Garment 101: All About Your Post-Operative Shape-Wear

The care you receive after your surgery or procedure is very important to your recovery and may even impact the final aesthetic result. Your surgeon will likely be very involved in this recovery phase and has probably developed specific protocols to ensure the best possible recovery for you.

One way your doctor may choose to make you more comfortable during the recovery process might be to recommend wearing a carefully designed compression garment. If your surgeon has chosen to use general anesthesia during the surgery, you may wake up wearing one of these garments, especially following a liposuction, tummy tuck, breast, buttock, thigh, face or upper arm lift, among other possible procedures.

Why are garments important?

Compression minimizes swelling and pain. Having constant pressure on operated tissues helps to prevent excessive fluid from building up, and helps your body absorb fluid that does accumulate. Even though the incisions look small, your surgical procedure affected a lot of tissue beneath your skin. Though hidden, the result is trauma to an area that your body begins to heal. While this reconstruction is occurring, building materials will travel to the repair zone. Extra blood, lymph and fluids trying to make their way to the affected area combined show up as swelling. This swelling or “edema”, could slow down your body’s healing process and cause you discomfort. Many surgeons have found through experience that compression garments aid in controlling and reducing edema while also making you more comfortable.

  • Speed up your recovery process. The less swelling you have in the first place, the less time you’ll need to get rid of it. Without compression helping your body reabsorb fluid, post-op swelling can linger much longer than necessary.
  • Your results will look better overall. Compression helps your skin contract to its new contours, which is especially important for optimal liposuction results. It also helps prevent a wrinkled appearance to skin after anybody contouring procedure.

How to measure for your garment

During your pre op appointment our medical assistants will measure you for a garment to ensure the accurate fit and you will try on your garment. Use the sizing charts below to measure yourself at home. Everyone experiences the feeling of compression differently, but in general, compression should not be the cause of pain. Your garment should fit snug, but you should be able to slip a finger under the fabric. The seams are sewn on the outside of the garment for comfort

Why Should I get two garments?

Order two garments for hygiene and optimal comfort. For maximum wearing time, which promotes optimal healing conditions, you should have a second garment to wear while the other is being washed. Once your swelling has reduced we highly recommend you either get your garment taken in to fit your smaller frame or purchase a stage two garment available at our medspa Amachi Medspa. Stage two garments will ensure your body is still being compressed appropriately.

How do I put my garment on?

Your garment will be placed on you on the day of surgery by our nurses. When taking it on and off to shower we strongly recommend you ask for assistance take it off slowly. Sit down and breath once you’ve taken it off to avoid overexertion or possible fainting. You will also be using foams and a binder for maximum compression. Foams are placed on your skin under the garment. Your binder is worn over your garment. Our surgeons do not recommend getting a stiff ab board or back board to avoid skin necrosis.

We offer the best quality garments

Georgia Plastic offers garments from Marena Recovery Group the best quality garments for optimal care and comfort below are some tips to choose the right garments for post op care.

  • More Stretch, More Power – the best compression fabrics have lots of stretch and recovery power provided by Elastene, Spandex or LYCRA®
  • Durability – the garment should last the entire recovery time without losing its shape.
  • Softness – soft fabric is more comfortable.
  • Cool and Dry – it should move perspiration away from your body so it can evaporate quickly, helping you stay drier and more comfortable.
  • Anti-microbial – inhibiting the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew keeps the fabric clean and fresh.
  • Irritant Free– Latex, silicone and formaldehyde free

How do I care for my Garments?

To preserve the special qualities of your garment and its patented ComfortWeave® fabric, please follow these no-hassle laundering instructions while washing only with like colors:

  • Turn Garment Inside out
  • Machine wash on gentle or delicate cycle
  • DO NOT use Bleach
  • Use cold/cool water only
  • Use gentle soap
  • Do NOT dry clean
  • Tumble dry on delicate or low heat
  • DO NOT use Fabric softener
  • DO NOT iron


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