Lymphatic Drainage Massage Post Plastic Surgery

Updated: Feb 10


Lymphatic drainage massage is the practice of applying gentle pressure to encourage the lymph fluids to move around the body. It is a form of alternative therapy like acupuncture, Oriental medicine, and naturopathy. Lymphatic drainage therapy is administered by a licensed massage therapist in Riverview, FL.


Lymphatic fluid removes toxins and waste materials from bodily tissues. Certain health conditions and procedures can cause a build-up of lymph fluid, such as cancer, surgery, and radiation treatment. With lymphatic drainage massage, people experience significant relief from their condition.


The Importance of Lymphatic Drainage Massage After Plastic Surgery


After undergoing cosmetic surgery, many patients develop water retention, lumps, hardness, and swelling in the treated areas. This is expected after plastic surgery. Post-surgical lymphedema (swelling of the lymph nodes) occurs because of the trauma caused by the cannula that is used to aspirate the fat. The channels created by the cannula fill up with fluid, causing the surrounding tissues to swell.


When your therapist performs a lymphatic drainage massage, it moves the build-up of fluid by gently driving it back into the vessels. This reduces fluid retention, swelling, and pain after plastic surgery. Without lymphatic drainage massage, the condition can develop into a seroma or fibrosis.


Lymphatic drainage massage can benefit people with the following conditions:

  • Stress

  • Arthritis

  • Insomnia

  • Skin Disorders

  • Fatigue

  • Digestive Problems

  • Edema

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Lymphedema

The First Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Generally, the first massage is performed by a licensed massage therapist in Brandon, FL, within the first 24 hours after surgery. The gentle pressure drastically minimizes the lumps, swelling, burning pain, and bruising that occurs after the procedure.


The number of massage sessions is determined by your wellness coach at the time of the consultation. This depends on the type of plastic surgery you had and underlying medical conditions. In the first week, there are multiple sessions, once every other day. These are gradually reduced and followed by maintenance massages.


Some individuals opt for lymphatic drainage massage a month after undergoing surgery. Although they can still experience the healing benefits of massage, their results will not be the same as if they had the therapy within the first week.

Is it Okay to Get Lymphatic Drainage Massage Before Plastic Surgery?

Most patients get a lymphatic drainage massage after plastic surgery. However, it has significant benefits before the procedure as well. The lymphatic drainage massage will remove excess fluids, filter waste, and bacteria, and viruses. This can increase white blood cell production, which repairs damaged tissues and heals cuts. It also boosts immune system function.

To maintain the results of the massage, therapists recommend you do the following:

  • Drink plenty of water

  • Eliminate refined sugars and processed foods

  • Do regular exercises

  • Eat a diet rich in vegetables and fruits

Get in touch with a Licensed Massage Therapist in Tampa, FL.

Experience the significant benefits of lymphatic drainage massage with a certified practitioner, Ann Bass. Her techniques will improve your circulation, minimize swelling, and help restore healthy lymphatic function.

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