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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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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Surgery binders, or belly binders, are used after surgery on the lower part of the abdomen. There are many reasons why a surgery binder can be helpful, and there are any procedures after which a surgery binder can help with healing and comfort. Below are the primary reasons that individuals use an abdominal surgery binder. … Continued

Surgery binders, or belly binders, are used after surgery on the lower part of the abdomen. There are many reasons why a surgery binder can be helpful, and there are any procedures after which a surgery binder can help with healing and comfort. Below are the primary reasons that individuals use an abdominal surgery binder.

Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty

For women or men who have undergone abdominoplasty, having a surgery binder on while you heal can be a comfort and a big help. Surgery binders provide support and encourage your body and internal organs to heal in the position you want them to after liposuction to the lower torso. They are also thought to aid in proper circulation, so you may heal more quickly and keep your torso more stable, reducing risk of injury or slowed healing.

Hysterectomy

Women who have had their uterus removed are often comforted by the support of a surgical binder. While there is no requirement that women wear surgery binders after a hysterectomy, it can help to keep your torso stable and remind you to stay cautious after surgery.

Hernia or Back Surgery

If you have any kind of lower back surgery, a surgery binder can help hold your torso in place after the braces come off. They can also help to support your back and reduce risk of hernia.

Benefits of Surgery Binders

There are other surgeries that can be performed on the lower abdomen which cause the abdomen to sag or stretch. Compression surgery binders keep your abdomen tight and contained, and help patients to avoid any movement that may move stitches, causing pain and discomfort. They are also flexible and allow the doctor to view the stitches, staples, or scar and ensure that healing is progressing properly.

Surgery binders come in a number of sizes and can be purchased for particular uses. Most are sized to fit over the lower abdomen, from the hips to just below the chest. But others are designed specifically to bind the breasts after breast augmentation surgery. There are also taller surgery binders that go down even farther, below the hips, to keep the body even more stationary.

Most surgery binders are designed to be worn next to the skin, under clothing, and are not visible or noticeable at all. However, they will keep your tummy and waistline tight during recovery, putting a bit of pressure where you need it but staying flexible so you are not uncomfortable wearing the surgery binder.

Not Sure What Kind to Buy?

If you’re unsure what type of surgery binder will be best for you, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about the brands or styles that they recommend. It’s likely that they will understand if you will feel more comfortable wearing a surgery binder after your surgery, and they will probably have a recommended brand that you can feel confident about purchasing. Most brands are made of high quality, flexible materials and you’ll find that they are all comforting and comfortable.

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One of the biggest fears of anyone who has had surgery is that afterward they will have an unattractive scar on their skin. Fortunately, for women who have had any surgery involving the breast there are silicon scar sheets for breasts. Silicon scar sheets are designed and created to be completely unnoticeable, both to the … Continued

One of the biggest fears of anyone who has had surgery is that afterward they will have an unattractive scar on their skin. Fortunately, for women who have had any surgery involving the breast there are silicon scar sheets for breasts. Silicon scar sheets are designed and created to be completely unnoticeable, both to the person using them and to anyone looking at you while you are wearing clothing. The benefits are numerous and the risks and downside are zero.

Why Silicone Scar Sheets?

Silicone scar sheets can be used in numerous ways to help heal, reduce, or even help patients to completely avoid scarring. The silicone is soft and is coated so that the skin underneath is protected and can heal completely. For years, silicone scar sheets have been used by people for all kinds of scars that occur after surgery or injury.

What are Silicone Scar Sheets for Breasts Like?

Silicone scar sheets for breasts come in either pieces or as sets. Individual pieces can be small rings, designed for use just around the areola, where scarring can occur if the areola has been moved during breast augmentation surgery. They also come in curved strips that are placed below the breast line, where the incision was made below the breast. There are also complete kits that include both an areola ring and a breast form and anchor, as well as a line of silicone scar sheet for any incisions that go directly down from the areola toward the base of the breast. This is the common incision for vertical mastopexy, or vertical breast lift surgery.

How do Silicone Scar Sheets for Breasts Work?

The design and function of silicone scar sheets for breasts is actually rather simple. A strip of adhesive silicone scar sheet is placed over the areas where an incision was made and where scarring may occur. Alternatively, you can use silicone scar sheets for breasts that have old scars, and they can be reduced with the help of the silicone scar sheet. Other types of scars that can be treated with silicone scar sheets for breasts include keloid scars, hypertrophic scars, trauma, burns, and injuries.

