At ContourMD we’ve been creating custom-fit compression garments and bespoke Shapewear since 1982. Our dedication to the customer service experience and quality has made us a cult favorite & it’s easy to see why!   ContourMD has you covered every step of the way! When. you order with us, you aren’t dealing with a distribution … Continued

At ContourMD we’ve been creating custom-fit compression garments and bespoke Shapewear since 1982. Our dedication to the customer service experience and quality has made us a cult favorite & it’s easy to see why!

 

ContourMD has you covered every step of the way! When. you order with us, you aren’t dealing with a distribution center or a box store. ContourMD’

When it comes to shapewear, the choices can be overwhelming. You may know some of the brands, but what do you know about their quality? You may have seen the ads, but what do you know about their customer experience? What happens if it doesn’t fit, the wrong color, the wrong size, the wrong product? Then what? 

Wrong Size? ContourMD offers you a free measuring tape to help you get started off right.  Our shapewear is custom-made to your measurements so your fit is guaranteed. If it’s not right when it arrives, we’ll make it right for you. It’s that easy. 

Wrong Garment?  We’re just human. Sometimes things get mixed up but an exchange is quick and easy. ContourMD is made right here in the USA & our customer service team is quick to make things right. No matter what stage of compression, or shapewear, we have what you need. 

What Next? Whether you’re going through a recovery process or you’re a daily shapewear, ContourMD has everything you need to feel comfortable and confident every day no matter what you wear.

When Covid hit in 2020, ContourMD pivoted to add personal protection equipment to their lineup.

 

By providing quality PPE to our clients we’re also able to provide masks for a variety of community resources through our Mask Match initiative. We set a goal of 100,000 face masks & until we reach that goal, orders of our 3-Ply Face Masks will be matched 1-1 in direct PPE donations to underfunded Kansas City services like food banks, homeless shelters, and mental health services.

Simply purchase one or more boxes for yourself and we’ll donate a matching number in your name, or you can directly sponsor a purchase of masks for one of our sponsored charities! No code needed, we will automatically match the first 100 boxes per order.

At ContourMD we are dedicated to serving our clients and our community. If there is anything you need during the shapewear shopping process, we are here to help. Free free to give us a call or send over an email with any questions you have along the way.

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Wearing Daily Shapewear After Gastric Bypass What’s the deal with Shapewear and how can it help me look thinner? After undergoing a gastric bypass procedure, many people aren’t able to remove the excess skin right away but don’t worry! There are solutions that can help in this situation. Many who do not have their excess … Continued

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contourmd shapewear for daily wear after gastric bypass helps you feel comfortable & confident.

Wearing Daily Shapewear After Gastric Bypass

What’s the deal with Shapewear and how can it help me look thinner?

After undergoing a gastric bypass procedure, many people aren’t able to remove the excess skin right away but don’t worry! There are solutions that can help in this situation. Many who do not have their excess skin removed right away (or at all) choose to wear compression garments or shapewear to help keep the loose skin tucked against you comfortably to prevent chaffing and irritation.

These garments can help in more ways than just aesthetics, though. Some of the benefits of wearing shapewear compression garments after gastric bypass procedures include:

  • Helps smooth the look of loose skin while keeping it from causing pain due to its weight
  • To further shape and reduce your waist line
  • Improve posture while providing back support, which can be required after surgery

You will want to confirm directly with your surgeon when you can begin wearing ContourMD’s compression garments and shapewear, after your gastric bypass surgery.

Everyone’s recovery schedule is different and it’s important to be aware of your options and benefits of shapewear/compression gear post-surgery. Ask your surgeon if you are curious about whether compression and shapewear are safe for you. Compression can be a beneficial recovery tool after your surgery, as the recovery garments can help reduce bruising and swelling, improve/maintain your new figure, and even reduce the appearance of scars in the long term. Patients often find compression or shapewear to be very comfortable once you get used to it because it provides a sort of stability uniform compression that helps with circulation as well as, “keeping everything in place”.

Shapewear for loose skin is not only comfortable, you practically forget about it once you start wearing it regularly. It can also help you feel more secure in your new body, as it helps to keep things looking smooth and under control.

Why do I need to wear shapewear after gastric bypass surgery?

As a category of clothing, shapewear has continued to evolve over the years, and is widely accepted as a useful host of garments to help reduce sagging while improving elasticity of the skin.

In addition to post-gastric bypass surgery, people wear shapewear for a variety of reasons including post-pregnancy, in the gym, in the later stages after other surgeries, under “fancy clothing” to look good for special events or even just as a daily accessory to help accentuate your natural curves.

Shapewear helps stimulate heat and blood flow/circulation to the affected area, which improves healing and the look/elasticity of the skin in that area.

