Friday, January 3, 2014

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) Massage after Liposuction

After liposuction or Samrt-lipo, you might find yourself in a lot of pain, having persistent swelling, and tender bruises. You might also notice a hardness or lumpiness to the areas treated with liposuction.  All of these might lead to sleepless nights and prevent you from return to your normal day-to-day activities as soon as possible.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (or MLD massage) can provide relieve for all the sufferings listed above!

Swelling, hardness or lumpiness

The instrument that sucks out the fat during liposuction can also injures or destroys the lymphatic vessels within the targeted fatty tissue. Without lymphatic vessels to drain away excessive lymph fluid and blood, the surgical site appears to be swelling, hardness and bruises.

During your MLD treatment, your Certified Lymphedema Therapist will utilize advanced techniques to active your healthy lymph notes and lymph vessels. This will create a “ suction effect”, which allow accumulated fluid to move from one area into another area with normal lymphatic drainage. The goal of Manual Lymphatic Drainage is to reroute the stagnating fluid around blocked areas into healthy lymph vessels, which drains the lymph fluid into the venous system.

Tender bruises

Bruises are accumulation of waste products and dead blood cells in the tissue. Manual Lymphatic Drainage can remove the dead cells and clear up the bruise in short period of time.

Speedy recovery

A research shows that MLD shortens the recovery time of plastic surgery significantly. A “6 weeks to 3 Months” recovery instead of “9 months to 18” months recovery!

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy:An Integral Component of Postoperative Care in Plastic Surgery Patients. By Laurie A. Casas, MD FACS; Patricia DePoli, MD 

We see complete resolution of post-operative edema and fibrosis in this group between 9 months to 18 months following surgery.
In the ten groups listed above who underwent MLD and Deep Tissue Massage, post-operative swelling and fibrosis resolved within 6 weeks to 3 months, thereby shortening their recovery significantly. “

Decrease Pain

Another great benefit of MLD is Pain Relieve. The soothing manual drainage technique provides a stimulus for the “gate-control theory” of Melzack and Wall. Stimulation of the lymphatic system activates the para-sympathetic nervous system to produce an automatic physiological relaxation response.  Many clients fall asleep during treatment.  With less pain, you will be able to have a better night of sleep!

How many treatments will I need?

Prior to surgery, at least 1-2 MLD is recommended. It drains toxins, excesses fluids, and facilitates the immune system. During surgery, well-decongested tissues also help surgeons to see better and therefore help surgeons to make a clean cut and incision.  MLD prepared the body for the surgery and advanced the healing process.

MLD can be performed as soon as 24 hours after the surgery to decrease edema, relieve numbness, remove bruising, reduce scarring, increase nutritional supply to the surgical site, and speed up the process of healing.

There are many things that can influence healing. Some clients get 1-6 treatments post surgery and that is enough, especially if the only area of liposuction was the legs, knees, or flanks. Clients who gets liposuction to the abdomen often require up to 12 treatments.

The first week post-op it is suggested to receive daily treatment or every other day. The second week, every other day, and reduce in treatment frequency after that.

It is advice to receive MLD right after the surgery to initiate the healing process as soon as possible. But you can still benefit from MLD treatment even you are weeks or several months post your procedure, if you are still feeling hardness, swelling, or lumpiness.

Kinesio taping

In additional to MLD massage, we also provide Kinesio taping to last the effect of decongestion 24/7.

Call today to book your MLD treatment, shorten your recovery time in more than half time. So you can get the look that you wanted in no time!

UT, Bountiful, Salt Lake, Layton

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