Compression Garments are an excellent form of support for people with poor circulation or people who have to stand for long periods of time. Leg compression garments help improve circulation and prevent blood pooling in the legs and swelling that can accompany extended periods of standing. They can also help to prevent deep vein thrombosis and reduce muscle damage and fatigue. Compression garments are often used by athletes to help improve endurance and prevent chafing and other discomfort. They are sometimes used after surgeries to help reduce swelling.
There are a variety of types of compression garments from stockings, to sleeves, to tights and more. Each compression garment has a specific compression to your body as well. Garments with compression over a certain level, 20-30 mmHg or higher, usually require a prescription from a doctor.
Be sure that whatever compression garments you wear fit properly. It should feel snug, but not painful. If you experience pain or tingling then the garment is most likely too tight. It is usually a good idea to take your sizing measurements and consult an expert or your doctor on appropriate sizing.
Wear Compression Garments after Liposuction Surgery
To get the best use out of the garments, it's important to make sure that they are very tight but not to the pointwhere it is painful. Make sure at lays smooth along the skin without creating any indentations orcreases in your skin. You can take the garment off for about an hour a day to wash it.
Make sure to hand wash in lukewarm water using gentle soap and no fabric softeneror bleach. Don't iron or dry clean and hang it to dry. Typically, after two weeks, the swelling will have gone down and it is common for you to need a different sized garment. In some cases, your surgeon may let you weara light non-medical spandex or shapewear.