After getting tummy tuck, you will need to wear a special garment to support the healing skin and tissues and minimize swelling. At the Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso can advise you about the right garment to wear immediately after the procedure. They also encourage you to wear garments that flatter your improved figure as soon as you have completely healed from your tummy tuck procedure.
What to Wear the First Week After the Procedure
A compression garment made from a combination of elastic and fabric should generally be worn all day and night for the first week after surgery (please consult with your doctor for your specific post-surgical program). Putting gentle tension on the abdomen speeds up the healing process and prevents fluid buildup in the space behind the abdominal muscles. Your compression garment should fit snugly, but not so tightly that it cuts off circulation.
What to Wear After the First Week of Recovery
Since full recovery generally occurs gradually over a period of several months (remember that every patient is different and heals at a different rate) some transitional garments that are somewhat loose fitting around the mid-section might provide the best compromise between style and comfort.
One key thing to remember is that the clothes you wore prior to having surgery will not be nearly as flattering after the procedure. Once full recovery has been achieved, the new contours brought about by tummy tuck will provide an opportunity to buy new clothes that are more form fitting than what was worn prior to the procedure.
Many women find that they go down a size or two after tummy tuck. Another thing to consider is that since fat is removed during tummy tuck, women may find that they can wear their pants higher or lower, depending on the style. Shopping for new clothes will most likely involve trying on smaller sizes and opting for garments like skinny jeans and form fitting dresses that accentuate your figure.
To discuss the nuances of what to wear in the weeks and months after tummy tuck, Dr. Pearl and Dr. Ereso look forward to seeing you for an office consultation. Please call us at (650) 964-6600 to schedule one.