Things to consider when choosing a compression garment

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Things to consider when choosing a compression garment

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You wear it well has a new meaning when it comes to people shopping for compression garments. Compression garments are essential in healing, recovery, prevention, pain management, weight loss and body contouring. Their primary purpose though is to increase blood circulation, reduce swelling, and fluid build up in the body.

Compression garments are typically used to secure dressings and stitches after surgeries, cosmetic surgeries and procedures like liposuction in most cases. They also benefit those who have chronic swelling in their limbs, and is a must have for people living with lymphedema.

Choosing one to fit your needs is multifaceted so please follow along so we can provide you with helpful information to help you make the right choice.

Shape and Size

How the compression garment fits to your body’s shape and size is very important. It is supposed to feel snug, with a suction-like sensation, however, it is not to be too tight that it is cutting off your circulation.

When ready compression garments are being made by the manufacturer they aren’t using human models with a variety of body types to determine size, shape or even the purpose for so many different usage needs. Custom made compression garments are a something to consider, with consultation from a specialist to decide on what size would work for your measurements.

Keep it Sturdy

We at Obesinov understand that medical expenses can put a tighter squeeze on your billfold than the compression garment does on your body. However, we suggest that people shopping for compression garments consider a brand that is known for top quality, sturdy made products.

Speaking of sturdy-made, the duration of wear that your doctor or therapist has recommended is something you should consider when choosing your compression garment. You want to make sure that it is not going to shrivel or get pulled too far out of shape when you wash it. It is important that it maintains its strength to fit snugly on the targeted area while ushering continuous blood flow.

Aesthetic and Accessories

Putting on the compression garment can be frustrating, time consuming and exhausting, whether it is a full or half body garment like compression leggings, stockings, socks, or compression arm sleeve. Some are designed with clasps, zippers, snap buttons or velcro closures to make the process of putting it on easier.

You have to be aware of the location of such closures as they can cause pain or discomfort or dreadful pressure sores if they are pressed against the skin while seated or in bed. Those who are wearing compression garments after surgery have to take extra precaution. If their garment has a zipper or other closures, or deep set seams they have to be sure to keep it away from the location of the incision as it will be at risk to irritate, incite further trauma or severe pain in the area.

Color isn’t something that comes to mind when you think of compression garments. Believe it or not, it does matter. Dark colored garments are beneficial in camouflaging any drainage from a surgical incision.

You can wear it well if you need to wear compression garments for weight loss, body contouring, or have chronic swelling or conditions like lymphedema who want to feel and look good for themselves or daily life activities. There are fashionable options out there to consider.

The More You Know

If you need guidance on things to consider when choosing your compression garment, consult your physician or therapist first. Obesinov has an incredibly knowledgeable customer service team that can answer any questions you have to help you make the best choice for your needs.

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