Lymphatic Drainage Massage - Post Surgery
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), often referred to as Lymphatic Drainage Massage, can be an important part of aftercare post-aesthetic surgery. After liposuction and tummy tucks, for example the lymphatic channels are disrupted and can take about two to three months to make new connections. Post-surgery massage can stimulate and enhance the recovery.
The lymphatic system helps the body fight infections. When there is congestion in the tissue there is a higher risk that healing could be inhibited. The MLD technique helps reduce swelling by directing excess fluid towards the lymphatic tissue so that is more quickly absorbed by the body.
The lymphatic system does not have a pump like the circulatory system; fluid movement is aided by the muscular system. Post-surgery patients generally experience reduced functional movement. Massage can help speed up the recovery process by creating a pump action to help drain the excess fluid.
When should you have one post-surgery?
It is always best to follow the advice of your surgeon. A week to a week and a half after surgery is usually an ideal time to start treatment, as swelling will have started to subside. However, some surgeons recommend starting treatment sooner.
How else can we help with recovery?
We offer post-surgery packages which include movement and lifestyle programming to help achieve optimal results.