Product Description & Benefits: Ideal for immediate use following tummy tuck and liposuction of the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, and flanks, the Above The Knee Girdle w/ 4" Waistband - Stage One has a streamlined design featuring bilateral hook & eye beneath zipper closure, an open crotch, a front reinforcement panel, a plush 4" anti-roll waistband, and gripper lace on the leg cuffs. This garment also features zippers that fully separate at the bottom leg cuff for easy application. The garment is made with our ultra-lightweight, breathable SuperSilky fabric that is self-wicking and the ultimate in comfort. This garment improves blood circulation, minimizes swelling after the procedure, flushes the body out of potentially harmful fluids, accelerates the healing process, and allows the patient to return to daily routines sooner. This compression garment also provides support to surgical areas for more comfort and helps the skin fit better to it new contours.
Stage Two Garment: A Stage Two garment that goes with this Stage One garment is available and can be found at: Above The Knee Girdle w/ 4" Waistband - Stage Two. The Stage Two garment is ideal for providing continued healing compression and support to the abdominals, hips and thighs throughout the extended recovery process (typically 2 - 8 weeks post-op). The girdle is easy to pull on, for it has no hook & eye or zippers. It features a convenient open crotch design, a front reinforcement panel, a 2" waistband, and decorative lace leg cuffs.
Instructions For Use: If the zipper becomes snagged, please do not attempt to force the zipper in any direction. If the zipper does become snagged, please take the garment off (to reduce any tension on the zipper) and gently work the zipper until it moves freely again. Assume a seated position in a chair or on a bed and unzip all zippers completely (if the garment has two zippers on the sides, please un-zip both zippers). While seated, step your legs into the garment and slide it up to your knees and/or thighs. While remaining seated, you should now be able to gently position the garment into place on your upper body. Standing up very slowly and using the chair or bed to provide support, pull the garment fully into place, making sure the crotch opening is correctly positioned. If you do not feel comfortable standing up, please lie on your back to apply the garment. If the garment has shoulder straps, they can be positioned and fastened at this point. Please fasten the hook and eye closures on one side of the garment and then slowly pull the zipper closed. When one side of the garment has been zipped closed, you can now secure the hook and eye closures on the other side. Please note that this side will be more difficult to close. If you have someone assisting you, please ask them to help you with this second side. The hook and eye closures should be fastened and the zipper should be slowly pulled closed.
The garment is typically worn immediately after the surgery and continuously for several days (or longer depending on the doctor's instructions). During the initial period of post-op, your doctor may instruct you to wear this garment constantly (even while sleeping) and only remove it when you need to go to the bathroom or to shower. As your healing progresses, you should be able to remove the garment for various activities. Generally, the amount of time you will need to wear your garment will be reduced as your move forward in your healing journey. The garment is worn like long underwear underneath your clothing. It is recommended to wear loose-fitting clothing over the garment.
Measuring Myself Correctly & Getting The Right Size: Knowing how to measure yourself correctly and getting the right size for your garment is the most crucial step of selecting a garment. For this reason, please view the Size Chart (and read the measuring tips) associated with this garment.
Garment Care: Your garment can be hand washed with extra-gentle cleansing solution. The garment should be washed in cold water and air/line-dried. Washing your garment in hot water or drying with an electric or gas dryer may ruin the garment. To remove any stains, the garment can be soaked in 2 or 3 gallons of cool water with 1/4 cup of peroxide added. After the garment has soaked, it can be hand washed and air/line-dried.
Important Healthy Tip: Due to long, continuous periods of time that you may need to wear the garment, it is recommended to purchase 2 garments. Having two garments will enable you to always have a freshly clean garment, while the soiled one is being washed.
Applicable Procedures: Liposuction (Abdomen, Buttock, Flank), Tram Flap procedures, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty).