Sizing- How to Select the Correct Garment Size, How Your Garment Should Fit

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

Remember, use your pre-operative size for selecting the garment you will wear immediately after your surgery. Why? You will wear your post operative garment immediately after the surgery or liposuction, even though fat was removed, your body will maintain it’s pre-operative size immediately after the surgery due to post operative swelling. As any swelling subsides and you recover from the surgery, you will likely need a smaller sized garment and can transition into a non-zippered garment. If you have already had surgery, please use your current post operative measurements.

Please note that sizes for compression garments are not based on dress or pant sizes, please make sure to take all necessary measurements.

When measuring for post operative body garments, the most important measurements are the circumference of the waist and hips. The waist measurement should be taken around the smallest part of the waist while the hip measurement should be around the fullest part of the hips.

A few tips- always take your measurements two times for accuracy, do not measure over bulky clothes and make sure the tape measure is level with the floor and not pulled or digging into you. If you are between sizes, choose the larger size.

The fit of the garment should be snug, but not tight. A compression garment should feel snug, literally as if the garment is compressing the dermal layer onto the muscle wall. Because a garment compresses a body’s fibers and tissues, it is normal for the fabric of the garment to be “stretched” when you wear it.

Once on, a garment should not constrict your movement in any way and should feel comfortable enough for normal breathing. Please note- excessive compression can inhibit the blood flow and slow healing, it is advisable to remove your garment if you feel excessive compression.

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