Lymphatic Massage after a Surgical procedure
What is a Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Unlike deep tissue and other forms of massage, lymphatic drainage massage involves light movements and pressure to stimulate the lymph nodes, which are located just beneath your skin. These gentle, circular motions are performed by our massage practitioners to help move the lymph through your body more efficiently, prodding your immune system into action and speeding up the toxin removal process.
During a lymphatic drainage massage, a massage therapist who is specially trained in the technique manually pushes the lymphatic excess fluid away from the area that was treated with liposuction. This specialized post lipo massage is not painful, although you may experience some slight discomfort because of the bruising that can occur following liposuction.
The motions used by the massage practitioner are often described as rotating or pumping, and they help to rid the liposuction area of the lymphatic fluid without stimulating the circulatory system to provide extra blood to the area, which often occurs with regular deep tissue massage. It’s important to seek a practitioner skilled in this type of post surgical massage since extra blood, while not harmful, will make it more difficult to identify and move the lymphatic fluid and provide proper drainage.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage after Liposuction
At Icon Medical Centers, our practitioners are trained in the art of lymphatic drainage massage therapy. Our Miami doctors recommend lymphatic drainage massage for many of our patients, particularly those who have had liposuction or surgery performed recently. Lymphedema is one of the conditions that our practitioners particularly recommend lymphatic drainage massage for, but lymphatic drainage massage is also recommended after plastic surgery such as liposuction by the plastic surgeons. Patients are recommended to our medical center by many plastic surgeons in South Florida in order to help their patients reduce post-procedural swelling and bruising.
Following your liposuction, you may experience areas of lumpiness and hard spots. These can affect your results, detracting from your final outcome. This is especially true if other body contouring treatments have been performed in the same area as your liposuction.
As frustrating as these areas may be, they are actually quite normal and are known as “post-surgical lymphedema.” When your body experiences what it perceives as a trauma, your immune system goes to work healing and repairing itself, and the result is often swelling in the injured area. Unfortunately, your immune system does not know the difference between an injury and a surgical procedure like liposuction, so it reacts in the same way.
Your Lymphatic system
Your lymphatic system is a series of lymph nodes and vessels, similar to your cardiovascular system, that moves a substance known as lymph throughout your body. Lymph not only provides vital nutrients to your organs but is also a crucial part of your immune system, removing wastes, toxins, and invaders like bacteria and viruses from your body.
When your lymphatic system isn’t working as effectively as it should be, you may notice puffiness or fatigue, or you may feel run down in general. Lymphatic drainage massage is a treatment performed by a qualified practitioner that stimulates the lymphatic system to work more efficiently and helps it to remove toxins from your body.
The Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage after Liposuction
In addition to being rather unsightly and obscuring your results, lymphatic swelling following your liposuction can also be uncomfortable. Encouraging drainage of the lymphatic fluid will improve your appearance and help you feel better and may speed up the recovery process.
Lymphatic drainage massage, also known as post lipo massage, can also help speed up the bruising since the blood circulation that has pooled in the area will be cleared along with the lymphatic fluid.
Our Miami and Hollywood practitioners at Icon Medical Centers have found that lymphatic drainage massage is excellent for removing toxins from the body and encouraging healing after a range of surgical procedures.
Lymphatic massage practitioners may recommend a post-operative massage to treat other conditions as well. Some of the other conditions that have been improved by lymphatic drainage massage include sinus conditions, eczema, severe fatigue, frequent infections, and migraines. Your Miami practitioner can discuss lymphatic drainage massage as an option for these conditions and make a recommendation as to whether lymphatic drainage massage at Icon Medical Centers is right for you.
Following Your Lymphatic Drainage Massage at Icon Medical Centers
Your South Florida practitioner will discuss proper self-care following a lymphatic drainage massage. Some of the tips that will avoid a post-massage headache and other discomforts include:
- Drinking plenty of water following your message
- Avoiding foods that are high in sodium
- Avoiding alcoholic beverages
Remember that following your lymphatic drainage massage, your body will be excreting toxins, so you may experience some side effects like strong-smelling urine or increased sweat, which may also smell strongly. You may also feel tired following your session.
Lymphatic Massage for Weight Loss
Weight loss is a common obstacle many people face, even with a healthy diet and exercise schedule. If you are struggling to lose weight, the lymphatic drainage massage benefits for weight loss are large.
A lymphatic massage can help to rid your body of any excess fluid build-up and toxins that your body is struggling to excrete. This often results in weight loss and a healthier body, without having to turn to surgical options like a tummy tuck.
How many sessions of Lymphatic Drainage Massage will I need?
The number of lymphatic massages you will need following your procedure depends on your immune system and on the area that was treated. People who have received liposuction in the arms, legs or flank area may need only one to six drainage massages while others who have received liposuction in the abdomen may require up to 12 drainage massage sessions.
Our board-certified physicians at Icon Medical Centers will discuss your needs with you and schedule your lymphatic drainage in Miami or Hollywood, FL. To learn more about lymphatic drainage massage after liposuction, please call our office at (305) 858-8845 to request a consult or for more information.
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