Manual Lymphatic Drainage for cosmetic surgery and liposuction
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) 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?
MLD is an extremely gentle and painless body work technique, which enables your practitioner to work directly over or very close to the areas where your procedure has taken place. The technique speeds up the process of recovery by reducing any discomfort, swelling and bruising, and improves the texture, definition and tone of your skin.
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 work with, 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 (if not already discussed beforehand). 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. Then you just need to relax and enjoy this gentle but powerful treatment. Your session will normally last up to 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: