Your Lymphatic system
Your lymphatic system helps eliminate your body’s waste. A healthy, active lymphatic system uses the natural movements of smooth muscle tissue to do this.
However, surgery, medical conditions, or other damage can cause fluids to build up in your lymph system and your lymph nodes, a condition known as lymphedema.
If you’ve ever had a surgery on or involving your lymph nodes, your doctor may suggest a lymphatic drainage massage performed by a certified massage therapist.
What Is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
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 massage can improve circulation and reduce swelling. Lymphatic drainage massages can benefit people with lymphedema, fibromyalgia, and other conditions.
Why You Might Need a Lymphatic Drainage Massage After Plastic Surgery
Unlike your regular massage, which is designed to relax your muscles and soothe your nervous system, a lymphatic massage is all about cleaning your skin from all the bad stuff that gets stuck in it.
For most people, it’s the ultimate skin detox procedure.
For plastic surgery patients, though, there are a couple of additional perks. Whether it’s eyelid surgery or liposuction, some post-op swelling is always expected as part of the healing process.
Lymphatic massage is the prime choice when it comes to reducing swelling, as it removes the fluid build-ups lying under your skin.
But that is not the only reason why you should be concerned.
These fluid build-ups, if untreated, eventually can cause your skin to harden, and for swelling and bruising to happen.
Otherwise known as fibrosis, it is considered one of the main complications after plastic surgery.
While it is definitely not a very common side effect, nor a particularly dangerous one, it can be unpleasant and very unaesthetic, causing pain and visible scars near the surgical site.
Since it unblocks your lymphatic system, lymphatic massage can help you with two main things:
1. Speed up your recovery by detoxicating your body and reducing swelling
2. Avoid very unpleasant and unappealing complications by removing fluid buildups
Lymphatic massage can be extremely helpful after these cosmetic plastic surgeries:
- BBL procedures
- Tummy tuck
- Facelift and necklift
- Breast augmentation and reduction
Lymphatic massage is not recommended for people with the following conditions:
- Congestive heart failure
- History of blood clots or stroke
- Current infection
- Liver problems
- Kidney problems
Always consult with your doctor about post surgery recommendations.
Contact Us For More Information
At the Tampa Massage Clinic, located in Tampa, Florida, nothing is more important than human touch. To schedule an appointment with Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Advanced Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist, Jakki Bosco LMT, please call (813) 298-5603.
Serving patients in and around greater Tampa Bay, Town N Country, Clearwater, St. Pete, Carrollwood, East Lake, Westchase, Land O Lakes, Wesley Chapel, Lutz, University of South Florida, Brandon, Oldsmar, Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Dundin, Hillsborough County, and Pasco County Florida.