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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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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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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According to Psychology Today, everyone is gender-fluid to a degree. That’s because traditionally, people have been expected to behave or look a certain way on the basis of their biological sex. These days, people are becoming more aware of and challenging modes of thinking that make it harder for people to express themselves through dress, … Continued

According to Psychology Today, everyone is gender-fluid to a degree. That’s because traditionally, people have been expected to behave or look a certain way on the basis of their biological sex. These days, people are becoming more aware of and challenging modes of thinking that make it harder for people to express themselves through dress, style, and other personal choices.

To be clear, people who are gender-fluid generally don’t have a strong attachment to any gender, and may feel more traditionally masculine or feminine depending on the day. Though the phrase gender-fluid is often used interchangeably with nonbinary—not associating with any gender—people who are gender-fluid may or not be nonbinary.

Depending on the way they wish to express themselves, shape-wear may help certain people feel more comfortable.

  • It may enable people to express themselves more fully and affirm their gender or wear drag.

  • It’s less invasive and risky than surgery, and involves less commitment.

  • It allows people to feel more comfortable in their bodies on any given day, and can be done for a prolonged period of time if precautions are taken.

Though shape-wear such as chest binders and other items are temporary, there are a few things to remember.

  • Make sure to use the right size. Loose garments won’t pose much problems, but they’ll be uncomfortable.

  • Tight garments or chest binders can be painful to wear for long periods and can eventually cause breathing issues or skin scarring if worn for days on end.

Here are some compression garments or shape-wear you can use to change your appearance without surgery.

Chest Binders

There are many reasons why some people consider a chest binder. Often, they will help you present as male by making the chest look flatter, though they’re a common drag, cosplay, and role-play. Wearing a chest binder can also be helpful for people who have chest dysphoria.

Layering shirts, kinetic tape, and wearing sports bras are common ways to bind one’s chest, but commercial chest binders come in many sizes, colors, and designs. The most common you will find anywhere include:

  • Tops that look like sports bras

  • Compression chest binders cut off at the belly button

  • Binders that go all the way down to your waist

Girdles

Girdles were traditionally a women’s only item and often worn to cinch one’s waist and change one’s shape. They’re often associated with people who want to present as female, as girdles flatten the belly and accentuate hips. Some can even help you reduce the appearance of back fat and love-handles depending on how high up they go.

Girdles are still a handy item to keep around if you’re agender, as they are generally easy to remove depending on the kind you buy.

Common types include:

  • Slimmer thongs

  • Boy short girdles

  • Shape-wear bras (commonly used to smooth out back fat)

  • Mid-thing shapers (scuba suits)

Full Body Compression Suits

These compression suits often reach from your shoulders to the bottom of your thighs to make you look leaner overall. They come in a variety of materials and designs. Some of these have openings in the fly area to better help you go to the bathroom and resemble the look of rompers. Others look almost like dresses.

Drag Queen Gender Fluid person in a dress

Safety Tips for Choosing a Girdle or Full-body Shape-wear

Shape-wear can better help you feel more authentic in your gender expression and can help you accentuate or diminish the appearance of some of your features. It’s critical that you find one that fits you just right so you can avoid some of the common risks associated with them, such as:

  • Skin irritation caused by the chemicals used to make materials so stretchy or by wearing the shape-wear for too long.

  • Constriction of blood. Shape-wear won’t cause permanent damage to your body, but it can cut off your blood circulation and even cause acid reflux if it’s too tight. Make sure your shape-wear isn’t leaving any marks on your skin. If it is, choose the next bigger size.

Finding the right shape-wear, regardless of which is right for you, will take a few tries. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or experiment, and as always please reach out to us with any questions and we’ll help you find your perfect fit.

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Looking to change your appearance without spending months hitting the gym or opting for the more expensive cosmetic surgery route? Shapewear could be your new contouring best friend. Think of it as an instant fix without permanent commitment or cost. Let’s start by covering a few basics. Shapewear isn’t meant to permanently alter your physical … Continued

Looking to change your appearance without spending months hitting the gym or opting for the more expensive cosmetic surgery route? Shapewear could be your new contouring best friend. Think of it as an instant fix without permanent commitment or cost.

