How Does an Abdominal Compression Garment Work?

If you are undergoing tummy tuck surgery or liposuction around your abdomen, your surgeon will recommend wearing an abdominal compression garment for several days or weeks after your procedure. The tissues around the abdominal area may become bruised and swollen for several weeks after surgery, so it’s important to wear a compression garment during the healing period. Medical Z compression garments are designed to provide a number of functional benefits and are especially valuable to plastic surgery patients. Our abdominal compression garments help to keep the tissues in place as they heal and contribute to better results.

Here is a closer look at how an abdominal compression garment works:

Abdominal Compression Garment Design

You need a compression garment that is designed to fit your body contours and also provides a high level of comfort as you go about your day. Look for a garment made with highly durable materials and quality breathable fabrics. Our abdominal compression garments are made with a special fabric that allows the skin to breathe. This is especially important after undergoing any type of plastic surgery. The design of the garment should be formfitting but comfortable and secure enough to support ease of movement. Since you may be sitting or standing for long periods of time when wearing this garment, you need to make sure you are investing in a design made with flexible fabrics that give you good range of motion.

Different types of compression garments provide pressure to different areas of the body. For example, an abdominal belt or girdle will apply pressure only to the midsection. An abdominal bodysuit with shoulder straps may provide more pressure to the upper torso and help to improve your posture when sitting and standing.

Benefits of Wearing an Abdominal Compression Garment

Most plastic surgeons recommend wearing an abdominal compression garment around the clock for the first few weeks after surgery to ensure optimal results. The tissues can be very sensitive and tender during this time, so you need to wear a garment that will protect the tissues and help you feel more comfortable throughout the day.

Garments with the correct level of compression will not impede healthy circulation. Circulation promotes healing, so you need to wear your garment for the recommended time. Medical Z has conducted a clinical study, which showed that a compression level of 17-21 mmHg is the optimal compression for the best aesthetic results. Other benefits of wearing a compression garment include:

  • Reduces the risk of ripples and contour deformities developing in the treated area
  • May improve surgical outcomes
  • Reduces swelling and bruising associated with surgery (post-operative edema)
  • Does not impede healthy circulation in and around the treated area
  • Ensures proper distribution of scar tissue after surgery
  • May help to produce more predictable aesthetic results
  • Provides steady pressure to difficult-to-reach areas
  • Only one garment is necessary for the entire phase of the recovery period
Abdominal compression garments are designed to support the body’s contours and will be virtually invisible under clothing. Most patients are able to wear their usual clothes during the recovery phase, but you may want to wear looser-fitting clothing for the first few weeks after surgery because of swelling. If you are undergoing a tummy tuck, you will need to wear clothes that accommodate for surgical drains and your abdominal compression garment after your procedure. Your surgeon can make recommendations about your post-surgery phase during your office visit.

Wearing an abdominal compression garment is essential for any tummy tuck or liposuction patient. If you want to achieve the best possible results from your procedure and enjoy a comfortable recovery period, make sure you are investing in a garment that provides the support you need and fits your body perfectly. Take a look at the complete line of Medical Z compression garments here.