What to wear after tummy tuck

I’m 2 days over my 1 month po tummy tuck date.
I feel like I am so swollen it hurts, my binder digs in, I don’t know what to do anymore. I am so frustrated. I am wearing the binders I got from the hospital and from my DR… you know the ugly white ones with the Velcro. I did order 2 waist trainers from pretty girl curves, and they feel so tight, too tight.
Does anyone have any recommendations on what to wear, how to get the swelling to go away, any tips?… I’m so lost.

swelling after tummy tuck 


  1. Cherry says:

    My Plastic surgeon told me that I had to wear compression garment 30 days after tummy tuck then that while binder for another couple weeks. Swell hell will come and go depending on your activity level for up to 6 months per PS. Sassy water helps.

  2. Kasie says:

    I was told I have to wear mine for another 6 weeks after tummy tuck… this was a week ago. What is Sassy water? Its like all my swelling goes right to my”love handle” area… its getting discouraging…

  3. Amanda says:

    Welcome to “swell hell” Just be patient, your body is recovering from major tummy tuck surgery.

  4. Erika says:

    I wear the full garments given to me by the dr. the more I walk the more swollen I get. I’m 23 days po tummy tuck and had an appt today. dr says I have to wear it religiously until he says otherwise

  5. Kasie says:

    Why do we have to wear it for so long? does your swelling hurt?

  6. Amanda says:

    I only wore mine for about 2 weeks, and even then it was just off and on. Some drs don’t even recommend using one.

  7. Kasie says:

    If you didn’t wear it, how did you get the swelling to go away?

  8. Cheryl says:

    Mine said it gives your muscles support and time to heal while keeping the fluid from forming pockets. I’m 4 months PO tummy tuck and still wear my binder when I know my activity is going to be strenuous. Makes me feel more confident. Sassy water = picture of water, sliced lemons, sliced cucumber, mint leaves, and crushed ginger root. Helps flush fluid out

  9. Amanda says:

    I just let my body heal naturally, I always felt more comfortable without it and had minor swelling.

  10. Erika says:

    the only swelling that hurt me was around my bb. but the most swelling was above the insicion

  11. Kasie says:

    Could the swelling be cause, I’m not as skinny as most of you are? Maybe that’s why I have to wear my binder more?

  12. Erika says:

    I’m quite thin I think.. sz 6 and I still bloat up

  13. Kasie says:

    I wear size 10 pants, tho, and im 190 lbs ( big butt, thighs and boobs), size 6 is skinny to me lol. Id be a whale next to you

  14. Erika says:

    how many weeks post op are you kasie Emma

  15. Kasie says:

    1 month and 2 day

  16. Jill says:

    Try wearing a boob tube or very close fitting t shirt under it …I asked the nurse this and she said its fine anything to make it comfy xx

  17. Lng says:

    I wear mine 23/7 it helps your shape out

  18. Kasie says:

    I wear mine that long too, its just not comfortable, there has to be other options.

  19. Lng says:

    Idk bout y’all lol but I’m one of those girls that likes to wear my bra to sleep

  20. Kasie says:

    Lol, I don’t mind wearing my bra to bed.