Continuing our series on the many uses of this wonderful modality, today we look at Cosmetic Surgery…..

Surgery of any kind is one of the primary indications for lymphatic drainage.  In fact, many surgeons include lymphatic drainage massages as part of their packages with their own in-house therapists.  The gentle nature of the strokes mean that treatment can be started within 24 to 48 hours post operatively (please check with your surgeon if you’re unsure).  In fact, the sooner you begin your lymphatic drainage after your surgery the better in order to reduce your recovery time.

A study by two American Cosmetic Surgeons revealed that Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment significantly shortened the recovery time after surgery.  Showing a 6 week to 3 Months recovery period, rather than 9 to 18 months for those patients not undertaking MLD therapy post operatively!

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy:An Integral Component of Postoperative Care in Plastic Surgery Patients. By Laurie A. Casas, MD FACS; Patricia DePoli, MD  [1]

“We see complete resolution of post-operative edema and fibrosis in this group between 9 months to 18 months following surgery.
In the ten groups listed above who underwent MLD and Deep Tissue Massage, post-operative swelling and fibrosis resolved within 6 weeks to 3 months, thereby shortening their recovery significantly”

MLD is particularly beneficial for patients undertaking liposuction, breast augmentation or reduction, breast reconstruction, facelifts, forehead lifts, brow lifts, blepharoplasty, abdominoplasty fat injections, wisdom tooth removal and those suffering from Chronic Venous Insufficiency.

Benefits to the patient have been shown to include:

  • Bruising reduction – allowing for shorter down time for clients
  • Oedema reduction
  • Pain management – as pressure of lymph fluid decreases around nerves, pain and discomfort is
  • Scar-tissue prevention and fibrosis reduction.
  • Infection prevention.

Lymphatic Drainage is also highly recommended pre-operatively. It has been shown to assist with the removal of excess interstitial fluid at the site of the surgery, as well as stimulating the immune response, decreasing the risk of infection.  One or two treatments are recommended up  24-48 hours before treatment for the most benefit. Post operatively, we recommend that you book appointments as close together as practicable to manage the acute swelling and bruising.

If you are considering surgery or liposuction, you might like to purchase one of our block packages to take advantage of the block discount.

As always, if you have any questions at all, feel free to give us a call or send us an email.