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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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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Liposuction is an increasingly popular surgery for people who feel like they’ve tried everything to lose weight but haven’t been successful. You have a limited number of fat cells in your body, and liposuction is meant to remove those cells so you can be free of that fat. But it’s also usually a fairly serious … Continued

Liposuction is an increasingly popular surgery for people who feel like they’ve tried everything to lose weight but haven’t been successful. You have a limited number of fat cells in your body, and liposuction is meant to remove those cells so you can be free of that fat. But it’s also usually a fairly serious surgery and a healthy recovery is very important. You want to recover from liposuction surgery without feeling unattractive and uncomfortable, and you want to make sure that you get the shape you were hoping for. Liposuction healing garments for the body can help hold your body in shape and provide many benefits to aid in healing.

Healing from Liposuction

Liposuction healing garments for the body come in many varieties. There are healing garments for the chest, lower abdomen, including belly, legs, arms, and there are even whole body healing garments for the body that can help you to recover from liposuction. Depending on the type of liposuction you have, you will want different styles of compression healing garments.

After Arm Lift Surgery

If you have arm lift surgery, or arm liposuction, there are healing garments for the arms that can provide support and comfort. Many are arm sleeves or even bras with sleeves that provide compression to help keep your skin in the position you want it to heal. Compression garments are designed to hold your body just the way you want it to be, but they are also very comfortable and provide comforting support where you are healing from your liposuction or surgery.

Compression Girdles and Surgery Binders

Another common form of liposuction healing garment for the body is the surgery binder or compression girdle. These are designed to keep pressure on the lower abdomen after liposuction to the belly or a tummy tuck. These types of surgery take a little bit of time to heal, and using a liposuction healing garment for the abdomen can help you to stay stable, reducing risk of re-injury and helping you to heal faster.

Leg Wear and Compression Hosiery

Medical leg wear can help to keep your legs feeling supported after liposuction of the thighs and hips. There are also socks and stockings, but for the purposes of liposuction healing, the types of garments most often used are full tights or support wear that is designed to keep your thighs supported after lipo.

Comfort and Help Healing

If you want help healing after liposuction, having the right healing garments for the body is going to be important. Not only will you find that you can stay more focused on not stretching or moving in ways that might hurt or cause damage, but you’ll also feel supported and comforted by the added compression of liposuction healing garments for all parts of the body.

For more information, feel free to ask your doctor about their recommended brands. Of course, all high quality liposuction healing garments for the body are designed for medical uses and provide the kind of support that you want and need.

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Will you need surgical garments? If you are planning for liposuction, you have probably heard that there are special garments that people wear after lipo. These are often called surgical garments, compression binders, or surgical girdles. The process of healing, and the correct healing, after a surgery like lipo can be helped if you find … Continued

Will you need surgical garments?

If you are planning for liposuction, you have probably heard that there are special garments that people wear after lipo. These are often called surgical garments, compression binders, or surgical girdles. The process of healing, and the correct healing, after a surgery like lipo can be helped if you find the right kind of garment to wear after lipo. Here are some of the most popular options and types to consider in the market of garments after lipo.

Compression or Surgical Girdles

A surgical girdle is a specific kind of post-op garment that is worn by people after lipo. No matter how good your doctor is, you’ll still need to go through a period of healing and recuperation when you arrive home after your lipo procedure. One of the major concerns is that the skin will be stretched and that your body will not heal in the shape that you want it to. Compression garments after lipo help to hold your skin, organs, and tissues in place so that they heal together in a way that looks great. And since the whole idea behind getting lipo is to look great, this can be an important part of the process.

Girdles are like leggings, shorts, or body suits that are made of special materials which put an appropriate amount of pressure on your body. They can keep the abdomen flat and the thighs and buttocks tight in a way that is flattering and also comfortable. Many people find that a compression garment after lipo is also very comforting because this garment for after lipo helps hold together stitches and helps you to heal cleanly.

