Stimulating your lymph system can help detox the body, improve your immunity, reduce cellulite and so much more.
Why is lymphatic massage effective? To begin, let’s start with what the lymphatic system is. Our lymphatic system is the body’s built-in detoxification network, allowing us to properly expel bacteria-laden pools of fluid and toxins from external sources like food, alcohol, beauty products, prescription drugs, and internal sources like cellular waste and defunct proteins. While the lymphatic system is often overlooked, it’s an incredibly important contributor to our overall health.
We now have a dedicated Bloom Plastic Surgery team member, Dr. Jennifer Kamieniak, who is a Physical Therapist that specializes in management of swelling and lymphedema.
What does liposuction do to the lymphatic system?
The surgical effect of liposuction on the lymphatics is unique. Liposuction disrupts or destroys most lymphatic capillaries within the targeted adipose tissue. Fortunately, lymphatic damage from liposuction is not usually permanent; lymphatic capillaries regenerate within a few weeks to several months after being damaged by a liposuction cannula.
Swelling can occur post operatively and with any damage to the lymphatics. And lymphatic massage can help!
How does lymphatic massage therapy help after liposuction?
Manual lymphatic drainage can speed up the healing process by enhancing circulation and the flow of fluid in lymphatic vessels, reducing swelling. The massage can also release any trapped blood cells, diminishing bruising.
During lymphatic massage, our Physical Therapist Dr. Jennifer Kamieniak, gently manipulates the skin and underlying tissues in the areas of lymph production to increase circulation and promote drainage and healing.
The massage itself tends to be gentle and light, and should be a relaxing and comfortable procedure for the patient. Additionally, the reduction in discomfort and swelling immediately afterwards makes a lymphatic massage an even more pleasurable experience.
Benefits of lymphatic massage:
- Enhances circulation.
- Improves lymph flow, which decrease swelling and edema.
- Decrease bruising.
- Prevent and decrease severity of fibrosis.
- Decrease scaring.
- Decrease pain.
- Increase comfort and movement.
- Better sleep.
- Improved recovery time.
- Eliminates toxins from the body including anesthesia and cellular debris.
- Promotes the healing of incisions.
- Carries white blood cells and proteins to the blood.
- Improves overall results of liposuction surgery.
- The skin and tissues are hydrated more efficiently, thus achieving a better appearance.
- Improves overall health of the body.
Lymphatic massage can help clients recover from tummy tucks, liposuction, mommy makeovers, facelifts, mastectomies, breast enhancements and reductions, as well as reconstruction surgeries post mastectomy.
If you’re interested in learning more, schedule a consultation. We would love to connect!