Summary: For patients frustrated by stubborn, fatty areas that are resistant to diet and exercise, liposuction is an effective way to achieve the sexy, sculpted silhouette they’ll love. However, liposuction is a procedure, and does require a recovery period before the final results can be seen. Many patients find that by incorporating lymphatic drainage massage (LDM) into their recuperation, the healing process can be a faster and more comfortable experience.
Lipo and the Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is comprised of a complex network of vessels that circulates fluids throughout the body. When necessary, these vessels carry excess fluid away from where it has accumulated and return it to the bloodstream for subsequent removal from the body. This is a normal part of the body’s healing and elimination process.
During PowerLipo, the surgeon uses a cannula to manually break up fat deposits which are then removed with suction. This process creates channels under the skin where the cannula was used. The treated tissues swell and bruise, and the channels fill with excess fluid as a healing response. The lymphatic system plays an integral role in the healing process after liposuction by expediting removal of this excess fluid.
How LDM Helps
For many liposuction patients, LDM has become a popular post-operative treatment because of its claims to increase circulation and efficiency of the lymphatic system. It’s important that patients understand that LDM is completely different from traditional Swedish, deep-tissue or relaxation massage.
Because it’s a specific bodywork technique designed to strategically circulate lymph fluid, LDM relies on the practitioner having an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system. When performed improperly, LDM could actually inhibit the healing process by overwhelming the nodes and clogging drain passages. Proper LDM technique involves gently moving lymph fluid to precise processing points and then pumping the lymph nodes with specific massage movements which results in drainage of concentrated, excess fluid that has accumulated in the body.
It is imperative that a patient choose the right massage therapist to ensure they receive the full range of benefits of LDM. When choosing a LDM therapist, the patient should consider the therapist’s level of training and experience in this specific type of massage, as well as any recommendations and testimonials from former patients.
The Benefits of LDM
By stimulating the lymphatic system, LDM therapy may expedite the body’s natural ability to heal itself. LDM is a completely natural treatment option that, when performed properly, could significantly improve the patient’s recovery experience by relieving swelling and bruising.
Swelling is a natural response to what the body perceives as trauma, such as in the case of liposuction. By facilitating an optimal circulation and drainage process in the lymphatic system, LDM assists in the movement and removal of the pooled, excess fluid which, in turn, alleviates swelling.
A bruise is a concentrated accumulation of damaged blood cells in tissue or skin. LDM may also shorten healing time from bruising by increasing productivity of the lymph system, which helps flush these trapped substances more quickly.
The best liposuction experience is one that couples beautiful results with a comfortable recovery. Typically, patients undergoing a series of LDM treatments say they feel they had a speedier and easier recovery following lipo.