What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

Updated: Jul 27, 2021

Lymphatic drainage massage eliminates excess water, toxins, bacteria, and metabolic waste from the cells of the body. A trained massage therapist can manually massage the body in a way to push lymph through the body, breaking up areas of swelling and reducing excess fluid in the body. Lymphatic drainage massage uses a small amount of target pressure to stimulate fluid movement.

One of the side effects of cosmetic surgery is swelling. This is a normal inflammatory response and a part of the healing process as fluid rushes to the area to nourish it with white blood cells that the body procedures. After cosmetic surgeries like liposuction, tummy tucks, or arm, thigh and Brazilian but lifts (BBL) the lymphatic channels are disrupted and take about two to three months to make new connections. Particularly tummy tucks and liposuction, often cause additional swelling as excess fluid and fat cells will harden within a few weeks of surgery. Lymphatic massage helps to move the fluid that’s built up and allows it to move back into the lymphatic passages where excess waste and fluid can be flushed from the body. This prevents fibrosis, which is the development of thick, fibrous scar tissue under the skin as well as reduces swelling and bruising. Many doctors recommend lymphatic drainage after surgery for both their patients’ comfort as well as to help them get the best possible results after their procedure.

Does Lymphatic Drainage Massage Hurt?

The session starts with light massage on the surface of the skin of the neck. Using very light pressure the therapist gently moves the skin, following the vessels of the lymphatic system and moving toward lymph nodes, so that accumulated lymph fluid can drain out of the tissues. Lymphatic drainage is very gentle and is not painful. On the other hand if you are a post op patient you will feel more sensitive to the massage. post op massages are typically uncomfortable. This is primarily because of how sore you will be in the days following surgery. on the bright side after patients have their massages, they typically report feeling significant pain relief and a noticeable reduction in swelling.

Lymphatic drainage massage will help minimizes stiffness and pain in the body.

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