While traditional body massage can be therapeutic as well as relaxing, lymphatic drainage massage therapy is very different. Its purpose is to restore healthy lymph flow. Anyone may benefit from this massage to detox, relax, ease muscle soreness, reduce swelling and improve circulation.
However, here at Eterna Cosmetic Surgery, we are especially excited about the benefits this therapy can provide our patients following surgical or non-surgical procedures such as Liposuction, Suture Suspension FaceLift, or Renuvion J-Plasma radiofrequency skin tightening. That’s because lymphatic drainage massage therapy promotes healing.
What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
The lymphatic system circulates white blood cells (lymphocytes) that fight infection, and it serves as the body’s cleaning system, removing toxins and other waste. Lymph flows naturally, it’s not pumped by the heart. If the flow becomes sluggish or blocked, lymph builds up, reducing the body’s ability to function properly.
Lymphatic drainage massage promotes healing by helping the body drain retained fluid following surgery and other procedures, especially liposuction, Suture Suspension FaceLift, or Renuvion radiofrequency skin tightening as noted above. This therapy also promotes general relaxation and body detox, and of course we recommend it for anyone suffering from lymphedema (lymph build-up).
It can provide relief if you suffer from:
- Digestive problems
- Hormonal acne
- Skin disorders
What Happens During Lymphatic Massage Therapy
At Eterna Cosmetic Surgery, you will be treated by a licensed medical aesthetician trained in providing lymphatic massage therapy. You can lie down, sit or stand during your treatment, but comfort is essential for relaxation and best results. The session takes about an hour, depending on the number of areas treated.
Unlike blood which circulates continuously throughout the body, lymph travels in just one direction – toward the neck. So lymphatic massage therapy is also directional, beginning at the fingers and working up the arms, for example, or beginning with the toes and working up the legs. The aesthetician massages the skin, soft tissues and underlying muscles, following specific patterns.
We combine two techniques for this treatment -- HydraFacial lymphatic therapy uses suction to lift and move excess fluids, and manual lymphatic therapy performed by the aesthetician -- to ensure all layers of the tissues are treated in the same session. (Don’t be fooled by the “facial” part – HydraFacial is so beneficial for the skin that we use this same combined lymphatic massage therapy everywhere on the body.)
It is possible to perform basic lymphatic drainage massage on yourself, but a relaxing environment helps promote relief. It may be difficult or even painful to massage at home.
What Happens After Lymphatic Massage Therapy
Patients usually report feeling very relaxed and generally “lighter.” You can go back to your normal daily routine right away, but it is important to drink lots of fluids, especially water. Hydration is crucial as it can take 24-48 hours following treatment for the body to rid itself of built-up toxins and other waste.
For best results for post-surgical patients, we encourage continuing to massage the treated areas at home, if you can, every day. We also recommend patients receive a professional lymphatic massage at least once weekly for the first 6-8 weeks.
Are You a Good Candidate?
This therapy is good for all ages and genders – almost anyone who wants to:
- Boost recovery and results from a surgical or non-surgical procedure
- Reduce soreness or swelling
- Relieve symptoms of one of the health condition noted above
- Detoxify their body
- Simply achieve a state of deep relaxation
That said, there are special considerations if you are pregnant. Pregnancy causes fluid retention leading to swelling in the limbs. Lymphatic massage is safe, but only after the first trimester, and the abdomen should be avoided. It is not recommended for pregnant women with a history of blood clots in the limbs.
In fact, any patient with a history of blood clots or heart failure, kidney problems, or circulatory problems should not receive lymphatic therapy.
No Consultation Required
You can schedule a lymphatic drainage massage any time. We do offer free consultations, if you want, with patients usually receiving treatment the same day.