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How are the Lymphatic Massages Performed?

Lymphatic massages are integral to the post-operative healing process following liposuction and many other plastic surgery procedures. Therapists performing post-operative lymphatic drainage should have specific training to understand and serve the delicate hand movements required to mobilize fluid and swelling and soften fibrosis or scar tissue. Lymphatic massages are not painful but gentle, relaxing, and effective.
The slow, repetitive movements stretch the skin, causing compression and achieving transient pressures. This is followed by rest phases, where the skin is allowed to return to its normal position. This change in pressure in the subcutaneous tissues enhances the filling and emptying of lymphatics channels.

Benefits of Lymphatic Massage include:

  • Stimulation of the circulation and lymphatic flow. This improves blood flow to the skin reducing chances of skin thinning and ulceration. Better circulation means faster removal of blood cells from the skin that cause bruising.

  • Stimulation of the immune system by passing more lymph in the lymph nodes.

  • Manual lymphatic drainage stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which causes relaxation and has analgesic effects.

  • Reduction in scar tissue. Following liposuction, protein-rich fluid accumulates in soft tissue. Overtime it can get organized and hard. Lymphatic massage helps to soften the tissues and reduce swelling.

  • Post-operative lymphatic massage usually start two days after surgery. Patients usually receive massage every day for the first 2 weeks (10 sessions) and as required thereafter until tissues soften and edema resolves. The intensity and frequency of treatments is tailored for each patient.

How Much Does it Cost?

The average cost for a Lymphatic Massage in the United States, varies between $100 to $150 per session/hour. In Colombia, the procedure is 30-50% less. My Body by Design offers packages that include the procedure and accommodations. 

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