Pre & Post-Op
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
SPEED UP RECOVERY WITH LYMPHATIC MASSAGES & Ultrasonic Cavitation
Post-op recovery is a process that is not all that fun (as stated by many reports from clients), whichever way you spin it, the process is much quicker with lymphatic drainage massages.
For reasons, the biggest part of the recovery process is the swelling. This phase is different for each individual and can be quite lengthy for some. Whether it’s tummy tuck surgery or liposuction, post-op swelling is always expected as part of the healing process. Stay encouraged! Remember it is very important to follow all instructions carefully as this will help with the success of your healing and recovery time. Each surgeon may have different rules and guidelines based on the type of surgery you received.
Lymphatic massage is essential when it comes to reducing swelling, as it removes fluid (built-up) lying under your skin as well as minimizes lumps and bumps.
But that is not the only reason you should be concerned and get lymphatic massages.
These fluid build-ups, if untreated, eventually can cause your skin to harden, swell, and cause more bruising if not treated quickly. This is known as fibrosis, one of the main complications after plastic surgery.
While it is definitely not a very common side effect, nor a particularly dangerous one, it can be unpleasant and very unaesthetic, causing pain and visible scars near the surgical site. Not to mention your results may take longer to achieve if fibrosis goes untreated.
Since lymphatic massages help to unblock your lymphatic system, and can help you kill two birds with one stone:
Speed up your recovery by detoxicating your body and reducing swelling
Avoid very unpleasant and unappealing complications by removing fluid buildups
Lymphatic massage is extremely helpful after:
Liposuction (upper & lower abdomen)
Lipo-360 (flanks, upper & lower abdomen and back)
BBL procedures (fat transfer)
Tummy tuck (abdomen)
Reconstructive Cosmetic Surgery
Breast augmentation and reduction
Arm, thigh, butt, groin lift etc...
LYMPHATIC MASSAGE REDUCES PAIN AND SWELLING, TOO
The big question you’re probably having is: what happens after lymphatic drainage? What should you expect after the procedure?
Studies have found the effects of manual lymphatic drainage even more eye-opening.
More than half of the patients had fibrosis reduced completely after the procedure
It reduced post-op pain almost completely for all patients
Lymphatic massage has reduced swelling significantly for all patients
BE Sure to schedule your Post-Op Lymphatic Massage sessions prior to your surgery so you are sure to have a slot wating our you at the appropriate time.
*Ultrasonic Cavitation Unit (RF TX)
Vacuum + Bipolar RF
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST LYMPHATIC MASSAGE
By definition, manual lymphatic drainage does not require any special preparation on the patient’s part.
There are a few things you can do to get the most out of your experience:
1. CONSULT WITH YOUR SURGEON/PHYSICIAN
If there is one thing you want to do before making up your mind about any procedure, it is to talk to your surgeon beforehand.
Your surgeon should provide you with detailed nutritional guidelines —such as which supplements to take to maximize the ‘cleansing’ effect—they will also tell you when exactly is the best time to get a massage to maximize your plastic surgery results. *If your surgeon has not communicated this with you, do your due diligence to research the type of procedure you are having and other testimonials as well as see to join groups to find helpful tips and successful outcomes.
Your surgeon will advise you with instructions on your individual case and type of procedure you had. Your surgeon will suggest starting your lymphatic massage sessions a couple of weeks before to release stress and to kick start your lymphatic system and more importantly two weeks after the procedure. And to follow a tailored plan of lymphatic treatments. Usually, at least 8 - 12 lymphatic sessions are booked in advance for optimal results.
2. IT IS IMPORTANT TO STAY WELL-HYDRATED
While this is a general guideline— and is emphasized throughout your entire plastic surgery journey—it’s particularly important PRIOR TO AND AFTER YOUR LYMPHATIC TREATMENT.
The whole point of manual lymphatic drainage is to flush the fluid and tissue remains from your lymphatic system. The entire process can become very unpleasant if you don’t have the fluids to do so.
Here are a few indications of a well-hydrated body:
Light color urine. If your urine is transparent or of light color, it is a strong sign your body is well-hydrated. Dark yellow or gold urine can be an indication of poor hydration.
Constant sweat production. Normal, consistent sweat patterns are a good indication of a well-hydrated body. Beware if you’re having a hard time sweating during physical exercise.
Inelastic skin. Good hydration leads to elastic skin, which rebounds quickly after being pinched or stretched. If your skin is slow to rebound, it may be a sign of dehydration.
3. CLEAN, MINIMALISTIC DIET A COUPLE OF DAYS BEFORE
Many detoxification diets are available on the market, and your surgeon will suggest what is best for you.
The diets are short term and are aimed to prompt natural detoxification processes in your body.
The meal plans range from outright 24-hour water fasts to simplified fruit-and-vegetable diets based on the patient’s preferences and capabilities.
Continuing your diet throughout your lymphatic massages are a great idea to help you maximize the results. Just make sure to consult both your surgeon and your dietician before locking in on a particular diet.
4. PLEASE BRING YOUR FAJAH & GARMENTS WITH YOU - WEAR LOOSE, COMFORTABLE CLOTHES
It is best to undress during your treatments unless indicated by your physician not to remove your garments for a period of time. If this is the case.
If you prefer to keep your clothes on during the procedure (instead of the physician working through the sheet), make sure it is comfortable and can be partially removed easily.
