MLD after cosmetic surgery

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a specialised massage that helps the lymph system work more efficiently. MLD after cosmetic surgery ensures the treated area is given special attention to speed up recovery and provide smoother results. 

How does MLD after cosmetic surgery help?

Post surgical inflammation and trauma can result in temporary hardness, water retention, swelling, haematoma, and lumpiness. Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) helps to move the fluid back in to the lymph vessels, reducing swelling, pain and bruising, improving appearance and and speeding up recovery. On occasions cosmetic surgery can result in fibrosis (a permanent hardening of the tissue) or seroma (a pocket of serum) Many surgeons prescribe Manual lymphatic drainage to help prevent this.

MLD after cosmetic surgery
MLD after cosmetic surgery
How many MLD treatments are required
How many MLD treatments are required

How many treatments are required?

We recommend between 6 and 12 treatments depending on the procedure. Immediately after the procedure we advise a few treatments close together for the first couple of weeks, followed by maintenance in the months following. It is also recommended to have a couple of treatments before the surgery. This helps to remove waste, toxins, and excess fluid as wells as bacteria and virus, which helps to the reduce the risk of infection and speed up healing post surgery.

Book your appointment

Please contact the Health Studio to book an appointment or complete our booking form. Prior to your appointment our therapist Tori will contact you to make sure that you are suitable. Some medical conditions can limit the use of MLD, but this is rare.

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Further information…

  • MLD can be used at a very early post-operative stage (usually after 2-3 days post surgery)
  • Swellings, bruises and oedema are reduced quickly
  • The healing process is accelerated (those who don’t have MLD usually have a longer recovery time)
  • Scarring and build-up of nodules are significantly reduced
  • Tissue quality is improved and better visible results are achieved
  • Fat residues (in case of liposuction) are quickly absorbed and processed by the lymphatic system
  • Local inflammation is inhibited
  • Pain is decreased
  • Liposuction (all types; e.g. vaser-, tumescent-, water-jet-assisted etc)
  • Facelifts and facial reconstructions
  • Tummy-tuck
  • Arm-reduction/lift
  • Abdominoplasty (e.g. after gastric band operation and fast weighloss; pregnancy)
  • Nose-reshaping (rhinoplasty)
  • Brow-and eye lid surgery (blepharoplasty)
  • Breast augmentation