Let’s start by covering a few basics. Shapewear isn’t meant to permanently alter your physical appearance and it certainly isn’t meant to be worn continuously. When fitted correctly, shapewear can even be, dare we say, comfortable? In fact, many people are using shapewear on a regular basis to enhance their natural appearance and change their body shape appearance without expensive surgery.

 

What is Shapewear? 

People of all ages and physiques are flocking to shapewear to help achieve their desired body aesthetic. Whether you’re looking for more curves, less curves, accents in the right places, or simply a flatter midsection, shapewear can help you achieve this goal. 

If you’re completely new to the concept of compression and/or shapewear, let us fill you in. Shapewear is a type of compression garment that can be worn by both patients after surgery and those who are simply looking for a comfortable, easy-to-wear product that improves their natural shape and contour. And we’ll quickly note that shapewear does not have the same medical compression capabilities as, say, Stage I or Stage II compression garments that you would use after procedures like liposuction or cosmetic surgery. It has more give making it ideal for daily wear. 

Shapewear can be a long-term solution for those who have received some sort of cosmetic surgery or are looking to maintain and emphasize their body’s shape. For example, shapewearcan be worn as a means of gender affirmation, to look more feminine, to look more androgynous, or to look more masculine. There are many non-surgical options out there, you just need to find the one that works for you. We’ve touched a little on how shapewear can help you achieve your desired aesthetic, but let’s expand on this topic by going over some more specific shapewear pieces that help you achieve a specific goal.

 

Changing Your Body Shape 

As we’ve mentioned, spending hours in the gym and dieting with seemingly no end in sight may get you closer to where you want to be but it’s not instant and you still may never get the lines you’re looking for. Achieving, not to mention maintaining, a flat stomach is extremely difficult for some people. There is both physical and mental strain and it’s not always something you can maintain long term. But if you want to look and feel your best, there are alternatives to slaving away in the gym and kitchen. 

People of all ages and physiques are flocking to shapewear to help achieve their desired body aesthetic. Whether you’re looking for more curves, less curves, accents in the right places, or simply a flatter midsection, shapewear can help you achieve this goal. You can’t choose where your body likes to hold fat, but you can choose the garments and undergarments you wear to accent your body the way you like it. 

Use shapewear to change your body shape for special occasions under dress clothing (psst, all celebrities do this for every A-list event) or find pieces that work for your wardrobe on a regular basis. We’ll be here to help with any questions along the way. 

 

Gender Affirming Shapewear

Another major benefit to shapewear is its versatility. There are many different types of shapewear for many different purposes. Gender affirmation is one of them. Whether you are currently transitioning or simply want to enhance your appearance to best suit your true gender, shapewear can help you achieve your goals. 

From binders and abdominal boards to appear more masculine or bodysuits and brief shapers or girdles to appear more feminine, shapewear can do it all. If you have questions about which pieces could be right to help you achieve your desired look, please let us know and our expert staff would be happy to help! 

 

How to Look More Feminine 

Shapewear can help you achieve a classic hourglass shape by cinching the areas that are traditionally more “masculine” like the waist, and helping to provide a more curvy silhouette. Click the image to browse our entire collection of shapers, girdles and bras.

Our full bodysuits which help create the illusion of an hourglass shape & provide easy access when nature calls. Can be worn with inserts or without. 


High waisted girdles can help you contour a more shapely derriere without costly surgery or hours doing squats. Add in hip and thigh pads to increase the curves. Click below to see our girdle collection.


If you want to enhance your upper body, we suggest our bra shapers, which can be worn with inserts or with your natural figure. Available in multiple shades and custom sizes to fit you.

 

How to Look More Androgynous 

Many of our shapewear pieces can also be used to achieve an androgynous look that helps you to feel comfortable in your own body, which is the ultimate goal! 

