After a plastic surgery procedure, you may notice hardness, water retention, or lumpiness at and around the surgical sites. This is normal right after surgery. This post-surgical swelling is caused by inflammation and trauma from the cannula and other surgical instruments used during your procedure. The channels that are formed by these instruments become filled with fluid and the tissue around becomes swollen. Lymphatic drainage restores function to damaged lymph vessels to reduce inflammation, pain, and scarring while simultaneously enhancing the cosmetic results of your procedure.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage helps to move the fluid by gently pumping it back into the lymph vessels, reducing the swelling and retention of fluids after the surgery. Without lymphatic drainage the inflammation can evolve into fibrosis- a permanent hardening of the tissue that leaves unwanted lumps and bumps commonly associated with liposuction. Many doctors prescribe lymphatic drainage after lipo and other plastic surgeries to reduce swelling, the risk of infection, excess pressure on incision lines, and to ensure their patients get the best possible aesthetic from their procedure.
Cosmetic surgeries all produce swelling to some extent because it is part of the body’s normal healing process. Lymphatic drainage massage after liposuction, tummy tucks, breast work, or arm, thigh, and Brazilian Butt Lifts will make your overall healing from surgery much faster and much more comfortable.
From our experience we normally recommend between 5 to 12 sessions depending on the area, the procedure, and the recovery process which is different for each person. The first week we suggest one session daily or every other day, as it helps significantly with the inflammation and the elimination of fluids. The second week- every other day, followed by maintenance of once per month for the next 5 or 6 months, for the absolute best results.
The sooner you start lymphatic drainage the better. Every case is different, but most doctors advise their patients to begin their lymphatic drainage treatment 24 hours after surgery to obtain the best and fastest results. Regular massage targets the muscles and goes way too deep and damaging for after surgery. Lymphatic drainage massage however, is a special and gentle technique that addresses the skin in order to improve the efficiency of the lymphatic system to reduce swelling and speed up the healing process.
Be sure to consult with your doctor before booking a series of lymphatic drainage massages to make sure they’ll benefit your post-operative plan. Call Pure Therapy for any questions you may have and to schedule an appointment for pre and post operative lymphatic drainage.