Everyone is different and we should always take your healing rates into account when considering the common question of “How long do you have to wear compression after lipo?”

But, as a general rule, you should be thinking in the region of six weeks.

Some surgeons say eight weeks. Others will say six, but then if you have regular MLD (manual lymphatic drainage) sessions, it’s not uncommon for our patients to no longer need them after just three or four weeks.

This is because, by moving the lymphatic fluid, it doesn’t sit between the skin and the tissue to which it needs to reattach. And so you heal faster.

Here are some questions that we’re asked. They all have the same answer as above:

  • how long to wear compression garment after lipo 360
  • how long to wear compression garment post lipo
  • how long to wear compression garment after arm lipo
  • how long to wear compression garment after tummy tuck and liposuction
  • when can i stop wearing compression garment after liposuction

On the question of sleeping without compression garment after lipo then, you can see why wearing one 24 hours a day is important.

If you remove your garment to sleep, then your body will fill with the fluid that the garment is there to control. And therefore, your healing will be slower. Albeit you will be more comfortable, but you’ll be surprised how quickly you get used to wearing one.

We would always advise on wearing a compression garment after liposuction, even when you sleep. But it’s important to understand that we’re not here as the garment police, handing out fines if you don’t follow exactly what you should do. We’re here to give you the information so that you can make informed choices. Within that, you have your life to lead, and we will sort out any complications that arise from that.

What happens if you don’t wear compression garment after lipo?

The hard fat making skin appear plastic like plasticine

Showing how fat can harden if you don’t have MLD soon enough and with enough frequency post surgery

There are no guarantees here, but you’ll be looking at getting hard spots or tissue that feels like soap. It’s hard and immobile. And takes a long time to break down on its own.

You’ll also take longer to heal.

Some ways that our clients ‘break the rules’ after lipo

  • Sleeping without compression garment after lipo Some people just can’t cope with sleeping in their garment. We don’t recommend not wearing it, but if you need to get a good night’s sleep, there is a balance. This is when your body does most of its healing, so if you get complications such as increased swelling or hard fatty lumps as a result of not wearing your garment during the night, we’ll help you get back on top of things.
  • What happens if i don’t wear compression garment after chin lipo. This is especially important for our patients who have jobs in the public eye. But honestly no-one wants to walk around wearing those garments. They are useful; they have a place and ideally should be worn. But, if you make the informed decision not to, then expect greater swelling, more hard lumps and to take longer to heal.
  • No-one ever thinks to ask, is my compression garment too loose. But many are. Now, this is where we don’t mess about. If you’re wearing it, you may as well wear a good fitting one that will do the job properly.
  • Not wearing the garment for nights out. Again, you may find that you’ll get a hardening like a sheet under your skin pretty fast after your misdemeanor. But, if we see you the day after and possibly another time the day after, then we have experienced great results of pulling back the damage you have done.
  • Smoking and drinking post surgery. This is an issue. It slows down your healing and means that you increase your chances of complications, including infections. The effects of this aren’t to be taken lightly. However, if you’re a few weeks post op and everything is looking good, your wounds are healed, then you can take your own view on whether it is time to review your social life. It isn’t something we ever recommend, though.

What happens if you don’t wear compression garment after tummy tuck?

Compression garments post tummy tuck are really important for you getting a good finish to your scar. We’ve seen some horror stories over the years where patients didn’t wear them, or wore loose ones provided by some clinics abroad, and their scars stuck down in the wrong place.

What that means in reality is that you’re left with a scar that isn’t straight, your tissue dimples around it and puckers. And it becomes as unsightly as the tissue you had removed, very often giving you another overhang.

What is the best compression garment after liposuction?

Now these garments aren’t all made equal. We’ve written extensively about why we recommend plastic UK.

The thing to consider is that wearing a bad fitting, poor quality garment is akin to not wearing one at all. It can cause that many complications. So think long hard about what is the best compression garment after lipo and invest in a good one. It’ll save you money in the long run.

And let’s face it, who wants to go through the trouble and pain of surgery and then not get the best results because you didn’t want to invest an extra £40 in the aftercare procedure?

However, there is such a thing as too much compression after liposuction. Especially for women who still have to suffer their monthly cycle during this healing process. We’ll advise you on the best way to deal with this when we see you as everyone is different.

How long to wear compression garment after tummy tuck and lipo?

This will be the same as how long to wear compression garment after lipo that we answered above. It may be that your particular circumstances mean you wear it for a little more or less than six weeks, but this is a good guide.

The added complication when you’ve had a tummy tuck doesn’t come from the garment you wear, but making sure that your scar heals fast. This will minimise your complications and can really improve your end result. This is really where you should invest in our post surgery pack.

My compression garment hurts.

This can be a common issue. There are several things that you can do to help this, and when we see you we can advise you on how best to sort this out.

But a compression garment isn’t meant to be comfortable, it’s meant to take care of you so that you heal with minimal complications.

How tight should a faja be?

You shouldn’t be able to pick it up from your skin easily. It needs to be that tight part of your body. There shouldn’t be any give in it. Any creases on the side are a sign that your garment is too loose.

However, a good fitting garment, albeit tight, shouldn’t hurt as such. If you wear the vests for a few weeks following abdominal vaser lipo, then you could end up with areas where they rub you. This can be a side effect, but you’ll usually only wear these for a few weeks, anyway.

The question of wearing a compression garment after liposuction is interesting because there are ways to wear one. You can add a pad into the bottom if that helps, you can use bra extenders if that helps. We will always look at the problem for you and give you our best advice.

To book in for a post surgery aftercare appointment, text us on 07757 946023 or book online. For an appointment for bespoke compression garment measuring, text us. If you’re just about to go in for surgery and want to make sure you have everything you need at home afterwards, then you can buy your recovery pack here.