Another day and another question: ‘do I need Lymphatic Drainage Massage if I have had liposuction?’. This is indeed one of the most commonly asked questions by our patients who had or are planning to have liposuction. So, we thought with this blog post we can try and answer this question, hopefully, simply and straightforwardly.
As usual, we will start by answering a few basic questions to be able to answer our main question. Ready for the first question? Let’s get started!
What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
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. 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, they 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?
It 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 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, fibromyalgia. It is also widely used for patients who have undergone liposuction.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage and Liposuction – what are the benefits?
It would not be wrong to say that lymphatic drainage massage is ‘the star’ of liposuction 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.
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 long do I need to have Lymphatic Drainage Massage 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.
When do I need to start having lymphatic drainage massage after my liposuction surgery?
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 do I need to have a lymphatic drainage massage?
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 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 of 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.
We hope with this blog piece, we could answer some of your questions. If you would like to find out more about liposuction or lymphatic drainage massage, you can contact us now.