What is post liposuction massage?
A post liposuction massage could comprise many techniques depending on the advice of your surgeon. However, the most common modality we use is manual lymphatic drainage (MLD). So we often work with your surgeon. Because they guide us on the best massage for a complete and effective therapy for your specific needs.
Everyone is different. Which means we develop a plan specific to your personal healing process. Whatever they suggest, we’ll engender a mix of techniques. Then we’ll use these at varying intensity. We will base this on your recovery following your liposuction. Because we can combine manual lymphatic drainage with myofascial and deep tissue massage over the course of your healing. This means we break down fat lumps that are forming hard globules under your skin and aid toxin and fluid to be expelled by your body. We often use deep oscillation therapy to help us speed up your healing process as well. This is all included within the price.
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Questions & Answers
How does post liposuction massage work?
To answer this, we’ll go backwards a bit and answer ‘what is liposuction?’ as this is the process from which you’re healing.
During your liposuction procedure, your surgeon will place a plastic suction tube under your skin and move this to suck out excess fat. This creates wounds. These need to heal. But they’re not just where they’ve inserted the suction tube, but also where your skin has separated from your internals so your surgeon can move the tube around and suck out this fat.
So, part of your healing process can very often result in fibrosis which is where connective tissue will thicken and scar. The result of this can be an uneven surface under your skin giving the appearance of ‘fat’ lumps and bumps. Obviously as everyone heals differently the visual effect of this is also different from person to person. Therefore your doctor will often advise you have a post surgery massage. This is because it will break down scar tissue. And it’s effective in getting the best possible results from your liposuction.
At Essential Feeling we use a combination of 3 different styles of massage depending on the conditions that we’re presented with. And how you are healing. As well as any specific advice your surgeon has given you to ensure you get the best finish from your plastic surgery.
What do the different types of massage do?
Myofascial release can help to prevent unsightly thick scar tissue from forming. Without specialist help we find this building up. So we’re separating tissue fibres from each other so ridges and dimples are less able to develop.
Deep tissue massage can work similarly to myofascial release and breaks down scar tissue so that it can reform correctly. This has the effect of evening out the pitting you will see in your skin and breaks down the fibrosis.
Lymphatic drainage massage (MLD) after liposuction will help you detoxify and remove excess fluid. This will sit in what can often be hard pockets under your skin. Because MLD is a very gentle and therapeutic massage that uses soft rhythmic movements to move toxins in to your bloodstream, your body can expel them. You may have heard of lymph drainage therapy after liposuction. This is what people are talking about.
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How do you get rid of swelling after liposuction?
We’ve explained above why we suffer with post-operative swelling. And the role of MLD massage in post liposuction, post surgery recovery.
This is also the reason that you’ll be put into a compression garment before leaving the operating theatre. And you’ll wear this for weeks after. The pressure will help to seal the tissue separation caused by the sweeping action of the suction tube. So if you’re given a drain, that also serves to help your system remove the excess fluid.
Proper management of the effects of liposuction are important. Because without them, you will be more likely to end up with a poor aesthetic outcome. Kind of the point of plastic surgery. This is why post liposuction massage is so incredibly important.
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What is the fastest way to recover from liposuction?
We would always recommend a series of lymphatic drainage massages following liposuction. But, don’t take our word for it. You’ve had a medical procedure and you’re in a postoperative state, we encourage you to check with your doctor about what he says is the ideal massage because they know exactly what you’ve been through and may have their own recommendations.
Don’t be surprised if they tell you to have several MLD massages in close succession post lipo surgery though. The reason for this is that we’re trying to drain fluid faster than your body has the time to replenish it.
What happens to your body after liposuction?
Essentially it will go into overdrive post liposuction and you’ll not only be in pain, but you’ll swell.
Manual lymphatic drainage could help prevent and alleviate any build up of fluid and also scar tissue. Following your massage you’ll often be able to visually notice a reduction in your swelling.
How long will I be swollen after liposuction?
This very much depends on how much swelling you have to start off with, which harks back to the points we made earlier about how much work the surgeon had to do, the process that they went through to achieve your results and how your system deals with this.
You can expect this to be a good few weeks though. We often treat our clients with post liposuction massage for six to eight weeks following their procedure.
How do you take care of yourself after liposuction?
Swelling may be greater than it needs to be if you don’t wear your compression garment, or if you remove them too early. You need this pressure to help you heal.
If you choose to have a post liposuction massage come along early. Check with your consultant, but some recommend it as soon as just a few days post surgery. The longer you wait, the more chance your body has to develop these fat lumps and pockets of fluid (seroma).
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