If you want to go for a more hourglass androgynous shape, consider using one of our bodysuits which come in a variety of fits and styles to work with your life. 

You may also consider high waisted options with a bra top. These individual pieces are easy options together or separate. 

If you’re going for a more squared off look, consider using a
binder
abdominal board
compression vest 

These options, worn daily under your regular clothing can provide you with an outward appearance that more geniunely reflects who you are.

How to Look More Masculine 

If your goal is to reduce your curves, there are plenty of options. Depending on the goal you will find our compression & shapewear vests to be a great option for day to day wear.

 

Our abdominal boards can also help you reduce the appearance of curves under your clothes comfortably as well as our custom fitted binders which can be worn however you choose.

 

As you can see, shapewear helps us achieve way more than just compression and smoothing fine lines under clothing. It helps us to be who we really are and embrace our identity through the clothing we enjoy wearing, and provides confidence in our appearances. No matter what any “wellness coach” might say, feeling comfortable in your own skin is hard to do. Anything that helps us to be comfortable with our appearance is an investment worth making, in our opinion.

Investing in shapewear pieces that suit your lifestyle and wardrobe can help achieve so much more than just a sleeker appearance. It can provide peace of mind knowing we’re venturing out into the world as who we are truly meant to be, and that is a good feeling! If you have questions about shapewear or want to learn more about what pieces might be right for your body type, don’t hesitate to send us a message or check out our website here

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Daily Compression Wear Do you wear compression wear? This gear is a staple in many people’s daily wardrobe whether it’s for working out, shaping their body under their clothing (shapewear), or as a medical device for a number of purposes. High performance athletes wear compression wear for improved performance, but you don’t need to be … Continued

Daily Compression Wear

Do you wear compression wear? This gear is a staple in many people’s daily wardrobe whether it’s for working out, shaping their body under their clothing (shapewear), or as a medical device for a number of purposes. High performance athletes wear compression wear for improved performance, but you don’t need to be a sports star to wear compression wear on a regular basis.

In fact, there are many benefits to wearing compression gear regularly. But, like anything else, before you get started you should know your options and know whether compression wear might be a good option for you to wear every day.

What is compression wear?

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Compression wear might look like a tight or sleek sports garments or a silky undergarment with a slight sheen to it. The material is woven very tightly and consistently in order to provide a comfortable support while restricting the movement of your body. These garments give a feeling of support to your body’s tissues while you are moving around or working out, which many find to be comfortable.

And don’t worry, you can move around without restriction. If you can’t there is a chance your compression wear is way too tight.

Types of compression wear

There are different types or “grades” of compression wear depending on how tightly the fabric is woven. Compression wear that is designed for daily use tends to be woven slightly less tight in order to provide enough comfortable compression while still allowing ease of movement and unrestricted support.

Compression wear that is “medical grade” is woven more tightly as it is designed to be worn after surgery or as a medical device for a specific purpose with regards to circulation. These types of medical grade garments should be recommended by your physician before use, as compression wear isn’t necessarily safe for everybody if you have underlying conditions.

Sports wear and shapewear compression are likely not medical grade but you can check with a sales representative if you’re unsure.

Compression wear for daily use

In addition to compression wear for athletes, compression wear for daily use can be beneficial to those with extra weight or extra skin on their body, as it provides a unique type of support that is not often found in other types of clothing.

Not only does compression wear provide support for your body as you go about your daily routine, it helps improve circulation throughout the area of use. So if you spend a lot of time on your feet, wearing daily compression wear or shapewear on your lower half could be beneficial to help you keep your blood flowing.

As a result, at the end of a long day you may feel “fresher” than you have previously, since your body has been circulating blood and repairing any muscle fatigue or micro tears that would normally have occurred on a regular basis.

Buying compression wear for daily use

There’s more to buying compression wear than just selecting a tight garment or piece of clothing that feels “too small”. As mentioned, compression garments shouldn’t be too tight or feel like they’re cutting off your circulation. As a result, high quality compression gear will always be custom sized. You will need to take your measurements and apply them using a sizing chart provided by the company you’ll be ordering your compression gear from.