At ContourMD, we take great pride in creating some of the highest quality (affordable!) shapewear in the USA. In fact, we have been designing and producing our shapewear here in

America for over 30 years, so you know you’re getting the best quality available.

Our products are durable and all custom fitted (so make sure your measurements are accurate!) and as a result, we are ideal for daily wear. We recommend buying at least two of your favorite shapewear accessories so you can continue wearing one while the other is being washed/dried (always air dry your shapewear!).

Are you sold on Shapewear yet?

You can take a look at some of our favorites here & see how they can enhance your daily wardrobe:

Women’s High Back Mid-Thigh Pull On Body Garment – This slip on mid-thigh girdle with suspenders of the highest quality Lycra fabric provides for a highly compressive, yet comfortable compression garment. This after-surgery garment comes standard with an open crotch, adjustable, removable straps, an open bust and a reinforced abdominal area. This slip on mid-thigh compression girdle is designed to accommodate your range of mobility on a daily basis while still providing comfortable support.

Women’s Slip On Panty Girdle, Closed Crotch – High-quality Lycra fabric provides a uniform support and compression after your gastric bypass procedure. We have reinforced the abdominal panel to ensure proper compression for without sacrificing your comfort. This slip on panty girdle offers a beautiful classic look while providing all the support you need.

Women’s Brief Body Shaper Without Zippers – This garment provides a firm and comfortable compression from 55% soft-knitted Lycra Spandex. The material is gentle against the skin and ideal for wearing as a shaper under your “regular” clothes. Providing compression from the hips, thighs, breast, and abdominal area, this garment is ideal for under dresses, jumpers, or a professional skirt/shirt combo. This shaper hugs your new frame and provides a pretty lace pattern across the bra top if you want to use it as an undershirt.

Men’s PowerNet Vest – This soft-knitted 55% Lycra Spandex material delivers maximum compression and “smooth factor”. This vest is double-reinforced on the front panel and has adjustable shoulder straps so you can enjoy a customized fit.

Mid Thigh Male Compression Brief – This brief helps with a smooth recovery while providing optimal comfort and uniform compression. The 4 inch waistband and reinforced panel over the hips is ideal for wear under gym clothing.

Have questions? We are always only a phone call away & our team is always happy to help.

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Recovery From Breast Augmentation What to expect at each stage. Year after year, breast augmentation is one of the most requested and most popular cosmetic surgeries on the plastic surgery circuit. ContourMD recognizes that this surgery is life changing for many, and because of this, it’s important to know exactly what you’re in for when … Continued

Recovery From Breast Augmentation

What to expect at each stage.

Year after year, breast augmentation is one of the most requested and most popular cosmetic surgeries on the plastic surgery circuit.

ContourMD recognizes that this surgery is life changing for many, and because of this, it’s important to know exactly what you’re in for when it comes to the recovery process. If you know anyone who has had a breast augmentation, it can be easy to fantasize about the results. But what you didn’t see was the many weeks and different phases of recovery the body goes through post-operation.

Knowing what you’re in for when you make plans for a breast augmentation can be helpful when it comes to planning your schedule around major events, work, and life in general, and it can also provide some peace of mind regarding recovery and timeline expectations.

We’re all about making your recovery process as stress-free as possible, so here’s what you need to know about your breast augmentation recovery!

What is breast augmentation surgery?

First up, it’s important to understand what exactly this surgery is and what’s involved so that you can plan your recovery accordingly.

Breast augmentation is also known as augmentation mammoplasty, and is a cosmetic surgery for increasing the size of a person’s breasts, typically through implants. Sometimes, instead of implants, fat from another part of the body is used but this is not common practice.

The goal of this surgery is usually to:

  • Enhance the physical appearance of the breasts

  • Reconstruct breasts post-mastectomy or other breast surgery

  • Make the breast size and appearance more even

  • Augment the breasts post-pregnancy/breastfeeding

  • Adjust the body for either male-to-female or male-to-nonbinary top surgery

On average, recovery from this type of surgery takes 6-8 weeks, depending on your health status pre-operation.

You can learn more about your options regarding breast augmentation surgery by speaking to a surgeon about the operation and recovery process.

Here’s a little more on what to expect out of the breast augmentation recovery process (or recovery after having my implants removed).

How long is the recovery process?

As mentioned, the recovery process is typically 6-8 weeks long. ContourMD has segmented the recovery process into Stages based on your anticipated status and the associated recovery garments you should be wearing during this time.

Stage 1

Stage 1 in recovery from breast augmentation surgery is weeks 1-2 post-operation. In this stage, following the procedure, bandages, a compression garment, and surgical drains are positioned by your surgeon or medical team.

During these weeks you’ll want to be completely off of work, resting as much as possible.

Stage 1 garments promote healing and provide comfort by lessening fluid buildup, reducing swelling, and preventing bruising. Stage 1 garments provide the required stability to the area and also work to keep the surgical site together.

