Why pressure garment is must post Liposuction surgery Recovery?

  • Posted by: Dr. Milan Doshi
  • Category: Body Surgery
pressure garments after liposuction


Liposuction and a range of body contouring procedures have gained immense popularity as body contouring cosmetic surgery. Following these surgeries, effective post-operative care is indispensable to ensure the best possible outcomes and a seamless recovery.

A pivotal component of post-liposuction care entails the utilization of pressure garments.  One must be prepared to commit to pressure garments, after undergoing body contouring surgery, as their use plays a vital role in preventing complications and smooth recovery and smooth contour.


What is a Pressure Garment?

A pressure garment, is a specialized, elastic, and tight-fitting clothing item designed to be worn post-liposuction or other surgical procedures. It is typically made of high-quality, stretchable fabric that exerts consistent pressure on the treated areas of the body.

Pressure garments are specifically crafted clothing items intended to deliver precise pressure and assistance to the operated regions following liposuction procedures. Integrating these garments into the post-operative care regimen enables individuals to enhance their recuperation period, minimize inflammation, and attain the most gratifying outcomes achievable.


what is Characteristics of ideal Pressure Garment?

  • Close-fitting: Opting for tailored garments is preferable. Pressure garments are snug-fitting to provide uniform compression to the treated areas.
  • Elasticity: They are made from stretchy materials, allowing for ease of movement.
  • Breathable: Quality pressure garments are designed to be breathable, ensuring comfort and minimizing sweating.
  • Seamless: The absence of seams reduces friction against the skin, preventing irritation.
  • Easy to Wear: Pressure garments often feature zippers or hook-and-eye closures for convenience.


Pressure garments are typically made from specialized materials.

  1. Spandex (Lycra): Spandex is a stretchy, elastic material that is commonly used in pressure garments. It provides the necessary compression and allows the garment to conform to the body’s contours.
  2. Nylon: Nylon is known for its durability and strength, making it suitable for maintaining the garment’s shape and compression properties over time.
  3. Polyester: Polyester is another synthetic fabric used in pressure garments. It is often chosen for its moisture-wicking properties, which help keep the skin dry and comfortable.
  4. Cotton: Some pressure garments may have a cotton lining or blend. Cotton provides breathability and softness, making it more comfortable to wear directly against the skin.
  5. Microfiber: Microfiber fabrics are known for their smooth texture, moisture-wicking capabilities, and durability. They are often used in pressure garments for their comfort and performance.
  6. Latex: In some compression garments, latex rubber may be used to provide additional support and compression. However, it’s important to note that latex can cause allergies in some individuals, so alternative materials are often preferred.

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What are the Benefits of Compression Garments?

  1. Reduce Swelling: prevent fluid accumulation and reducing post-operative swelling.
  2. Minimize Pain or Discomfort: They ease pain, improve posture, and aid in caring for the treated area during early recovery.
  3. Hematoma Prevention: Compression garments apply gentle pressure, sealing off damaged blood vessels, reducing bleeding risk, and preventing blood collection.
  4. Reduce Bruising: help minimize the appearance of bruises by keeping blood away from the skin’s surface.
  5. Scaring Prevention: minimize scarring and they optimize healing by stabilizing tissues and reducing tension on incision sites.
  6. Faster Recovery: aid in faster recovery.
  7. Enhance Final Results: They prevent lax or wrinkled skin, assist in skin retraction, and contribute to a tighter and improved contour.

What Should Be the Pressure?

  • Common ranges are 20-30 mmHg.
  • The pressure exerted by the garment should be firm but not excessively tight.


How long one should wear pressure garment? 

The length of time for wearing a compression garment, dependent on the scope of the liposuction procedure and individual healing rates. Many surgeons suggest continuous use during the initial few weeks, with a gradual reduction in wear time as healing advances.

At Allure Medspa, Mumbai  our recommendation is 24 hours a day for the first three weeks, followed by 10 to 12 hours daily for the subsequent three weeks. For extensive liposuction procedures, a more extended duration of wear may be necessary.

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How to Wear Compression Garments?

  1. Covering the Operated Area: Ensure the garment covers and go little beyond. the treated area.
  2. Continuous Wear: In the initial phase, wear the garment continuously, only removing it for essential activities.
  3. Proper Sizing: the garment providing a snug fit without excessive tightness.
  4. Avoid Bunching: Eliminate wrinkles or fabric bunching to ensure a smooth fit.
  5. Careful Removal: Remove the garment cautiously to prevent unnecessary stretching.
  6. Stay Hydrated: Maintain proper hydration to support circulation and reduce the risk of blood clots.


What are the Drawbacks of Compression Garments?

  1. Discomfort: They may feel tight and restrictive, leading to discomfort, particularly during the initial wearing period.
  2. Heat: Compression garments can induce warmth, potentially causing increased sweating.

What are the Complications of Compression Garments?

  1. Skin Irritation: Prolonged or improper usage may result in skin irritation or a rash; wearing a thin, breathable cotton layer underneath can alleviate this issue.
  2. Numbness or Tingling: Overly tight garments may cause numbness or tingling in the treated areas.
  3. Excessive Pressure: Excessive pressure, especially in abdominal or chest garments, could potentially lead to breathing difficulties.
  4. Skin Necrosis : rarest rare

When NOT to wear pressure garments?

  1. allergies to garment materials like latex or specific fabrics, which can cause skin reactions.
  2. Medical conditions impaired circulation, open wounds, active infections, certain skin conditions, uncontrolled medical conditions, nerve damage, and those wearing
  3. pregnant individuals unless recommended by a healthcare provider.

How the Pressure Garment Should Be Washed and Dried?

  • Follow the manufacturer’s care instructions, typically found on the garment’s label.
  • Hand wash in cold water and AVOID HOT WATER
  • USE mild soap and rinse thoroughly. Avoid using harsh detergents.
  • Gently squeeze out excess water without wringing and lay flat to dry.
  • Avoid direct sunlight or heat sources.

When Pressure Garment Should Be Discarded?

  1. If the garment becomes loose or no longer provides adequate compression, it should be replaced.
  2. Generally, it is advisable to have a backup garment in case the primary one needs to be discarded.


In conclusion, pressure garments, such as compression garments, are essential tools in post-surgical care. Offering numerous benefits and preventing complications after body contouring surgeries. However, it’s crucial to exercise caution and adhere to professional guidance when considering their use. Proper sizing and compression levels are also vital to ensure both comfort and effectiveness. By understanding when to wear and when not to wear pressure garments, individuals can make informed choices that contribute to their overall well-being and recovery.