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Lymphatic Massage After Tummy Tuck And Lipo

After you have had a tummy tuck and lipo, swelling can occur around the incision sites. This swelling can be uncomfortable and cause you to feel “lumpy.” It can also make it difficult for you to move around or even get dressed. The lymphatic system helps to remove excess fluid from the tissues in your body, so if it isn’t working properly, there will be fluid buildup around the incision sites. Lymphatic massage helps to stimulate the flow of lymph fluid through these channels and reduce swelling that occurs after surgery.

Lymphatic Massage After Tummy Tuck And Lipo

First, let’s look at the lymphatic system and what it does to better understand how the massage works. The lymphatic system is the system of tissues, vessels, and organs that work in conjunction to maintain fluid levels in our body, support immune function, and keep blood circulating. The system carries lymph, a clear fluid that contains proteins, waste, fat cells, and metabolized cells through the body which is filtered through the lymph nodes. Waste is removed from the body as clean lymph circulates back through. When the lymphatic system isn’t moving lymph through the body properly, excess fluid in the body builds up, causing edema and creating a puffy, uncomfortable look and feel.

Lymphatic drainage massage was developed to treat lymphedema, a condition of accumulated fluid within the body that often develops after removing lymph nodes. A trained massage therapist can manually massage the body in a way to push lymph through the body, breaking up areas of swelling and reducing excess fluid in the body.

Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Your lymphatic system is key to healing, regenerating tissues, and removing toxins from the body. When the body has experienced stress, such as fighting off illness, healing from an infection, or experiencing emotional stress, the lymphatic system can slow down. Manual lymphatic massage helps “re-start” the system of moving lymph through the body and can provide a variety of benefits, including:

  • More efficient healing from illness, injury, or surgery
  • Supports relaxation and relieves stress
  • Reduces scar formation by boosting healing responses
  • Removes excess water and metabolic waste from the tissues in the body
  • Reduces swelling and fluid retention
  • Improves skin quality and provides a more vibrant appearance

Why Is Lymphatic Massage Important After Cosmetic Surgery?

One of the side effects of cosmetic surgery is swelling. This is a normal inflammatory response and a part of the healing process as fluid rushes to the area to nourish it with white blood cells. Body procedures, particularly tummy tucks and liposuction, often cause additional swelling as excess fluid and fat cells will harden within a few weeks of surgery.

Lymphatic massage helps to move the fluid that’s built up and allows it to move back into the lymphatic passages where excess waste and fluid can be flushed from the body. This prevents fibrosis, which is the development of thick, fibrous scar tissue under the skin as well as reduces swelling and bruising. Many doctors, including Dr. Ortiz, highly recommend lymphatic drainage after surgery for both their patients’ comfort as well as to help them get the best possible results after their procedure.


When a person decides to have cosmetic surgery, they do it with the illusion of getting the best possible results. However, these results will not depend only and exclusively on the operation performed by the surgeon. Postoperative care also contributes to the expected final result.

If you have sagging skin or you have excess fat in your abdomen, and it’s not responding to exercise or diets, you might consider an abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck. This surgery flattens the abdomen by removing stubborn fat and skin by tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall.

Lymphatic massage after a Tummy Tuck

After a tummy tuck, your surgeon will give you specific instructions and care that you must follow meticulously to speed up the recovery process and ensure the best result.

Lymphatic massages are one of the essential cares that give you the most significant benefit during the recovery process after surgery and, therefore, you can obtain satisfactory results. So through this specific type of massage, the specialist at Jolie Plastic Surgery in Miami makes the body respond much faster, getting a more desirable final look for the patient.

Lymphatic massage is a treatment that helps in the purification of the body by eliminating toxins from it. This Lymphatic massage helps you to drain all the residues that harm the body.


It is a treatment based on knowledge of the anatomy and function of the lymphatic system of each patient; it can be accompanied by an ultrasound device to improve the result.

Generally speaking, the technique consists of a series of smooth movements that help the transit of the lymph that can be stagnant after the operation. Massage activates the circulation of this fluid and quickly improves edematous conditions and inflammations. It also lightens fluid retention.

Each session ranges from 30 to 40 minutes. It is not necessary to do it daily, but it is recommended to make it a day in between (3 or 4 massages per week, during the first period of the postoperative process).

The number of sessions varies depending on the surgery. So if the patient is recovering from a Tummy Tuck, our doctors at Jolie Plastic Surgery will recommend 10 to 12 sessions, to remove as much fat as possible, and to prevent the generation of edematous.

A qualified specialist should perform the lymphatic massages. It does not cause any side effects, but for medical and aesthetic reasons, it is not recommended for everyone.

Benefits of lymphatic massages after a Tummy Tuck

The benefits of lymphatic massages after a tummy tuck are multiple, as they encourage the patient’s lymphatic system to remove edematous more easily and quickly. Thanks to this type of massage, the patient’s immune system will be much stronger, and the recovery will be much better. Lymphatic Massages bring significant benefits such as:

  • The healing of the skin and tissues is much faster and more effective, thus reducing the recovery time.
  • The remains of anesthesia, serum, and medication used in surgery are more easily removed.
  • The pain is reduced, thus being much less intense.
  • Bruises heal much faster.
  • The circulatory system performs its function more efficiently.
  • The skin is hydrated with more intensity, thus achieving a better appearance.
  • Inflammation decreases much faster.

Why has lymphatic massage been so effective?

The lymphatic massage consists basically of stimulating the lymphatic system of the patient’s organism. Lymph is a yellowish liquid that is found between cells in the body, and it contains the remains of fat, dead cells, bacteria, water, and other kinds of particles. In lymph, lymphocytes, one of the cells that is part of the body’s immune system, are also found.

Lymph is purified through the lymph nodes, which return the fluid to the venous system and, from there, to the blood circulation that will eventually expel the lymphatic waste from the body through sweat and urine. If the lymphatic system works optimally, the purification of the organism will be much faster and, therefore, the reduction of post-surgical edematous as well. Also, the contribution of lymphocytes will be higher, i.e., the patient’s defenses will be stronger.

It is much more than a therapeutic massage because it is compatible with many cosmetic surgeries as it improves the color and texture of the skin, and stimulates oxygenation.

It is important to remember that the patient must follow a healthy diet (including not smoking or drinking alcoholic beverages or stimulants). To contribute with lymphatic massages and thus achieve total success.

Lymphatic massages are not recommended for all patients. The specialist doctor will determine each case and its contraindications.

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