These garments will also help improve the body’s natural contour post-surgery and can reduce the appearance of scars.

Recommended garments

In Stage 1 you will wear the required garments at all times except when bathing.

PowerNet Compression Bra With Sleeves – Made with high quality lycra spandex, a breathable fabric offering maximum medical grade compression, and comfort. The hook and eye front closure is convenient and easy to maneuver after surgery. The molded lace cups also offer additional stability and the reinforced sleeves provide additional support and circulation to improve drainage while reducing the risk of infection.

Bra With Sleeves By Contour – Constructed with high quality soft-knitted lycra spandex to provide maximum compression and comfort. The molded lace cups and reinforced sleeves provide firm support and stability. Front hook-and-eye closures provide convenient and easy access post-surgery.

SP Bandeau Bra – The bandeau bra was designed with the help of surgeons to ensure maximum compression and comfort as you recover. The bandeau bra helps to keep breast implants in place while stabilizing your torso’s new shape. This model also utilizes a hook-and-eye enclosure.

It is suggested that you purchase two garments so that while one is in the wash, the other is readily available.

Stage 2

Stage 2 is typically 2 weeks long, weeks 3-4 post-operation. During this stage you will notice considerably less fluid buildup and can switch to less compressive garments.

You’ll be feeling more like yourself and can return to some light activities at the approval of your surgeon. You will still be wearing your compression garments around the clock but they will be less compressive as your body begins to heal and your circulation naturally returns to the area.

Recommended garments

Cup Bra – The cup bra provides soft comfort through its nylon blended fabric and (contrary to the namesake) non-cupped design. This bra offers maximum gentle compression against your skin so you will be comfortable as you recover. The traditional front hook-and-eye closure provides a supportive ease of fit and easy access for checkups. Plus, enjoy a smooth appearance under clothing.

Surgical Bra – The surgical bra is to be worn in Stage 2 and offers gentle support while still fully compressing the area. Made with lycra cotton for a soft feel against the skin with a Z hook on the front and back for efficient access to surgical areas (during checkups). The adjustable shoulder straps and extra wide band at the bottom provide additional comfort control.

SP Cover Bra – The SP cover bra provides compression and stability with the help of velcro bands that support your new shape. The molded cups also provide proper targeted support for accurate healing as your chest wall muscles adjust. Both front and back hook-and-eye closures provide efficient access. This bra provides maximum support during the healing process, and a smooth appearance for use under clothing.

You will feel just as comfortable wearing your garment as you will buying products from ContourMD. Shop in confidence as we have been designing and producing compression garments for over 30 years, working directly with cosmetic surgeons to construct the perfect products for your new shape, with medical grade compression.

Stage 3

Stage 3 will be the final 2 weeks to one month of recovery after having breast implants (or removing them). During this time you may feel almost 100% (that’s great!) but ensure you are cleared by your surgeon before performing any of your regular activities or returning to strength training (if that is an activity you enjoyed before your procedure).

In Stage 3 you may enjoy wearing some of your recovery bras as the compression can feel nice and supportive on your chest. This is totally normal and fine as long as your surgeon approves the extended wear of these garments.

Some people choose to wear less compressive Shapewear during this time. Still offering more support than traditional bras, but slightly less than medical grade compression, shapewear is a comfortable alternative to other garments that provides an aesthetically pleasing look, as well.

Recommended garments

Consider wearing the Cup Bra, SP Cover Bra (both from Stage 2), CareFix Catia Microfiber Comfort Bra, Semi-Shape Compression Bra With Adjustable Straps, or the Zippered Sport Bra.

Additional accessories

In addition to your recovery garments it is recommended to purchase a gentle garment wash like our Variance Fabric Wash Liquid.

Available in a 16oz bottle, this liquid is an advanced cleaning agent specially designed to clean compression and support garments. Variance ensures quick breakdown and suspension of blood residue and bio-burdens in the fabric. By proper cleansing, the compression garment fibers are restored and the life of the garment is extended. Common petroleum based soaps and detergents leave a residue on fibers that will attract dirt, dull color and luster, as well as deteriorate the prescribed pressure of the garment.

It is also recommended that you have two of each type of support garment that is recommended to you by your doctor, as you will need one to wear while the other is being washed. It is recommended to wash your garments every 1-2 days.

For more information on how to care for your recovery garments you can visit our blog here.

Scar Fx Silicone Sheet – Recommended by plastic surgeons and dermatologists, Scar Fx Silicone Sheet (w/Self Adhesive Side) is medically proven in helping reduce the appearance, size, height, thickness, and color of scars for all skin types and color.

Scar Fx works well on both new and old scars regardless of the age of the scar, and can be used on all types of post-surgery scars, and many others. It can be used to reduce the appearance of scars after a breast augmentation surgery or removal of breast implants.

