Although body contouring procedures may have similarities in surgical techniques (an arm lift and a thigh lift for example), they also differ when it comes to cosmetic goals. Case in point would be a tummy tuck and a liposuction. The former aims to remove significant amounts of sagging skin while the latter is primarily used to remove excess pockets of fat. Despite the distinction in expected surgical outcomes, both a tummy tuck and liposuction also share one common factor to be tagged as successful: a healthy and fuss-free recovery. Using compression garments after either a tummy tuck or liposuction is one of the crucial components to a recovery that is free from complications. Read on below to learn why compression garments are specifically crucial following a body contouring procedure: First, wearing compression garments help reduce swelling and bruising which is very common following body contouring procedures. By and large, the pressure produced in wearing compression garments will evenly distribute excess fluids in the surgical site and facilitate natural absorption by the body. Moreover, complications arising from excess fluid buildup such as seromas, hematomas, and lymphedemas are also avoided. Second, wearing compression garments also help the skin in the surgical site conform to its new contours leading to aesthetically pleasing results. This can also be attributed to the same pressure that help prevent bruising and swelling. Lastly, compression garments help promote optimum comfort post-surgery as compression of the surgical site help minimize unnecessary movement of the affected tissues. Strict adherence to wearing compression garments following a body contouring procedure will surely help you achieve optimum outcomes with minor discomfort and lesser possibility of complications. If you’d like to learn more about body-contouring procedures here at our practice, fill out this contact form today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cortes via email. You can also call us at (713) 234-6244. We look forward to your visit!