The type of compression wear that you choose to buy will depend on your body’s measurements and your goals for getting the wear. An easy way to get started is through compression tights or shorts, as your lower half is required for most day-to-day activities that may benefit from compression wear.

These garments tend to also provide a smoother and sometimes “ideal” silhouette. Whether this was your intention for selecting shapewear to wear on a daily basis, or a nice additional benefit of your compression wear for health purposes, it’s a nice additional feature of the garments.

Be sure to check out pieces like the following, to get started:

Abdominal Panty Girdle 4in Waist Closed Crotch – Our Abdominal Panty Girdle provides a uniform comfort underneath your regular or gym clothing. The high quality Lycra Spandex material makes it a comfortable material for daily use and the laced front panel laced provides a nice feminine pattern.

Slip On Mid Thigh Girdle Closed Crotch – This slip on high quality Lycra fabric with reinforced abdominal panel provides a great amount of support for daily activity. Holding your body’s shape comfortably, this compression wear is ideal for daily use. The soft lace trims the mid-thigh for a beautiful design.

Brief Body Shaper With Side Zipper Closed Crotch – If you’re wearing compression wear daily to provide an aesthetic silhouette, look no further for your ideal garment. Our body shaper with side zipper provides comfortable compression for under your daily clothing. The 55% Lycra Spandex material compresses fully with cushiony softness while providing compression to the thighs, breast, abdominal area, upper/lower torso. Adjust your shoulder straps for comfort control and a custom fit.

For more information on compression garments you can visit our website here.

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It’s that time of year again, the BIG GAME & of course we’ll be cheering the Kansas City Chiefs on the whole time!  Just like the Chiefs, we know it takes a solid defense and a powerful offense to succeed but you overlook the importance of a great foundation. We have the foundation wear you … Continued

It’s that time of year again, the BIG GAME & of course we’ll be cheering the Kansas City Chiefs on the whole time! 

Just like the Chiefs, we know it takes a solid defense and a powerful offense to succeed but you overlook the importance of a great foundation. We have the foundation wear you need for a great defense, a strong offense and we’re highlighting some of our best players in the Shapewear Showdown!

Our top picks are guaranteed to help you feel and look your best no matter what you’re up against.

 

The Best Offensive Line 

ContourMD’s custom made compression vests give you the support you need to focus on what really matters, like what flavor wings are you going to order? Our compression vests are great for recovery and for daily wear. Shapewear garments also offer various levels of support that are unique to your body. Our compression vest solved the underarm binding issue and won’t ride up.  Available in both black and white colors, it is a great staple for any wardrobe.

Check out our complete offensive line here.

 

The Best Defensive Line

A solid defense keeps you safe and free to make the power moves. Our unique foundation wear is guaranteed to do the same by slimming you down & giving you the confidence you need to succeed. ContourMD’s girdles give you the support you need and the comfort you crave. Offering extra back support, a flattened midsection & Available in both open and closed models, we have the right fit for you.

Check out our complete defensive line here.

 

The Powerhouses

Under pressure, there are always those top performers that over deliver time & again. We appreciate that since we’ve been doing it as a brand  since 1982.

As Brazilian Buttlifts are more popular than ever before, and a surgery win starts with the best recovery. We live up to our Compression With Compassion with buttery soft compression garments to help you recover in comfort. 

The other powerhouse we couldn’t live without is the Biker Compression Shorts. Each custom made pair will go the distance, perfect for daily wear under everything.  With an easy to use side zipper and buttery soft material, you will want to wear them all the time.

 

Want To Be An MVP?

This month we’re giving away a $200 gift card & you could be the lucky winner. It’s no Super Bowl ring but our products are guaranteed to make you feel like you just won big! Just fill out the short form below & be sure to check your email. Winner announced on March 1.

