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The Role of Compression Garments after Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery is a procedure performed with the aim to alleviate discomfort associated with excessively large breasts. The surgery involves the removal of fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body, aiming to alleviate the physical and emotional discomfort associated with large breasts. Following this procedure, post-operative care is integral to ensuring a smooth and efficient healing process. Among the recommended post-surgical practices, the wearing of compression garments stands out as an important measure. These garments are designed to facilitate recovery, offering support and aiding in the reduction of swelling. In this blog, Chester Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna will discuss the many benefits of wearing compression garments after breast reduction surgery, showing how important they are for healing.

Breast Reduction Guide

Breast Reduction Guide

What Are Compression Garments?

Compression garments are pieces of clothing that apply consistent pressure to the surgery area. These garments come in various forms, including bras, vests, and body suits, tailored to support the healing process following breast reduction surgery. The underlying principle of these garments is to apply a gentle yet effective pressure, which plays an essential role in enhancing the recovery process. The function of these garments extends beyond physical support; they are instrumental in stabilising the surgical site, reducing swelling, and promoting blood circulation. The utility of compression garments in post-operative care is supported by a wealth of medical insight, underscoring their role in a successful recovery.

The Role of Compression Garments in Breast Reduction Recovery

The application of compression garments following breast reduction surgery is not merely a recommendation but a foundational aspect of post-operative care. These garments serve multiple purposes, each contributing to a more favourable recovery outcome. Initially, they provide indispensable support to the surgical area, mitigating the risk of strain and aiding in the maintenance of the new breast contour. More than this, compression garments are vital in managing swelling, a common post-operative symptom, by applying uniform pressure to the area, thus facilitating fluid drainage and preventing the accumulation of excess fluid. Additionally, these garments play a crucial role in enhancing blood circulation. Improved circulation not only accelerates the healing process but also significantly reduces the risk of complications such as blood clots. The role of compression garments in the recovery process following breast reduction surgery underscores their importance in achieving optimal healing and the best possible surgical outcome.

Compression Garments Help Reduce Swelling and Bruising

After breast reduction surgery, it is common to experience swelling and bruising around the treated area. These are natural responses of the body to the surgical procedure. Wearing a compression garment plays a significant role in mitigating these symptoms. The consistent pressure exerted by the garment on the surgical site helps in reducing the space available for swelling to occur and facilitates the absorption of bodily fluids back into the system. This not only accelerates the reduction of swelling but also contributes to a decrease in bruising. The diminished swelling and bruising not only aid in a more comfortable recovery but also allow you to observe the outcomes of the surgery sooner. Furthermore, the reduced swelling contributes to a lower risk of further complications, promoting a smoother and more efficient healing process. Therefore, adherence to wearing compression garments as advised by Anca can significantly impact the recovery phase positively.

Compression Garments Can Help with Blood Circulation

Compression garments after breast reduction

Optimal blood circulation is essential for healing and recovery following any surgical procedure, including breast reduction. Compression garments are engineered to promote increased blood flow through the surgical site, which is beneficial for several reasons. Enhanced circulation delivers essential nutrients and oxygen to the tissues, vital for the repair and regeneration of the skin and underlying tissues. Good blood flow helps in the efficient removal of waste products from the area, which is crucial for preventing infections and promoting faster healing. Additionally, improved circulation significantly reduces the risk of blood clot formation, a potential post-operative complication.

Support and Comfort after Breast Reduction

After breast reduction surgery, finding comfort in the recovery phase is essential. Compression garments are specifically designed not only to offer the necessary support to the surgical site but also to provide comfort during the healing process. These garments help in stabilising the breasts, reducing movement and thereby minimising pain and discomfort. The support provided is integral in maintaining the shape and contours achieved through surgery, ensuring that the healing tissues are supported in the correct position. Moreover, the materials used in the making of compression garments are chosen for their breathability and softness, ensuring that the wear is as comfortable as possible during the recovery period. Wearing these garments offers a sense of security and support, which can be tremendously comforting during what can be an anxious time for many.

Compression Garments Can Help Minimise Scarring

Scarring is an inevitable outcome of any surgical intervention, including breast reduction. However, the extent and visibility of scars can be significantly reduced through proper post-operative care, including the use of compression garments. These garments play a role in the healing process by applying gentle pressure on the wound sites. This pressure helps in flattening the scars, making them less noticeable over time. The improved blood circulation, facilitated by the compression, ensures that nutrients and oxygen necessary for wound healing are efficiently delivered to the tissue. This not only aids in the faster healing of wounds but also contributes to the production of less scar tissue. Moreover, compression garments help in reducing tension on the healing incisions, a factor that can contribute to more prominent scarring. By wearing these garments as advised, you can significantly influence the appearance of scars, ensuring they become as discreet as possible.