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We always talk about what to expect when you’re expecting… but what about what to expect when you’re taking on a mommy makeover? What exactly is a mommy makeover? What does a mommy makeover involve? What should you wear after a mommy makeover? What does a mommy makeover recovery process look like? So many questions … Continued

We always talk about what to expect when you’re expecting… but what about what to expect when you’re taking on a mommy makeover?

What exactly is a mommy makeover?

What does a mommy makeover involve?

What should you wear after a mommy makeover?

What does a mommy makeover recovery process look like?

So many questions and so much confusion, we wanted to help you sort through the noise and find the truth about Mommy Makeovers.

What exactly is a mommy makeover?

A mommy makeover refers to the process of restoring and reviving ones post-pregnancy body to what it once was, to help mommy feel like herself again. The name seems all encompassing, and that’s because it is. A mommy makeover can refer to a number of procedures that will be tailored and recommended to you specifically by your doctor and/or surgeon. Because everybody is different and every pregnancy is unique, recommendations for mommy makeovers will vary from person to person, depending on the situation. And while it is popular to believe that celebrities undergo mommy makeovers mere weeks after giving birth to restore their pre-pregnancy bodies, it’s simply not true. This would be unsafe for the mother and is not advised. It is our recommendation that everyone discuss recovery plans and post-pregnancy cosmetic procedures directly with their doctors. But it is true that some mothers seem to regain their previous physical appearance faster than others post-pregnancy. This is usually because they are working with nutritionists, physical trainers, and of course, might have the option of having some cosmetic work done.

What does a mommy makeover involve?

A mommy makeover could involve a number of cosmetic treatments including: breast lift or augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, or labiaplasty.

A breast lift/augmentation would be required for women who are in their 30s-40s after giving birth because the breasts expand and contract dramatically during milk production. Once milk production is completed and your baby is weaned, breasts tend to drop back down to their original size (sometimes several cups smaller) leaving behind stretched skin and frankly, saggier breasts.An easy way to tell if you would be eligible for a breast augmentation or lift is if your nipples are pointing straight down, rather than out.

Another potential mommy makeover solution would be liposuction. Liposuction is when fat is removed via a tubal insert. This could be from a number of areas on the body but most likely the tummy/midsection and/or butt and thighs. Liposuction might be necessary before a tummy tuck but not always. If you have stubborn belly fat after a pregnancy (or any time, really), liposuction could be an option for you.

As mentioned, a tummy tuck may be another option you’d like to consider as part of your mommy makeover. This allows you to tighten your stomach skin and muscles that may be weak from pregnancy. It can also be used to help incontinence or unwanted urine flow after pregnancy. Finally, part of a mommy makeover surgery could include a labiaplasty. If there is any uncomfortable or undesirable stretching of the labia minora after childbirth, a labiaplasty is advised.

What should you wear after a mommy makeover?

As you can tell, a mommy makeover can be an intense process and will definitely vary from mother to mother. Because of this, recommending recovery garments is not a “one size fits all” approach.

Here’s what we’d recommend wearing after each procedure:

Breast lift/augmentation – Post-breast augmentation there are various stages of recovery requiring a range of compression garments to help you heal quickly and comfortably. These include the compression bras with sleeves, bandeau bra, and the surgical bra or cover bra.

You can learn more about the various stages of recovery from breast augmentation here.

Liposuction – Recovering from liposuction can be a long recovery process if the right garments are not used. Of course, discuss this directly with your surgeon before your procedure, but to give you an idea, typical garments tend to include: girdles of various heights (depending on where the procedure is targeted), high waisted bodysuit garments, and body shapers.

You can learn more about the various stages of recovery from liposuction here.

Tummy tuck – Abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) surgery is another potentially long recovery process without the right garments. You’ll likely be recommended to wear a variety of highly compressive girdles, body briefs, abdominal binders/boards and contouring body suits as part of the recovery process.

You can learn more about the various stages of recovery from tummy tuck surgery here.

Labiaplasty – It is likely you will be recommended to wear some compressive panties to remain comfortable and improve the healing process after a labiaplasty.

You can find our compressive panties and girdle products here.

What does a mommy makeover recovery process look like?

Keep in mind that some mommy makeover procedures are completing two surgeries at once. While you can absolutely schedule them separately to best accommodate your schedule, it may be advisable to do both at once or within a close time frame to avoid extending the recovery time.

You will be in recovery for at least 8-10 weeks so be sure to schedule your surgeries with potential future events in mind. For example, if you love running in the summer maybe don’t schedule your surgery at the start of the season you’re most fond of.

And keep in mind that you’re going to be uncomfortable for at least a month. Many patients start to feel “normal” again after 3-4 weeks but everyone is different and every recovery period is different, so this might not be the same for you.

