VASERlipo® is one of the hottest treatments in cosmetic surgery right now, due its unique ability to create high-definition contours through precise, selective fat removal. With this cutting-edge technology, a qualified cosmetic surgeon can even eliminate stubborn fat pockets to reveal six-pack ab muscles.
Many of our patients are finding that there is a way to get even more beautiful results from this procedure—following it with a lymphatic massage.
What is Lymphatic Massage?
A lymphatic massage is a specialized procedure that helps the lymph system work more efficiently. Specifically when done following surgery, the treated area is given special attention to speed up recovery and provide smoother results. There are many benefits to lymphatic massage. It:
Reduces swelling and helps prevent fluid collection
Promotes the flushing of toxins
Prevents the formation of scar tissue and fibrosis
Improves circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid
Stimulates wound healing
May reduce discomfort
After a procedure like liposuction, tissue can produce excess lymphatic fluid as the body reacts to the traumatic action of the insertion of cannulas and removal of fat.
Even with less intrusive procedures, some patients may experience a degree of tissue disruption, leading to an accumulation of excess fluid, called edema. In some cases, pockets of fibrosis may form, leading to hardened areas of scar tissue.
During lymphatic massage, a qualified massage therapist gently manipulates the skin and underlying tissues in the areas of lymph production to increase circulation and promote drainage and healing.
The massage itself tends to be gentle and light, and should be a relaxing and comfortable procedure for the patient. Additionally, the reduction in discomfort and swelling immediately afterwards makes a lymphatic massage an even more pleasurable experience.
While lymphatic massage is not required to achieve beautiful results from VASERlipo, or any liposuction procedure, some patients find that it helps them heal more quickly and makes their full results visible more speedily.
A general recommendation is to have three to five massage treatments, but some patients may experience benefits from as few as one to two treatments. Your cosmetic surgeon can advise you as to whether lymphatic massage will benefit you following your liposuction or other surgical procedure.
If you would like to learn more about VASERlipo, post-surgical healing, or your options regarding cosmetic surgery in general, please call Southern Surgical Arts at 423-266-3331. Our board-certified, award-winning cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Carey Nease and Dr. Chad Deal, will be happy to answer your questions.