Although the formation of blood clots after cosmetic surgery can have consequences that are too serious, it is very rare. Effective collaboration between patient and surgeon on how best to prevent clots from forming will significantly reduce this risk and lead to a much better outcome and recovery. Compression garments are often worn after plastic surgery. Compression reduces the chance that blood will pool and clot after surgery.
In most cases, compression garments are worn at the surgical site to reduce swelling and the development of scar tissue. To reduce the chance of deep vein thrombosis, a leg compression device can also be used. Patients who are at greater risk of blood clots may be advised to wear a leg compression device.