To give you a better idea of the recovery process, we have included a rough week by week schedule below:

WEEK 1 – this is the most intense part of recovery and to be honest, you will probably block it out from your memory as you will be on some intense painkillers during this time. You won’t be doing much other than sleeping, eating, and walking to the bathroom to get your circulation flowing. Your compression garments will be your best friends as they provide a steady and uniform comfortable compression on the areas that are sore. You won’t be driving, cooking, or doing any of your “normal” tasks.

WEEK 2 – compared to Week 1, this will be like a 100% improvement. You won’t be on the narcotics (pain killers) any longer, aside from Tylenol and ibuprofen, if advised by your surgeon. Valium might be recommended at night for muscle relaxation and sleep. You will be permitted to drive this week (because no more narcotics) but it is not advisable to drive for long periods. You might need to take naps or rests throughout the day because you are still recovering from intense surgery. Taking short walks outside is definitely encouraged for circulation. Keep resting!

WEEK 3 – this third week is sometimes unpredictable. Patients may either experience significant improvements in energy and swelling, or they may still be healing slowly. If you’re experiencing the latter, you might be frustrated with your situation, but you still need to take it easy. It’s also common to feel completely exhausted by the end of the workday, so you should still ask for help with your daily tasks.

WEEK 4 – you’ll be shedding a lot of your super compressive gear and trading it in for shapewear or simply wearing it intermittently, as your muscles will have healed properly in their places by now. Depending on what your doctor says you may be able to engage in light cardio activity, but stop if there is any pain. There may still be some swelling and bruising, but far less than the first few weeks. You’ll be able to start wearing your “regular” pre-surgery clothing again and can go to the office for work.

WEEKS 5 AND 6 – start enjoying your mommy makeover results! While you might need to wait a few weeks to hit the gym again, you will feel mostly back to normal by these weeks. Swelling is mostly gone and you will look and feel good (maybe even start buying some new clothes).

And there you have it, your mommy makeover recovery timeline is around six weeks to “normalcy” but it’s important to remember every body heals at a different rate and you should take care to speak with your doctor.  It’s really a small price to pay to look and feel like your pre-pregnancy self.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send us a message!

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How To Care For Your New Shapewear We all know how much an investment recovery and shapewear are.  Quality costs up front but the cost per wear is small because custom made garments longer lasting than mass produced counterparts. As with any high quality clothing or under garments, the lifespan of the garment is directly … Continued

How To Care For Your New Shapewear

We all know how much an investment recovery and shapewear are.  Quality costs up front but the cost per wear is small because custom made garments longer lasting than mass produced counterparts. As with any high quality clothing or under garments, the lifespan of the garment is directly related to how well you care for it. Now, you may be wondering how do I take care of my shapewear? 

Through regular care, these pieces last a lot longer than lower quality shapewear brands which explains the slightly higher initial investment. ContourMD’s custom made recovery garments and shapewear are guaranteed but they last longest when cared for properly.  While the garments themselves should last a long time due to their quality, their lives are extended even further when cared for properly. Taking care of your recovery or shapewear helps ensure it stays compressive, elastic, and comfortable for the lifespan of the garment. 

 

Wearing Shapewear for Longevity 

If you wear shapewear everyday, not just on special occasions, it’s definitely best to have at least two pairs of shapewear so that you can alternate between them, and have a pair to wear while the other is being washed. We recommend two in your favorite shade and an extra for dressing up needs.

By giving the fabric a day to “recover” and regain some of its elasticity between uses, you are extending the life of the elastic and of the garment as a whole. While it may seem counterintuitive, having multiple pairs of a garment will extend the life of each garment individually. Think about your shoes. The ones you wear daily break down quicker, those that get rotated out have a longer lifespan. Same for the elastic in your shapewear, you place less stress on the garment by not wearing them on a daily basis. 

It’s important to keep in mind that shapewear counts as an undergarment, even if it’s worn over your standard undergarments. Because it has direct contact with your skin, the oils and dirt that is expelled by your pores tends to break down the fabric so you’ll want to wash them every 1-2 wears. This is for sanitary reasons, they absorb the sweat from your body and can develop an odor, this also extends the life of the garment by removing the oils that break down the elastic. 

 

Washing Shapewear for Longevity 

You absolutely can and should be washing your shapewear on a regular basis. As we mentioned, every 1-2 wears you should be giving them a clean. It doesn’t have to be an intense spin on the industrial cycle, but just a quick and gentle wash with your delicates. We recommend a mesh laundry bag to keep snaps, hooks and zippers safe.

