Post Operative Lymphatic Drainage
What is Post Operative Lymphatic Drainage?
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 drainage massages can benefit people with lymphedema, fibromyalgia, and other conditions.
This type of massage can be performed for any Massage therapist who is trained with basic knowledge in Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
The difference with Post operative Lymphatic Drainage is big as the needs for the patient with cosmetic surgery differ from patient to patient and they change during the recovery time. Not every Massage Therapist has the training for this type of massage. The Post operative Lymphatic Drainage massage is not limited to hand massage, Ultrasound and Radiofrequency may be included if there is not existing contraindications, Myofascial Release will be used in order to break adhesions, scar tissue and prevent the development of Fibrosis. NEVER WOOD THERAPY!!!
Why is important to get your Post operative massage from a specially trained Therapist?
Massage Therapist have at least 500 hours training in the State of California.
In our clinic our therapist have more than 750 hours training plus additional training and other certificates, we have been treating patients for more than 5 years. A Body Contouring Certificate take at much 10 hours training. This is the main difference between our clinic and other practitioners.
We work with different Plastic Surgeons, they refer patients to us because they know how good are we at our job, they trust us because we really take care of our patients and their patients.
When I can start receiving my massages?
The massage must be done as soon as you get out of surgery, preferably 2-3 days after surgery.
The massage will help to reduce inflammation, speeding the healing process and recovery. The massage will reduce symptoms as pain, swelling, redness, stiffness and more.
If you start massage after 2 or 3 weeks, it will take more effort from your therapist and more sessions as you probably will start developing adhesions on the Fascia and the chances to develop Fibrosis will be increased in 50% or more.
How often I need to get my massages?
During the first 8 days, when you have wounds open or drains open is important to get a massage every day.
After your wounds are healed and drains removed the massage must be done every 3 days for at least 4 weeks.
Patients with Liposuction for example will need between 10 to 12 sessions.
Patients with Liposuction plus Tummy Tuck will need between 12 to 15 sessions.
Does the massage hurt?
The massage is not painful, but the skin is tender to the touch due the trauma of surgery.
The first two weeks you probably will not enjoy the massage a lot but every time after the treatment you will feel release and relief because the Swelling goes down so there is less pressure over skin nerves and the massage relaxes the overactive nerve reaction and then you will enjoy more the treatment.
How long takes every massage?
Every area is treated for 30 minutes.
Chin: 30 minutes.
Breast (only after breast removal surgery): 30 minutes.
Arms: 30 minutes.
Abdomen: 30 minutes.
Back/ Sides: 30 minutes.
Inner tights: 30 minutes.
What we recommend after the massages for faster recovery?
1. Ginger tea.
Cut 4 tin slices, put it in boiling water for 3 minutes, use Stevia or Honey as sweetener and remove the ginger slices or your tea will taste to spicy. Drink it at least 4 times a day. Ginger is a natural and powerful anti-inflammatory.
2. Never drink Arnica tea or pills.
Arnica is good as topic anti-inflammatory but ingested is poisonous.
You can have rashes, nausea and vomiting.
3. You need a Medical Grade Compression Garment.
During your recovery process you will need around 3 to 4 different size compression Garments as every week your inflammation decreases your garment will fit loose. If there is not enough pressure fluid will come and fill the under skin causing pain. stiffness and once that inflammation is not removed becomes fibrotic.
Cardio will help with the Lymph Circulation. No weight lifting until 4 months after surgery, you have different level of tissue and some of them can be still healing, if you start working out and doing weight lifting you can tear some tissue and complicate the healing process.
5. Plenty of water.
6. Get your massage on time and regularly with professionals like us.
Hand Massage or Machine?
Depend on the patient it can be only hand massage or combination with machine if there is not existing contraindications.
What about Wood Therapy for Post Op massage?
Wood therapy is a completely NO during the healing process (first 3 months after surgery).
Wood therapy cause more damage than benefit for Post Operative massage, the goal of the massage is heal the tissue and reduce inflammation making faster the recovery and prevent the formations of scar tissue and fibrosis.
Wood therapy damage the underlaying tissues of the skin causing micro tears, internal bleeding and inflammation worsening the symptoms.
If someone does it for you or did it before for your Post op massage, they do not have a clue of what they are doing.
Why are we your best option?
Clinical case at our Massage clinic:
This patient came to our office with a open Tummy Tuck due to inflammation. The procedure done by the Doctor was designated to remove fat tissue and skin from the abdomen of the patient. Inflammation was to much that made the wound to open not allowing to heal the incision.
Before first Massage September 1st. 2021
Two days after the first massage, patient went back to Doctor and Doctor removed necrotic tissue from inside the incision.
We proceed for a second treatment next day.
Next day after, patient went to Doctor for another procedure. Doctor cleaned and removed more necrotic tissue, they did extra liposuction to the patient in order to make smaller the abdomen and they could close with stitches the wound again.