Lymphatic massage which is also known as manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) can relieve the tight, heavy feeling of swelling after a facelift, tummy tuck, liposuction, breast reconstruction, BBL or even orthopaedic surgery. In fact any sort of surgery can do help by having a lymphatic treatment.
The short message is; with lymphatic massage / MLD as part of your tool kit, this will help reduce your swelling and shorten your post surgical recovery time and get you back to normal, sooner
What do you need to plan for?
If you can, please book in for two or three treatments, prior to your surgery as this will help your body and lymphatic system to be prepared for the post surgical recovery lymphatic massage treatments plus this will help you to be more relaxed
1. Plan and book in your lymphatic massage treatments as soon as possible after your surgery to reap the benefits.
2. Budget for one to two x 60 minute treatments a week for around four to six weeks as a general guideline.
(Many physicians will recommend 5 treatments for the first two weeks and then the following guidelines!)
3. Follow all your surgeon’s post surgical care instructions
4. Plan for your support and recovery process
Outcomes of the Lymphatic Treatments
What IS a post surgical lymphatic treatment?
A Lymphatic Massage / Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a very gentle and rhythmical sequence. There is no “squeezing” out of the lymph. It is a hands-on treatment and you will be placed in a supported position on the massage table so you
can relax and enjoy the treatment.
Your treatment starts with boosting full body lymphatic flow. Gentle massage strokes are used in the swollen area to encourage lymphatic flow and reduce swelling. Strokes re-route lymphatic flow away from lymph nodes and vessels affected by the surgery.
Often the stomach is treated as this will help clear out that post surgical constipation. If you can’t lie on your back you may be put in a supported side-lying position or popped on to a chair for some of your treatment.
Note: No oil or lotion is used and hands are with a light pressure in the direction of the lymphatic flow.