Improving Lymphatic Drainage

The lymphatic system plays a role in the body’s healing process, especially after surgical procedures. It is responsible for removing waste and excess fluids from bodily tissues. Compression garments are beneficial in enhancing lymphatic drainage post-breast reduction surgery. The pressure exerted by these garments encourages the lymphatic system to drain more efficiently, preventing the build-up of lymphatic fluid, a condition known as lymphoedema, which can cause additional swelling and discomfort. By facilitating the removal of excess fluid, compression garments not only contribute to reducing swelling more rapidly but also aid in detoxifying the body from surgical by-products. This efficient removal of waste and fluid from the surgical site is essential for a healthy recovery and contributes to the overall comfort during the healing process.

Reducing the Risk of Infection

Post-operative care aims to minimise the risk of complications, including infections, which can significantly impact the recovery process. Compression garments play a subtle yet crucial role in reducing the risk of infection following breast reduction surgery. By providing a barrier between the surgical site and external environments, these garments can help in keeping the area clean and protected from potential contaminants. Furthermore, by promoting blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, as mentioned previously, compression garments assist in maintaining a healthy flow of nutrients and oxygen to the wound. This not only accelerates the healing process but also strengthens the body’s natural defence mechanisms against infections. The constant pressure applied by the garment also prevents fluid accumulation, which can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

Maintaining Surgical Results

One of the primary objectives of wearing compression garments after breast reduction surgery is to maintain the surgical results. These garments are essential in helping to shape and contour the breasts during the healing process. By applying consistent pressure, they aid in minimising swelling and supporting the tissues as they adjust to their new size and shape. This support is important in the initial weeks post-surgery when the tissues are most vulnerable to movements that could compromise the aesthetic outcomes. The garments help in distributing the tissues evenly and preventing the accumulation of fluids that could lead to asymmetry or distortion of the breast shape. By supporting the breasts firmly, compression garments also contribute to the reduction of tension on surgical incisions, promoting better healing and, consequently, less noticeable scarring.

How to Choose the Right Compression Garment

Selecting the appropriate compression garment is fundamental to the recovery process after breast reduction surgery. The choice should be based on several factors, including the size, material, and specific design suited for breast reduction recovery. It’s essential to choose a garment that fits snugly but does not cause discomfort or restrict breathing. The material should be breathable and soft against the skin to prevent irritation while ensuring effective compression. Additionally, the design of the garment should allow easy adjustment and removal to accommodate the changing shape of the breasts during the recovery period. Consulting with Anca is advisable to get recommendations for a compression garment that meets your specific needs. Proper fitting and selection are key to maximising the benefits of wearing a compression garment during the healing process.

Wearing Schedule and Care Instructions

Adherence to a recommended wearing schedule helps maximising the benefits of compression garments following breast reduction surgery. Typically, it is suggested to wear the garment continuously for the first few weeks post-surgery, except when showering or washing the garment. This uninterrupted wear is crucial for providing consistent support and pressure to aid in healing and shaping the breasts. As the recovery progresses, Anca may adjust the wearing schedule, gradually reducing the time the garment needs to be worn. It’s also essential to care for the garment according to the manufacturer’s instructions to maintain its effectiveness. This usually involves regular washing in a gentle detergent and air drying to preserve the fabric’s elasticity and compression properties.

FAQs about Benefits of Wearing Compression Garment after Breast Reduction

FAQs Anca Breahna

Can I start wearing a compression garment immediately after my breast reduction surgery?

  • Yes, it’s generally recommended to start wearing a compression garment immediately following breast reduction surgery. Anca will advise on the best time to begin based on your specific surgery details and recovery plan.

How tight should my compression garment be?

  • Your compression garment should fit snugly to provide effective support and pressure, but not so tight that it causes pain, restricts your breathing, or digs into your skin. A proper fit should feel supportive and comfortable, not restrictive.

Will wearing a compression garment affect how my clothes fit?

  • While you might notice a difference in how some of your clothes fit over the compression garment, it’s designed to be sleek and fit snugly against your body. Many people find they can wear their usual clothes over it without any noticeable bulging or discomfort.

Can I wear a compression garment when I sleep?

  • Yes, wearing your compression garment while sleeping can help maintain consistent pressure and support throughout the night, contributing to a smoother recovery. It’s important to follow Anca’s advice on how often and how long to wear it, including during sleep.

How long will I need to wear the compression garment?

  • The duration for wearing a compression garment varies depending on individual healing rates and Anca’s advice. Typically, it’s worn for several weeks after surgery, with the exact time frame adjusted based on your recovery progress.

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About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



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