MLD, Manual Lymphatic Drainage
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Karen Botha MAR reflexologist at Essential Feeling Gidea Park, Romford who specialises in fertility

Essential Feeling are affiliated with Harley Body Clinic.

We are pleased to be affiliated with the highly acclaimed Harley Body Clinic on Harley Street for post surgery after care of their patients.

Harley Body Clinic specialist in several plastic surgery procedures, including being leaders in the field of vaser liposuction a fat removal procedure, tummy tucks and gynecomastia.

Karen & Charlie Botha

Your post surgery specialists


Questions & Answers


What is vaser liposuction?

Liposuction has been around for years, but vaser is relatively new. This process still sucks body fat out, but the vaser process melts the fat molecules and fat tissues before they extracted it. This melting of excess fat as part of your surgical procedure means that it is less invasive and there is minimal damage to your surrounding tissues and vessels.

Whilst you will still swell after you’ve received the service which may result in some short-term weight gain on the scales, you’ll be happy to hear that those stubborn to shift areas will heal faster than if you’d had traditional lipo treatment.

There are specific areas where stubborn and unwanted stubborn fat refuses to move from good diet and exercise. These targeted places are the perfect choice where they recommend vaser lipo. For instance, stomach (upper and lower abdomen), posterior flanks, thighs, arms and bra roll.

What’s better is that you have a choice whether you want to be put under general sedation or local anesthetic.


What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck works best where you have lost weight or your skin has lost sufficient elasticity to shrink back after e.g. childbirth. This leaves you with a saggy overhang that is best served by being clean removed and sewn back. You will be left with a light scar.

Again, just as with vaser liposuction, an MLD massage from a trained professional therapist will speed up your recovery as well as improve your results.


How do I have a massage when I'm still suffering with soreness?

You will wear your post-operative compression garment continually. Harley Body Clinic require you to have sessions as soon as 2 days after your operation. Getting your compression garments on and off is way more pain than anything you’ll experience during your MLD. And you’ll also find that as your swelling reduces faster, you’ll be in pain for less overall time.

Your lymphatic vessels lie just under the surface of your skin, so any deep pressure will crush these. An MLD treatment, which we often combine with deep oscillation therapy, is therefore incredibly light, therapeutic, and relaxing. We’d go as far as to say it’s comfortable. Particularly as you get to remove your compression garment for an hour while you have the massage. And all in the name of sculpturing those sucked contours and achieve your desired shape!


Doctor Gary Horn

We first came across Harley Body Clinic when one of our clients came to us for aftercare. Their surgery was the best that we have seen, and this prompted us to get in touch with them. There are many a plastic surgeon out there, but Doctor Horn stood out head and shoulders above what we had ever seen before.

When we looked into him, we discovered this was because of his vast experience. He owns the title of best plastic surgeon, having designed the primary pectoral implant in 2003. This is now used worldwide.

Having worked around the world in hospitals including Paris, he has been a consultant plastic surgeon since 2002. Doctor Horn of Harley Body Clinic, Harley Street in London, also now works out of Brussels using his over 30 years expertise from reconstructive surgery, aesthetic surgery, abdominoplasty and breast augmentation. Whilst his cosmetic expertise is undeniable, we believe the quality of his work comes from his wealth of varied experience.

It’s also worth noting that registered medical practitioner, the BBC, have also filmed Dr Horn for their programmes, so don’t take just our word for his impeccable skills.

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Who else is on the team at Harley Body Clinic?

When you book in online, you may well speak with Ronnie who deals with the administration of your appointment. He will book you in for a consultation, often via video call, with either the friendly yet professional James or Dr Horn.

Once you’ve scoped out all the initial information you need and decided you may be a candidate for the surgery, you’ll then attend a face-to-face consultation with Dr Horn at the offices in London. Your doctor will be candid with you during this appointment about which fats he may remove. Of course, it all depends on how well your skin adjusts post surgery and this is how manual lymphatic drainage can start to help. In terms of time, this appointment will take near on 20 minutes.

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Why does Harley Body Clinic recommend lymphatic drainage with you post surgery?

We’ve written a lot about the benefits of manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) on helping the results of your contour results. Essentially, by not allowing the fatty deposition to build up, we’re improving the overall finish of your treatment.

