Do I have to wear compression garments after a Tummy Tuck?
My doctor says compression garments don't have any impact on the Tummy Tuck outcome and that I should avoid them. They are a bit of an ordeal but I wouldn't say no to wearing them if I knew they were really necessary. I feel that I need a second opinion on this. Can anyone please help me? Thank you!
I use compression of some form on all of my tummy tucks, either a wraparound abdominal binder or panty girdles, or both. I believe it helps trememdously with reducing the overall healing time. One of the most common complications of a tummy tuck is the accumulation of fluid (serum or blood) in the space created by releasing the skin/fat from the underlying muscle layer in order to pull this tight. Even a small amount of postoperative seepage can result in a large collection over several days. For this reason, I always put in drainage tubes as well as use external compression. The tubes typically come out a week later, in the first postoperative visit and the compression is discontinued about a week later, after I feel comfortable that fluid buildup is unlikely. Most patients do not complain about the compression. Many ask to continue it for a while stating that it makes them more comfortable.
Hope this helps,
R. Bosshardt, MD, FACS
Most patients find compression garments helpful and comfortable after tummy tuck. They may also reduce risk of seroma formation so I usually recommend for 3-4 weeks after surgery.
Dr. Daniel Schmid has 1 Tummy tuck before & after:
There are no major studies that I am aware of that show compression garments help or hurt. Most plastic surgeons however, do recommend compression garments after body contouring procedures, largely because patients actually find it useful to have support. You should discuss it further with your surgeon to make a final decision.