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Importance of Lymphatic Drain Massage After Cosmetic Surgery

What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

Lymphatic Drainage Massage (LDM), also known as manual drainage, is a gentle form of massage that helps patients in their recovery journey after elective surgeries, such Liposuction, BBL, Tummy Tucks, Breast Augmentations (lifts, implants, reductions, etc.).

LDM encourages faster recovery by reducing post-op discomforts, such as painful swelling, fibrosis, bruising and general discomforts after surgery (muscle aches, etc.), can help decreases the risk of infection, and significantly minimizes the risks of fluid build-up and scarring.

One must note that this procedure is not optimal for every patient as every patient is different based on their physiological and anatomical status. Nor is is a substitute from following your Dr. prescribed and recommended Post-Op Care. Instead, view LDM as a key component in aiding your recovery and maximizing your results.

Top key points of Lymphatic Drainage massage after liposuction:

  1. LDM encourages natural lymph drainage, which carries waste products away from the tissues and toward the heart.

  2. After liposuction, LDM decreases swelling, bruising, and fibrosis (scar tissue formation).

  3. LDM aids in recovery time and improves results.

  4. LDM should generally be begin the day after your surgery, and performed 2-3x wk for 4-6wks.

1. Lymphatic massage reduces fluid build-up and scar tissue.

Despite being undesirable, fat is an active and living tissue that stores

Lymph Flow Chart
Lymph Flow

lipid and energy, contains many blood and lymphatic vessels, and provides hormonal regulation. When fat is removed, blood and lymph vessels are damaged, and cells and connective tissues are destroyed. Thus, it can lead to fluid build-up and scar tissue formation/ fibrosis. Lymphatic drainage massage helps reduce the fluid build-up and scar tissue formation using a particular sequence of massage strokes to accelerate the fluid flow through the lymphatic system.

2. Lymphatic massage decreases the risk of infection & other complications.

Swelling, bruising, scarring, and infection are common side effects of

liposuction that a patient may experience following liposuction. However, prolonged swelling and pockets filled with fluid can slow healing and compromise results; thu

s, lymphatic massage is recommended after liposuction. Although these side effects can reduce over time, lymphatic massage helps accelerate the recovery by mobilizing fluid and alleviating these discomforts.

3. Lymphatic massage minimizes recovery time.

Manual lymphatic massage has a key role in minimizing swelling and accelerating the healing process by enhancing circulation and fluid flow in lymphatic vessels. In addition, by reducing swelling and bruising, the patients should visibly see liposuction results sooner.

4. Maximize your results.

Lymphatic drainage massage helps achieve the desired outcome sooner by mobilizing lymphatic fluid, edema, and blood sooner, you heal quicker. You will experience a quicker recovery and heal easier by following

your Dr. Post-Op Instruction coupled with Post-Op Care LDM.

We cannot encourage you enough to book your 1st LDM for the day after your surgery.

We know how difficult the recovery journey is and are so excited to help you on your way! Our In Your Home Lymphatic Drain Massage treatment means you don't have to stress about getting to appointments when you are are so tender, sore and exhausted from surgery.

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