What is Compression garment?

  • A vest that provides adequate pressure on chest post -surgery. It is worn directly over the chest.
  • Customised according to patient
  • Not too loose, nor too tight
  • Can return to work very next day as it is worn under the shirt.

Why it is important to wear compression garment after Gynecomastia surgery?

Anatomical reasoning:

Three layers of chest

  • Skin
  • Fat and Gland
  • Chest muscle that is Pectoralis Major

In Gynecomastia surgery, we take out fat and gland. It is important for skin to stick to Chest. Adequate pressure from outside ensures that there in dead space between the two layers and skin re drapes well.

It also ensures faster recovery as swelling and bruising is also less.

How long should Compression garment be worn?

  • It has to be worn for at least 6 weeks post gynecomastia surgery.
  • Take it off only while bathing.
  • Wear at least for 18-20 hours.

What are the advantages of compression garment?

  • Prevents Seroma formation (Collection of fluid under the skin)
  • Decreases Post surgery swelling and bruising
  • Smooth recovery
  • Faster Healing