Lymphatic Massage After Liposuction, How Often and How Many?

You got your liposuction successfully?! You are happy with your new curves?! Great! But you are not done yet! In fact post-op liposuction instructions are as important as the operation!…  You already knew that, didn’t you?! :/ In fact, if you are reading this you probably are looking for the answer to the following questions:

  • How to get rid of hardness after lipo?
  • Post-liposuction massage?
  • Are lymphatic massages necessary after lipo?
  • When to start lymphatic massage after lipo?

Congratulations because you care about your beauty AND health at the same time!  In this article, we will talk about after lipo massages and specifically lymphatic massages! But let’s start with a few basic questions to be able to answer our main question. Ready? Let’s get started!

What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

lymphatic system map

Human lymphatic system

Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle manual massage that increases the flow of lymph liquids around the body. The lymphatic system helps to reduce and remove toxins in your body. And the lymph system is key to your immune system. It is important to have an active lymphatic system for your body to get rid of toxins. Simply, lymph liquids should be able to move/flow.

Lymphatic System

Lymphatic System

In a healthy body, the lymph liquids flow thanks to the pressure from your blood vessels and movement from your muscles. If your lymphatic system is not active, then the lymph fluids do not flow, the build-up, meaning that they struggle in removing toxins from your body. Certain health conditions may interfere with the normal flow of lymph fluids.

Or if you have had a surgery that causes excessive lymph fluids, your body may not be able to naturally ‘deal with’ it. In any case, if your lymphatic system does not work properly by itself, then it is important to get some ‘little help’ from a gentle lymphatic drainage massage. It will improve the movement of lymph liquids in your body.

What Is Lymphatic Drainage Massage Good for?

lymphatic drainage map

Lymphatic drainage massage directions

Manual lymphatic drainage is good for your overall health. If your lymph liquids do not flow as they are supposed to:

  • Your body will struggle in getting rid of toxins which will inevitably affect your immune system and overall well-being
  • You will end up with excessive lymph liquids on your body which will result in swelling and bruising

In addition to the ones above, lymphatic drainage massage is a great help in weight loss and reducing cellulite. Lymphatic drainage massage can be used for some medical conditions such as lymphedema, and fibromyalgia. It is also widely used for patients who have undergone liposuction.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage After Lipo, What Are the Benefits?

after lipo massage

Stomach massage after liposuction. The therapist is massaging the abdomen and applying pressure on the body.

It would not be wrong to say that lymphatic drainage massage after liposuction is ‘the star’ of operation after-care. Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that aims to remove unwanted fat from different parts of the body.

For most patients, having hardness and swelling may become a natural result of having liposuction surgery. This is because liposuction may cause excessive lymphatic fluids. Therefore, plastic surgeons highly recommend manual lymphatic massage for their liposuction patients.

Is Lymphatic Massage Necessary After Lipo?

bruising after liposuction

lymphatic massage after lipo can help to heal the bruises

YES! Lymphatic drainage massage helps with the swelling and inflammation which otherwise may result in fibrosis (a permanent hardening of the tissue) or a seroma (pocket of fluid). Let’s look into some more questions about lymphatic drainage massage and liposuction.

How Many Lymphatic Massages After Lipo Do I Need to See the Benefits?

Most patients need 4 to 6 sessions of lymphatic drainage massage to remove excessive lymphatic fluids. After the 6th session, patients see a noticeable relief from swelling.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage Before After

lymphatic drainage massage before after

The belly shape before & after lymphatic drainage massage

How Soon Can I Start Lymphatic Massage After Liposuction?

Each patient is different so are their circumstances. While some patients are advised to start as early as 3 days after the surgery, some are advised to wait for 2 weeks, even one month. Your plastic surgeon would be the one who would advise when to start your lymphatic drainage massage sessions.

How Often Should I Get Lymphatic Massage After Liposuction?

Lymphatic massages on the belly

Lymphatic massages should be applied regularly for at least 6 sessions

Again, your plastic surgeon would be the one who should advise on the frequency of your lymphatic drainage massage. But usually, patients get it daily or every other day.

Is it painful to have a lymphatic drainage massage?

It is not because it is not a deep tissue massage. On the contrary, it is a gentle manual massage that aims to achieve some relief from swelling. Most patients fall asleep during the session.

Is There Any Harm from Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

No, there is no harm in lymphatic drainage massage as long as it is performed by a qualified person who knows what they are doing. If we go back to our first question: ‘do I need it?’, it is not a must to have but would be very beneficial for you to have it if you had liposuction. As discussed, the lymphatic drainage massage is a great help in liposuction recovery. We mean it when we say it is ‘the star’ of liposuction after-care.

Can I Get a Lymphatic Drainage Massage After Liposuction in Turkey with Mcan Health?

Yes! If you undergo a liposuction, BBL or mommy makeover with us, our in-house nurses are ready to give you the proper lymphatic massage after lipo to help you with better results and relieve the pain.  Mcan Health in-house nurses will show up in your hotel in Istanbul during the first days of your recovery period, check your general condition and give you the liposuction massage as much as it is necessary.

Can I Do a Self Lymphatic Drainage Massage After Lipo?

Yes, you can! But can you do it as good as an expert?! We recommend having at least a few sessions with the eligible expert nurses or masseuses to get more effective results. Once the crucial recovery time is over, you can continue to massage the operated areas.

Remember you need to stretch and release lymph pathways, use some oils and try to have firm skin to skin contacts as much as you can, but don’t hurt or pressure your body too much!

In the following you can see the self lymphatic draining massage:

We hope with this blog piece, we could answer some of your questions. Despite liposuction is not an invasive operation, it is important to follow all the aftercare instructions, especially regular effective massages!