Tummy tucks and other body contouring surgery are designed to enhance the overall curvature of your body. While liposuction removes excess fat, a tummy tuck removes excess skin as well, and can remove stretch marks and other unsightly skin problems. The goal is to have a flat tummy and waist with no lumps, bumps, or stretch marks. Unfortunately, for many women, that goal seems unattainable. A tummy tuck, or a mini tummy tuck, is the best way to achieve it, especially after pregnancy or in your late 30’s and beyond.
Regardless of the procedure, however, one of the most important objectives of any cosmetic surgery is a healthy recovery. Your body requires time to heal any tissue that may have been damaged during your surgery, as well as to adjust to its new shape. That is why following your post-op instructions rigorously is vital to achieving the best overall result.
You will receive detailed instructions from your doctor after you’ve had your tummy tuck, and they will likely include directions to wear an elastic compression garment. These garments are intended to promote healing and make your recovery more comfortable, which is essential after any procedure. Here are some facts about compression garments/bandages to help you understand their importance.
What is a Compression Garment/Bandage?
Surgical compression garments are bands that are a combination of elastic and cloth woven together. They are designed to stretch around an area of the body (in the case of a tummy tuck, the abdomen) and apply consistently even pressure. Compression garments for tummy tuck patients are either a single band that wraps around your abdomen, briefs that reach to the navel area, or even something similar to Spanx or a girdle. Regardless of the type of garment, it is an essential part of the healing process, and must be worn exactly as instructed by your doctor.
Why is a Compression Garment/Bandage Important?
While not wearing your compression garment after your tummy tuck may not seem like a big deal, it is, in fact, vital to your overall results. Wearing the garment around the clock for the time period specified by your doctor is essential to achieving the best possible surgical result.
Your compression garment will prevent unsightly lumps and bumps from forming, allowing your body to heal smoothly and evenly. During surgery, fluid from blood vessels leaks into the surrounding tissues. This fluid accumulation can prevent proper healing, and may, in some cases, lead to inflammation and infection, as well as separation at the incision site. Your garment will prevent leakage, as well as prevent related complications like seromas, which are pockets of clear, serous fluid that may develop after surgery. While a seroma is not an abscess, it is still an unwanted issue that will drastically detract from the aesthetic results of your tummy tuck.
How Should My Compression Garment/Bandage Fit?
Your doctor will give you instructions on how to use the garment, as well as recommendations as to which type or style you should use. Proper fit is crucial to the overall result of your surgery. The garment should stay put, meaning it should stay in place and not form rolls or fold over. Folding or rolling of the garment can block blood flow, cutting off circulation and putting too much pressure on the area beneath the fold.
The garment or bandage that your doctor recommends should also have a panty extension, which will aid in the prevention of the garment rolling up. A panty extension also adds compression in the section of your abdomen that is below your incision and in the groin area. This is important as the area below the incision can become very swollen in the days immediately following your surgery.
Remember that a garment or bandage that does not fit properly can create more problems than it solves. If the garment doesn’t fit exactly, there is a great risk of it not staying in place, creating the aforementioned rolls and folds. These rolls and folds can create depressions and “dents” in your abdomen, which will adversely affect your results. There is also a real danger that an improperly fitted garment or bandage can reduce or cut off circulation to the incision area, resulting in extreme healing difficulties.
Meet Dr. Kristin A. Boehm
Having a tummy tuck can greatly enhance your self-esteem, giving you the confidence in your body image that you are entitled to. Scheduling a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and expectations is a huge step towards having the body confidence to which every woman is entitled.
Dr. Kristin Boehm of Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery typically performs the tummy tuck as an outpatient surgical procedure. Dr. Boehm also performs a full array of breast, and body contouring surgeries with a focus on aesthetic enhancement and rejuvenation. She sets the standards for outstanding care and beautiful results.
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