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Wait – Is This Inside Out??? What’s So Special About Surgical Compression Wear Anyway!?!

Compression Wear is designed for Postoperative needs

Compression Wear is designed for Postoperative needs: –with outside seams,
exterior labels, and hook & eye beneath zippers for easy application

Why are compression garments important to the success of my surgery?

These garments are designed to protect what is inside!

-No scratchy tags inside to irritate the already sensitive skin.

-No indents visible on the skin from the impression of an inside seam.

-No undue stress to the incision site while zipping into the garment.

Wearing a high quality post-op compression garment can help you during the recovery process in the following ways: To provide uniform radial compression and support to aid recovery. Wearing a compression garment designed for your particular procedure will minimize bruising and swelling (edema), increase blood circulation in the affected area and aid in flushing fluids and toxins at the incision site. The compression from the garment will hold skin firmly in place, aiding in proper skin retraction and intended body contouring. In addition, outside seams on the garment, will prevent the garment seams from leaving indentations on the skin. Improve your comfort during healing process- A proper fit and lightweight, breathable material will make you more comfortable when wearing the garment for extended periods of time …this aids compliance and speeds recovery.

Why can’t I wear active wear, traditional foundations or shapewear?

It is essential that the compression garment worn during the recovery period provides uniform radial compression, something that is not found in a standard girdle or shaper. Shapers, tights, girdles and jog bras also do not have inside flat seams, tags on the outside of the garment – away from the skin, an open crotch, and are not intended for around the clock, 24-hour use. You need a garment that is non m-marking, specifically designed to compress the skin for surgical purposes and that is comfortable for the length of your recovery. Your compression garment acts as your “second skin.”

Miss Bum Bum is Back – Now It’s Your Turn

Miss Bum Bum 2014

Miss Bum Bum 2014

Follow the excitement of the 2014 Miss Bum Bum competition, lots of great pictures at

Better yet make your own better bum.  The rise in the number of Buttock Augmentations being performed worldwide reflects the increased popularity of a curvaceous figure and full buttock.  In addition to Buttock implants, Natural Fat Transfer is an all natural enhancement technique, utilizing fat gained from liposuction which is then redistributed to the buttock.  The right compression garment post surgery is key to getting the look you want.

Contemporary Design Introduces the SC-320 Brazilian High Back Above-the-Knee Girdle.

CDI SC-320 Brazilian High Back Girdle helps You be Miss Bum Bum

CDI SC-320 Brazilian High Back Girdle helps You be Miss Bum Bum


Ideal for immediate use following Buttocks Augmentation, Brazilian Butt Lifts, Fat Grafting, Natural Fat Transfer, Body Sculpting and Liposuction.  Designed with BodyScan technology, ensures a fully contoured fit.  Supportive non-compressive cotton gluteal insets insure no buttocks compression or collapse of the implantation area.  Reinforced panels supply full compression to the surrounding areas and total butt lift support.  Includes removable liposuction foam inserts.



Full body support from the top of the back, down the buttock and thigh area, and up through the mid-section while lifting under the buttocks.

Removable liposuction foam pad inserts at small of back for compressing contour around the hips, to nip the waist and define the buttocks.

Open bust design.SC-320front


High back addresses troublesome “bra fat” areas and flanks.


Hook and eye shoulder straps adjust for a custom fit. SC-320shoulder                                                 Open crotch design

Features hook & eye center closure for easy application and adjustability.

Features our breathable Sateen fabric that is antimicrobial, self-wicking and the ultimate in comfort and control for an even, contoured fit.


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Mannequin Make-over………..Venezuelan Mannequins Reflect National “Normal”

Eliezer Álvarez’s  mannequin factory in Valencia, Venezuela, where the voluptuous models are the standard

Eliezer Álvarez’s mannequin factory in Valencia, Venezuela, where the voluptuous models are the standard

Venezuela is known for its oil and its beautiful women.  Fueled by Venezuela beauty queens being crowned Miss Universe three times in the late 1970’s and 80’s, the country is obsessed with women’s beauty and inflated proportions.  A culture of increasingly enhanced physiques, cosmetic surgery is common practice through out Venezuela.  Breast augmentation, Butt Enhancements, and Liposuction have all contributed to the Venezuelan National “Normal”.  Yet store fronts and window displays have always used a more traditional mannequin silhouette to display clothing. That was until Eliezer Álvarez’s made voluptuous models the standard in his mannequin factory in Valencia, Venezuela.  Now his best seller,the augmented forms can be found in store presentations through out the country echoing the Venezuelan physique.