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  Alright, alright… alright? We’re not Matthew McConaughey, but we know when there’s a clear need for a product in a market and honestly, shapewear for men has been a long time coming.  Whether it is for your own comfort after surgery or for a little extra “smooth factor” under the suit and tie, shapewear … Continued

 

Alright, alright… alright? We’re not Matthew McConaughey, but we know when there’s a clear need for a product in a market and honestly, shapewear for men has been a long time coming. 

Whether it is for your own comfort after surgery or for a little extra “smooth factor” under the suit and tie, shapewear for men is here to stay. When the diet is lacking and you don’t have hours a day to focus on exercise, men everywhere are turning to shapewear to provide a controlled and slimmed appearance under their regular or work clothing. 

Are you still wondering what exactly shapewear even is? No worries. We’ve got you covered. Shapewear is a compressive garment designed to be worn under clothing to enhance your appearance or lend some of the benefits that compression provides to the body. These garments can help reduce the appearance of beer bellies or “man boobs” if you are uncomfortable with your appearance or simply want some stability in those areas. 

Shapewear can also help sculpt your body, promotes blood flow and circulation (meaning quicker recovery times from your workouts), and is a useful tool if you have undergone any type of surgical procedure like liposuction.

 

Other benefits of shapewear for men

Wearing shapewear and enjoying a more slim appearance may give you a little ego boost, as you’ll look like you just dropped a few lbs overnight. This can work wonders for your confidence and attitude, whether you’re giving a presentation at work, meeting over Zoom or celebrating a special event.  

 

Shapewear garments also offer various levels of support that are unique to your body. For example, wearing shapewear that smooths the stomach can also help improve your posture, due to the compression. This, in turn, will reduce lower back pressure and can make sitting at your desk much more comfortable. 

 

These garments are also worn for post-surgery support to keep everything in place as your muscles recover and heal in their proper areas. 

 

You can also wear shapewear to the gym, as the compression helps circulation which can improve your workouts. You can also wear shapewear to enjoy the extra support it provides for a tired or overworked back. 

 

And, once you get used to pulling it on and off, shapewear for men is actually pretty darn comfortable. Garments a custom made to your measurements and slide effortlessly underneath an outfit so that no one would know you are wearing it unless you told them! By choosing custom fitted shapewear, you’re guaranteed the right size of shapewear, knowing it will stay put and smooth out your appearance while providing a comfortable level of support so you can go about your daily routine with no interruption.

 

What types of shapewear are available for men? 

ContourMD has a number of different styles of shapewear for men. Each style serves its own unique purpose, so if you have questions that aren’t answered here or are stuck between two garments, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and we would be happy to help. Here’s a great overview to help you get comfortable with how shapewear can benefit you.  

 

The Power Vest – This vest provides reinforced comfort and compression with adjustable shoulder straps for a custom fit. No need to worry about underarm binding as there is complete freedom of movement with this product. Wear men’s shapewear vests every day under your clothing as a solution to “man boobs” and to help flatten the appearance of your chest/stomach area. Plus, no fat or extra skin can escape from under the arms with this product. With a higher level of compression, this product can be used by those who have recently completed surgeries, or by experienced shapewear users. 

 

The Brief (high waist) – Often those who use the brief will enjoy extra back support and a reduced appearance of their midsection. These briefs provide a lifting and shaping property along with some belly control that will hide a beer or sugar belly. Comfortable to wear under any clothes, these briefs also help avoid chaffing of the legs during hot weather, and any friction your waistbands or belts may create. With a custom fit and buttery soft finish, it’s perfect for daily wear.  

 

The Body Shaper (full body) – One of our more “full coverage” products, the body shaper can be used both post-surgery and on a regular basis when worn under suits or other clothes. This garment is both comfortable and properly compressive in all the right places. With adjustable shoulders straps for a customized fit, height is no issue! 

 

The Compression Vest – This vest provides comfort and style. Available in both black and white colors, it is a perfect addition to any wardrobe as it is virtually indistinguishable from a regular undershirt. This product can be used regularly or after a surgical procedure, as it offers a higher level of compression. Easy to get in and out of and also does not push any underarm skin out the top. 

