Did you know that post surgical massages are very important for a patient’s smooth recovery? That’s right, these massages are essential for faster healing and shaping the body after surgery, especially in the cases where liposuction, tummy tuck or fat transfer are part or all of your surgical journey.
Lymphatic drainage is a manual massage technique used to stimulate the flow of lymph, a clear fluid that circulates through the body via the lymphatic system, to relieve swelling and improve mobility. While regular massages target the muscles, lymphatic drainage massages address the skin and tissue underneath in order to improve the efficiency of the lymphatic system. This is important because the job of the lymphatic system is to rid the body of toxins, waste, and unwanted materials as well as to transport lymph throughout the body to help fight infection.
As you can imagine, this aspect of relieving swelling and fighting infections is very important after surgery as many patients complain of discomfort after some procedures. What may not be so widely known is that this manual drainage also helps shape the body after certain procedures like liposuction where unevenness due to swelling can occur or the Brazilian Butt Lift where the massages help to curve out that snatched look. In both instances and others, regular drainage massages help to push toxins out and reduce swelling caused from surgery.
One of the biggest barriers to a speedy recovery is the fact that many people are unaware of the importance of lymphatic drainage massages and how it helps them recover. This may be because of misguided perceptions put forward by social media that the sessions are painful or not essential. In addition, many influencers only reveal their bodies fully recovered without much detail on the journey which can further confuse followers as to the steps necessary for healing.
So a pro tip to consider when deciding on surgery is to ask your doctor what his expectation is and what are the steps he recommends for speedy recovery. Each doctor has their tried and true steps that they will put their head on a block for. Listen to your doctor. Many times, persons are hesitant to pay for and schedule an appointment for massages because they think that they only need surgery, after which, they are done. So often, they are surprised at how wonderful they feel just after having one session of massage with our physiotherapist. That is when the epiphany occurs that these massages rock and they actually ease the recovery process tremendously.
That’s all for today. Remember, it is never too late to begin to work on yourself. Fabulous is a mindset and an attitude. Knowing a good plastic surgeon doesn’t hurt either.:)