Liposuction surgical procedure usually creates pooling of excess lymphatic fluids which results in swelling, tightness and discomfort with the patient.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage (LDM) is a specialized massage technique that is recommended by plastic surgeons all over the world, after liposuction, to accelerate the recuperation period.
LDM is the most efficient way to reduce swelling and bruising and is based on scientific knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the Lymphatic System.
Some patients will experience lumpiness to the areas treated with liposuction, Smart-lipo, or Cool Sculpting especially in the abdominal area and flanks, even more so if it is 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.
The lumpiness is caused by inflammation and trauma from the surgical instrument (cannula) that is used under the skin to extract the fatty tissue. The tunnels and channels which are created by the surgical instrument will fill with fluid and become swollen with both fluid and left-over fat. This fluid and left-over fat tends to begin to harden between one week and three weeks after surgery.
There is a risk that the swelling and inflammation could turn into fibrosis, which is a permanent hardening of the area.
Lymphatic massage will help move the fluid by gently pushing back into the lymph passages reducing the possible risk of fibrosis.
Lymph Drainage Therapy also greatly reduces healing time for bruises by cleansing the extracellular spaces where these substances are trapped. Bruises are an accumulation of cellular debris and old red blood cells in the tissue.
Many doctors prescribe Lymph Drainage Therapy after liposuction or other plastic surgery procedures to make sure their patients get the best possible results from their procedure.
This massage procedure works well and has been demonstrated to show positive results, only after a couple of massage treatments!
Six treatments post-operative is most often enough, if the only area of liposuction was the legs, knees or flanks.
People getting liposuction to the abdomen require up to 12 sessions.
Occasionally a client will need more than 12, if they had multiple procedures at the same time (mommy makeover, lipo and tummy tuck, lipo and buttock enhancement)
After several sessions of MLD other techniques might be incorporated to break up fibrotic (scar tissue) adhesions with dynamic cupping and myofascial release.
Every patient is different; however, most doctors advise their patients to begin their Lymphatic massage treatment after the 4th or 5th day after surgery to obtain the best, and fastest, results.
Each session is one hour.
The first two weeks post surgery it is suggested that sessions be every other day.
The third week one session a week, reducing in frequency after that.
It is not possible to get too much MLD and the sessions can be scheduled at your convenience.
Britannia Bodywork offers a Post-Lipo Package*
60 Minute Lymphatic Massage $110
6 Treatments $550
12 Treatments $1100
* Treatments provided by Patricia van Poppel, RMT, CLT only;
Package to be paid in advance, non-refundable and non-transferable.
To be used 1 year from date of purchase.