You’re probably wondering what different types of compression garments are available and even why there are different types. We’ll explain.

Compression garments are knitted using two different methods of manufacturing.

Circular knit garments are seamless and not as dense and stiff as flat knit. They come in standard sizes (off-the-shelf) or they can be custom made for you. The elasticity of the circular knit material is great for early to mild stages of lymphedema, when swelling is moderate. A circular knit garment is often used for someone with a normal limb shape who has poor circulation or lymphedema. Other features include:

  • Comfort
  • Mild to Moderate containment
  • Maximum aesthetics – available in a variety of fabrics, colors and prints
  • Not made with natural rubber (Latex free)


Flat knit garments have a seam and offer excellent therapeutic results. Only available as custom-made, they can accommodate a variety of shapes and sizes. The fabric is stiffer and certain fabrics have a micro massage weave, which is preferred for areas with severe swelling. Combined with an optimal level of compression, flat knit garments offer the maximum containment in an elastic compression garment. Other features include:

  • Improved aesthetics – now available in a variety of colors
  • The density of the knit remains consistent throughout the garment (even at areas of larger circumferences, which is important for managing swelling)
  • A Stiffer compression garment will better maintain the gap at the skin folds and is less likely to cut into the skin
  • Durable for extreme wear and use
  • Not made with natural rubber (Latex free)

Please work with a trained compression professional to help select the best product, provide the best fit and give you proper instructions. We hope this helps answer some of your questions.

Article written by Juzo USA