Post-Surgery Support Garments After Breast Surgery

In Melbourne, FL

Breast surgery remains one of the most popular options for women. Depending on your concerns, there are a variety of options, including breast augmentation with implants, a breast lift, or breast reduction. But no matter what procedure you choose, you’ll want to follow your surgeon’s post-procedure instructions. This will include wearing a compression garment. How does the garment help with the recovery process? Let’s take a look!

What Is a Compression Garment?

Compression garments are designed to fit tightly against the body. Usually, they are made of stretchy material like nylon, spandex, or a combination of both. They are made to fit around a specific area of the body to support the healing process. In the case of breast surgery, a compression garment is usually a sports bra or singlet that will support your breasts while they heal from surgery. On average, you’re supposed to wear a compression garment for approximately three to eight weeks after breast surgery. Your surgeon will advise you on the exact length of time you should wear it.

What Are the Benefits of Compression Garments After Breast Surgery?

After breast surgery, you can reap certain benefits from wearing compression garments. In addition to aiding in the healing process, the compression garment can also help prevent blood clots from developing by improving circulation. Compression garments can also help reduce and minimize bruising and swelling and keep fluid retention at bay.

If you have a breast augmentation, compression garments also offer the benefit of ensuring that your implants settle into their proper position. The compression can also help ease pain and discomfort while you heal.

Post-Breast Surgery Stages of Compression Garments

There are two stages of compression garments you’ll wear after breast surgery: stage 1 and stage 2.

Immediately after your procedure, you wear a stage 1 garment that usually has a wireless front fastener that is easy to put on and remove. They are designed to drain fluid away from your breasts and minimize bruising. Stage 1 compression garments should be worn on a 24-hour basis except while showering.

Once you’re no longer at risk of excessive fluid retention, you can progress to a stage 2 compression garment. This type is usually more versatile than its stage 1 counterparts. They still offer some support and compression to your breasts, but they don’t need to be worn 24/7.

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Before you undergo breast surgery, it’s crucial to have everything you’ll need for recovery, including a compression garment. There are different options available, but you’ll want one made of breathable material with antibacterial properties to prevent infection. Never choose a support garment with an underwire, as it can irritate your incisions.

To find out more about the best compression garment for you, take the first step and schedule a consultation with our double-board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Gasgarth and Dr.Novo. Call our Melbourne or Indialantic, FL office at (321) 395-3298 or fill out our online contact form.

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