Liposuction is performed by breaking up the fat with a specialized hollow blunt tube. This tube is called a cannula. Once the fat is broken up, it is suctioned from the tube through a hose into a container. Removal of fat in this manner leaves tunnels with the same diameter as the tube itself. If you could see this tissue afterward, it looks like a honeycomb. It is important to have all of these canals uniformly collapse in order to achieve the smoothest result. For that reason, compression garments are normally utilized for a period of time after any type of liposuction. In general, any type of compression garment that provides uniform, even compression is satisfactory. Many times, the appropriate Spanx garment is satisfactory. There are many other compression garments on the market intended for treating the liposuction patient.
It is very important to follow the direction of your surgeon when selecting the appropriate garment postoperatively.