postoperative lymphatic drainage
4/5 days after surgery, post-operative lymphatic drainage can be started. Especially useful to facilitate the drainage of lymphatic fluid, prevent edema, swelling and possible fibrosis of the skin.
In general, it is not necessary to carry out daily sessions (the duration of each one is about 30/40 minutes). But we advise at least every other day, with 3 or 4 massages per week in the first postoperative period. If the patient is recovering from a tummy tuck, the recommended lymphatic drainage massages are 10 or 12. In fact, many times in these interventions a large amount of fat is extracted and there is a greater tendency to the formation of edema.
If practiced correctly and by qualified professionals, post-operative lymphatic drainage does not cause any type of side effect. However, it should be noted that there are contraindications in case of hypotension, bronchial asthma, serious infections, thrombosis, phlebitis or any type of heart failure.
More and more cosmetic surgeons are prescribing manual lymphatic drainage after surgery to make sure their patients get the best possible results.
After liposuction, liposculpture or cosmetic surgery in general, it is common to experience discomfort, pain, swelling and bruising in the treated areas. Especially in the abdominal area and even more so when combined with other body shaping procedures.
Swelling and bruising can also spread to neighboring areas due to gravity. This is normal immediately after surgery.
Post-surgical edema is primarily caused by trauma caused by the cannula (the tool that sucks up fat) moving under the skin and the resulting swelling.