The amount of time you need to wear a compression garment after MTF top surgery varies depending on your surgeon’s recommendations. However, most people need to wear a compression garment for at least 4 weeks after surgery.

The compression garment helps to reduce swelling and bruising and to support the new breast shape. It is also important to wear a compression garment to help prevent seroma, which is a collection of fluid under the skin.

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

  • Make sure the compression garment fits properly: The compression garment should be snug but not too tight. It should not restrict your breathing or your ability to move your arms.
  • Wash the compression garment regularly: The compression garment should be washed daily to prevent the growth of bacteria.
  • Change the compression garment if it becomes wet or soiled: If the compression garment becomes wet or soiled, it should be changed as soon as possible.
  • See your doctor if you have any concerns: If you have any concerns about your compression garment, see your doctor. They can help you to determine if the garment is fitting properly and can offer advice on how to care for it.

By following these tips, you can help to ensure that you are wearing your compression garment properly and that you are getting the most out of it.

The duration of wearing a compression garment after MTF top surgery can vary depending on the specific recommendations of your surgeon and the progress of your recovery. Compression garments are typically used to provide support, reduce swelling, and help shape the chest during the healing process. Here are some general guidelines regarding the duration of wearing a compression garment:

  1. Immediate Post-operative Period: Immediately after MTF top surgery, you will likely be instructed to wear a compression garment continuously. This is typically for the first few days or weeks to support the surgical area, minimize swelling, and aid in the healing process.
  2. Transition to a Smaller Garment: As the initial swelling subsides and the healing progresses, your surgeon may advise transitioning to a smaller-sized compression garment. This garment is often worn during the day for a few weeks or months after the surgery. The specific duration may vary based on individual healing progress and the recommendations of your surgeon.
  3. Nighttime Use: In some cases, surgeons may recommend wearing a compression garment during sleep or nighttime for an extended period, even after transitioning to a smaller garment during the day. This can help maintain support and promote optimal healing while you sleep. Your surgeon will provide specific guidance on the duration of nighttime compression garment use.

It is crucial to follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding compression garment use after MTF top surgery. Proper and consistent use of the compression garment can contribute to better outcomes and help minimize complications such as seromas, excessive swelling, or skin irregularities.

Your surgeon will provide you with specific guidelines on when and how to wear the compression garment, including any adjustments or modifications based on your individual progress. It’s important to communicate any concerns or questions you have about compression garment usage with your surgeon during follow-up visits to ensure you are following the recommended protocol for your specific case.