So you have had cosmetic surgery (or general surgery) or liposuction and you can't wait to see the new you.
The reality is that you are swollen, bruised and feel sore
and tender to touch.
get the best results & see the results as quickly as possible
This is where Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) can help. It is frequently recommended by surgeons for both pre and post liposuction and cosmetic surgery in order to ensure that their patients get the best results from their procedure and see the results as quickly as possible.
What procedures can MLD help?
Any liposuction, cosmetic surgery, general surgery or injury where you have bruising, swelling, oedema, inflammation or scarring.
Surgery, liposuction, lifts, enlargement, reductions or reshaping for eyes, nose, brow, cheeks, chin, breast, stomach, abdomen, hips, buttocks, arms, legs etc..
MLD is also suitable after general surgery as the effects of surgery are the same with possible complications from the reason for your surgery.
Why is Manual Lymphatic Massage(MLD) recommended after liposuction and cosmetic surgery?
Swelling, bruising and tenderness are common after these procedures and the flow of lymph can be interrupted, which can result in: reduced healing; fibrosis (thickening and scarring); scar tissue; dimpled uneven skin; and the possibility of developing seromas (pockets of fluid).
MLD is an active, effective treatment that encourages the lymphatic system to remove the accumulation of waste products, toxins and metabolic waste in the tissue, and in doing so reduces swelling and fluid, bruising and soft tissue lumps and hardness.
The MLD helps to smooth out scars and help to make them less visible, smoother, softer and reduce any tightness caused from the stiches or staples.
After liposuction the MLD will help with smoothing out the treated areas and reducing brusing.
The MLD improves the lymphatic system for your whole body, not just the areas being treated, so helping to improve your immune system, generla tiredness and helping to reduce tension.
Is MLD painful?
No, the treatment is very gentle and is not painful. This means that the area of lipsuction or cosmetic surgery can be treated directly over or very close to the areas where the procedure has taken place to maximise the effect.
Many clients even fall asleep as the rocking motion of the treatment is so relaxing.
When should I start MLD after surgery?
Surgeons vary in their recommendations; anything from 3 days to 2 weeks after your surgery depending upon the procedure(s) you have received.
After general surgery you may need to wait longer before you can receive treatment depending upon the procedure and the reason for the surgery - please ask your surgeon / GP if MLD would be suitable. Please contact me for more information or to answer any questions about Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
If there are areas that are weeping or infected then these and surrounding areas will not be treated.
How many treatments will I need?
This will depend on many factors including how much surgery you have had, how much of your body has been affected and your own bodies recovery speed. It will also depend on the health of your lymphatic system before you had the procedure.
Surgeons recommend anything from a couple of treatments to a specific routine of 12 treatments over 6 weeks. I generally find that my clients benefit from receiving a couple of treatments a week for a couple of weeks. Then review progress and further treatments.
If you cannot come for an appointment every week initially then I can give you some exercises and advice to help in between appointments.
During the MLD treatment your whole lymphatic system will be worked on, not just the areas you have had procedures as lymph nodes located around the body need to be clear to remove the fluid.
If you are not sure about having the treatment, you can initially contact me via email, my contact page or give me a call and we can discuss what procedures you have had and what has been recommended by your surgeon, if anything.
You will need to book an initial appointment for 60 minutes. Then, depending upon your surgeons advice; how your body has reacted to the procedures; improved with the initial MLD; we can discuss how long and how often any further treatments need to be.
Is it too late to start treatments?
No, as the healing process for liposuction and surgery is several months. Within that time MLD will help with any smoothing out, reduction of bruising and swelling reduction that is needed.
If your procedure was over 6 months ago and you still have lumps and hardness then a trip to your GP or surgeon would be advisable as to the best treatment.
What is most important is that you follow your surgeons post operative instructions and continue wearing your compression garments.
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