Abdominal Binders

Another popular type of garment worn after lipo is the abdominal binder. Abdominal binders work in a similar way to girdles and compression garments after lipo, but they are only meant to cover the lower abdomen. This is a garment after lipo that is really easy to remove and put back on, which makes it very convenient, especially if you have reduced flexibility due to the liposuction. They provide the same kind of compression and support as other surgical garments after lipo, but they only cover the lower abdomen.

How do Surgical Garments Help?

The majority of surgical garments for after lipo are designed to provide support, compression, and comfort. The support helps keep your body looking the way you want it to, supporting tissues that are recovering from the liposuction. Compression aids in healing and increases circulation so that fluids do not pool and distort your new body. And after surgery and liposuction, having a garment that is so supportive can be a great comfort. You can rest easy, knowing that you are doing everything you can to help the recovery happen smoothly and as well as it can. Garments after lipo are a great way to keep yourself healthy and comfortable during recovery. Then when you emerge from the garments after lipo, you’ll look like a brand new you!

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Resources and Info on Liposuction Recovery Tips While liposuction is by far one of the most common plastic surgery procedures, recovery is still just as important as the procedure itself. Because of how common its become, the risk factors have been greatly reduced because of developments and advancements in the medical field, but you still … Continued

Resources and Info on Liposuction Recovery Tips

While liposuction is by far one of the most common plastic surgery procedures, recovery is still just as important as the procedure itself. Because of how common its become, the risk factors have been greatly reduced because of developments and advancements in the medical field, but you still need to take time and care of your body after surgery to ensure a swift and SAFE recovery.

 

Potential Risks

Now, (not to scare you or anything) but any time you undergo surgery there are always associated risks factors. Liposuction is no different. One of the main issues or risks with regards to liposuction procedures is adema. This is when fluid collects under the incision site which can lead to discomfort, swelling, and more serious issues. However, if proper steps to recovery are taken this risk can be greatly reduced, with the help of your surgeon (but it’s on you to follow through with their instructions)!

 

How to Recover Quickly

To prevent adema after your liposuction treatment, by leaving incisions open afterwards and combined with compression garments, the fluid can drain out and not collect/create discomfort. Using compression garments also begins the healing process more quickly and the uniform pressure is often quite comfortable. This process allows the body to heal without stitches. The open drainage allows for less bruising and swelling, which also speeds up the recovery time from liposuction procedures. Many patients feel completely back to normal (without lipo-related issues) after about four weeks. In fact, many people return to work after ~3-5 days of rest. Compression garments absolutely are credited for this speedy return and allow you to return to light activity with less discomfort.

 

The Stages of Recovery

As you may have seen on the ContourMD website, there are three stages of recovery from a liposuction procedure. There are different recommended compression garments and recovery accessories at each stage, to allow you to recover as quickly and comfortably as possible.

 

Stage 1
In the first 1-2 weeks after surgery you will notice that the first few days are the worst and you should feel a gradual but steady improvement in soreness. You’ll have pain medication for the first few days and further instructions from your surgeon that pertain to you specifically, because everyone recovers differently. In general, this is the stage where you will wear the tightest compression garments for support of your muscles, to encourage proper drainage at incision sites, and to speed the recovery. It is important to wear these garments as per your doctor or surgeon as they not only help with recovery but also with achieving your desired aesthetic appearance post-procedure. If you have a sedentary job (like a desk job) many people can return to work after 1-2 weeks, but if you have a physically demanding job you may need to schedule more time for recovery or ask for an alternate task for a while.

 

Stage 2
Weeks 3-5 are considered Stage 2 at ContourMD. You’ll have had your first follow up appointment with your doctor or surgeon by this time and they will have provided further instruction to you based on your current recovery. Compression garments are still worn during this time but you can usually switch to a lighter, less bulky compression that can be worn easily under your clothes. After one month you likely won’t feel any pain but may have some slight swelling still. You’ll also start to see the visible results from your procedure (which will continue to “appear” more as the swelling subsides). Heavy activities should still be avoided but many people return to light, low impact exercise at this time.

