Here at Bodyment, we often get asked the question: “Do I need a Stage I or a Stage 2 compression garment?”
The second most asked question is: “What is the difference between a Stage I and a Stage 2 garment?”
Why wear compression at all?
In order to answer the first question fully, we need to understand the reasons why wearing surgical grade compression garments is highly recommended after a procedure, and what does a compression garment really do.
No matter what type of surgical procedure you have, the chances are that swelling will follow. This is simply because whenever there is “trauma” to the body, in this case as a result of a surgery, the body sends more blood flowing to the site to promote healing. Increased blood pumping to the area means more fluid building up in the surrounding tissue. Another reason why the body can swell after a surgical procedure, is the increased fluids added to the body during general anaesthesia. A surgical grade compression garment helps control the swelling by reducing the amount of fluid build-up in the surrounding area and helping the increased fluid to drain out of the body via the lymphatic system.
Trauma to the body also results in bruising. Blood capillaries can get damaged during the procedure and cause small amounts of blood to be trapped just under the skin. By compressing the area, the surgical garment helps push this blood out of the body through the lymphatic system.
Surgical incisions can turn into raised, lumpy and sometime discoloured scars. By adding compression to the incision, the surgical grade garment can help flatten the scar and prevent lumps from forming.
Our Marena garments are made from anti-bacterial fabric that helps prevent infection and keeps the garment (and you) fresher for longer.
Stage I or Stage 2?
Stage I body garments are designed for ease of wear post surgery. They have ample hook and eye and zip closure so there’s no need to struggle by pulling them up your body. All Stage I body garments have an open or opening crotch eliminating the need for pulling up and down when using the bathroom. For those undergoing a breast procedure, the term Stage I does not really apply to bras. All surgical bras should be front fastening as raising your arms after surgery is not only painful, but could cause sub-surface stitches damage. When we talk about Stage I bras, we really are referring to compression bras. As you know, there are those in the medical field that prefer their patients to wear a compression bra post surgery and there are those that prefer a soft, comfy bra instead. Take a look at our blog post for further great info on bras What post surgical bra should I buy
Stage 2 body garments do not usually have any zips or hooks and eyes. They may, or may not have an open or opening crotch. When purchasing your garments prior to your procedure, we strongly recommend having a chat with our professional fitters either by phone or through our chat service, to ensure you buy the right size for after your surgery. With years of experience in fitting patients, we understand what will happen to your body in theatre, and will provide the right sized garment for you based on the measurements you provide. Stage I and Stage 2 garments offer similar amounts of compression in the fabric itself. Therefore, if after the first few weeks post surgery, you would like a tighter garment, then we recommend purchasing a product that you can continue to wear long term and get better value for money. Our Stage 2 garments are ideal to wear every day and produce a smooth finish under clothes. They are great to wear as shape wear or even for exercise. We have garments from Leonisa and Marena that look great as well as providing medical grade compression.