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I'm hoping to learn from other's experiences here....
My boyfriend has had very mild liposuction around his hips, it was done 10 days ago. It all seems to be healing cleanly, although very black/purpley-bruised, which seems to be perfectly normal at this stage. It was done by a very very reputable surgeon, who friends recommended to him.
I happened to mention to him that a friend of mine who had liposuction (different surgeon, was done on her stomach, hips and legs, and maybe 3 years ago) was given this weird tubi-grip bandage looking garment to wear for quite some time after her procedure, and I thought the idea of the garment was 1) to minimise swelling and generally speed up the healing procedure....and 2) to mould/shape the skin and compress the remaining fat into a pleasing contour.
Having looked quite extensively into this online now, I find quite conflicting views. We both agreed that a surgeon of the calibre who performed his procedure would have told him to wear one if he thought he should, and looking at other web pages, some other surgeons seem to think they make no real difference, but I'd find it really helpful to hear first hand from people who have actually been through the same thing.
So (finally!) my questions are:
1. Do you absolutely need to wear a compression garment after mild liposuction to the hips? 2. If the answer is basically "yes" then is it too late to reap any real benefits if he starts wearing one now after 10 days?
Was just wondering how things were going with the bf now? Did you ever look into compression garments after this?
Well, to answer your question regarding when should you wear a compression garment: Typically up to 8 weeks post-surgery. With lipo procedures, its best to wear a stage 1 garment for 1-2 weeks right after surgery. This garment usually has zippers and is slightly looser . Due to heavy drainage and long, continuous periods of time that you may need to wear the garment, it is recommended to have 2 Stage One garments so one could be in the wash while the other is worn.
Stage 2 garments are typically worn during 2-8 weeks post-op (or longer, depending on the doctor's instructions). A second stage garment is worn once your first stage garment (first 1-2 weeks of post-op) is no longer appropriate. Generally, the amount of time you will need to wear your garment will be reduced as your move forward in time. Second stage garments are sized smaller, and have a less bulky appearance than first stage garments. They will feel tighter than a stage 1!
Your boyfriend may benefit still from wearing a stage two garment is you notice that he is still a little puffy. YOu can check one out like this: Bella-Jane Male Compression Briefs, which you can check out here: http://bit.ly/dDmOqU
Lemme know how it worked out for him, since it has been a couple of months!
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