After undergoing a cosmetic surgery like liposuction, BBL or breast augmentation you want to speed up the recovery time and get back to your normal routine without compromising the results.
Undergoing a manual lymphatic drainage treatment can make this possible. In this article, you will learn what lymphatic drainage is and why it is important to undergo this treatment after cosmetic surgery.
What you should know about lymphatic drainage
To understand what lymphatic drainage is, it is vital to know how the lymphatic system works.
The lymphatic system is the system of lymphatics (channels) that run throughout the body and lead to larger lymph nodes. It is composed of tissues, vessels and organs that work together to maintain fluid levels in the body, support immune function and keep blood circulating.
The work of the lymphatic system is to rid the body of toxins, waste and unwanted materials in addition to transporting lymph, a clear fluid that contains proteins, waste, fat cells, and metabolized cells through the body, which is filtered through lymph nodes.
Despite its importance in the body, the lymphatic system doesn't have an organ that pumps the lymph (unlike the heart that pumps blood). It moves only by gravity.
After an invasive procedure like liposuction, your body reacts to traumatic disruption of its functions, and your tissue produces excess lymphatic fluid. This results in a buildup of lymphatic fluid, which is called edema. Symptoms include fatigue, swelling, infection, inflammation etc.
To avoid the problems above, you will need to undergo a lymphatic drainage treatment, which is essentially a special massage that encourages lymph movement in your body. It uses a particular sequence of strokes to simulate fluid flow through the lymphatic system. The goal is to break up areas of swelling and reduce excess fluid in the body.
Benefits of lymphatic drainage
Lymphatic drainage has proven beneficial to patients after cosmetic surgery in several ways. Here are some reasons it is so important.
• Decreasing the risk of infection and complications
Liposuction is a helpful procedure that helps eliminate pesky facts, but it has a few side effects. For example, common aftermath is that cells become poisoned from their waste, forming a toxic cesspool of lymph fluid.
This may lead to infections, scarring and prolonged swelling. In addition, the process of fibrosis thickens the tissue and causes noticeable scarring and hardness, which may even decelerate the recovery process.
To address these issues, lymphatic drainage is necessary to get the fluid moving again. The rhythmic, wave-like strokes are used to open and shut the lymphatic vessels, promoting the flow of the movement of the lymph fluid.
Additionally, since the lymphatic system places a critical role in immune cell transport, this treatment can improve the overall immune response, reducing the risk of infection.
• Reduce recovery time
No one wants to experience extended recovery time and manual lymphatic drainage helps prevent that from happening. In addition, the treatment can help accelerate your healing process by enhancing circulation and the flow of fluid in lymphatic vessels.
The outcome is that you will experience minimal fatigue and swellings that often accompany the procedure. Furthermore, the massage also helps release any trapped blood cells, thus reducing the risks of bruises.
When you undergo this treatment, you should be able to see notable results of the liposuction faster and also be able to get back to your usual routine in no time.
• Eases pain
A common side effect of liposuction is pain, especially after the procedure. Although lymphatic drainage massage is usually more gentle than normal massage via various strokes, patients can expect sensitivity and pain relief before and after.
• Improved results
Most patients want to see the results of liposuction after, but the results tend to take a few weeks before becoming visible. Even when the results are visible, they can be marred by swellings arising from the building of the lymph fluid. Lymphatic drainage helps to deal with the complications of fluid buildup so patients can achieve the slimmed-down appearance they set out for.
Many doctors highly recommend lymphatic drainage for their patients after cosmetic surgery. For optimum results, it is recommended to have five to fifteen massage treatments. Your Lymphatic drainage therapist will advise you on the number of right treatments for you after the procedure. Always ask your doctor before getting lymphatic drainage treatments.