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Compression Garments 101

Gladfelter, Joanne RN, CPSN

Plastic Surgical Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.PSN.0000278235.87964.f5
Article: Continuing Education

Goal: To review the importance of postoperative compression and compression garments to promote postoperative healing and improved aesthetic results.


- Understand the importance of proper postoperative compression and the selection of the correct compression garment.

- Identify the important elements to look for in a compression garment.

- Define the necessity of educating staff for proper garment selection.

- Explain how to correctly measure to determine the proper garment(s) and garment sizing.

Author Information

Joanne Gladfelter, RN, CPSN, is a Nurse Consultant, Allergan Corp., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

Address correspondence to Joanne Gladfelter, RN, CPSN, 28504 Golden Meadow Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (e-mail:

The author has no conflict of interest.

Copyright © 2007 by American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses