What is Post-op Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Post-op Lymphatic drainage massage is a post surgical massage that focuses on the patient's skin to improve the function of their lymphatic system. Rhythmic strokes are used to open and close lymphatics, enabling areas with excess fluid to drain out. A lymphatic massage also stimulates the nervous system, which promotes relaxation.
Who would benefit from Post-op Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Plastic surgeons often recommend these massages after performing procedures that cause swelling. For example, liposuction, Brazilian butt lift, and tummy tuck. Patients who get cosmetic surgery typically start their lymphatic massages about one week after surgery.
Five benefits from Post-op Lymphatic Drainage Massage
More efficient healing from illness, injury, or surgery.
Reduces scar formation by boosting healing responses.
Reduces swelling and fluid retention.
Removes excess water and metabolic waste from the tissues in the body.
Improve aesthetic results by decreasing congestion of the tissue.
Possible side effects of Post-Op Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Keep in mind that although Post-op Lymphatic Drainage has more positive benefits than negative benefits there is still a risk of having side effects after any treatment. Some side effects include nausea, headaches, and fatigue. Sometimes this can occur if your body has a blockage or buildup of toxins in the lymphatic system.
Drink the amount of water that is right for your body. Men are supposed to drink an average of 15.5 cups of water per day and for women an average of 11.5 cups of water per day. Rest! Relax your mind and body after a lymphatic session, this will help toxins release from your body. Light stretching and dry brushing is also recommended to encourage lymph fluid movement.