 

Stage 3
Beyond 5 weeks is usually where you’ll see the full results of your liposuction surgery. If you’ve been religious about wearing your compression, most of the swelling and bruising should have subsided. Many people choose to wear a very light compression garment at this point, if you feel you still need support or it is advised by your surgeon, but some people are also fine to go without one.

 

Liposuction Recovery Overview

Remember that everyone recovers differently and sees different results from this procedure. You will work directly with your surgeon and monitor your post-op recovery that is tailored to your body’s needs. The stages mentioned above are a generalized process of what recovery is like for the majority of liposuction patients. Your recovery may be slower to return to “normal” or you may feel better sooner if compression works well for you. Whatever you do though, do not rush your return to strenuous activity and be sure to rest up, get a lot of sleep, eat healthy foods, and provide your body with the love it needs!

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Resources & Information for Compression Garments After Liposuction After most cosmetic surgery or liposuction procedures, compression garments are required. There are a number of benefits and reasons it is recommended to wear compression post-surgery, the main ones being that it is comfortable and helps speed the recovery process while achieving the desired cosmetic results. Here … Continued

Resources & Information for Compression Garments After Liposuction

After most cosmetic surgery or liposuction procedures, compression garments are required. There are a number of benefits and reasons it is recommended to wear compression post-surgery, the main ones being that it is comfortable and helps speed the recovery process while achieving the desired cosmetic results. Here we will provide some tips and information on using Compression Garments after liposuction, as it is especially important to wear them after this procedure.

 

Before Surgery

Pre-op, your doctor will explain what exactly will be involved in the procedure, how to prepare, and what post-operative/post-procedure care will look like. Of course, listen to your surgeon’s specific directions to ensure a correct and swift recovery. Many patients who are new to liposuction or have not read about the procedure are unaware of the need for compression garments post-procedure. Your surgeon will explain everything, including how they will help with recovery and why you should be prepared with your garments before going into the procedure.

 

Why Compression?

The main purpose of wearing compression after liposuction is to help the healing process. Compression garments are exactly what they sound like. They are snug, form-fitting garments, that will add a uniform, external pressure to the area where liposuction incisions have been made. By wearing compression, this external pressure helps keep the swelling down, can stop excessive bruising from happening, all while keeping the circulation in your body moving swiftly. Plus, it can be extremely comfortable to wear after these procedures.

 

What Types of Compression do I Need?

There are many types of compression available from pantyhose, socks, full-body garments, sleeves, tops, and more. All of these garments are designed to be worn exactly on the area that has been treated, to help speed up the healing process in this area. For liposuction, there are even types of compression garments that can be customized with drainage tubes. This helps to provide comforting external pressure to the treatment area while helping to flush excess fluid out of the body. Your surgeon will also recommend specific compression garments depending on your specific needs post-procedure. For example, there are compression garments with different amounts of pressure/compression for the different stages of recovery. Your doctor will help you select what type of garment is best for you.

 

How Long Should I Wear Compression?

After liposuction, you can expect to be in recovery an average of 8 weeks however it is sometimes more, sometimes less. There are various stages of recovery and different levels of compression to be worn at each stage. The most important thing to do after a liposuction procedure is to get some rest! Compression garments will be worn immediately after the procedure and for several weeks after. Your exact schedule will be discussed directly with your surgeon. At your first checkup after your procedure, your surgeon will likely get you to wear a compression garment with a lower amount of compression. We would call this Stage 2 of Recovery. In Stage 2, garments are less bulky than initial compression garments and are easier to hide under your everyday clothing. Since you’ll likely feel more recovered at this stage and may return to light activity, you’ll want a compression garment that works with your lifestyle.

 

Compression Overview

Post-liposuction compression garments are almost as important as the procedure itself. Not only do they help you recover more quickly and comfortably, they are instrumental in supporting your muscles while helping you achieve your desired aesthetic result. Before you know it, you’ll be on the move as your new happy, healthy self.

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