Friday, April 6, 2018

Lymphatic Drainage After Plastic Surgery

Swelling is normal after an injury or surgery. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a particular technique useful for swelling. It helps keep the lymphatic drainage system functioning at a peak level by stimulating the lymph vessels and lymph nodes. Stimulation of the lymphatic system increases the rate at which the body removes waste, dead cell particles and inflammatory agents from our tissue. Accelerating the lymphatic flow has been demonstrated to reduce swelling and bruising of the injured tissue. Studies indicate that as the volume of fluid at the injury site is reduced, rehabilitation time may be shortened. The New York State Licensed massage therapists at Wave Crest Massage are trained and certified in the gentle techniques of Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

Tummy Tucks
By moving the lymphatic fluid away from the tummy tuck area, both swelling and bruising are reduced. This helps to make the tummy tuck results more immediately apparent. 

Breast Augmentation
MLD can move the lymphatic fluid away from swollen areas without affecting the healing process. MLD after breast augmentation can help improve the results of the surgery and dramatically increase your level of comfort.
Following breast augmentation, patients may notice the effects of the body's immune system as it responds to the perceived trauma of surgery. When the immune system detects an injury, it directs lymphatic fluid to the area to aid in the healing process. While this is a desirable effect during an injury and is not harmful in any way following surgery, the swelling and bruising that accompany this effect can be uncomfortable and may obscure the results of your breast augmentation surgery.

MLD is an effective method to treat swelling and lumpiness experienced after a liposuction procedure, speeding recovery time. Not only do patients appreciate the pain reduction often experienced from MLD, but they can see their procedure results much sooner with the reduction in swelling. It's common for liposuction clients to have what they see as a problem area of hardess or lumpiness after the procedure. MLD and other manual therapy techniques can also soften these areas.

Facial Procedures and Facelifts
While many cosmetic procedures can benefit from MLD very soon after completion, facial procedures may require more time before beginning MLD. As with any surgery or procedure, we tell all clients to get permission from their doctor before beginning any post-treatment.
MLD can expedite recovery and is a technique that assists the movement of lymph fluid in the lymph vessels and body tissues. The lymphatic vessels are drains that run throughout the body. They remove the swelling and fluid in the facial skin and tissue. MLD is a precise touch technique that helps move fluid through the lymph vessels to resolve swelling.

Contact Wave Crest Massage to learn more about our in-home massage service.

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