How Does Lymphatic Massage Help
After Plastic Surgery?

How Does Lymphatic Massage Help After Plastic Surgery

Undergoing plastic surgery is a transformative journey that often involves physical and emotional changes. While the results of these procedures can be remarkable, the recovery process can be challenging. One aspect of recovery that has gained increasing attention is the role of lymphatic massage in promoting healing and reducing post-surgery swelling. In this article, we will explore the benefits of lymphatic massage after plastic surgery and how it contributes to a smoother recovery process.

Understanding the Lymphatic System

Before delving into the benefits of lymphatic massage, it’s essential to grasp the basics of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a vital part of the body’s immune system, responsible for maintaining fluid balance and filtering toxins. Lymph nodes, which are distributed throughout the body, play a crucial role in filtering and purifying lymphatic fluid. However, after surgery, the lymphatic system can become compromised, leading to fluid retention and swelling.

How Plastic Surgery Impacts the Lymphatic System

Plastic surgery procedures, whether they involve liposuction, breast augmentation, or facelifts, often disrupt the natural flow of the lymphatic system. Surgical trauma, anesthesia, and the manipulation of tissues can result in inflammation and fluid accumulation. This is where lymphatic massage becomes a valuable tool in aiding the body’s natural healing processes.

Benefits of Lymphatic Massage After Plastic Surgery

  1. Reduced Swelling: One of the primary benefits of lymphatic massage is its ability to reduce post-surgery swelling. By stimulating the lymphatic system, the massage helps to move excess fluid away from the surgical site, promoting a more efficient drainage process.

  2. Accelerated Healing: Lymphatic massage enhances circulation and encourages the removal of toxins from the body. This improved circulation can accelerate the healing process by delivering essential nutrients and oxygen to the treated areas, supporting tissue repair.

  3. Pain Management: Many individuals experience discomfort after plastic surgery, and lymphatic massage can play a role in managing pain. By reducing swelling and promoting circulation, the massage may help alleviate pain and enhance overall comfort during the recovery period.

  4. Prevention of Complications: Fluid accumulation, if not properly addressed, can lead to complications such as seromas or hematomas. Lymphatic massage aids in preventing these issues by facilitating the efficient drainage of excess fluid.

  5. Enhanced Scar Healing: Lymphatic massage can contribute to improved scar healing by promoting healthy tissue regeneration. This may result in less noticeable scars and a more aesthetically pleasing outcome.

What Lymphatic Massage is Like

Lymphatic massage is a gentle, specialized technique performed by trained therapists. The massage is directed towards the lymph nodes and vessels, focusing on the surgical site and adjacent areas. Therapists use very specific light, rhythmic strokes to encourage the movement of lymphatic fluid without causing discomfort or trauma to the healing tissues.  The timing and frequency of these massages will depend on the type of surgery and the individual’s unique healing process.  Later in the healing process you may opt to get Electro-Lymphatic Therapy (ELT) if it is offered by your therapist.  Pain & Swelling Solutions offers ELT.

What to Look For in a Lymphatic Massage Therapist

It’s crucial to note that the qualifications of people offering lymphatic massage vary extremely widely. Qualifications range from being a LANA Certified Lymphedema Therapist (the highest level of training) to people who are unlicensed and are trained by YouTube.  Somewhere in the middle are massage therapists who took a single class *online* for a couple of hours. 

Why this is important:  Would you go to a surgeon who attended YouTube University or did a single online class where skills were not taught in person or checked at all by a licensed and properly trained instructor?  Don’t let scammers trick you into believing you are getting lymphatic massage.  If they don’t post their credentials on their website showing their training, be highly suspicious.  Becoming a LANA Certified Lymphedema Therapist is something that is to be celebrated, so they will list this credential if they hold it.  (View Shannon Goins-Blair’s credentials here.)  To learn more in-depth about lymphatic certification, read this article.

What Other Reasons Can Someone Go for Lymphatic Massage?

People seek lymphatic massage for various reasons, including managing conditions like lymphedema, a condition characterized by the accumulation of lymphatic fluid and tissue swelling. It is also commonly employed to support the body’s immune system, reduce inflammation, and promote overall well-being. Athletes may use lymphatic massage to aid in recovery after intense physical activity, as it can help alleviate muscle soreness and expedite the removal of metabolic byproducts.

Regardless of why you are seeking a lymphatic massage, you are in great hands at Pain & Swelling Solutions. 
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Plastic Surgery?

Recover Faster with

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Shannon Goins-Blair LANA Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Functional Medicine Coach
 
Shannon Goins-Blair, CLT-LANA
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Board Certified LMT
Certified Alternative Wellness Practitioner
and
Certified Integrative Health Practitioner, L2

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Plastic Surgery?

Recover Faster with

Post Op Lymphatic Massage 

FROM A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL
WHO SPECIALIZES IN POST-OP MASSAGE
To Help Get rid of those lumps

 

Didn’t Have Surgery?

Feel Better Today With a
Lymphatic Detox Massage

or
Get Relief for Your Swelling

 

 

Shannon Goins-Blair LANA Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Functional Medicine Coach
Shannon Goins-Blair, CLT-LANA
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Board Certified LMT
Certified Alternative Wellness Practitioner
and
Certified Integrative Health Practitioner, L2

Terapeuta linfática certificada
LMT certificado por la junta

Having Trouble Making Your Appointment?

How to Use the Online Booking System

 

Am I the Right Therapist for You?

 
 

Recuperarse más rápido.
Sentirse mejor hoy.

Doy la bienvenida a los clientes
que hablan español.

Si no habla inglés, envíeme un mensaje de texto al 505-554-5185 o correo electrónico en español.

¡No hablo mucho español, pero estoy aprendiendo!

Puedo comunicarme contigo usando el traductor de google. Muchos de mis clientes no hablan inglés y no tengo problemas para comunicarme con ellos.

Pain & Swelling Solutions
2620 San Mateo Blvd NE, Suite E   
Albuquerque

Map & Directions
Haga clic aquí para ver el mapa y las direcciones