How to Wash Your Shapewear 

  1. When machine washing, use a detergent for sensitive skin to prevent unexpected reactions.
  2. Wash by hand in the sink but as we all know this takes a lot of time. It will extend the life of your pieces but you may not have the time to dedicate – gentle cycle is fine but using the mesh laundry bag is best in the machine. 
  3. Your washer will automatically use COLD water for the gentle cycle but if you’re washing by hand, make sure to rinse cold or super low temperature. You know how dermatologists recommend rinsing your skin with cold water after washing your face to close your pores and keep your skin’s elasticity up? It’s pretty much the same principle here.
  4. Pro tip: don’t use the spin cycle or twist the garments to ring out water! They need to drip dry. 
  5. Whatever you do, please do NOT put your shapewear in the dryer. Not only does it break down the fabric and alter the appearance of the clothing, it ruins the elasticity and compressive factors that shapewear has to offer and can actually warp the garment. 
  6. No one wants to look lumpy, that’s why we buy shapewear in the first place so please, don’t dry the pieces in your dryer. This is also why we recommend having more than 1 piece of shapewear if you are a daily user, so your other pieces have time to dry flat. 

 

Conclusion

It might seem like a big commitment to care for your shapewear, but in reality, this is how your regular undergarments should be cared for as well. If you’re one of those notorious “once a month bra washers,”  this is your sign to stop that habit and get into the good one of 1-2 wears per wash. Your garments will thank you & so will your clothing budget.

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Resources and Information on Facelift Recovery Products As is the case with any surgery, the best way to recover from a facelift is to ensure you take good care of yourself during the recovery process, listen to your doctor’s advice, and use the best recovery products available to you to ensure the optimal results. With ContourMD … Continued

Resources and Information on Facelift Recovery Products

As is the case with any surgery, the best way to recover from a facelift is to ensure you take good care of yourself during the recovery process, listen to your doctor’s advice, and use the best recovery products available to you to ensure the optimal results. With ContourMD it is easy to recover in comfort from your facelift procedure, because we provide only the best-made recovery garments on the market. We recommend a few compression products to help with your facelift recovery, you can find more details and buy them here.

 

Stage 1
In stage one you will be recommended to wear a facial compression wrap, chin and neck bandage, and chin strap, all available on our website. As soon as your facelift is over, compression garments should be worn at all times to ensure a speedy and safe recovery. These garments ensure your circulation is moving throughout the area, reduces swelling and pooling, and provides a comfortable support post-op. It also provides stability to your face and neck muscles so they heal in the ideal positions. The compression garment will also reduce the risk of infection and should be worn at all times except when bathing or showering. Stage 1 is usually 1-2 weeks depending on your recovery speed. Your surgeon will advise on next steps during your post-op consultation.

 

Stage 2
In stage 2 you may move to a neck and chin strap and chin support strap that are slightly less compressive. As you recover you’ll notice less swelling and less fluids in your facial tissues. The stage 2 garments are less bulky than stage 1, as they are slightly less compressive because you’re further along in the healing process. You’ll likely be able to resume daily activities as these garments are more comfortable and you should feel more recovered at this point. It’s important to continue wearing your compression garments to ensure optimal results and your surgeon will discuss your specific recovery plan directly with you. Stage 2 is usually 2-4 weeks but it may be more depending on your body’s natural ability to heal. You may wear your stage 2 garments for longer, depending on the advice of your surgeon. Remember that the full recovery process can take up to 6 months to see the full results.

 

Caring for your Facelift Recovery Garment
It is important to wash your recovery garment every 1-2 days. To ensure you’re wearing the garment as often as possible, it’s recommended to have 2 of each compression garment so that you can be wearing one while washing the other. Washing your garment is for both hygiene/to prevent infection and to prolong the lifespan of the garment. We recommend Variance Fabric Wash to care for your garments, as traditional laundry soap is not ideal for medical compression fabric.

 

Facelift Recovery Products Overview

Remember that everyone recovers from surgery differently, and no matter how simple your facelift procedure is, there will be some bruising and swelling after surgery. If your recovery products are worn correctly and for the recommended duration by your surgeon, your recovery should be seamless. It still may take several months to see the full results of your procedure… and you probably won’t see your face for several days after the procedure. Your doctor will have instructions for your specific recovery to ensure optimal results, but getting rest and taking care of yourself/taking it easy is arguably one of the most important parts of recovery. Using facelift recovery products (and keeping them in good condition) is the other important part of recovery. This is to improve your circulation, reduce swelling, drain excess fluids, and prevent infection.

