Compression garments are specialized post-surgical clothing that aid in the recovery process. They’re made of elastic or cloth materials and facilitate a tight fit, applying constant and uniform pressure over the treatment areas. The garments must be sized according to the contours of your body to ensure a proper fit—poorly fitting compression garments might be useless or even cause discomfort.
Research supporting the efficiency of post-surgical compression garments after breast or abdominal surgery is limited. However, some studies have shown that patients wearing compression garments like bras, girdles, and binders, after breast and abdominal surgeries demonstrate less scarring, swelling, and pain than patients who avoid them. Some studies have shown that compression garments have positive psychological benefits, reducing the patient’s anxiety and increasing mobility.
Below, we highlight the benefits of compression garments, potential risks, and tips on wearing compression stockings.
Compression garments might cause some itching, irritation, and discomfort, but they don’t cause any major complications. In rare cases, compression garments might cause blood clots, but that negligible risk shouldn’t deter you from wearing compression garments. Furthermore, the complications usually occur if you wear poorly-fitting compression garments that aren’t suitable for your body type.
Dr. Tanna provides tailored compression garments based on your individual results, body type, measurements, and surgery details.