What does a Post Operative Compression Garment Do?

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

A post operative compression garment can assist in the body’s healing process and even improve the healing and procedure results by providing accurate compression and pressure to the area of the body where the liposuction or surgery was performed. A post operative garment is designed and constructed with a specific purpose, to encourage the healing and recovery process after a reconstructive or aesthetic procedure, and help the skin conform to its new contours.

During a liposuction fat is removed, affecting the cohesion of the dermal, fat, and muscle layers under the skin. In addition, trauma to blood vessels and capillaries, the lymphatic system, and connective tissues can occur.

Postsurgical compression and pressure of a surgical site is desirable to minimize swelling and stretching of tissue due to fluid accumulating in the surgical region, especially where fatty tissues have been removed via liposuction.

A properly designed post operative pressure garment with accurate compression can:

  • Help reduces fluid build-up and swelling in the surgical area
  • Increases blood circulation at the surgical area
  • Promotes proper skin adhesion to newly contoured areas
  • Holds surgical dressings in place until removed

Put simply, a post operative garment is specially designed to provide compression and support to an area of the body has undergone a major change due to liposuction or aesthetic surgery. While assisting with supporting the tissue, the compression provided by the garment helps reduce swelling or the accumulation of fluid in the surgical area.


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