Lymphatic Massage for cosmetic surgery and liposuction
Lymphatic Massage, also known as Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD for short) is frequently prescribed by surgeons for both pre- and post-cosmetic surgery and liposuction to ensure that their patients get the best results from their procedure.
How can MLD help?
Discomfort, swelling and bruising are common after these procedures, and the flow of lymph can be interrupted by the surgery, which can result in reduced healing, fibrosis (scar tissue), dimpled, uneven skin and the possibility of developing seromas (pockets of serous fluid). MLD decongests the lymphatic system bringing back normal texture, definition and tone of the skin, and reduce swelling and bruising.
If you have multiple procedures simultaneously (liposuction, breast work and tummy tuck), MLD will be even more necessary to address swelling and tissue hardness.
Does deep massage have the same effect?
It would be easy to think that deep massage would be helpful, especially to reduce hardness after liposuction, but it actually increases circulation to the treated areas making it harder to evacuate the lymph fluid, making the problem worse. MLD is the only treatment that positively activates the lymphatic system to remove the accumulation of waste products and old blood cells in the tissue thereby reducing swelling, bruising and tissue hardness. It is also very gentle and non-painful so the practitioner can work directly over or very close to the areas where the procedure has taken place to maximise the effect.
How many MLD sessions should I have?
This depends on your surgeon's recommendation but it's usually a minimum of 10 post-surgery for liposuction and possibly more for other types of surgery. Do ask your surgeon how many sessions you are likely to require as each person's needs will be different. I am happy to contact your surgeon directly to discuss this with them if you prefer.
Why should I have MLD prior to having a procedure?
Ideally, patients should have at least one MLD treatment 24-48 hours prior to surgery and again, many surgeons recommend this. This will prepare and cleanse the skin tissue of impurities giving the surgeon clean, healthy tissue to cut in to, reducing the risk of infection and expediting the healing process.
What happens at my MLD session?
Your first visit will consist of a consultation to discuss your medical and health history and details of your procedure. You will then be required to remove clothing down to your underwear and lie face up on a treatment couch where you will be covered with warm towels and a blanket, and made as comfortable as possible. Then you just need to relax and enjoy this light but powerful treatment. Your session will normally last c. 1 hour. Afterwards, I will advise how many sessions you are likely to require, taking into consideration the recommendations made by your surgeon.
Here is a link to the MLDuk mini-guide on Cosmetic Surgery - Speeding Up Recovery
Research has proven the benefits of MLD for: