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Frequent Asked Questions:


1. When do I wear a compression garment?

2. How long should I wear my medical-grade corset for?

3. When should I start wearing my Maternity Band or Support Belt?

4. It’s been months since I gave birth, can I still benefit from using the compression garments from Contour Garments? 

5. Will it be painful or hard to take it off or put it on every time?  

6. After giving birth with a C-Section or having abdominal surgery (tummy tuck); will the medical-grade corset help me with giving comfort and more security when I cough, sneeze or even go to the toilet?

7. Is a Postpartum medical-grade corset a new product or new concept of healing and prevention?

8. Where to Buy?

9. Size and fit?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers:

 

1. When do I wear a compression garment?

Wearing compression garments is traditional in many parts of the world, especially after birth and post-surgery.

It is most recommended for the following:

  • During pregnancy - you may experience back pain or just wish to have more support on the core area. Wearing the maternity band or the support belt may give you the comfort you are looking for.
  • Post-Natal and Post-Surgery - By holding things tightly in place, it can help you to avoid sudden, uncomfortable movements or pressures. By holding things in their correct places, it can help you to achieve better aesthetic results. If things heal in the right position, they are much more likely to keep that position in the future.
  • Post surgery - Traditionally used for patients recovering from a Liposuction, Lymphedema, Diastases Recti, hernia procedure. Your plastic surgeon will provide specific postoperative instructions based on the technique and extend of your procedure. Follow all instructions carefully.

Compression garments are usually recommended to:

  • create back support
  • help keep core muscle tight
  • improve blood circulation
  • flush potentially harmful fluids out of the body
  • accelerate the healing process
  • allow the patient to return to daily routines sooner
  • assist scar tissue to mature

 

2. How long should I wear my medical-grade corset for?

To achieve the best results post surgery (tummy tuck, c-section and other abdominal surgeries) or after birth, woman should wear the appropriate clinical quality compression garment continuously (24 hrs) for a minimum period of 4 weeks. Your doctor will guide you with your particular case. Normally after the initial 2 weeks you may take it off during the night, just to sleep.

You may continue to wear your garment for the remaining 90 days, or as long as you feel comfortable. You will be able to fit into the next size down which you may continue to wear until your skin has gone back to normal. You may be tempted to continue wearing them long after healing!

Consider buying two: depending on the intensity of the usage of your garment, a good rule of thumb is to purchase duplicate garments so you always have a backup as you will need a replace when having one washed.

 

3. When should I start wearing my Maternity Band or Support Belt?

Our belt and band can be used at anytime, as it is easily adjusted to your comfort. Anyone, not just mothers, can benefit from our belts. It gives back support, back pain relief, abdominal support and posture improvement.

The Maternity band can be used from the 6th month of pregnancy for support and assisting in holding the belly weight. Providing comfort and support for your back, and helping  “holding up” your tummy while walking around or getting up or down.

 

4. It’s been months since I gave birth, can I still benefit from using the compression garments from Contour Garments?

Your body presents hormones secreted during pregnancy after childbirth for up to 6 months. These hormones, Estrogen, progesterone loosen the abdominal muscles, the pelvic structure and supporting ligaments and joints. Even though we recommend using our garments as soon as you are back from birth or surgery in your hospital room, you can start using our garments during this period and you will be able to feel and see significant results.

 

5. Will it be painful or hard to take off or put on every time?

Again, the size must be correct. It can be difficult to pull up the first time as you are not used to it. However, as you do it daily before showering, you will get comfortable and confident in doing it. Contour Garments have a convenient flap with hooks down below, designed to allow easy access to the crotch without removing the garment. Due to the vaginal discharge after birth for several weeks and the necessity of cleaning and drying the perineum (tissue between the vagina and rectum) this flap will give the comfort necessary to keep this area clean and dry. Also Constipation is common after pregnancy and drinking plenty of fluids will help but also will make you urinate more than usual and in this case, the flap is very convenient.

We also recommend to woman who will have a tummy tuck to wear the compression garment prior to the operation, just to get used to the compression level and the putting on and taking off at least 2 or 3 days prior to the surgery.

 

6. After giving birth with a C-Section or having an abdominal surgery (tummy tuck); will the medical-grade corset help me with giving comfort and more security when I cough, sneeze or even go to the toilet?

Definitely!! Activities like deep breathing, coughing, sneezing, going to the toilet and even the thought of sitting up or getting out of bed may seem forbidding and coughing can be a frightening experience.

After the surgery you may tend to hunch over in an attempt to secure the wound, and need frequent reminders to straighten up. It may help to explain that good posture promotes healing by exerting just enough tension on abdominal muscles to strengthen them without disrupting the wound. Slouching, on the other hand, will throw you off balance, discourage deep breathing, and strain back muscles. In many countries the patient starts wearing the Contour Garment at the hospital and the doctors advise the patients to have 2 compression garments packed, as they will put one on for you straight after they stitch the patient. When you are back in your room, you already have one on!

It is easy to open the crotch and lift up the garment to clean the wound, change bandage or just for a quick check by the midwives.

 

7. Is a Postpartum medical-grade corset a new product or new concept of healing and prevention?

In many countries around the world, including America, South America, especially Brazil, wearing a compression girdle/ corsets have always been a tradition for mothers who has just given birth. This is because the release of the baby from the womb creates a vacuum in the abdomen that needs to be reduced for the mother to get back into her natural shape. Historically the binding method was reasonably efficient, but the modern woman needs a more practical and appealing solution.

Contour Garments compression garments are recommended by many doctors around the world, especially in Brazil where they are the most used throughout the country.

 

8. Where to Buy?

Our products are available through Contour Garments online shop website.

Contour Garments items will soon be available at local retailers.

 

9. Size and fit?

Use of garments is advised if patients fit the measurements parameters correctly with our size-chart supplied. We stress the garment MUST fit correctly.