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Are compression garments important to the success of my surgical procedure?
Most Plastic Surgeons agree to the importance of compression to reduce swelling and bruising and increase healing circulation. Compression also helps to prevent sagging of the skin by comfortably pressing the skin and muscle tissues together. The compression aids the skin and tissue in reattaching itself smoothly as well as providing support to sutures by preventing stretching. Rainey Compression Essentials is committed to patient comfort throughout the critical stages of recovery. All of our garments are constructed with strong yet soft and breathable Dupont Lycra fabric.

What is the difference between a Stage One and Stage Two compression garment?
Stage One garments provide moderate compression immediately after surgery and may be worn for up to 2 weeks. This zippered garment with reinforced seams allows for easy application and durability during the critical immediate postoperative period.

Stage Two garments provide continued healing compression and support during the second stage of recovery (typically 2-8 weeks post-op). This non-zippered, pull-on garment is sized smaller for additional support to the newly contoured body. Second stage garments also fit smoothly under clothing as patients become more active.

Do I need more than one garment?
It depends on your procedure and the length of recovery time. Because patients are generally required to wear first stage compression garments immediately after surgery, it will become very soiled with drainage fluids the first week. For a cleaner appearance and hygiene, we recommend the purchase of one additional first stage garment. This will allow one to be worn while the other is being washed.

Why should I provide pre-op measurements instead of post-op measurements for my compression garments?
Our First Stage compression garments are sized to accommodate expected swelling right after your surgical procedure. Stage Two garments are sized smaller to fit your newly contoured body after swelling has subsided.

How do I determine the correct leg length for my body procedure?
The leg length should be at least 4 inches above and/or below the surgical area. Example: if you are having surgery at the hips you would choose a mid-thigh garment. Rainey makes it easy by recommending the right garment for you when you select your areas for surgery on the product selection page.

What is the fabric content of Rainey compression garments?
77% Nylon and 23% DuPont Power Lycra. The combination of soft yet strong compression make Rainey Compression Essentials a favorite among patients and surgeons alike. All Rainey Compression Essentials garments are latex-free.

Do I have to remove my compression garment when using the restroom?
All Rainey Compression body garments feature Rainey's exclusive open crotch design. For best results during postoperative recovery, patients are advised to wear compression garments for a prescribed period of time. This means constant wear even during bathroom functions. To address this sensitive issue, Rainey Compression Essentials developed an open crotch design that provides adequent clearance for sanitary functions without removing the garment. The crotch simply opens when seated, then closes when standing and is virtually hands-free. The new design is also more discreet and less visible under clothing.

For men:

  • Back crotch opening: Allows for adequate clearance to perform bodily functions without removing garment.
  • Front crotch opening: In the seated position, patients simply pull front of crotch forward, to perform bodily functions with ease.

    To perform bodily functions, a seated position is recommended, however the crotch design for men allows for the stabding position.

Why can't I wear activewear or fitted exercise garments?
Because those garments are not designed for long term, 24 hour usage. And even though they may be fitted they are generally not designed to compress the skin and body as is needed after a surgical procedure. You need a garment specifically designed for that purpose and is comfortable for the length of your recovery. Your compression garment literally becomes your "second skin".

Please refer questions not answered here to stephanie@raineywear.com