Can Lymphatic Massage Speed Up Recovery after Surgery?

lymphatic massage after surgeryUpdated for 2018

If you’ve just had a tummy tuck, chances are you’ve become well acquainted with the discomfort that comes with post-operative healing. Redness, swelling and pain are all normal symptoms that feel challenging to manage. While the road to recovery is a long process that must be given the proper amount of time, there’s much debate over whether lymphatic massage could help speed the process along.

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Benefits of Lymphatic Massage

Lymphatic massage involves a gentle pressure applied to the area around your abdomen that’s intended to reduce lymphatic fluid buildup from the site and reduce swelling more quickly.

While lymphatic massage won’t necessarily reduce your overall healing time, it can definitely be useful in providing relief from the swelling around your midsection. Lymphatic massage can also help determine whether additional procedures may be needed to achieve the results you want, as excess swelling may be masking your final outcome.

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How Liposuction or CoolSculpting® Could Improve Your Tummy Tuck

General Recovery Tips

As with any surgery, there are several steps you can take to ensure your tummy tuck recovery goes as well as possible, with or without lymphatic massage:

  • Staying adequately hydrated and maintaining good nutrition are always important for the functioning of your body, particularly with damaged tissue trying to heal.
  • Your surgeon may recommend that you wear a compression garment for several weeks after surgery to minimize fluid buildup and reduce swelling.
  • Lymphatic massage as mentioned above may be performed by a qualified practitioner to reduce fluid buildup as well.

Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on any additional recommendations for your post-surgery care. Proper recovery from cosmetic surgery can feel like a slow process, but by taking the proper steps, you can do your part to achieve the tummy tuck results that you want.


5 Popular Target Spots for Lipo

Liposuction is among the most common cosmetic procedures performed, and can be an ideal way to contour problem areas that won’t respond to diet or exercise. With liposuction, excess fat is removed from a targeted area, which is then reshaped, resulting in a sleeker contour.

Though effective on many parts of the body, there are five target spots that are the most popular for this body contouring surgery.

Love Handles

Most people don’t have a lot of love for their love handles. This layer of fat around the midsection falls above the waistline, and can contribute to the dreaded ‘muffin top.’


Some people carry unwanted weight in their thighs. Inner thighs that rub together or excess baggage on the outer thighs (also known as ‘saddle bags’) are two areas of concern that can lead people to consider lipo.

Upper Arms

During the aging process, the body can start storing fat in different areas than your younger years. The upper arm is one of these places, particularly in women. Lipo can help refine the upper arms to better reveal muscle tone.

Back (Bra Bulge)

Many women carry fat deposits in their back that, when wearing a bra, causes the fat to bulge or creates undesirable back rolls. With lipo, these stubborn spots can be streamlined for a smooth silhouette again.

Under the Chin

People who struggle with double chins may find that no exercise regimen will rid them of the unwanted fat under the chin. Liposuction using a small cannula can perfectly target this area for a stronger jawline.

Whichever you may consider to be your problem spot, liposuction may provide a solution. The popular cosmetic procedure can target localized areas of the body, reshaping your figure for smooth, natural results and even a more youthful appearance.