Following gynecomastia surgery, a compression vest may be part of your post-surgery recovery. Compression vests are specially designed garments that compress and support the chest area following a surgical procedure in order to reduce swelling and support the new body contour. Read on to learn more about the importance of compression vests and what role they play in the healing process.
The Importance of the Compression Vest
Not all surgeons require a compression vest after surgery, and some for only a short time. Dr. Delgado has his gynecomastia patients wear a compression vest 24/7 for 6 weeks after surgery. Two vests are provided, one at the time of surgery, which is heavier with an elastic-velcro strap to reduce bleeding. The second is applied after the drains are out and is lighter, shorter, and easy to camouflage under a shirt. The vests may be a little uncomfortable but is necessary for the healing process. They should be worn snugly, but not tight.
Dr. Miguel Delgado recommends the vest be worn 24/7 for 4 to 6 weeks, depending on how the patient is healing. The vest should only be removed when showering.
The purpose of the vest is to aid the skin to contract. The vest helps increase the flow of blood and prevent the collection of excess fluid. Additionally, the compression vest controls the amount of swelling and aids in binding the chest tissues, all while decreasing post-op pain.
After initial healing, Dr. Delgado has his patients graduate to a second vest that is thinner and has a lining of soft T-shirt material with compression in the chest area only. Men who wear dress shirts state that these vests are not visible and more comfortable.
Schedule a Gynecomastia Surgery Consultation
Patients in San Francisco and the Bay Area who are seeking a permanent solution to their gynecomastia can trust Dr. Delgado to provide natural-looking and optimal results. If you are interested in learning more about gynecomastia, male breast reduction, what to expect post-surgery regarding male compression vests, and more, please contact Dr. Delgado today to schedule a consultation appointment in Novato or San Francisco, CA.
Compression Vest FAQs
How tight should the compression vest be after gynecomastia surgery?
The garment should fit snugly but not so tight that you have trouble breathing or you develop wounds or blisters from the compression.
What happens if I don’t wear a compression vest after gynecomastia surgery?
Wearing a compression vest after surgery is recommended to minimize swelling and bruising, which can result in a shorter wound healing time. Compression vests also help to prevent hematomas.
Can I take my compression vest off for a few hours?
While you are free to take your compression vest off to bathe or wash, it is essential that you wear it as directed by Dr. Delgado. For questions regarding compression vests, please contact our office today.
What will happen if I stop wearing my compression garment?
Not wearing your compression garment can greatly increase the risk of noticeable scarring, prolonged swelling, and bruising.