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Surgery Recovery and Lymphatic Massage

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Why should you invest in lymphatic massage pre and post surgery?

Lymphatic massage which is also known as manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) can relieve the tight, heavy feeling of swelling after a surgery.

The short message is; with lymphatic massage / MLD as part of your tool kit, this will help reduce your swelling and shorten your post surgical recovery time and get you back to normal, faster!

So what IS a post surgical Lymphatic Massage?

A Lymphatic Massage / Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is very gentle and rhythmical sequence. There is no “squeezing” out of the lymph and it is very gentle!

It is a hands-on treatment and you will be placed in a supported position on the massage couch so you can relax and enjoy the treatment.

  • Your treatment starts with boosting full body lymphatic flow through an abdominal and neck massage
  • Gentle massage strokes are used in the swollen area to encourage lymphatic flow and reduce swelling
  • Strokes re-route lymphatic flow away from lymph nodes and vessels affected by the surgery
  • Often the stomach is treated as this will help clear out that post surgical constipation
  • If you can’t lie on your back you may be put in a supported side-lying position, leaning over the massage couch (particularly for BBL’s) or popped on to a chair for some of your treatment
  • Note: No oil or lotion is used and hands are with a light pressure in the direction of the lymphatic flow

    To read a very good book on Plastic Surgery Recovery, I recommend this book by Kathleen Lisson RMT CLT order via this link or listen to this podcast for tips and tricks for recovery.

    What Surgical Treatments can benefit from Lymphatic Massage

  • Arm tightening (Brachioplasty)
  • Brazilian Butt Lift(BBL)
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Reduction
  • Brow Lift
  • Breast Lift
  • Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
  • Eyelid reduction (Blepharoplasty)
  • Facial Lift
  • Liposuction & Liposculpting / Lipoedema Liposuction
  • Knee Reconstruction Surgery
  • Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
  • Nose Reshaping
  • Dental work
  • Most injuries or trauma
  • Click here for more information on how many sessions you should budget for.

    Benefits of Post Operative Lymphatic Massage

  • Many clients feel less tight and heavy with the swelling reduction due to the lymphatic stimulation
  • Clients also feel less stressed and more relaxed after their treatment due to the relaxation response of the lymphatic sequences.┬áOne client recently said “I didn’t expect it to be so relaxing!”
  • With the lymphatic┬átreatments, we are reducing the risk of fibrosis (thickening) around the scar and affected surgery area
  • You will have a smooth and even result
  • Anaesthetics are evacuated from the system more quickly
  • The inflammatory phase of recovery is sped up
  • Wound healing is accelerated
  • Scar tissue is laid down evenly
  • Patients often have increased mobility sooner
  • Plan for your support and recovery process

  • See Kathleen Lisson CLT guidelines onPlastic Surgery Recovery Shopping List
  • Refer this pre-surgery preparatory exercise programme courtesy of Kathleen Lisson, CLT

    You may want to look at post-surgical recovery exercises, once approval given by your Surgeon / Specialist. Kathleen Lisson CLT has put together some a 6 Minute Post Surgical Work Out