How to Take Your Measurements
When should I measure myself?
For the Stage 1 compression garment we recommend purchasing prior to surgery as it is needed immediately after. We recommend using the size chart tab on the product page to select the correct size based on your current waist and hip measurements.
Please see our measurement instructions to select the correct size, if you’re unsure please contact us.
For your custom-made Stage 2 Faja our recommendation is that you measure yourself after your surgical procedure to ensure the best possible fit. We recommend measuring at 4 or 5 days post op, after your massage if possible. If you need any assistance with measuring or need any advice please contact us by email email@example.com
How do I measure myself?
You’ll need a tape measure and a pen. In order to obtain the best-fitting garment, resist the urge to flex, adjust your posture, or suck in your stomach. It is best to be measured without any clothing and first thing in the morning.
We recommend standing sideways towards a mirror in order to see that the tape measure is level and at the correct position for the measurement. The tape measure should not dig into the skin and should not be loose or slide down. Please see our measurement instructions.
Please follow these instructions and use the image as a guideline to take your measurements correctly
Underbust: Pass the measuring tape under the bust. (1)
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. If you generally wear your clothes below your waist, take that measurement as well. (2)
Torso: Measure from under your breast until the middle of your vagina. (3)
Hip: 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. Because making sure the tape is level back there can be hard, try to do it in front of a mirror. (4)
Thigh: measure the circumference of the widest part of your thigh (5)
FOR SHAPERS WITH SLEEVES
ONCE YOU HAVE TAKEN YOUR MEASUREMENTS PLEASE REFER TO THE SIZE CHART BELOW TO KNOW YOUR SIZE AND PROCEED WITH YOUR PURCHASE OR IF YOU’RE UNSURE CONTACT US.
How long will my garment last?
Following the instruction above, your garment should provide the correct fit and pressure for the normally prescribed usage period. Our garments have been shown to last longer than any other competitive compression garment on the market under normal usage and care. Remember that as your swelling goes down, you may need a smaller garment due to your size reduction, not the garment losing its compressive power.
How should I put on my faja?
While sitting, place both legs through the openings and gently work the garment up your body, making sure the groin and genital area is aligned. It’s important to ensure the buttocks seam line sits in the crease of the buttocks, be extra careful and mindful of your fingernails while putting on your compression garment to avoid damaging the fabric. Once the garment is around your hips, adjust the position of the inseam so it runs just above your hip line.
Next, make sure the buttocks part of the faja is postion all around your bum area, them put the straps on, ensuring that you adjust your bum and back area.
Next, adjust the crotch area and start fastening the hooks and eyes, start from the bottom of the garment and work your way to the top. When pulling to close the hooks and eyes, be sure to use your fingertips, not your nails. Once the hooks and eyes are completely closed, you’re ready to zip the garment. Some girdles may not have zippers dependent on the options chosen by the customer.
At the bottom of the page you will find and informative video that shows how to easily put your faja on.
How long will I have to wear my post-operative garment after surgery?
We always recommend talking to your surgeon for their recommendation based on your procedures and recovery. However, we are able to give a guided timeline for usage based on the information provided by surgeons we work with around the world. The Stage 1 Faja is used immediately after surgery typically for a period of 1-10 days. The Stage 2 Faja is used immediately after this for a period of at least 3-6 months. After 6 months, you can use our Stage 3 shaper to continue reducing your waist or for maintenance of your new body shape.
Many surgeons worldwide prescribe compression garments for a period of at least 3-6 months as a minimum. After a month or so, you may feel completely recovered, but remember, the hard work of healing is going on beneath the surface of the skin, where you can’t see it. It is important to ensure that you continue using your Faja to contour the body during the full recovery period.
During your recovery period, your garment will become loose and will need to be altered or if you prefer you can purchase a new one. For those arranging to have the garment altered we recommend asking the seamstress to use the rear seams not the sides for alterations.
My garment feels uncomfortable, what should I do?
Immediately take the garment off. If you ordered your garment from 4Bellu directly, please verify the measurements that you used when placing your order and contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org If you received the garment from your doctor, please call them to verify you have a correctly sized garment.
HOW TO WEAR YOUR GARMENT VIDEO