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What Body Shaper Shapewear to Wear after a Tummy Tuck?

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Let’s get straight to it: not all shapewear, body shapers, and compression bodysuits are the same. Wearing shapewear every day is very common, but wearing medical-grade shapewear after a tummy tuck or even without any surgery is our speciality.

If you need that kind of shapewear after any kind of surgery, you’ve come to the right place! Bodyment has you covered. Let’s learn about what kind of shapewear you need after a tummy tuck.

Can I Wear Shapewear without Having a Tummy Tuck?

Many of us wear body shapers or shapewear every day without having had a surgical procedure.

Bodyment’s medical grade Stage 1 medical post op and Stage 2 medical shapewear compression garments can easily be worn under clothing. Wearing these garments during weight loss helps with skin retraction and reduces the development of stretch marks.
As these medical garments are often claimable under private health insurance, it makes sense to wear the best possible compression for slimming and body contouring.

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What Is the Best Compression Shapewear to Wear Everyday without Having a Tummy Tuck?

No matter what brand of body shaper you choose, it’s important to ensure you purchase the correct size.

The fabric in these garments varies greatly, so the amount of compression provided differs. Always check the sizing chart provided by the manufacturer, and compare your measurements.

Wearing body shapers that are too tight may not only be uncomfortable, but cause health issues.

For everyday wear, Stage 2 medical grade body shapers are a great option. These bodysuits and girdles usually have no zip or hook and eye closures but do offer an open or opening crotch. Marena and Leonisa both have amazing body shapers – with or without sleeves – that provide firm, medical-grade compression to the torso.

Stage 1 garments can also be worn every day. Just bear in mind there will be either zip or hook and eye closure.

What about after a tummy tuck or body liposuction?

After a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, most surgeons will require you to wear an abdominal binder immediately after surgery. These self-adjusting shapers provide firm support to the abdomen and allow healthcare professionals to easily access your wound. As your stomach muscles will not be working at their best after a tummy tuck procedure, an abdominal binder provides the support to allow you to stand up straighter in the early days following surgery.

The binder should continue to be worn 24/7 for at least the first two weeks after surgery. Then, when you are looking for a more comfortable option to wear, a bodysuit or girdle will provide sufficient compression and support. We do suggest wearing your binder over the top of your shapewear whenever you do anything physical – like going for a walk or doing some light housework.

Following your liposuction procedure, we strongly recommended wearing a body shaper rather than an abdominal binder or waist trainer. It is important to create a smooth-as-possible environment under your compression garments to ensure even skin retraction in the weeks following your lipo. Depending on your particular instance, a Stage 2 body shaper may be sufficient.

What Is the Best Compression Shapewear to Wear Everyday after Gaving a Tummy Tuck?

As you will be required to wear compression shapewear for 6 to 8 weeks after your surgery, a medical grade bodysuit or girdle will be the most comfortable option. As these shapers have an open or opening crotch and zip or hook and eye closure, they are specifically designed for post-op wear.

If your tummy tuck was not combined with a procedure on any other part of your body, a compression garment with no legs can be worn. These panty style shapers have a hook and eye opening crotch. If however, you would prefer a totally open crotch (which many patients find easier to wear), choose a bodysuit or girdle that has short legs.

As you will be wearing your garments 24/7 for several weeks, we always recommend buying two – wear one, wash one.

Should I Wear an Abdominal Binder or Shapewear Body Shaper?

Simple answer to this question is to buy both. As explained earlier, abdominal binders or waist pinchers have an important part to play in your recovery journey. However, they are not the most comfortable option for long-term wear. When sitting, the binder (which needs to sit low on your abdomen to compress your incision) can flip up at the top of the legs. Likewise, the binder can sometimes ride up under your chest during the day.

A body shaper or medical-grade shapewear is a more comfortable option, and can be worn under clothing easily.

What Is the Difference Between Generic Spanx Shapewear and Medical Shapewear?

Off-the-shelf K-mart shapewear comes in all shapes and styles as well as differing levels of compression. These products are not usually covered by health insurance. More often than not, the less expensive K-Mart shapewear, Target shapewear, or even Big-W shapewear is made with cheaper-quality fabric and will not last more than one or two wears and hold its original medical-grade compression level.

We work with the world-leading manufacturers that design and manufacture custom fabric textiles with superior-quality comfort and medical-grade compression levels.

Consider carefully when deciding which body shaper to buy – especially after a surgical procedure when targeted shapewear compression is required.

Can I Wear Shapewear and a Body Shaper Overnight?

Medical grade shapewear and body shapers are designed to be worn 24/7 as that is what is generally required after surgery. Most surgeons will require their patients to wear their compression garments during the day as well as when sleeping, for at least the first few weeks after the procedure.

Always check with your health professional as their requirements and your personal condition may vary.

Stage 2 shapewear garments are generally worn only during the day.

How Long Should I Wear Shapewear after a Tummy Tuck?

After your tummy tuck, it will take some weeks before your swelling subsides and your new, slimmer tummy is revealed. In our more than 20 years of experience, we have found that everyone’s recovery journey is different.

We always recommend wearing your body shapers 24/7 for at least 8 weeks post surgery. Some surgeons require much less. But wearing compression for longer and reducing the size if necessary along the way will certainly do no harm, and we have seen many of our clients continue reducing in size for 12 months.

Should I Wear Stage 1 or Stage 2 Shapewear?

The answer to this question depends on:

  • what your health professional prescribes
  • what procedure you are having

Generally, we would always wear Stage 1 postoperative medical grade compression after any invasive procedure for at least the first four weeks following surgery. This is because pulling up and down garments to put them on can be painful if there are no zip or hook and eye closures. Also, an open or opening crotch is a blessing in the weeks following surgery.
After about the fourth week, it is perfectly fine to move onto Stage 2 body shapers as your body will have healed substantially and your pain will have subsided.

What Happens if I Don’t Wear Compression Shapewear after a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty surgery will almost always involve internal and external stitches. As we use our abdomen in almost every movement of our body, it is necessary to protect these stitches and not put undue pressure on them. Wearing a binder or body shaper also reminds you that you need to be careful and not overuse the affected muscles during recovery.

Surgical compression garments also put pressure on the wound, helping to keep it protected from the environment and keep the scars flat as they heal.

Medical-grade garments reduce swelling as they help drain excess fluid through the lymphatic system.

Lastly, but certainly not least, a properly fitted garment will keep you feeling secure and less vulnerable after surgery.

Is It OK to Wear Shapewear Every Day?

It is totally fine to wear your shapewear and body shapers every day. Many women would feel underdressed if they didn’t first contour their body with undergarments. Even our grandmothers and those before them wore corsets and girdles to hide any imperfections. Just be careful not to wear anything that is so tight that it restricts your breathing or causes major creasing on your body.

What Is the Best Plus Size Shapewear?

Many of our body shapers and shapewear are available in sizes up to 4XL. BodyAid bodysuits are an example of these larger sizes, so please check the sizing chart and jump onto our chat function if you need sizing assistance.

Get Your Plus Size Body Shapers with Bodyment

Choosing your plus-size body shapers is easy. Just check our fitting notes on the garment page to see where to take measurements. Our garments are not sized like regular clothing, so it’s important to check the sizing chart after taking accurate measurements.

Whatever your body shaper needs are, Bodyment is here to help.

Browse our inventory of Stage 1 and Stage 2 shapewear to find the exact garment you need for your healing process so you can get back to living your life.

Get in touch with Bodyment today if you have any questions or concerns!

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