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Individuals undergoing Cosmetic Surgery and medical professionals who assist are both focused on obtaining the best possible results. For one’s health & aesthetics, it is of utmost importance to adhere to all pre- & post- operation protocols. Some of the protocols will be ‘best practice’ care tips that apply across the board. Others will be unique to you as an individual.

Specific post- op advice will factor in health history, skin laxity, age, existing medical conditions and target aesthetic goals. If you are due to undergo Cosmetic Surgery, it is likely that the use of compression garments post-surgery will be required or strongly recommended by your doctor.

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Don’t Discount the Role of Compression Garments!

Compression Garments are often overlooked but they are an important component of the recovery process. While specific instructions may vary, the use of compression garments post-operatively can make a definitive positive difference on your surgical outcomes.

Don’t dismiss these garments as an ‘add-on’ or negotiable, an extra expense, or of dubious worth. They are an investment in safety and bringing your aesthetic desires to life. While you may be understandably eager to reveal your new figure as soon as possible, it is important to persevere. Compression garments will help your final results be the best they can be!

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Compression Garments assist to physiologically better The Healing Process & Aesthetic Results

· Manage Inflammation
· Improve Contouring Outcomes
· Increase Comfort, Decrease Pain
· Speed Healing Process
· Diminish Risk of Complications
· Reduce the Appearance of Scars & Risk of Seroma

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3 Things to consider when choosing your compression garment

1. Quality Counts: Not all compression garments are created equal. The tightness of the weave will impact the level or amount of compression offered. Off-the-rail smoothing and shaping garments are not the same as or the equivalent of professionally recommended surgical compression garments.

2. Fit is Key: To fully benefit from what compression garments offer, one should ensure a correct fit. Articles should be snug but not overly tight or constricting. They should cover the entirety of the area treated.

3. Comfort Considerations: A compression garment should not be unduly uncomfortable or painful to wear. Take care to be aware of the location of any seams or zippers in the garments chosen to ensure they do not interfere with incision healing. Washable fabric is ideal and dark colour fabric is often preferred as it hides any signs of drainage.

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Compression Garments are often used in the following surgeries:

· Liposuction & Small Volume Liposuction
· Breast Reduction, Breast Lift & Breast Augmentation
· Facial Surgeries
· Tummy Tuck i.e. Abdominoplasty

In each of these surgeries, compression garments will be advised if they can enhance healing and contribute to positive outcomes. They can play a significant role in sculpting the new and desired shape of the treated area.

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Dr Anton Potgieter

Dr Potgieter is an experienced, reputable, board certified cosmetic surgeon. His rooms are conveniently located in Sandton. For more on his individual-centred approach read Meet the Doctor here.

To further discover what your aesthetic options are Contact Dr Potgieter today. Ensure you explore fully what the right next step is for you – be fully confident with the way forward and have an opportunity to ask any questions you like.

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