Enhancing your female form?  Cosmetic surgery can allow you to sculpt a body that reflects your desires.  The breasts, abdominals, thighs, hips, buttocks, flanks and upper back can all be enhanced by today’s modern procedures.  Designed to address the specific aesthetic or reconstructive procedure, each Contemporary Design Compression Garment is an integral element in the surgical process. To ensure the results of your procedure, each garment is designed to hold skin firmly in place, aiding in proper skin retraction and intended body contouring.  Wearing a compression garment designed for your particular procedure will minimize bruising and swelling, increase blood circulation and aid in flushing fluids and toxins at the incision site.

CDI Above the Knee Body Shaper

Post surgery, the use of a supportive compression garment is an integral element in the healing process.


Miss Bum Bum, Brazil’s annual “Booty” Pageant

CDI Brazilian Body Shaper SC-290B

Contemporary Design, Inc. Brazilian Body Shaper SC-290B

The Olympics are upon us and obviously training a life time is not unusual for these talented athletes, at the peak of their game.
Dedication and sacrifice were also part of the regimen and lifestyle for 2013 Miss Bum Bum winner Dai Macedo who sports a 42” derriere. The Miss Bum Bum, Brazil’s annual “Booty” Pageant picks Twenty-seven bums to represent the 27 states of Brazil. Online voting selects 15 female finalists with the finest bottoms to be found. The ladies then compete for an approximate $18,000 prize, bragging rights, and product endorsements.
Want to feel like a contender?
A Buttock Augmentation or Brazilian Butt Lift may lie in your future. Unlike silicone implants, Natural Fat Transfer uses your own fat cells, collected from unsightly areas of the thigh, hips, abdomen and back and re-positions them in the buttocks. The resulting look, (often accompanied by a little liposuction), is a fuller, firmer more curvaceous derriere. The procedure is more natural, long lasting, with less chance of rejection by the body.  Recovery is a couple weeks off your bottom and in an appropriate compression garment.
Ideal for use after butt implants and Brazilian Butt Lift procedures as well as any natural fat transfer to the buttocks… Contemporary Design’s Brazilian Body Shapers are designed with gluteal cutouts providing full compression to the surrounding areas. This garment offers built-in relief for the buttocks to ensure there is no compression or collapse of the implantation area. Made with Sateen fabric for the ultimate in compression and comfort. Designed with outside seams, hook and eye closure, and an open crotch.

See you in São Paolo in November for the final competition!

Where do I find Post Op Compression Garments?

1-perfectfitContemporary Design Inc. has been proud to set a standard of excellence in the compression garments and post-op garment industry since 1986. By offering a full line of well-designed compression garments, a range of sizes up to 3X, and our exclusive Expander Sizer, Contemporary Design Inc. ensures our garments are a Perfect Fit for you and your patients. And, with our ability to offer outstanding customer service, competitive pricing, and same-day shipping, CDI is indeed the Perfect Fit for all of your facility’s post-op needs.


Contemporary Design’s wide range of post surgical compression garments has been shown to support uniform skin shrinkage, an increase in venous and lymphatic drainage, and a noticeable reduction in wound edema. Our fabrics, including the exciting edition of our newest line, Sculptures, are latex-free and provide a comfortable, lightweight fit that ensures universal compression. Ultimately, these fabrics, combined with innovative garment engineering and extensive market research, enhance the results of cosmetic, corrective and contouring procedures.

How do you reduce bruising after liposuction?

SC-810Used in conjunction with your compression garment, Sculptures Liposuction Foam are positioned over the liposuction treated areas to evenly distribute the pressure and minimize folds or creases. It is ideal for arms, chins, abdomen, thighs or any area where uniform healing is necessary.

The benefits are:

  • Less waviness in the skin surface – Free fat cells are thought to be redistributed evenly by the pressure of the foam plus the pressure garment. The result is a smoother skin surface with less waviness.
  • A more comfortable recovery – Sculptures Liposuction Foam is also comfortable under the compression garment and there is less immediate postoperative tenderness.
  • Less blood loss and ecchymoses – The use of the Sculptures liposuction foam, in conjunction with the garment, results in less postoperative bleeding and bruising. In turn, there is a decrease in the amount of postoperative fall in hematocrit. With less of a drop in hematocrit and hemoglobin, there is also less postoperative anemia. The mechanism involved in the reduction in blood loss is thought to be a combination of overcoming capillary pressure and stabilization of the skin and subsurface blood vessels.

