Post Surgical Recovery Lymphatic Drainage
Improve Liposuction results, faster healing, & less scar tissue formation.
Specializing in Manual Lymphatic Drainage Pre and Post cosmetic surgery, Oncology reconstructive surgery & Orthopedic edemas
The Importance of Lymphatic Drainage Massage Post Cosmetic Surgery
The Vodder Technique
It is equally important to invest in your after-care if you want optimum results from your plastic surgery. Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (MLD) can give you those optimum results, because the lymphatic system is the body's natural cleansing mechanism, ridding our cells of toxic fluids.
Swelling and bruising are the natural after an injury or surgery. During cosmetic surgery, pathways become temporarily congested causing excess cellular debris, metabolic waste dead cells, and fluid that accumulate in the tissue leading to swelling and discomfort. Not only the fatty tissue is removed during liposuction but also lymph vessels embedded in the fatty tissue are removed during this invasive procedure.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage reduces swelling quicker, resulting in less pain, faster healing, and less scar tissue formation. If the inflammation is untreated it can convert into fibrosis (a permanent hardening of the tissue) or a seroma ( pocket of serum) can form. That is why much more doctors are recommending Lymphatic Drainage Therapy after liposuction to make sure their patients get the best possible results from their procedure.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a specialized manual technique that is recommended to accelerate the recuperation period, enhances the results, and helps to minimize scar formation.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage After Surgery
All cosmetic surgeries produce swelling to some extent because it is part of the body's normal healing process. Some cosmetic surgeries, such as liposuction procedures and tummy tuck, disrupt the natural pathways taken by the lymphatic system because of the location of the surgery.
A one-hour Lymphatic Massage is recommended twice weekly during the first month of recovery. However, the postoperative Lymphatic Drainage care begins a week after the procedure specifically when the incisions are closed, or the drainage tubes are removed.
Pre-Operative Lymphatic Drainage
- Prepare the tissue for the surgery by removing excess water, bacteria, and metabolic wastes.
- Facilitate the immune system by accelerating the production of lymphocytes.
- Prepare patients better for the surgery-reduce edema prior
- Provide education prior on swelling management
- Potential to get patients better faster with less side-effects, less pain meds.
- Induce a state of relaxation.
MLD treatments are recommended one to two MLD treatments prior to surgery; ideally the week before surgery.
Post-Operative Lymphatic Drainage
Postoperative recovery Lymphatic Drainage is highly recommended to anyone undergoing a plastic surgery. Manual Lymph Drainage - "Vodder Technique"
- Alleviate post-surgical swelling or edema
- Promotes wound healing, minimizes bruising,
- Reduce pain
- Prevents the formation of fibrosis or keloid scars.
- Stimulates fluid circulation and promote urination.
- Stimulates lymphatic "rerouters".
- Stimulate the immune system and help prevent post-surgical infections
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BENEFITS OF POST-SURGICAL MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE - VODDER TECHNIQUE
The benefits of starting early your MLD Post plastic surgery are many, not only reduce pain, swelling, and minimizes bruising, but decrease the risk of developing fibrosis considerably when you receive a Manual Lymphatic Drainage.
- The inflammatory phase of recovery is sped up, therefore the patients heal substantially faster
- Scar tissue is laid down evenly
- Smooth, even results are achieved and attained more quickly
- Patients can return to their daily lives much sooner
- Therapists provide much needed psychological support through recovery phase. Many patients completely underestimate the impact of their surgeries or how they will be affected emotionally.
WHY DO I NEED A QUALIFIED THERAPIST FOR THE MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE (MLD)- VODDER TECHNIQUE?
Finding a properly trained MLD "Vodder Technique" therapist is important since this technique requires an extensive level of study beyond what is covered in traditional massage therapy programs. MLD therapists are trained through a rigorous, exclusive education in the lymphatic system. For post-surgical care, we recommend a licensed Massage professional who is specially trained and certified in the Manual Lymph Drainage Vodder technique.
Manual Lymphatic drainage post-surgery is NOT painful & does NOT involve pushing deeply at open incisions to push fluids out of the body! If you experienced that type of treatment and is called it "lymphatic massage", you did not go to a professional Lymphatic Drainage. Only have sessions with a Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist, someone with the letters MLD-C after their name, or with a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, someone with the letters CLT after their name.
HOW SOON SHOULD I GET MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE (MLD) AFTER SURGERY?
The swelling and bruising disappear faster if you get your sessions of manual lymphatic drainage after liposuction.
The risk of developing fibrosis decreases considerably when you receive postoperative Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Remember that manual lymphatic drainage should be administered by a certified therapist in manual lymphatic drainage Vodder method.
