Lymphatic Drainage Massage
The reality is that a liposuction surgical procedure usually creates pooling of excess lymphatic fluids. This results in swelling and dissatisfaction with the patient.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage (LDM) is a specialized massage technique plastic surgeons recommend that, after liposuction, to accelerate the recuperation period.
The science behind why this massage works is fairly simple. Stroking the areas of the body that process the lymph fluid and the lymph nodes, causes the fluid to drain.
This massage procedure works well and has been demonstrated to show positive results, only after a couple of massage treatments! However, most patients need 5 to 10 LDM treatments to remove most of the excess fluid. Patients can expect relief from swelling after the 6th treatment.
Some patients will experience lumpiness to the areas affected by liposuction. This is normal for most patients after surgery. The lumpiness is caused by inflammation and trauma from the surgical instrument that is used under the skin to extract the fatty tissue. The tunnels and channels which are created by the surgical instrument will fill with fluid and become swollen with both fluid and left-over fat. This fluid and left-over fat begins to harden between one week and three weeks after surgery. LDM will help move the fluid by gently pushing back into the lymph passages.
Doctors will advise their patients that, without LDM, there is a risk that the swelling and inflammation could turn into fibrosis, which is a permanent hardening of the area. LDM ensures you’ll achieve the best results possible from the surgery.
Every patient is different, however, most doctors advise their patients to begin their LDM treatment 24 hours after surgery to obtain the best, and fastest, results.