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What is Post Operative Lymphatic Drainage?

Lymphatic drainage massage is a form of gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body.

The fluid in the lymphatic system helps remove waste and toxins from the bodily tissues. Some health conditions can cause lymph fluid to build up. Lymphatic drainage massages can benefit people with lymphedema, fibromyalgia, and other conditions.

This type of massage can be performed for any Massage therapist who is trained with basic knowledge in Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

The difference with Post operative Lymphatic Drainage is big as the needs for the patient with cosmetic surgery differ from patient to patient and they change during the recovery time. Not every Massage Therapist has the training for this type of massage. The Post operative Lymphatic Drainage massage is not limited to hand massage, Ultrasound and Radiofrequency may be included if there is not existing contraindications, Myofascial Release will be used in order to break adhesions, scar tissue and prevent the development of Fibrosis.

Why is important to get Post Operative Massage from a specially trained Therapist?

Massage Therapist have at least 500 hours training in the State of California.

In our clinic our therapist has more than 1500 hours training plus additional training and other certificates, we have been treating patients for more than 5 years. A Body Contouring Certificate take at much 10 hours training. This is the main difference between our clinic and other practitioners. 

We work with different Plastic Surgeons, they refer patients to us because they know how good are we at our job, they trust us because we really take care of our patients and their patients.

When I can start receiving massage?

The massage must be done as soon as you get out of surgery, preferably 2-3 days after surgery.

The massage will help to reduce inflammation, speeding the healing process and recovery. The massage will reduce symptoms as pain, swelling, redness, stiffness and more.

If you start massage after 2 or 3 weeks, it will take more effort from your therapist and more sessions as you probably will start developing adhesions on the Fascia and the chances to develop Fibrosis will be increased in 50% or more.

How often do I need to get massage?

During the first 8 days, when you have wounds open is important to get a massage every day.

After your wounds are healed and drains removed the massage must be done every 3 days for at least 4 weeks.

For example:

Patients with Liposuction will need between 10 to 12 sessions.

Patients with Liposuction plus Tummy Tuck will need between 12 to 15 sessions.

How long does every massage take?

Every area is treated for 30 minutes.

For example:

Chin: 20 minutes.

Breast (only after breast removal surgery): 30 minutes.

Arms: 30 minutes.

Abdomen: 30 minutes.

Back/ Sides: 30 minutes.

Inner tights: 30 minutes.

What we recommend after the massages for faster recovery?

1. Ginger Tea

Cut 4 tin slices, put it in boiling water for 3 minutes, use Stevia or Honey as sweetener and remove the ginger slices or your tea will taste to spicy. Drink it at least 4 times a day. Ginger is a natural and powerful anti-inflammatory. 

2. Arnica

Arnica is good as topic anti-inflammatory but ingested is poisonous. 

You can have rashes, nausea and vomiting.

3. Medical Grade Compression Garment

During your recovery process you will need around 3 to 4 different size compression Garments as every week your inflammation decreases your garment will fit loose. If there is not enough pressure fluid will come and fill the under skin causing pain. stiffness and once that inflammation is not removed becomes fibrotic.

4. Cardio

Cardio will help with the Lymph Circulation. No weight lifting until 4 months after surgery, you have different level of tissue and some of them can be still healing, if you start working out and doing weight lifting you can tear some tissue and complicate the healing process.

5. Plenty of water

6. Massage Therapy 

Why are we your best option?

Clinical case at our Massage clinic:

This patient came to our office with a open Tummy Tuck due to inflammation. The procedure done by the Doctor was designated to remove fat tissue and skin from the abdomen of the patient. Inflammation was to much that made the wound to open not allowing to heal the incision. 

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