Post-Operative Massage Therapy
Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy Page
Many cosmetic procedures from liposuction to breast augmentation or reduction can result in excess lymph fluid accumulating in the body. This can cause swelling which is very uncomfortable for the patient. The lymphatic flow can stagnate for many reasons including:
- Swelling and chronic inflammation
- Lack of physical activity
- Stress and fatigue
- Emotional shock and age
- Poorly fitted brassieres, or brassieres worn for an excessive amount of time.
When lymphatic circulation slows down, the regeneration of cells becomes less effective. This condition allows toxins and proteins to accumulate around the cells, causing cellular oxygenation to decrease and tissue regeneration to diminish.
It’s important for any patient with lymphedema to be under the care of physician. At El Paso Cosmetic Surgery we recommend Lymphatic Drainage Massage because of the techniques ability to significantly reduce swelling which can become one of the most uncomfortable aspects of recovery.
Lymphatic massage sometimes referred to as “lymphatic drainage” is a powerful, natural, and effective way to flush lymphatic fluid out of the body.
What to Expect with Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy
If you are experiencing Lymphedema, you can rest assured with the care you will receive at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery. Your treatment will be a massage that consists of gentle stroking while working in sequences toward the central lymph fluid processing areas of the body. It is also accompanied by gentle “pumping” and flushing of the actual lymph nodes. While extremely powerful, LDMT feels incredibly gentle and relaxing. All the areas of your lymph nodes including those on the neck and the bundles of nodes found in the breast, underarm, and groin area will be addressed as needed for your particular situation.
Lymph drainage should never cause pain, rather you will experience relief.
What is Accomplished Through the Applications of LDMT (Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy)
- Toxins are removed, making lymphatic drainage especially effective in tissue regeneration. Scars, stretch marks, wrinkles and fracture, or surgical-incision sites, are improved. Many therapists also use LDT as part of detoxification and anti-aging regimens.
- Stagnant fluid in the skin is rerouted. Circulation of lymph, blood capillaries, veins, interstitial liquids and cerebrospinal and synovial fluids (in-directly) is activated.
- Macromolecules (proteins) are drained, which helps to eliminate protein-rich fluid from the extracellular tissues and aid the reabsorption of edema.
- Fats are evacuated through lymphatic vessels. These vessels are located in virtually every area of the body where fats may accumulate.
- The functioning of the immune system is stimulated through increased lymph flow. The additional flow carries more antigens to the lymph nodes, thereby increasing antibody/antigen contact. This has been found to help with chronic or subacute inflammatory processes — chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune disease, bronchitis, sinusitis, amygdalitis, tonsillitis, laryngitis, arthritis, acne and eczema.
- The functioning of the parasympathetic system is bolstered and sympathetic tone is diminished with stimulation of the lymphatics — the “fight or flight” response. This can be very helpful in dealing with stress, depression and sleeping disorders.
- Chronic pain is reduced as the drainage alleviates tissue-fluid stagnation and possibly inhibits nociceptors (pain receptors).
- Voluntary and involuntary muscle spasms are reduced, proving helpful in cases of constipation and other muscle-related maladies.
Because there are certain diseases and circulatory issues that should not be addressed through LDMT, always consult with a certified plastic surgeon such as Ozan Sozer, M.D. and our Med Spa professional therapist regarding your need for LDMT. You can count on the expertise of El Paso Cosmetic Surgery to see you through any Lymphedema experience.
If you are interested in scheduling a message therapy consultation please call 915-351-1116 or fill out the form on this page.