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Lymphatic Drainage Massage or Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Post Operative Care After Liposuction

Q: Why do I need Manual Lymphatic Drainage after my procedure?

You many notice a hardness or lumpiness to the areas treated with liposuction or Smart-lipo, especially in the abdominal area and even more so if combined with other body contouring procedures (such as fat injections for what is popularly known as the Brazilian Butt Lift) This is normal right after your procedure. This post-surgical lymphedema is caused by inflammation and trauma from the cannula (instrument that sucks out the fat) moving under the skin. Lymphatic Drainage Massage helps to move the fluid by gently pumping it back in to the lymphatic system, reducing the swelling as well as discomfort. Without Lymph Massage, the inflammation can turn into fibrosis (a permanent hardening of the tissue) or a seroma (pocket of fluid) can form. MLD after liposuction ensures patients get the best possible results from their procedure.

Q: Is Lymphatic Drainage Massage Painful?

Performed properly it isnít painful. Itís a specialized bodywork technique that uses a gentle, rotating, pumping motion that moves the lymph fluid without increasing circulation. Youíll want to go to a therapist that is a certified in manual lymphatic drainage.

Q: How soon after my procedure can I start getting massages?

Many start after the first week but youíll want to ask your doctor when he suggests you begin treatment.

Q: How often should I get a Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

After first week it is suggested that sessions be daily or every other day, if possible. Itís not possible to get too much MLD and the sessions can be scheduled at your convenience. Six to twelve sessions are common for patients after surgery.

Q: Itís been a month or more since I had my procedure. Is it too late to start getting massages?

No. The healing process after these types of procedures is several months. If it has been over a month since your procedure you can still get the smoothing benefits of MLD.