How Many Lymphatic Massages
Do You Need After Plastic Surgery?

 
How Many Lymphatic Massages After Plastic Surgery - how many lymphatic massages do you need after plastic surgery - Albuquerque
First things first…

When Should I Start Getting My Lymphatic Massages?

 
In an ideal world, a person would hear about lymphatic massage before they got their surgery.  Many people don’t know to do lymphatic drainage massage, and most doctors won’t tell you to budget for it in advance. 
 
So, if you are reading this in preparation for your surgery, I very strongly recommend that you set some money aside for your care once the surgery is done.  You will thank me later for it.  Trust me.
 
Not everyone is able to afford an extra massage before surgery, and that’s ok.  Don’t panic if you can’t – or if you are hearing about this after your surgery.  The most important thing is to get started as soon as you can.

Based on how soon you start and how quickly you are healing determines exactly how many sessions you need.

In general, people don’t feel like coming the day after surgery, and that’s fine.  Lipo and BBL’s usually come to me around day 4.  Tummy tuck, brachioplasty, and thigh lift clients usually come at around day 7 due to mobility challenges.  Facelift recovery usually starts after the first or second week, depending on how extensive of a procedure and what type.  Shoot me a text to chat if you have had a facelift.
 

 

What Else Do I Need to Know About
Post Op Lymphatic Massage?

 
There are a few other important things to think about when answering the questions of “How Many Lymphatic Massages After Plastic Surgery Are Necessary?” and “Where to get post op lymphatic massage in Albuquerque?”

Great news!  You have landed in the right place.   This website is full of free factual information about navigating your plastic surgery recovery, but here are some very important things to consider before choosing a therapist.
 
 

Who Would Be My Therapist at Pain & Swelling Solutions?


Shannon Goins-Blair is a LANA Certified Lymphedema Therapist (the highest-ranking lymphatic credential you can hold) who specializes in plastic surgery post op massages.  This level of training guarantees that you will receive true professional care.  The massages are effective and DON’T HURT!  (Training does make a difference.)
 
At Pain & Swelling Solutions, you can rest assured that you are in capable hands. Average massage therapists are not trained in post op work, so be sure to seek out someone with advanced credentials.  (Shannon’s certifications and training can be seen here.)  By contrast, most therapists in the Albuquerque area only have an introductory class in lymphatic training, and no advanced training in how to work with people in a fragile state.   

When you are in pain and are miserable, it is important to find a therapist who truly is able to make you feel better than when you walked in the door.  Sadly, much of the hype around post operative work on social media promotes “therapies” that are damaging, painful, and can potentially lead to deadly infections.
 
Shannon also attends plastic surgeries locally and is very well-informed about what has happened during surgery as well as what a normal healing process is like.  She is a fountain of information – good information based in science – not social media.  Pick her brain during your session.  You’ll be happy that you did.  She can answer most questions and can let you know if everything is healing according to plan or if you need to speak with your surgeon.
 
Trust your healing journey to Albuquerque’s Plastic Surgery Recovery expert.
 
Now on to the specifics of how many massages you need after plastic surgery…and why.
 

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The Very First Visit

I recommend that people try to come in for lymph drainage therapy a couple of days before their surgery to clear out their lymphatic system beforehand.  
 
This makes your recovery easier. 
 
This isn’t always an option for people, but it will give you the best possible result.  

Why?
 
Think of it like cleaning out a bathtub drain before pouring a bucket of sludge down it.  That is kind of what happens to our lymphatic system after surgery.  
 
There is a lot of waste (dead cells) that the lymphatic system needs to move.  If the “pipes” (lymphatic vessels) are clean before the surgery, the swelling can go down easier afterwards.  For most people this is the thing that most concerns them after surgery.
 
During your first visit we talk about your lymphatic system and what to expect after surgery, wearing your faja, etc. 
 
 

Subsequent Visits

After that most people will buy a package deal.  
 
Most people come to see me about 10 times total.  I have packages of 3, 6, 9, and 12 visits.  12 is even better than 10.  Healing is a process that happens over many months.  You will likely go through 10 visits in 4-6 weeks.  Many people choose to keep coming to see me through about 10-12 weeks.  In those last few weeks we are down to once every two weeks.  
 
The first week I recommend coming 3 times and then 2 times a week for the next couple of weeks.  After that we go to once a week.  
 
 

Here are a couple of examples of recommended schedules.

Schedule for
Package of 10 Visits

Prior to Surgery = 1 visit

Week 1 = 3 visits

Week 2 = 2 visits

Week 3 = 2 visits

Week 4 = 1 visits

Week 5 = 1 visit

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Total = 10 visits

(First Visit + Package of 9)

Schedule for
Package of 13 Visits

Prior to Surgery = 1 visit

Week 1 = 3 visits

Week 2 = 2 visits

Week 3 = 2 visits

Week 4 = 2 visits

Week 5 = 1 visit

Week 6 = 1 visit

Week 7 = 1 visit

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Total = 13 visits

(First Visit + Package of 12)

As you can see, the visits get used up pretty quickly.  Your schedule may vary from these suggestions due to your availability and mine.  These are just guidelines based on where I’ve seen clients get the most benefit from their massages.

 

How Many Lymphatic Drainage Massages After Plastic Surgery and
For How Many Weeks?

 

If money were no object, I’d say plan to come for 3-4 months.  But, most of us are on a budget, so if you can come for the first 8 weeks or so, then you will be through the worst of it.  

There is no reason you can’t come back afterwards, if you just feel you would benefit from it, so don’t think that since you came for 8 weeks that you are “done” and that you can’t come back after that.  Many clients do return after 8 weeks, just not as often.  They usually pop in once every 2-3 weeks and then once a month to help reduce the swelling and tightness that often is still present to some degree for a few more months. (What you experience as problematic changes throughout your recovery.)

 

Package Prices Available

For clients who need to come frequently (such as my lipo, BBL, Mommy Makeover, etc. recovery clients), I offer package deals to help make getting your post op massages more affordable.
 
Discounts increase as the package size increases. So, the more visits you buy at one time, the bigger the discount and the more you save.  
 
Not everyone can buy 9 or 12 visits at once, so they buy 3 packages of 3 visits for a total of 9 visits.  This means that you can customize your package deal to fit your budget.

 

Click Here to View the Package Deals Discounted Pricing.

 

Recover Faster with
Post Op Massage. 
Feel Better Today.

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Shannon Goins, Certified Lymphedema Therapist - Pain & Swelling Solutions, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Certified Cupping Therapist
Shannon Goins-Blair, CLT-LANA
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Board Certified LMT
Terapeuta linfática certificada
LMT certificado por la junta

Recuperarse más rápido.
Sentirse mejor hoy.

Doy la bienvenida a los clientes que hablan español.

Si habla usted español, por favor 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.

Recover Faster with
Post Op Massage. 
Feel Better Today.

Shannon Goins, Certified Lymphedema Therapist - Pain & Swelling Solutions, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Certified Cupping Therapist
Shannon Goins-Blair, CLT-LANA
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Terapeuta linfática certificada

Having Trouble Making Your Appointment?

How to Use the Online Booking System

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
NEW ADDRESS
2620 San Mateo Blvd NE, Suite E   
Albuquerque

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