The silicone scar sheet for breasts is made of a patented fabric which is flexible, soft, washable, and breathable. They have been medically proven to reduce appearance, color, size, thickness, and elevation of old scars, and they can help to prevent new scars from forming after surgery.

If you have had or are going to have any type of breast augmentation surgery, whether that is a breast reduction, breast implants, vertical breast lift surgery, or breast reconstruction after mastectomy, silicone scar sheets for breasts can help you to heal cleanly and beautifully. Plus you won’t even realize that you’re wearing silicone scar sheets for breasts because they are so light, soft, and comfortable. With no downsides and plenty of benefits, you can see why so many women use silicone scar sheets for their breasts after breast augmentation surgery.

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Exploring and shopping for post-surgical garments can be stressful. Because how you recover has such a huge effect on your results, we find shopping for recovery garments can be almost as stressful as the surgery itself.   But don’t worry – we’re here to make it easy for you. In this Glossary you’ll find a … Continued

Exploring and shopping for post-surgical garments can be stressful. Because how you recover has such a huge effect on your results, we find shopping for recovery garments can be almost as stressful as the surgery itself.

 

But don’t worry – we’re here to make it easy for you. In this Glossary you’ll find a list of the most common types of post-surgical garments. We will also explain which procedures each garment is required for, so you’re not left guessing. Of course, always chat with your doctor or surgeon about your recovery, since everyone is different, but this should give you a good idea of what garments will be required post-op, and how you can feel most comfortable as you recover.

 

Compression Post-Surgical Garments

After surgery, it is important to use compression garments at all times. These garments not only help you recover comfortably, but they can speed up the recovery process, prevent infection, and have a lot to do with how your results will present aesthetically after your recovery.

All of our post-surgical garments provide medical grade compression, and this compression is uniformly targeted to the area of recovery.

Or compression post-surgical recovery garments do not pinch or cinch your body. Our post-surgical recovery garments are designed in America with the highest quality materials to provide an even and uniform pressure while holding your body in a comfortable and supportive way.

 

Compression and Surgical Bras

Compression bras and surgical bras quite often refer to the same product. You can read the description to be sure, as some might offer different levels of compression, but they are most-likely both referring to a post-operative bra. When shopping for compression and surgical bras, some may have different names depending on the band and purpose of the product. Be sure to ask your surgeon about each product you are considering to ensure it is the right selection for your procedure. Surgical or compression bras are designed as post-operative garments for people who have had breast procedures. Like all our compression garments, they are comfortable and the straps are fully adjustable for the right fit. Surgical bras provide even compression to stabilize the breasts. This is so healing is not disturbed by your movements. They also help with drainage, keeping the area infection-free, and provide a comfortable support post-procedure.

 

Procedures requiring Compression and Surgical Bras include:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast reduction
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Reconstruction after mastectomy
  • Breast lift
  • Breast implant surgery

 

Contact your doctor to find out which surgical bra is right for you.

 

Abdominal Compression Binders

Compression binders are probably the most commonly used type of post-surgical compression garment. These garments are fairly simple and are designed to provide support to the lower abdomen. This support keeps your body and muscles stable and comfortable. The uniform pressure they supply to the area improves circulation, which can speed up the healing process. They are also worn to facilitate proper drainage, reduce bruising, and as a comfortable and stable garment.

 

Procedures requiring Abdominal Compression Binders include:

  • Hysterectomy
  • Tummy tuck
  • Liposuction of the belly or flanks
  • Other abdominal surgeries

 

If you have questions about Abdominal Compression Binders, give us a call or talk to your doctor.

 

Post-Surgical Girdles

While the term “girdle” may resonate more as a garment for women, the modern reference really applies to anyone and any kind of garment that can be worn for abdominal or lower body surgery. There are different heights and lengths of girdles ranging from full-body jumpsuits (covering from the ankles to just below the breast area) to spandex-looking shorts covering just the butt and thigh area. Girdles are designed like our other garments, made in America with the highest quality medical grade compression material. They are designed to keep your skin, organs, and tissues in place as you recover from your surgery. The levels of compression provided by post-surgical girdles can range, depending on what stage of recovery you are in, so be sure to discuss with your doctor which type of girdle is right for your recovery. So you’re not surprised, girdles almost always have a high waistline that helps keep your waist and belly in place with a uniform compression.

