Post Operative Services
Knowing what to expect when you arrive home and planning for it will help set the path to recovery.
First, all cosmetic surgeries produce swelling to some extent because it is part of the body’s normal healing process. Some cosmetic surgeries, such as liposuction procedures and tummy tucks, disrupt the natural pathways taken by the lymphatic system. Other regions of the body, such as the nose after rhinoplasty, produce swelling that can last for a long time—even up to one year. Cosmetic procedures that impact the face can also produce months of swelling. However, because of the extensive areas effected, tummy tucks and liposuction procedures are usually the surgeries with the greatest amount of swelling.
When the lymph drifts out into surrounding tissue after a surgical procedure, it disrupts the normal lymphatic pathways. Swelling is the result. But there are ways to combat this problem.
Phase One: Drainage
Incisional Drainage - It is preformed at the clinic where you received your surgery and typically will offer within the first 4 days after surgery. It helps the body expel extra fluids through the surgical incisions while they are still open. The drains and incision sites should be closed before you leave on the last day. (It is not within the scope of practice for a Massage Therapist to preform Incisional Drainage in the state of South Carolina)
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) - After the incisions are closed and you have returned home, MLD is started. MLD session occur within the first week after surgery and can last up to four weeks. Lymphatic drainage is a gentle rhythmic massage applied in a specific way. It helps the body move fluid from your skin, to your liver and kidneys. It is then processed and the toxins are expelled via your urinary system. You should receive this treatment at minimum two times a week for at least 3-4 weeks post Op. (For BBL 360, surgeons normally requests 5 MLD sessions per week for two weeks.)
Silicon Cupping/ Medi-cupping - At week 3 to week 6, your therapist will introduce cupping to help break up fibrosis and thickening of the lymph fluid. This method also helps to release adhesions in the skin and break up tight spots. Cupping applies negative pressure and glides along the skin smoothing out lumpy areas. This should not be performed more than two times a week to avoid adverse effects. REMEMBER: This massage is not started until after a minimum of three weeks after surgery and should be intermixed with MLD.
Phase Two: Contouring ( Coming soon)
Once healed from your surgery, you may want to talk with your therapist about contouring.
Cavitation: Cavitation uses sound waves that agitate tissue which helps to breakdown fat cells. Along with the ability to produce heat, the heat decreases pain, improves cellular healing, and helps to increase flexibility in injured areas. This treatment should NOT be used within the first four week of your recovery as it may thicken any remaining inflammation that is unresolved.
Lypossage: The final step is contouring and is recommended as a maintenance option as well. It employs muscle manipulation that speeds up metabolism. It employs cups and graston tools (Metal tools used much like the Wood Therapy) with Lypossage to sculpt the body. It allows the therapist to move and drain accumulated fat tissue.
Plan your visits ahead of time to ensure that your therapist will be available to work with you in the upcoming weeks. Optional in home treatments are also available, at an additional cost. These must be scheduled in advance and are subject to limitations due to travel times to and from your location.
** Every individual is different. The time between different modalities may be shortened or extended based on your individual needs.
** For best results,
schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with your therapist
prior to your surgery date. **