Post Plastic Surgery Massages

Post plastic surgery massages are a type of therapeutic massage specifically designed to help patients recover and heal after undergoing various plastic or cosmetic surgery procedures. These massages are typically performed by trained and licensed massage therapists with expertise in post-operative care. The main goals of post plastic surgery massages are:

  1. Lymphatic drainage: One of the primary purposes of these massages is to promote lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic fluid helps reduce swelling and removes toxins and waste products from the body. Gentle, specialized massage techniques can encourage the lymphatic system to function more efficiently, helping to reduce post-surgical swelling.
  2. Reducing scar tissue: Post plastic surgery massages may help break down scar tissue and prevent the formation of excessive scar tissue, which can be a common concern after surgery.
  3. Pain relief: These massages can help alleviate post-operative pain and discomfort. The therapist will use various techniques to relieve tension and promote relaxation.
  4. Improving circulation: Enhanced blood circulation can expedite the body’s natural healing processes, delivering oxygen and essential nutrients to the surgical site, which can facilitate healing and minimize the risk of complications.
  5. Reducing bruising and edema: By encouraging fluid movement and enhancing circulation, these massages can help reduce bruising and edema (swelling) following surgery.
  6. Enhancing range of motion: After certain surgeries, such as breast augmentation or liposuction, the surrounding muscles and tissues may become tight or stiff. Post-surgery massages can help improve range of motion and promote flexibility.

It’s important to note that post plastic surgery massages should only be performed by experienced and qualified massage therapists who understand the specific needs and limitations of post-operative patients. The timing and techniques used in these massages will vary depending on the type of surgery and the individual patient’s condition. Always consult with your surgeon or healthcare provider before seeking post plastic surgery massages to ensure they are appropriate for your recovery process.

Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic drainage is a form of massage that stimulates the lymph system, the circulatory network that moves lymph fluid from tissues into the bloodstream. Lymph is an important component in the body’s immune system, carrying white blood cells to fight bacteria and infection. When there is lymphatic blockage, however, bacteria-fighting cells cannot get to the infected area.

The gentle, rhythmic massage performed during lymphatic drainage stimulates stagnant lymph flow and eliminates metabolic waste products, excess fluid and bacteria. If the massage is too vigorous or too firm, it can compress the lymphatic vessels, stopping lymph flow.

Lymphatic drainage is used to:

  • Clear congested areas (such as swollen ankles and puffy eyes)
  • Promote healing of scar tissue, torn ligaments and sprains
  • Promote overall deep relaxation

A patient who has a heart problem, a blood clot or an infection in the swollen area is not a good candidate for lymphatic drainage. The procedure can also alter blood sugar levels, and promote the flow of toxins through the body, so a patient with diabetes or diminished kidney function is also not considered a suitable candidate.

The Lymphatic Drainage Procedure

Lymphatic drainage is typically performed by doctors, nurses, and physical or occupational therapists, or massage therapists trained in lymphatic massage. To stay hydrated, a patient is usually advised to drink water before and after the procedure. During the session, the patient’s skin is gently stroked, rubbed or pushed in the direction of the lymphatic system’s structure, allowing the fluid to drain through the proper ducts.

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