The amount of time that you need to wear a compression garment after FTM top surgery will vary depending on the surgeon’s instructions. However, most surgeons recommend wearing a compression garment for 2-4 weeks after surgery. The compression garment helps to reduce swelling and bruising, and it also helps to keep the incisions closed.

It is important to wear the compression garment as instructed by your surgeon. If you do not wear the compression garment properly, it may not be effective and it could also lead to complications.

Here are some tips for wearing a compression garment after FTM top surgery:

  • Make sure the compression garment is the right size. It should be snug but not too tight.
  • Wear the compression garment all day, except when you are showering or bathing.
  • If you experience any discomfort, loosen the compression garment or take a break from wearing it.
  • Wash the compression garment according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

After 2-4 weeks, you may be able to start wearing the compression garment less often. However, you should still wear it for at least 6 weeks after surgery.

If you have any questions about how long you need to wear a compression garment after FTM top surgery, you should talk to your surgeon.

The duration of wearing a compression garment after FTM top surgery can vary depending on the surgeon’s recommendations and individual healing progress. Compression garments are commonly used after surgery to provide support, minimize swelling, and promote proper healing. Here are some general guidelines:

  1. Immediate Post-operative Period: Immediately after FTM top surgery, you will be provided with a surgical binder or compression garment to wear. This garment helps control swelling, provides support to the surgical area, and helps shape the chest during the initial healing stage. You will typically wear this initial compression garment continuously for the first week or two.
  2. Transition to a Smaller Garment: After the initial post-operative period, your surgeon may recommend transitioning to a smaller-sized compression garment or surgical binder. This garment may be worn for several more weeks, but the duration can vary depending on individual healing and the surgeon’s recommendations. Some surgeons may advise wearing a compression garment for a total of 4-6 weeks or longer.
  3. Gradual Weaning: As the healing progresses and swelling reduces, your surgeon may recommend gradually reducing the amount of time you wear the compression garment. This could involve wearing it for specific periods of the day, such as during physical activities or overnight, and gradually decreasing the usage over time.

It’s important to follow your surgeon’s specific instructions regarding the use of compression garments. The compression garment should fit snugly but not be overly tight or restrictive. Wearing the garment as instructed can help support the healing process, reduce swelling, and promote optimal scar formation.

During the post-operative follow-up visits, your surgeon will assess your healing progress and advise on the appropriate duration for wearing the compression garment based on your individual case. It’s important to communicate any concerns or discomfort related to the compression garment to your surgical team during these visits.

Remember that individual healing times can vary, and your surgeon’s recommendations may be adjusted based on your progress. Adhering to their guidance and maintaining open communication will help optimize your recovery and achieve the best possible outcomes.