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Do I have to wear a binder or girdle after a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty?

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Yes. A binder helps control swelling and it assists in the healing process, helping the skin adhere to the tissues beneath. It supports the abdominal wall as the abdominal wall is healing and prevents it from bulging out immediately after the surgery. It also helps decrease post–surgical pain by supporting the muscular repair. In addition, it decreases drainage and allows for the earlier removal of the drains that are put in place at the time of surgery. Some patients find they can wear a girdle during the day, but it is important to always wear the binder at night. The binder needs to be worn for at least six weeks and sometimes for as long as eight weeks. more
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