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Manual Lymphatic Drainage: Post Cosmetic Surgery 

A MLD massage is a very important part of the healing process for post cosmetic surgery. As the body is adjusting, swelling (fluid) begins to occur as a healing response. The lymphatic system can be overwhelmed during this stage and draining can be minimal. Frequently getting MLD massages assists the lymphatic system to properly drain and eliminate fluid. 

Cosmetic surgeries include but are not limited to:


Tummy Tuck

Breast Augmentation

Laser Lipo

Lipo 360

Mommy Makeovers

What is a Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

A Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) massage is a light pressure, skin-stretching massage that focuses on the lymphatic system of the body. The lymphatic system is the "sewage system" of our body. It is responsible for eliminating toxins, dubris, infectious and disease causing elements by filtering through the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes help the immune system by carrying lymphocytes (white blood cells) through the lymph system to deposit the unclean fluid as waste.

What Happens in a MLD Session?

In the beginning stages of healing, what generally takes place in a MLD session is the therapist uses light pressure techniques that stretch the skin. That causes the fluid to be moved towards the lymph nodes where it is then filtered. Once the stage of swelling and tenderness goes away, the therapist will then focus more on scar tissue break down. 

What is Scar Tissue? How is it Broken Down?

Scar tissue is fibrous tissue that forms after healthy tissue has been damaged or destroyed due to injury or surgery. Its purpose is wound repair. 

To prevent scar tissue from becoming permanent and restricting, the therapist uses a technique called cross fiber fractioning which helps break down scar tissue and helps prevent more from forming. Though it is not painful, it can cause discomfort as the technique requires a heavier pressure. A tool that can also be used is a *wood therapy roller. 

How Many Sessions Should I Get?

Many doctors will tell you the number of sessions you need to get. However, every body is different. The number of sessions you get is based on how your body heals and how you ultimately feel after a certain amount of sessions. 


Though easier said than done, it is important to trust the process. The recovery journey for post cosmetic surgery is not easy but it is worth it! Give yourself time to heal, take heed to your doctor's and therapist's advice and recommendations, and you will see the results you are hoping for. 

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