomen (generally feature adjustable shoulder straps) with coverage on the legs to just below the knee. This style of garment usually will provide the coverage necessary for wear following body contouring procedures of the abdomen and/or thigh area.


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