Likewise, there are many benefits of having MLD from improving our body’s ability to heal, including reducing swelling and bruising. This is because lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle treatment that assists the movement of your lymphatic system and circulatory system. Speeding up how you heal is completely advised if you want to be caring for yourself properly. And seeing the best possible results from your body contouring outcome.

It’s common for patients who don’t have regular lymphatic drainage following their surgery to have a greater accumulation of lymph fluid (swelling) and suffer from a slower recovery. But, also their end result is often more uneven skin tone. This is because your skin tightening will only happen over what they emulsify below. And if we allow fatty deposits to settle rather than moving through your extraction system (lymphatic) then you limit your chance of you getting your personal desired result, regardless of just how fantastic a surgeon Doctor Horn is.

Skin tightening

Harley Body Clinic also know that we can tighten skin should you require it post surgery. It is common for skin to sag post surgery as it has stretched out of shape for such a long time before you had the fat removal. We have invested in a state-of-the-art machine used by the NHS and developed in conjunction with the University of Manchester. We use this to give you the best possible results following your liposuction treatment.

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My tummy tuck scar is weeping, can I still have MLD?

We will always work with Harley Body Clinic to establish what is best for your unique situation. You will get the best viable treatment plan for your needs. We will always treat you with compassion, and won’t dismiss your fears or discomfort. 

There is no way we can underestimate how proud we are to be affiliated with one of the leading Harley Street Cosmetic Clinics in London. We will do everything in our power to ensure we satisfy you with your service with us, and your result.


My wounds are weeping.

We’re used to this, and it is normal within the first few days and certainly hours for you to have some flesh coloured discharge from the incision points.

Usually it’s fine to go ahead with your lymphatic drainage massage post surgery, but if you are in any doubt at all, we recommend that for all surgical matters you speak to James. He will have given you his personal mobile number before you leave following your operation.

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18:35 28 Aug 21
I came to see Karen after booking in for a double massage for myself and my partner (he's had massages before, I... haven't) and am amazed at how much of difference one session has made already. Karen and Charlton made us feel comfortable immediately and were both so friendly and warm. They were professional throughout and dealt with both our needs separately. We're both keen to visit again.Both obviously very skilled at what they do.Highly more
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Adebimpe Bodunrin
17:27 16 Jul 21
Following my liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, I had lymphatic drainage and deep tissue massages at Essential... Feelings. Charlie was very professional, made me feel relaxed and knowledgeable about what I need to help with healing after surgery. He was very helpful, flexible and a good communicator. I would recommend them for anyone requiring post surgery massages and will go back for other types of massages. Thank you Charlie and more
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19:09 12 Jul 21
I've had a few reflexology sessions with Karen so far this year, and a few sessions in my previous pregnancy. Also a... few massages. Both Karen and Charlton are very friendly and professional. Karen is very knowledgeable and give lots of helpful advice. The place is very cozy/clean and in current situation they are able to meet Covid restrictions. Even my husband went to get a massage. Highly more
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08:29 07 Jul 21
I have always wanted to try reflexology but usually opted for massage instead. However, now I've experienced two... reflexology sessions with Karen, I think I'm a convert! Both sessions have left me feeling calm, restored and well rested. I also had to change the time of my first session and Karen reponded really quickly and was happy to adjust it. I'm really happy with the service and am definitely going to be a new regular more
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15:23 14 Jun 21
I’ve always been skeptical of massages and whether I’m receiving one that’s beneficial for my body as well as worth the... money. I have to say I wish I could give more than 5 stars because Essential Feeling is hands down one of the best massage treatments I have received as well as worth the money. Being currently pregnant too, I was worried that I would be in more pain after the massage however Charlton ensured that my deep tissue massage was tailored to my needs as well as helped with any stiffness and back pain I was experiencing. Karen was also super helpful during my reflexology massage, ensuring that I was relaxed and bought a lot of the swelling in my feet down. My mother also had a deep tissue massage from Charlton who again tailored it to her needs as she has a bad lower back as well as a lovely reflexology massage from Karen. Me and my mum felt that both massage therapists are very professional and solely cater to the needs of the client. They are both also very knowledgeable in the massages they deliver as well as any issues a person has individually with their body. Absolutely wonderful service and wonderful massages! Will definitely be making a return!read more
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