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Resources and Information for Plastic Surgery Aftercare Aside from the surgery itself, recovery from plastic surgery is the most important part of the procedure. Whether you desire plastic surgery for aesthetics or reconstruction, it is a serious medical procedure and aftercare shouldn’t be taken lightly. The best way to see desired results from plastic surgery is … Continued

Resources and Information for Plastic Surgery Aftercare

Aside from the surgery itself, recovery from plastic surgery is the most important part of the procedure. Whether you desire plastic surgery for aesthetics or reconstruction, it is a serious medical procedure and aftercare shouldn’t be taken lightly. The best way to see desired results from plastic surgery is to follow the instructions of your physician(s) while taking care of yourself throughout the recovery process. Before your surgery, your surgeon will provide instructions and information with regards to what to expect, how to prepare, and how to ensure a speedy and smooth recovery. And while everyone’s surgery, and subsequent recovery, will be different, there are some general rules of thumb to follow to make sure it goes smoothly.

 

Recovery from Plastic Surgery

Depending on the type of surgery/procedure you are undergoing, you might be recovering as little as a day, or as long as 8+ weeks until you feel like yourself again. Whatever the recommended recovery time, it is important to remember that you just had a surgical procedure and should spend this time resting. Rest is crucial to achieving optimal results after plastic surgery, as you are allowing your body to focus on healing. Your doctor will provide detailed instructions on the type of surgery and aftercare that you need to adhere to following your cosmetic procedure. It’s important you follow these instructions as closely as possible to ensure optimal results. You may feel like you need more rest than what is recommended – that is fine, but just remember that if you’re feeling “good” not to overdo it and don’t return to your regular activities until your doctor advises that it is safe to do so. Post-op you will want to move slowly, take things “easy”, and don’t push past your limits. Listen to your body and give it the rest it needs. Some specific instructions you might receive include not going into the sun, bathing a certain way, drinking plenty of water/limiting alcohol, and eating healthy foods. Your doctor may prohibit certain activities or recommend various recovery garments to speed the healing process.

 

Post-Surgery Accessories

You might need compression gear or cold compresses to help reduce swelling after plastic surgery. There are also recommended supplements, like arnica, to help with inflammation and pain management. Wearing a compression garment or post-op recovery aid could be required to help speed the recovery process while keeping you as comfortable as possible, of course. This helps lessen the bruising, provide a uniform compression, and lessen discomfort during the healing process. ContourMD offers a wide range of post-op compression and recovery garments for each stage of recovery: Stage 1, immediately following the operation; Stage 2, the “middle” stage; and Stage 3, when you are almost fully recovered. Recommended garments and accessories will vary depending on the type of procedure you undergo.

 

Plastic Surgery Aftercare Overview

First and foremost, remember to listen to your doctors’ instructions with regards to plastic surgery aftercare. They are there to help you throughout the process by performing the surgery itself and also for post-op check-ins and to monitor your recovery. To ensure a speedy and uncomplicated recovery, follow your doctors’ instructions and ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable.

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Arm cosmetic surgery is also referred to as an arm lift or a brachioplasty. This is the process of removing excess skin and fat from the triceps and underarm areas. This creates a tighter and smoother appearance for the upper arm, which looks more toned and youthful. The reality is that as we age, no … Continued

Arm cosmetic surgery is also referred to as an arm lift or a brachioplasty. This is the process of removing excess skin and fat from the triceps and underarm areas. This creates a tighter and smoother appearance for the upper arm, which looks more toned and youthful. The reality is that as we age, no matter how much we exercise, our skin loses elasticity; and this one area of the body where it is noticeable.

Following an arm lift, it is likely that you will benefit from wearing arm cosmetic surgerycompression sleeves. These garments help to reduce swelling and often they are used in conjunction with drainage tubes to help excess fluid drain away from the incisions sites. Allowing for this drainage helps to prevent complications that can arise post surgery.

Compression sleeves come in long and short sleeve varieties. Your doctor will be able to tell you which option is better for you. There are also vests and bras that can be purchased for specific surgical procedures, if you have more than one process done at the same time.

Arm cosmetic surgery compression sleeves are just one part of the healing and recovery process from an arm lift. Your doctor is going to give you clear and specific post-op instructions that will be specific based on your personal needs. It is imperative that you follow these instructions in order to ensure that your healing process goes as smoothly as possible.

Their directions will let you know how you keep the surgical site clean, what medication you need to take, how to prevent possible infection, what you need to watch out for, and when you need to follow up with your surgeon. The most important thing that you can do for your healing process is to take the time that you need. Rest, relax, and allow your body to heal itself.

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What is a surgical girdle? In general, a surgical or compression girdle is a form of supportive recovery garment that is worn to improve circulation/blood flow; reduce bruising and swelling; and reduce scarring while improving recovery. A surgical girdle is typically recommended for patients recovering from abdominal or midsection surgeries including (but not limited to) … Continued

What is a surgical girdle?

