According to a recent publication in Plastic Surgical Nursing entitled Compression Garment Sizing Challenges, Issues, and a Solution (Watkins, 2010), compression garment sizing can be time-consuming and stressful for front line staff and cosmetic surgery practitioners. Indeed, enquiries that MACOM Medical Compression Garments often receives from nurses and consumers alike involve guidelines for measurement and fit; fortunately, help is available in the form of research guidelines and the functionality and comfort inherent in the manufacturing of MACOM garments.
Watkins advises that “the solution to the garment sizing is threefold: It depends on the manufacturer’s design of the compression garment, the fabric that the garment is made from, and the protocol that nurses and physicians follow to outfit the patient”. Furthermore, features like zippers, unnecessary seams, and underwires should be eliminated because they can increase pressure “to inappropriate levels”. For these reasons, MACOM Compression Garments avoids dangerous zippers; instead, convenient eye hooks are featured on surgical styles for ease of fit post surgery. Additionally, all MACOM compression garments have outward facing seams to avoid discomfort.
Compression garments are recognised as “the global standard of post-operative care” and are effective if the proper level of compression and elasticity is achieved (Watkins 2010). This speaks to the importance of medical grade garments; MACOM Medical Compression Garments are made with a precise combination of compressive material and elastane in order to adapt to body changes and maintain durability and compression over time.
Finally, Watkins notes that patients’ measurements should be taken (with a measuring tape) pre-operatively so they can be fitted with the compression garment immediately post surgery. It may be helpful to use separate garments to cover different areas for tall patients.