The combination reduces swelling and bruising dramatically.  A bruise occurs when red blood cells leak out of blood vessels and move toward the skin surface. The application of foam directly onto skin beneath a compression garment, tightly compresses the skin’s collagen fibers and prevents bruising by minimizing the movement of red blood cells from the liposuction wound toward the surface of the skin.

Size Calculator

We’ve all done it….You’ve lugged armfuls of dresses to the fitting room, only to find the size that fit you in the last store you were in, doesn’t even make it over your hips. Vanity sizing or not, finding the right size isn’t as easy as it seems.  History, fashion trend, pride, and yes, vanity have all played a part in this confusion. 

Finding the correct size effects appearance and morale as well as, product longevity.  When finding the correct post surgical compression wear, sizing may also affect your health.  Follow the easy steps below to calculate your size “starting point”.   Height and weight, as well as, dress size are all factors in determining the proper fit.


When taking these measurements, use a cloth tape measure, not a metal one. Make sure that, when you circle your chest, waist, or hips, the tape is level and neither too tight nor too loose. Also measure yourself on your bare skin, not over clothes. And this may sound silly, but don’t trust your memory — be sure to write the measurements down!   

Not sure about all this?  It may seem impossible to take them yourself and get an accurate read, so find someone you trust, swear them to secrecy, and start measuring.

  • Waist: Measure the circumference of your waist. Use the tape to circle your waist (sort of like a belt would) at   your natural waistline, which is located above your belly button and below your rib cage. (If you bend to the side, the crease that forms is your natural waistline.) Don’t suck in your stomach, or you’ll get a false measurement.

Tip:  Not really sure where your natural waist is …or went?   (It does change with age, etc..)  Dress in your underwear or a leotard, and tie a narrow ribbon or a piece of elastic around your waist, but not too tight. Move around a little bit until the elastic or ribbon finds your natural waistline. This may not be where you wear the waistband of your jeans or favorite pair of slacks.

Your recommended bra size is Don’t be alarmed if this size is different from what you are used to, most women are wearing the wrong size bra! Your recommended bra size is a great starting point to finding bras that will fit you perfectly. The best size for you may vary based on the bra brand, style or other factors.

  • Hips: Measure the circumference of your hips. Start at one hip and wrap the tape measure around your rear, around the other hip, and back to where you started. Make sure the tape is over the largest part of your buttocks, (usually approximately 7 inches below the natural waistline). Because making sure the tape is level in the back can be hard, do it in front of a mirror; or again get someone else to take your measurements.
  • Bicep Circumference: Measure the circumference of your arm. Wrap the tape measure around the widest part of your upper arm from front to back and around to the start point.

Wearing the right bra does wonders for your figure, makes you feel more confident and comfortable, and is best for your breast health.  Determining the correct size, again, has baffled us all.

  • Bra Band Size: With your bra on, measure firmly around your rib cage, directly underneath your breasts. The tape measure should be horizontal around your body and should not drop in the back. This is your underbust or band measurement. Example: 38″
  • Cup Size: Measure the circumference of your chest. Place one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your bust, wrap it around (under your armpits, around your shoulder blades, and back to the front) to get the measurement. This is your cup size measurement. Example: 41″

Subtract the band size from the bust size. Example:41″-38″=3″  Use that number to get your cup sizeExample: 3″= C cup

2″ = B cup, 6″ = DDD cup
3″ = C cup 7″ = F cup
4″ = D cup 8″ = G cup
5″ = DD cup 9″ = H cup
  • Your bra size is your band size plus your cup size. Example: 38C

Knowing how to measure yourself correctly and getting the right size for your garment is the most crucial step of selecting a post surgical compression garment.

How a Garment should feel.

Working with your doctor, personal preference, and type of procedures your compression garment specialist will ensure your compression garment is the correct size and will meet expectations.

Snug on the body, feeling like it is compressing the dermal layer into the muscle wall.

Although snug, the fit should be comfortable enough not to impede normal breathing or restrict the patient’s movement.  In addition, the patient’s body type can be accommodated.  A patient with a full thigh might find a garment with a longer leg more comfortable than a mid-thigh version.

Note:  athletic wear, shapewear yoga wear or lingerie will not offer the proper level of compression needed after a surgical procedure.

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