Comfortable, loose sweatpants and jumpers are best.
WHEN IS LYMPHATIC MASSAGE MOST EFFECTIVE?
Due to its versatile nature, a lymphatic massage can help most anyone, at any stage of your plastic surgery recovery.
In the context of surgical procedures, we rarely perform full-body lymphatic drainage massages. Instead, we focus on specific treatment areas to make sure your body heals quickly and uneventfully.
For example, for procedures around the facial and neck area (rhinoplasty, neck lift, eyelid surgery), a facial lymphatic drainage technique will be performed. Likewise, tummy tuck and BBL procedures will require a lymphatic massage around your abdomen, hips, and thigh area.
As for the timing, there is no universal rule for lymphatic massage.
Depending on the specifics of your procedure (duration, scope, treatment area, medical information, immediate results, level of post-operative swelling).
Some patients may expect to have lymphatic drainage right after surgery, while for others it can be best to wait a week or two.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE REALLY LIKE?
***All manual lymphatic drainage sessions last from 30 minutes to 1 hour***
You, the patient, will lie on the table, while your physician will perform the massage with their hands.
Only moderate pressure will be applied to the surface of your skin, so it is highly unlikely you will feel any pain or discomfort. It is not your regular massage, where the therapist might use significant force.
During the procedure, you may feel like the fluids are moving beneath your skin. This will mean that the massage is working, and the fluid build-ups are being navigated out of your system.
However, during this process, you may feel a temporary coldness or numbness in your limbs. Tingling sensations and gurgling noises are also to be expected.
While lymphatic drainage can be performed on any part of your body (face, abdomen, legs), the priority will be the areas near the surgical incision site. For example, tummy tuck patients will benefit most from the abdomen-area lymphatic drainage. You can see how the procedure goes in this video:
IS IT POSSIBLE TO DO LYMPHATIC MASSAGE AT HOME BY YOURSELF?
At this point, you might be fairly certain that lymphatic massage is a good thing. Perhaps you even think it might be worth trying doing it at home, by yourself.
While, technically, it is possible, we do not recommend it.
Not because we don’t believe you can—because you might not feel the same effect afterward. And, while it’s not a required procedure by any means, it does play an important role in any patient’s post-op recovery.
Performing proper lymphatic drainage manually requires:
Knowledge of the lymphatic system (knowing the key ‘clutter points’ and ‘exit pathways’)
Understanding of the underlying post-op tissue and fluid build-ups (in order to remove them)
Expertise with the massage itself (applying the right amount of pressure at the right places might simply be impossible without a physician’s help)
So, again, just to be clear: we do not think that you’re not capable of performing a lymphatic massage.
Lymphatic Massage Therapy requires knowledge and expertise, it is difficult to perform all of the steps optimally, which can ruin the entire outcome. It is effective for facial, abdomen, thigh, and other post-op treatment areas.
We do mean it when we say that manual lymphatic drainage is extremely important in post-op recovery, and the best thing you can do is to leave it to people who do it for a living.
LASTLY! EVERYONE SHOULD GET A LYMPHATIC MASSAGE, EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT A PLASTIC SURGERY PATIENT
Manual lymphatic drainage is an extremely relaxing, cleansing procedure that helps prevent some of the more common plastic surgery side-effects, such as swelling and bruising. The procedure is a massage that does not expose the patient to any danger. While most anyone will benefit from the procedure, plastic surgery patients are especially encouraged to consider lymphatic massage, as it will reduce pain and swelling and make the post-op recovery quicker. In most cases, the drainage even improves the final plastic surgery result.
A seroma is a collection of fluid build-up under the skin. After a plastic surgery is normal to develop seromas or skin hardening. These after-effects are common and not always develop right away after plastic surgery. With time seromas can become chronic but they can be treated. When seromas become chronic or a pocket of fluid is present - a doctor - performs the drainage with a syringe. It requires a licensed medical professional (doctor or nurse) to perform the drainage with the syringe. Having it done by a non-medical professional can end up in serious conditions as gastrointestinal perforation.
CAVITATION NON-SURGICAL LIPOSUCTION
Cavitation is an ultrasound at a very high frequency that produces heat and vibration. This vibration – 40,000 times per second – in combination with heat, makes the fat cells move and dissolve for easy elimination through the lymphatic system. To aide this elimination, it is important to perform lymphatic massage to force the toxins to be eliminated from the body.
Other tools help with body contouring, shapes, and tones the areas you are working while break down fat cells to move excess fluid within the lymphatic system.
Other Immediate Benefits with this work are proven to break up adhesions, helps in preventing late-stage fibrosis, and the possibility of developing seroma.
So why is it called Cavitation Ultrasound “Non-surgical Liposuction?” Cavitation means the breaking down of the fatty tissue. The therapy uses low-level ultrasound to emulsify fat. The lower the frequency, the stronger the treatment. Once that fat is broken down, the fat will be removed in a natural, non-surgical fashion through the lymphatic and urinary systems at the pace your body will decide it can tolerate. Because the treatment results in the removal of fat from the body, it is commonly referred to as “non-surgical liposuction.”
HYDRATION: Drinking water is essential in order to eliminate the wastes and toxins your body will rid itself of. We recommend drinking at least 1.5 – 2 liters of water on the days before and after the session, in addition to always getting plenty of water on a regular basis. If you are already following a weight loss program we recommend you continue with your present plan.