 

Procedures requiring Post-Surgical Girdles include:

  • Tummy tuck
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Liposuction from hips, flanks, thighs, butt, and belly
  • Brazilian butt lift

 

Girdles are very widely used by all sorts of people recovering from surgeries. They provide some of the best post-surgical support to the widest area, so chances are you may be recommended to wear a girdle as you recover. Don’t worry, though, most modern girdles can be worn comfortably under your clothes and actually provide quite an attractive figure.

 

Other Post-Surgical Garments and Aids
Silicone Scar Sheet
This is an extremely commonly used post-surgical garment. The silicone scar sheet helps treat scars after breast augmentation surgeries to help the skin heal and reduce (or potentially eliminate) scarring. Silicone scar sheets have many uses, and are even used on old scars that were never able to heal. Ask your doctor about silicone scar sheets to find out if they could be right for your recovery.

 

Lipo Foam
If you have any type of cosmetic surgery, chances are you will require lipo foam for your recovery. Lipo foam is exactly what it sounds like – a sheet of foam used after procedures (commonly, liposuction), that is placed under your compression garment to provide a smooth compression over the suctioned area. Lipo foam is ideal for use after procedures on the arms, chin, abdomen, or thighs, where uniform healing is required. Lipo foam helps reduce bruising, swelling, and ecchymosis (discoloration of the skin) around the affected areas.

 

If you are considering cosmetic or some other type of elective surgery/procedure, it is likely that your practitioner will recommend compression or post-surgical garments for your recovery. To be fully prepared for your recovery it is recommended that you purchase two of the same garment or item, as you’ll need to wear one while the other is being cleaned. You’ll find that at ContourMD we provide only the highest quality compression garments and recovery tools as all our products are designed and made here in America using only the best materials. If you have any questions about any of our garments or proper treatment/care of these garments, don’t hesitate to give us a call and it will be our pleasure to help you.

It is our goal to make your recovery as smooth as possible and help you Recover in Comfort.

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For any operation involving your breasts, it will be recommended that you wear a post-op compression bra as you recover. These bras are designed specifically for your recovery and to help keep your breasts in the proper position as you start to move around again after your operation. Your doctor will likely recommend a type of … Continued

For any operation involving your breasts, it will be recommended that you wear a post-op compression bra as you recover. These bras are designed specifically for your recovery and to help keep your breasts in the proper position as you start to move around again after your operation. Your doctor will likely recommend a type of recovery bra for you to wear, but you’ll likely be doing a bit of your own research to find the absolute best option for you. Keep in mind that no matter what type of procedure you’re having done on your breasts, your old bras will never fit the same again. And unfortunately, many people (up to 60%) are not wearing the correct bra size to begin with. These bras are designed to help with the healing process by encouraging blood flow to the area, restricting movement, reducing bruising, and encouraging proper drainage. Your breasts will need to be supported until they are fully healed and your bra will have a big impact on how your recovery progresses here.

 

Help With Healing

A post-op recovery bra or compression bra can help your breasts heal the way you want them to after surgery. After any type of procedure your skin will heal in a new way, according to a number of factors. Your breasts will weigh a different amount, which will affect the way you heal, along with their position. Post-op bras help to hold your breasts in place so they heal in the ideal position, so it is important that you wear your post-op bra at all times aside from bathing. These bras are designed to apply a uniform pressure to your breasts which helps your circulation, and also keeps fluids from pooling in the area. This helps reduce the risk of infection which can obviously impede healing. This bra will likely feel tighter than the garments you’re typically used to wearing. Almost like a very tight sports bra. But the compression will be comforting after your surgery. They also help to reduce your risk of injury by holding your breasts in place as they recover, restricting any extreme movements.

 

Comfort and Security

As we’ve mentioned, these bras are much “tighter” than your traditional brazier. Many people find this to be extremely comforting to have their chest so supported post-op. No matter what the procedure, mastectomy, augmentation, or reduction, you will always appreciate the support as your chest will feel very different than before. This type of compression helps you feel secure and reduces your risk of injury.

 

Working with Your Doctor

It is important to work with your doctor to find the right post-op bra for you. It’s likely you’ll be able to find plenty of suitable options online, but it is always good to check with your doctor before making a purchase. While many surgical bras or compression bras mean the same thing, they may have different product names depending on the band and level of support they provide. With seemingly endless options available, it’s important to choose the right garment for your particular situation and procedure, which may require some friendly assistance. If you have questions, be sure to ask your doctor or give us a call if you are wondering about any of our products.

