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The case for post-operative compression wear

2017-03-03

Medically designed post-operative compression wear has been utilized as a tool to assist [enhance, promote] the healing process, contributing to improved post operative results following invasive plastic surgery procedures, both aesthetic and reconstructive.

 Such operations include augmentations (breast and buttock) and liposculpture (liposuction/fat transfer) that upset the cohesion between the dermis (skin), subcutaneous fat (stored under the skin) and muscle layers.  

Invasive plastic surgery procedures often result in unwanted side effects, including a) bruised connective tissues, b) traumatized capillaries and blood vessels and c) compromised flow of lymphatic fluid.  After an invasive plastic surgery procedure, serum and blood seep into adjacent tissues causing negative side effects such as swelling and lymphedema. If not constrained, these fluids will stretch the epidermis and dermis layers, and thus negatively impact dermal layers and underlying tissues.

Correctly fitted medical compression garments provide pressure to disturbed tissue layers in order to facilitate proper healing and contouring of anatomical surfaces in order to achieve a desired therapeutic, structural or aesthetic benefit.  Compression garments can provide pressure points ranging between 15-20 mm hg across a patient’s body surface that will provide pressure to the disturbed tissues and direct fluids to low pressure regions.

Provided that proper compression is applied and, that the patient follows the medical team’s instructions for proper use, wearing a compression garment can positively affect the outcome of an invasive plastic surgery procedure.  Patients who comply with their surgeon’s recommendations to wear a prescribed compression garment, report a greater overall satisfaction with the results of their procedure, especially those patients that follow instructions fully, as opposed to patients wearing their garments less than the recommended time.