When shopping for a faja aka compression garment, it is important to pick a garment that is not only comfortable but fitting. An ill-fitted garment can definitely impact your results. Your body is literally like putty after surgery, the garment is what helps to shape and mold you after. So a smooth compression is essential in seeing maximum results.
There are two options to essentially choose from, customized or non-customized.
Customized is where a consultant comes and measures your body; waist, hips, bust, leg/arm circumference, and torso. The consultants than submit the measurements to their distributor and you get a hand-crafted garment that is tailored to your body. Great options for stage 2 garments.
Non-Customized is when there are standard sizes in XS-S-M-L and so on. A pattern is used and duplicated. Cost-effective and great options for stage 1 garments.
Let’s talk about the Pros & Con’s of both:
- Tailored to your body type
- Quality material
- Can be tailored to give added compression in certain areas
- Measurements taken at consult will not reflect your current measurement when received
- Your consultant doesn’t always know how to measure so the margin for error is mediocre
- Production and delivery can sometimes take up to 3 weeks.
- Fast turnaround for delivery
- Sufficient for the time-worn
- Not all patterns are the same
- Doesn’t reflect true size
Garment prices vary from retailer to retailer and can account for up to 15% of your post-op cost. When ordering a non-customized garment offline, please note that you may or may not have to alter your garment to fit the way you want.
Essentially two-stage 1 garments are needed for after surgery. When washing your garment make sure to use hot water. If it is covered in blood and fluids, soaking in peroxide prior to washing will help to get most of it out during the wash cycle.
To maintain the integrity of the fabric air dry or freeze your faja. Drying in a gas dryer will burn and/or shrink the fabric and alter the true size of the garment.
Freezing you’re garment after washing, sealed in a plastic bag will help the garment to shrink and offer more compression while molding your frame as the garments start to expand and stretch.
*Please note that a stage 1 compression garment can be altered at least 2x’s before switching to a stage 2.*
When shopping for a stage 2 garment, picking a customized stage 2 is ideal when its time to amp up compression. There should be no bunching, creasing, or unbearable tightness.
There is really no one size fits all, there are ways to maximize your dollar while maximizing your compression. To get quality and comfortable compression garment/faja with more bang for your buck…click here.
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