In general, a surgical or compression girdle is a form of supportive recovery garment that is worn to improve circulation/blood flow; reduce bruising and swelling; and reduce scarring while improving recovery. A surgical girdle is typically recommended for patients recovering from abdominal or midsection surgeries including (but not limited to) liposuction of the butt, abdomen, flanks, hips, or thighs, a Brazilian butt lift, tummy tuck, lipoplasty, or thigh lift. That may seem like a long list, but surgical girdles are very useful and multipurpose garments! A surgical girdle is recommended during the healing stage as plastic surgeons agree, wearing compression garments after surgery can improve healing time and aid in producing more desirable results of the procedure.

 

Different Types of Surgical Girdles

There are a number of types of surgical girdles to consider, depending on the type of procedure you’re undergoing. They can go from your waist to your ankles, or they can be short (only extending to your lower thighs). And while the bottoms of girdles can vary significantly depending on the procedure, they’ll almost always be high waisted (ending just below the breasts) to provide support to your abdominal muscles. You can shop for girdles by stage 1 (most compression), stage 2 (less compression), or stage 3 (least compression), or by surgical procedure, as there will be different lengths/styles recommended to you by your surgeon. They range in price anywhere from $70 dollars to $175, depending on length and level of compression. It is always recommended to have at least 2 girdles for each stage of recovery, since the garment is meant to be worn continuously. So by having 2 of each product you are able to wash your girdle while adhering to the schedule for optimal recovery. Even taking just an hour or two off for washing the garment is not recommended. Depending on your needs there are girdles with different lengths, different closures (zipper or surgical, with no closures), and open crotch surgical girdles, as well. Your doctor will advise which products will be best for your needs and how often to wear them.

 

Getting the Proper Advice for Surgical Girdles

Depending on the procedure, your doctor will recommend a specific recovery plan, including which garments to consider and when/how often to wear them. For abdominal surgeries like tummy tucks, liposuction, or hysterectomy, you will need a girdle that covers the abdomen, like the Mid Thigh Underbust Pull On Body Garment. If you need more support, something like the Mid Calf Body Garment Pull On Slit Crotch might be more effective. You can go through these options with your doctor and they will be able to advise you on which girdle would be most appropriate for your needs, depending on the procedure you are undergoing.

 

Surgical Girdles Overview

Overall, you’ll want to discuss this first and foremost with your doctor/surgeon since they know exactly what is involved with the procedure and the recovery. Even if it is not 100% necessary that you wear a girdle, or you are in the later stages of recovery, you may find it more comfortable and secure to do so, which is completely fine! Just double check with your doctor before purchasing, to ensure you’re getting the right level of compression.

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Even before you go into surgery, whether you are having breast augmentation surgery, mammaplasty, breast reconstruction, a breast lift, or breast implants, think about what kind of comfortable post surgical bra you will want to wear. Post surgical bras serve a number of important purposes, and you should shop for the right surgical bra with … Continued

Even before you go into surgery, whether you are having breast augmentation surgery, mammaplasty, breast reconstruction, a breast lift, or breast implants, think about what kind of comfortable post surgical bra you will want to wear. Post surgical bras serve a number of important purposes, and you should shop for the right surgical bra with your particular procedure in mind.

Reduce Swelling and Discomfort

Surgical bras are designed to make you as comfortable as possible after your surgery. Every surgery is different, but it is likely that you will need some time to heal after yours and that you’ll want to wear only the most comfortable clothing. But at the same time you want to make sure you are wearing a surgical bra that supports you and provides the right amount of pressure. Surgical bras are designed to keep circulation moving, stabilize implants, and help your body to heal more quickly. For both comfort and health reasons, compression surgical bras are recommended for women who have undergone surgery.

Purchase a Couple of Surgical Bras

It is a good idea to choose more than one surgical bra to be worn after your surgery. Compression surgical bras are meant to be worn continuously, so that your body is held in position throughout your recovery. This will ensure that any implants or reductions are more natural looking and comfortable, and it will help your body to heal faster because of the effect on circulation.

You will also find that not every surgical bra is exactly the same. In fact, it may feel good to have more than one style of surgical bra to wear as you recover from surgery. All surgical bras are designed to provide support and compression, but they all have a little bit of difference to them. Make sure to choose one that has adjustable straps as well as an easy to close clasp in front, so that putting on and taking off the surgical bra is as easy as possible.

You should wear a surgical bra after your surgery for as long as your doctor suggests, and that means you should wear one at all times. To be sure that you always have one on, you’ll need at least two so that you can wear one while the other is in the laundry. Many women choose to purchase three or more, just in case they need an extra surgical bra. Plus, many surgical bras are designed to be worn even after you’ve fully recovered.

Looking Good During Recovery

While you may not see surgical bras as the most attractive bras available, the fact is that they will hold your breasts in place in a way that is flattering and attractive. Even if you don’t feel that great as you recover, at least you’ll look good and be using the most comfortable and helpful bra option. Many people continue to wear their surgical bras after they have recovered, at least under less revealing clothing, because they like the comfort and look of a surgical bra.

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