Lymphatic Drainage Massage after Tummy Tuck Surgery
One of the most effective ways to treat post-surgical lymphedema following a tummy tuck is with lymphatic drainage massage. This specialized drainage massage will improve your appearance and increase your comfort level after your tummy tuck.
Following a tummy tuck or any other procedure, many people experience post-surgical lymphedema, the medical name for the swelling and bruising that takes place after any surgery. While lymphedema is the body’s normal response to any trauma, the swelling can mask the results of your tummy tuck surgery and even cause significant discomfort.
WHAT IS LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE?
Lymphatic drainage massage uses gentle and shallow surface motions to provide drainage that clears the lymphatic fluid away from the area of your tummy tuck. Unlike a regular massage, lymphatic drainage massage does not affect the deep tissues. Trained lymphatic drainage massage practitioners are careful to only treat the swelling that is directly under the skin. Not only would deep tissue massage following a tummy tuck be highly uncomfortable, but it would also stimulate the circulatory system, bringing more blood flow to the tummy tuck area and making it more difficult to increase drainage to remove the lymphatic fluid.
HOW DOES LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE HELP AFTER A TUMMY TUCK?
By moving the lymphatic fluid away from the tummy tuck area with lymphatic drainage massage, both swelling and bruising are reduced. This helps to make the tummy tuck results more immediately apparent. In addition to helping you to have an attractive abdomen, drainage massage will also make it clear more quickly whether further surgery is necessary or if your tummy tuck has allowed you to achieve your desired goals.
HOW LONG DOES LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE TAKE?
The number of lymphatic drainage massage sessions you require after your tummy tuck depends greatly on a number of individual factors including the health of your immune system and the location and extent of your surgery. While surgery in other areas of the body may only require a small number of lymphatic drainage massage sessions, the abdomen typically requires more. Additionally, a tummy tuck is a fairly extensive surgery, which can mean that more lymphatic fluid is in the area. You can likely plan on at least six to twelve lymphatic drainage massage sessions following your tummy tuck, but your physician and your therapist will discuss your condition and your goals with you and create a treatment program that is perfectly customized to your needs.