In any type of hourglass plastic surgery procedure, the goal is to help you achieve the hourglass body figure. It may be the hourglass tummy tuck, butt augmentation, liposuction or fat transfer that will make your waist slimmer, hip wider, butts fuller and shapelier. Regardless of what type of procedure you go through, the important thing is that you to have a smooth recovery. Your plastic surgeon will provide you instructions that you need to strictly follow during your recovery from any of the hourglass procedures. For post-surgical care, you will be required to wear elastic compression garments, which is specific to the procedure or procedures done. A compression garment is a special garment that is required for patients to wear after a surgery since it will make the patient more comfortable as well as expedite the healing process. It is particularly important for hourglass surgery patients to wear compression garments because compression garments can enhance almost every aspect of your recovery. It helps keep the bandages and dressings stay in the right places, which in turn, will protect the incisions from risks of infections. The reason for this is that it limits the movement of the tissues that were damaged or injured during the operation, thereby preventing any complications from occurring. Another benefit of wearing a compression garment is it reduces the risk of seroma, which is the serum or fluid that builds up in the tissue when one has undergone injury or surgery. For plastic surgery, the most important advantage of compression garments is that it decreases the swelling and bruising of the wound during recovery. In addition, the compression garments will apply sustained and balanced pressure on the skin, which decreases the likelihood of skin irregularities or unevenness. In short, compression garments will help make the recovery easy, and at the same time, drastically improve the aesthetic results of the hourglass surgery. As for how long a patient should wear the compression garments, it will highly depend on your plastic surgeon. For the hourglass plastic surgery, I normally recommend my patients to wear the compression garments for at least 3-4 weeks after the surgery. Because the longer you wear the garments, the better the aesthetic outcome. Having said that, the garments can be temporarily taken off, like when you take a shower. But just make sure that you wear your compression garments for as long as your surgeon recommends it.