Remember, these garments are easy to open and close for your post-op exams and so you can get in and out without a problem, but you should be wearing your recovery garment most of the time. You’ll appreciate the support and comfort provided by ContourMD recovery bras, as we use only the best materials available and design/manufacture all our products here in America. Give us a call today if you have questions about any of our recovery products

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Resources and Information on Plastic Surgery Post Op Preparedness – Garments Plastic surgery is a big deal. If you’ve been waiting for an elective surgery and the date is coming up, you’re probably experiencing a mix of feelings. In addition to “excitement” you might be nervous or unsure of how to prepare for your operation. This … Continued

Resources and Information on Plastic Surgery Post Op Preparedness – Garments
Plastic surgery is a big deal. If you’ve been waiting for an elective surgery and the date is coming up, you’re probably experiencing a mix of feelings. In addition to “excitement” you might be nervous or unsure of how to prepare for your operation. This is completely normal, as everyone experiences things differently. Your surgeon will explain all the pre and post-op requirements, how you might feel, things to look out for, etc. but to be as prepared as possible, it’s good that you’re doing your own research! At ContourMD we want to help make you comfortable post-op through our garments but also pre-op by providing the necessary information and answering any questions you may have. Most likely, your surgeon has recommended (or at least mentioned) that there will be a few garments required to wear after your surgery.

So, what do you need to know about your post-op plastic surgery garments? The main thing you need to know is that post-op plastic surgery recovery garments are designed to help you recover more comfortably while speeding up the recovery process, so they are very important. There are different categories of garments, which we will outline here:

 

Compression Garments
Compression garments are exactly what they sound like ─ they are designed to apply pressure or a uniform “compression” to the surrounding area that has been operated on in order to speed the healing process. They can help speed up healing by improving the circulation and blood flow to that area, because you probably won’t feel like moving much in the days following your surgery. For example, if you’re scheduled for a tummy tuck, you’ll likely be recommended to wear an abdominal binder post-surgery. This puts pressure on your abdomen, ensuring your body heals in the shape you want it to, while avoiding pooling of fluids which can lead to complications. Many pursue plastic surgery for aesthetic purposes and want their skin to heal tightly and firmly. Compression garments are designed to help with this and should be worn at all times. Remember to follow the instructions that your surgeon provides as they know what’s best for your recovery since they’ve been working with you directly.

 

Breast Augmentation Aids
When recovering from a breast operation of any kind, you will want to reduce the likelihood of scarring while ensuring a proper and comfortable healing process. What helps with this is post-op silicone scar sheets. These are designed to rest along the lines where you want to minimize the potential scarring. In addition, there are many surgical and compression bras available. As we just learned above, compression helps the breast rest in a comfortable position as you heal and recover. These garments and tools are advisable for people who have had breast reductions, impolants, or lifts.

 

Liposuction Recovery Garments
Compression after liposuction is a must. Your surgeon will provide advice and a schedule, along with the check-ins post-op to help advise you on the required garments, but this should give you a general overview of what’s required post-op. Healing after liposuction is about a 4-6 week process. Throughout this process you’ll likely wear at least 2 different compression garments. The first garment, worn in Stage 1 of recovery (weeks 1-2), is a bit bulkier and provides the maximum level of compression and support. The second garment, worn in Stage 2 of recovery (weeks 2-5) provides less compression but is still worn at all times to ensure optimal healing. In Stage 3 (>5 weeks) some people still choose to wear light compression for the support or to really ensure they achieve their desired results. Compression throughout liposuction recovery not only provides an aesthetic benefit, but it also keeps your organs from moving while supporting your muscles and reducing liquid pooling, because they keep your circulation up. Again, you’ll want to work directly with your surgeon to ensure your desired results are achieved. They’ll help monitor your recovery and will recommend different tactics depending on your unique situation.

 

Plastic Surgery Post Op Garments Overview
Plastic surgery post op garments at ContourMD have all been designed specifically for patients who have undergone a specific type of surgery. We would be happy to assist you with things like sizing, finding the right garment, or answering any questions about the garments. These garments may even be suitable for patients undergoing other surgeries including hysterectomy or breast reconstruction after mastectomy, not just aesthetic plastic surgery. We know this is an exciting (but sometimes stressful) time for you! All our garments are made in America with the highest quality materials, so you know you are getting the best recovery tools available. Remember that every healing process is different. Many depend on the type of surgery you’re receiving and on your body’s capabilities. Your recovery could be quick and painless, or it could be more uncomfortable and boring… by being prepared with your plastic surgery post op plan and garments from ContourMD, you can rest assured you’ll be well on your way to healing comfortably in no time.

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