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Many of us crave the refreshed feeling that comes from a cleansing. Internal processes also need their own version. The lymphatic system is the body’s sewer system, directing toxins and waste products into the bloodstream and then to the liver and kidneys to be eliminated from the body. After surgery, lymphatic function is often interrupted and needs some help. That is where post-op lymphatic massage comes in, making a major difference in the healing and recovery for surgery patients, and providing amazing health benefits to patients who incorporate the practice into their wellness ritual.

What Is Lymphatic Massage?

Also known as lymphatic drainage, lymphatic massage is a versatile massage technique designed to stimulate the lymphatic system, encourage proper lymph flow, and deliver a slew of health and wellness benefits to the massage recipient.

Lymphatic Massage Benefits

Because it supports the function of the lymphatic system, lymphatic massage has a wide range of benefits. Some of those benefits include:

  • Speeds healing and recovery
  • Minimizes bruising, swelling, and inflammation
  • Helps with tissue repair
  • Decreases scar formation
  • Reduces post-surgical pain
  • Provides relaxation
  • Reduces fibrosis and cording development
  • Detoxifies the body and helps remove anesthetic residue from surgery
  • Helps prevent infection
  • Reduces formation of fat pockets

Patients enjoy these benefits and more when they incorporate lymphatic massage into their post-surgical recovery plan, but there are many applications for lymphatic massage. Many patients like to receive lymphatic massages to help them look their best before special events or to boost their immune system as a part of their wellness routine. Patients with autoimmune disorders can also benefit from reduced inflammation associated with lymphatic massage.

Am I a Candidate for a Lymphatic Massage?

Almost anyone can benefit from a lymphatic massage, especially if you have undergone surgery recently. Even if your surgery was not recent, lymphatic massage can provide valuable detoxification and boost your overall well-being. However, some health conditions are unsafe to treat with lymphatic massage. These include:

  • Infections
  • Cardiac edema
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Kidney failure
  • Hypertension
  • Asthma

To find out if you are a candidate for lymphatic massage and learn how this treatment can help you, call Dr. Boll’s office at (480) 833-5200 today.

Lymphatic Massage After Plastic Surgery in Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Boll may recommend a lymphatic massage in the first week after your surgery. Depending on your surgical plan and other factors, lymphatic massage can be incorporated daily or as needed.

What Procedures Benefit From Lymphatic Massage?

Lymphatic massage is an excellent complement to almost any plastic surgery procedure because its benefits apply to the entire body and its waste and debris removal system. The extra support helps your body to heal faster and more efficiently. Some examples of how lymphatic massage works in tandem with plastic surgery procedures include:

  • Liposuction is notorious for post-operative swelling. Though rare, there can even be the formation of hardened lumps due to fluid accumulation. Compression garments and lymphatic massage are the best tools in a patient’s recovery arsenal after liposuction procedures.
  • After a tummy tuck, lymphatic drainage can be disrupted. The lymph nodes located in the groin are less responsive, so the nodes in the armpits take on much of the detoxification burden. This can lead to complications like edema and fibrosis. Lymphatic drainage helps to balance the movement of lymph fluid and toxins and prevent these complications.
  • Even cosmetic surgery limited to the head, like a facelift, comes with complications like edema, swelling, and pain. Lymphatic massage minimizes swelling, pain, and other complications, speeds the rate of recovery, and improves overall results.

How to Prepare for Lymphatic Massage

Before your lymphatic massage appointment, follow these tips for a comfortable experience:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours surrounding treatment, as this can make you feel sick.
  • Avoid caffeine, processed sugar, and sodium.
  • Arrive with an empty stomach. If needed, a light snack is okay.
  • Perform light activity, such as walking, to activate lymph movement.
  • Wear loose clothing and underwear to facilitate lymph movement if you prefer not to undress fully for your massage.
  • Do not apply lotion–dry skin is ideal.
  • Arrive a few minutes early to urinate immediately before your massage.

How Is Lymphatic Massage Performed?

At your appointment, you can expect to undress to your level of comfort. Keep in mind that direct skin contact is best. If you elect to wear clothing, choose cotton underwear, pants without buckles or zippers (like yoga pants), and a shirt that allows access to your collarbones.

This treatment uses a light touch and gentle strokes to manipulate the lymphatic system, which lies just beneath the skin.

It’s normal to need to urinate right after treatment. Some patients even feel like they’re getting a cold in the days following their lymphatic massage. These are signs the treatment was successful!

How Much Does Lymphatic Massage Cost?

The exact cost of your lymphatic massage treatment will depend on how many treatments you need. Call Dr. Boll’s office to acquire an exact quote for your treatment.

Want to Learn More About Lymphatic Massage in Phoenix, AZ?

Contact us today to learn more about how post-operative lymphatic massage can improve your plastic surgery recovery. You can use our online contact form or call (480) 833-5200. We look forward to hearing from you!