Why wear a post-surgical compression garment?
A medical compression garment can assist in the body’s healing process and improve procedure results, post-operatively. However, accurate compression and patient compliance in wearing a medical compression garment can affect the outcome. For the most part, patients who comply with their doctor’s recommendation to wear a compression garment have reported a greater sense of overall satisfaction associated with their procedure results. Additionally, greater procedure satisfaction has been linked to patients who reported 100% compliance versus patients who wore a compression garment less than the recommended time. Patient compliance has been directly linked to selecting a garment that properly fits a patient’s body, is designed for good hygiene, and is attractive and comfortable while providing accurate compression.
Proper compression on the subdermal layers:
• reduces the risk of seromas, lymphedema, hematomas and skin unevenness
• reduces fluid build‐up in subdermal surgical lipectomy area
• increases blood circulation
• promotes proper skin adhesion to newly contoured areas
• holds surgical dressings in place until removed
Alternately, an ill-fitting or ill-designed compression garment may cause increased risk of seromas, lymphedema, lumpy or uneven skin composition, exaggerated or red scars, or necrosis.