What is the importance of compression after plastic surgery?

Compression aids the recovery process following plastic surgery.

If you are considering plastic surgery, you will know that there are many factors to consider. How will you choose a surgeon who understands your needs? Are you clear about your aesthetic goals? Which procedure is most appropriate for you?

While these are all important questions, one of the most crucial considerations of all is the recovery period that will follow your procedure. In order to enjoy optimal results with which you are genuinely satisfied, you should know that proper healing is key.

As part of your recovery, your surgeon will recommend that you wear a compression garment — here’s why it’s essential that you do so…

1. Compression minimises swelling  

Swelling is a common (and completely normal) side effect of surgery. In fact, the body naturally floods the site of surgery and the surrounding area with fluids as part of the healing process. If, however, too much fluid accumulates, it can lead to excessive swelling and fluids can become trapped — this, in turn, can lead to discomfort and a delayed recovery. Compression garments help to manage post-surgical swelling by helping the body to absorb excessive fluid.

2. Compression reduces bruising and scarring

You may notice some bruising after your surgery, and this is nothing to be concerned about. Bruising occurs when there is bleeding below the surface of the skin, often as a result of damage to the blood vessels. By wearing your compression garment, you will apply pressure to the site of surgery, which will help to minimise bleeding and reduce the amount of blood that reaches the skin’s surface. The quicker you can reduce bruising, the sooner you will be able to see and enjoy the results of your procedure.

Your compression garment will also help to minimise any scarring that may occur as a result of your surgery. As your garment applies pressure, it helps to protect your incisions and keep any stitches in place. This allows surgical wounds to heal efficiently, and also softens and flattens scars.

3. Compression keeps you comfortable

Your compression garment is designed to reduce your discomfort after surgery, as well as to provide support. By supporting your healing skin, the risk of wrinkling and laxity is reduced during the recovery period. By wearing your garment according to your surgeon’s instructions, it is also possible to protect your surgical incisions from accidental knocks and bumps, which could otherwise cause damage and pain.

Compression also helps to keep your surgical dressings clean and free from infection, which is extremely important as you heal from your procedure.

How can we help?

Associate Professor Dean White is a plastic surgeon based in Melbourne. He offers a comprehensive range of procedures for the face, breasts and body. If you are considering a cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, we encourage you to come in for a consultation.

Associate Professor Dean White and his team will guide you through your treatment of choice every step of the way — this includes the initial consultation, any necessary surgical preparation, the procedure itself, and the recovery period. If you have any questions or concerns along the way, please don’t hesitate to raise them. It is important that you feel informed, supported and cared for throughout your treatment journey.

Associate Professor Dean White will let you know how long you should wear your compression garment for, depending on your individual treatment. He will also explain exactly how to wear it, and what you should know about keeping it clean and hygienic. He will help you find a compression garment that fits you comfortably and which is suited to your particular body.

To arrange an appointment with Associate Professor Dean White, please get in touch here or give us a call on (03) 9895 7631.

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