 

What’s Next

 

Consider the purpose of your compression garment before purchasing. Are you mainly looking for support in the mid-section? The high-waisted brief is probably right for you, then. If you are looking for more upper body support in the pectoral or shoulder region, you can consider any of our vests. We even have one with sleeves, here

For a complete list of our male shapewear products, check here

 

Like any custom made clothing, buying the right size of shapewear can make a world of difference. Our handy sizing guide is rarely ever wrong, but make sure you have all your most recent, up-to-date measurements when selecting your garment. If you’re in-between sizes or unsure of what garment to buy, don’t hesitate to reach out to our expert staff at ContourMD. We’re a family-run business so customer service is in our blood! 

 

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There is no better time to celebrate your body than today! We appreciate every body and that’s why ContourMD has been making compression and shapewear products since 1982. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable while accentuating your body in all the right places.   Did You Know? Literally ALL celebrities wear shapewear at … Continued

There is no better time to celebrate your body than today! We appreciate every body and that’s why ContourMD has been making compression and shapewear products since 1982. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable while accentuating your body in all the right places.

 

Did You Know?

Literally ALL celebrities wear shapewear at important events to maintain a flatter stomach and to help smooth their bra and underwear lines but shapewear isn’t just for red carpet or recovery, it’s a useful tool to help you feel confident that you look your best. That’s why we have created this guide to help you find the best fit for your unique curves.

 

Let’s Get Started

Understanding your body shape is important because it will help determine what area to accentuate through shapewear. Do you want to smooth your natural silhouette? Maybe you’d like to accentuate those curves? Shapewear will help showcase your natural form and have you looking and feeling your best in no time. No matter what you want to accentuate, we have a shapewear for you.

 

Check Your Measurements

Knowing your basic measurements like height and weight will help when shopping online. Most compression garments will use these two metrics to get a good idea of the level of compression you’ll need. It’s important that your shapewear is not too tight, as it can roll down or up and can be uncomfortable. A tighter/smaller size won’t make you look smaller; it will be more likely to look lumpy.

 

Depending on the type of garment you’re considering may need to know your chest, waist, thigh, bra, or hip measurements. We have a handy sizing chart available here for you to use (it’s almost never wrong!) but you’d rather have a personal stylist, our expert staff is happy to help you find the right pieces. We will even send you a FREE TAPE MEASURE if you fill out our form!

 

Dangerous Curves Ahead

 

There’s a variety of different levels of compression among shapewear garments. We picked a few of our most versatile shapewear options to give you a custom fit and a great value. Here your guide to a well-rounded shapewear collection for your closet. Click each item to learn more!

 

The Classic Body Suit ─ This shaper brief/bra combo comes in neutral or black and looks just like those sexy bodysuits we all know and love… except, better! Designed to be worn under regular clothes, this garment helps control everything from the butt up. Lifted butt, smooth stomach, and under-control breasts, what more could we ask for? Great for layering under the sheerest of outfits.

 

Smooth Shaping Panties ─ Shaping panties help make wearing waistbands comfortable again! Keeping a protective barrier between your skin and your waistband, shaping panties also help smooth the stomach area under shirts or blouses creating a flawless look now matter what you’re wearing.

 

Modern Biker Shorts ─ Who doesn’t love a good pair of high-waisted biker shorts? This 90s staple has been making a comeback in recent years. These are perfect accessories under dresses and rompers. A great investment, they’re a perfect under winter sweater dresses and they also prevent thigh chafing in the sweaty summer months ahead.

 

The Mid-Thigh Bodysuit ─ This flattering suit hits midthigh and molds your body into a classic hourglass shape. Custom fit to your unique curves, it’s comfortable enough to wear every day for work or play.

 

How Can We Help You Feel Your Best

If you are searching for everyday contour garments you might select a lower compression top for those Zoom calls or high-waisted bike shorts for some mid-section control. If you’re looking for shapewear for a special event like Valentine’s Day or you want more support you may consider a fuller shapewear set or girdle. If you’ve got questions about shapewear for daily wear, special occasion or an upcoming procedure, we are only a phone call away.

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