Every patient and case is different depending on the type and extent of the surgery. Is recommended to have MLD treatment as soon as 48 hours after surgery for 3 weeks post cosmetic procedures, 2 or maximum 3 times a week, and can be reviewed after that.
Note: "Lymphatic Massage" is NOT Lymphatic Drainage. We do not drain any fluids nor touch any incision site. We simply through Lymphatic drainage direct the excess fluid back towards the lymph nodes to reduce build-up and swelling.
Post Liposuction Fibrosis/Scar Tissue Release
WHAT TO DO WITH SCARRING, FIBROSIS OR LUMPS THAT FORM AFTER LIPOSUCTION?
Fibrosis post liposuction is one of the most common complications of this procedure. Liposuction fibrosis postoperative is even more common due to the aggressive liposuction, and affects your end results.
Fibrosis can develop in any area, with some common sites being the flanks, upper abdomen, and even in the legs. This happens when the liposuction is too aggressive in some areas and the fat is removed in an uneven fashion.
Fibrosis starts developing after the first month or two and has a distinct appearance. At first, you may feel some lumps on the scar tissue, then you will notice that they get thick and hard, and you may feel pain in the area.
To avoid fibrosis development, it's very important to start your Postoperative Manual Lymphatic Drainage as soon as possible, to wear your garment 24/7 and to have the right compression to prevent the accumulation of fluid in order to heal properly and faster.
Fibrosis is a set of imperfections that you can observe after liposuction and are described as painful hard lumps under your skin where liposuction has been done. It can also appear as large pores, tissue discoloration and uneven areas.
Fibrosis needs to be treated as soon as you notice the hard lumps under the skin, the longer you wait to see a professional the more difficult to treat it.
After undergoing liposuction, there will be a layer of scar tissue between the underlying muscle and skin. This will lead to a feeling of tightness due to the tightening of scar tissue and fluid.
Excessive fibrosis may be felt by hand and be visually noticeable. The best recommendation is to prevent the formation of fibrosis as much as possible by getting manual lymphatic drainage soon after the surgery, and by wearing the compression garment and abdominal board.
What is the best Treatment for Fibrosis?
After surgery your lymphatic system becomes suppressed. Therefore, the lymphatic system is not filtering properly, causing you pain and fluid retention. Manual Lymphatic drainage reduces swelling, bruising, and fibrosis; it helps in the scarring process and alleviates pain.
Daily drainage is important to relieve pain and drain excess of fluid and speed up recovery.
Fibrosis/Scar tissue release treatment is designed to help you recover fast and help reduce scar tissue and uneven skin. The treatment is tailored based on your needs.
Once you have developed fibrosis you need combination of treatments to achieve better results such as: Manual Lymphatic Drainage, myofascia and other techniques with some tools.
If fibrosis has built up, it is recommended to receive Scar/ Fibrotic tissue release treatment.
Scar tissue release is different than MLD, because requires deeper pressure, and uses different techniques and should be received only when there is no more swelling or bruising in the area.
There are many more complications after cosmetic surgery, sometimes seromas can be developed as other complications. A seroma is a collection of serum (also known as lymph fluid) within a cavity inside the body. In a few words, a seroma is a fluid-filled pocket that may appear after surgery. It can be prevented and treated with Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) if you have your drainage done 24 hours after surgery or in the same week of the procedure.
Seromas after liposuction are the result of surgical trauma which injures or destroys the lymphatic vessels within the targeted fatty tissue. Some cosmetic surgeries such as tummy tuck are more prominent to developing seromas due to the nature of the procedure where the groin lymph nodes are damaged.
Other common cosmetic surgery that results in seromas include:
- Liposuction or body contouring
- BBL or Buttocks lifts
- Breast enlargement
- Excessively aggressive liposuction
Learn more about other complications here in this research article. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3901919/
WHY I HAVE TO WEAR COMPRESSION GARMENTS OR "FAJA"?
Compression garments play an important role in proper healing after liposuction. After the procedure, a compression garment will most likely need to be worn immediately and for several weeks after as the initial recovery process takes place. Here some good reason why to wear a compression garment or faja:
1.) The compression garment controls postoperative swelling: Swelling, or tissue oedema, results from a complex balance of forces on the fluids in your body.
2.) It prevents collections of fluid: when fat is removed, space is left behind. The same forces that cause swelling will tend to cause fluid to collect in this space leading to pockets of clear fluid known as seromas.
3.) It helps to improve the contour and final appearance: The same space that allows fluid to collect allows the skin to slide back and forth over the underlying deep tissues and this can lead to a wrinkled skin appearance.
4.) Compression distributes scar tissue improves scarring, and it helps to organise the collagen fibres as these scars form causing it to be softer, earlier.
5.) Improves movement - Wearing a compression garment after surgery can make it easier to move around and maintain your posture.