Importance of post-op lymphatic drainage massage
Lymphatic drainage massages are crucial during the post-op procedure, because they contribute with patient recovery. In addition to this, there exist another benefit that provides this technique:
- This type of massage accelerates the healing of skin and tissues.
- Improve blood circulation and stimulates the immune system.
- Reduce swelling and pain after the surgery.
- Diminishes recovery time.
- This massage contributes to the removal of anesthesia and medicines used during the operation.
- Hydrates skin and improve its look.
Post-op lymphatic drainage massages are crucial to purify your lymph system and liberate it from an excess of fluid.
*Client above received two post-op lymphatic massages for 3 weeks and this was the result.*
How is a lymphatic drainage massage treatment?
A plastic surgeon will recommend getting a professional lymphatic drainage massage. It is important to note that only licensed massage therapists and nurses that are certified and trained in lymphatic drainage massage can perform such arduous massage. Aside from that, most massage therapists are trained in lymphatic drainage massage but not post-op lymphatic massage. At Elite Massage Therapists all of our massage therapists are trained and certified in lymphatic drainage massage, post-op lymphatic massage, and specialize in post-op cosmetic procedures.
In general terms, lymphatic drainage massage consists of a series of soft and concrete movements, which are made in a particular order that looks for stimulating the lymphatic system. It is not a deep massage, but light, skin stretch massages. Deep massage is contraindicated after surgery since it damages the healing tissue.
Lymphatic drainage massage is applied to facilitate drainage of lymphatic fluid so that we can avoid the appearance of edema or swelling. A highly trained lymphatic drainage therapists will know how to redirect the excess fluid so the body can get rid of it via urinating. Expect to lose a couple of cm in a session. Also, do expect to urinate more after the massage up to 72 hours -this is a good indication that the lymphatic drainage massage is performing its job.
Likewise, lymphatic drainage massage can prevent possible fibrosis or hardening of the skin. Furthermore, lymphatic drainage massages will help you to alleviate your possible discomfort and pain after the surgery. For example, bruising can be painful and uncomfortable.
*The picture shows a client’s first visit compared to her last visit. Client completed a series of 12 post-op lymphatic drainage package. This client went to Sono Bello in Nashville to get her smart liposuction procedure. *
Lymphatic drainage massage after cosmetic procedure. Why?
Once you get cosmetic surgery, during the healing process, your body produces swelling. When a plastic or cosmetic surgery is made, especially tummy tuck and liposuction, natural tracks of the lymphatic system are interrupted due to the areas treated in those procedures.
Thus, lymphatic drainage massages are necessary to relax the body, diminish scars, enhance the immune system, alleviate pain, and remove toxins from the tissues.
*This client got her cosmetic procedure in Sono Bello Nashville office. She got a liposuction 360 with tummy tuck procedure. Picture shows first session compared to her last session of the 12 series of post-op lymphatic massage. Client continues to come to maintenance lymphatic drainage massages. *
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST LYMPHATIC MASSAGE TREATMENT. COST PER SESSION?
The massage therapist will measure you and take pictures to see the progression. With measurements and pictures, we can note where the fluid is accumulated. Then, the massage therapist will start with light and rhythmic strokes to stimulate your lymphatic system and your fluids. First, it is crucial to decongest your lymph nodes in the neck, underarms, groin and abdomen. Then we focus on re-routing the excess fluid to the pertaining lymph nodes.
Lymphatic drainage massages are not deep, some areas might be uncomfortable due to the healing process but should never be painful. The flow of lymphatic drainage massage should be light, gentle and circular movements, with changes of rhythm, to improve blood circulation, removal of wastes, toxins, and other substances. It is essential to stimulate the lymphatic system so that your body could work efficiently and extend your health benefits.
Lymphatic drainage massage costs may vary between $100 and $125. If you are paying under $100 per lymphatic drainage massage, you are most likely getting the wrong massage. Remember there is a difference between lymphatic drainage massage and post-op lymphatic drainage massage. At Elite Massage Therapists, we offer lymphatic drainage packages from 6 sessions with just lymphatic drainage massage or 6 and 12 sessions lymphatic drainage massage in conjunction with other treatments to help sculpt your body.
RECOMMENDED AMOUNT OF LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE SESSIONS?
You already got a couple of sessions where you received your cosmetic procedure, right? Miami? Colombia? Nashville? Atlanta? Now you are heading back to Huntsville looking for a massage therapists that specializes in lymphatic drainage massage. You should have already a minimum of 5 massages if you had drains or they left your incision sites open.
The first three weeks after surgery, you should have 2-3 massages a week. This is when getting all the excess fluid is important for a proper recovery and in order to avoid seromas. During this phase is when inflammation is liquid and lymphatic drainage will improve the lymphatic system which decreases swelling and excess fluid.
After the third week, clients should continue receiving post-op lymphatic drainage massages until 3 months/ 12 weeks after surgery. Once or twice a week is recommended during this phase.
A minimal of 10 sessions are recommended to see some results and 20 to see optimal results.
Clients that purchased a lymphatic drainage package, will automatically become a member and will get the discounted member price for maintenance lymphatic drainage massages. Maintenance phase was created for clients to continue to help mold their sculpted body.
Post-op Lymphatic Drainage Packages
A deposit of $50 is required to secure a spot. The deposit will be used towards the massage or package. This is non-refundable, non-transferable. No show or less than 24-hour cancellation will be subject to charge. No exceptions. We offer three different packages. First one is recommended for those that are looking to receive JUST lymphatic drainage massage. Some doctors DO NOT recommend RF skin tightening or wood therapy. The other two packages are for those clients that are wanting lymphatic drainage massage alongside with wood therapy and other body contour treatments that will help the patient achieve a snatched body. Body Contour techniques are used to decrease fibrosis and promote skin tightening — something you will not achieve with just receiving lymphatic drainage massage.