In addition to skin incisions that usually result in discreet scars, cosmetic surgery typically results in damage to tissues that are hidden under the skin. Many surgical procedures often involve severing or removing connective tissue and delicate blood and lymph vessels. This damage can be small-scale or widespread, depending on the type of surgery, and it can take weeks or months for your body to fully recover from the trauma.
Plastic surgeons agree that one of the fundamental aspects of patient recovery from cosmetic surgery is the selection and appropriate use of a well-fitted high compression garment or post-surgery bra. These specially-designed garments and accessories provide compression throughout the recovery phase. Their function is to ease post-operative complications such as fluid build-up, haematomas and seromas (in addition to the appropriate medical care). There are also benefits in appearance when using post-surgery garments, as they help to promote and guide skin retraction and connective tissue formation, while reducing the risk of unsightly folds and creases. Also, patients often find that high quality compression garments and surgical bras help to relieve pain, particularly during the first week or so after the operation as swelling is suppressed.
Medical-grade compression garments have many important functions:-
• Provide sustained pressure and support to aid recovery;
• Promote effective blood circulation and lymphatic drainage in the affected area;
• Improve body contouring and skin retraction (i.e. minimise sagging);
• Improve comfort, control pain, reduce swelling.