Lymphatic drainage massage is the optimal post-operative care treatment for plastic surgery patients as it reduces swelling, by draining bodily fluids through your lymph nodes. One of the main complications after plastic surgery is known as fibrosis, or chronic inflammatory reactions from fluid build-ups lying under your skin when left untreated. Fibrosis can cause hardening of the skin, swelling or bruising to occur.
The main benefits of draining your lymphatic system include:
- Reduction in Swelling
- Improving your rate of recovery
It is recommended for the physician to clear the patient prior to seeking treatment. Lymphatic drainage is the optimal post-operative treatment for the procedures listed below:
- BBL procedures
- Tummy tuck
- Neck lift
- Breast augmentation and reduction
Studies show patients who utilize lymphatic drainage massage treatments can expect 50% reduction in recovery time.
This particular study, published in 2014 in the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery, examined 18 post-operative plastic surgery patients. Results they found are:
- More than 50% of the patient’s fibrosis diminished
- Decreased post-operative pain
- Significant reduction of swelling
Another study found the effects of manual lymphatic drainage even more significant. Patricia Depoli, MD of Saint Francis Hospital and Laurie A. Casas, MD, FACS, at Northwestern University Medical School Glenbrook Hospital—have studied post-operative recovery of patients in 13 plastic surgery areas, and conclude:
- Average recovery time with lymphatic drainage is 3 weeks to 6 months
- Without lymphatic drainage, recovery time is 9-18 months
To sum up, lymphatic drainage massage will significantly speed up the recovery process with plastic surgery patients by reducing swelling, soreness and avoiding any potential complications with a few 50-minute sessions.