Pre- & Post-Surgical Body Treatments and
Today, as a result of enhancements to the traditional technique, lymphatic drainage has reached yet a new level of effectiveness and efficiency. LDT stimulates the circulation of the lymphatic flow and, indirectly, the blood, the immune system and the autonomic nervous system.
- Prepares tissues for surgery
- Clears toxins & wastes
- Reduces swelling
- Stimulates local immunity
- Reduces infection
- Reduces pain & spasm
- Speeds recovery
- Alleviates fibrous tissues
- Reduces scar tissue
For clients facing surgery, lymphatic drainage offers many benefits. For optimal results, it is recommended that lymphatic drainage be applied for one or two sessions prior to surgery. This process drains toxins and stimulates the immune system and stimulates calmness in the nervous system. It is important to drain and stimulate the lymphatic system before it is inhibited due to the trauma and the medication used in surgery. It is much more arduous to drain the lymphatic system for the first time post-surgically. Surgeons also find it easier to make the incision through clean, well-drained tissue, particularly for any type of aesthetic surgery.
Lymphatic drainage can be applied as soon as 24 hours after surgery - as long as there are no contraindications - with the approval of the physician. Besides the most significant benefit of applying LDT post-surgically, prevention and alleviation of edema, it also helps prevent infection by releasing toxins and macromolecules. While stimulating local immunity, it can alleviate spasms and pain by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, and the detoxification properties are particularly useful to remove medication and counteract the effects of immobilization in bed.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage - Very light pressure stimulates the lymphatic system to increase circulation, assist removal of wastes, reduce edema and assist recovery
Subdermal Therapy - A non-invasive therapeutic massage that combines intermittent suction to mobilize connective tissue, and gentle rolling action to increase local circulation
Ultrasound stimulus is non-invasive and very safe to administer. Ultrasound waves provide mild heat to increase circulation, break down scar tissue and promote healing. 5-10 minutes may be used on fibrous or hardened areas following liposuction or to diminish scar tissue from a previous surgery or wound.
Microcurrent is a feather-like current, which causes healthy electrical charges at the cellular level, increasing cellular activity. It causes cells to dump toxins and increase circulation and lymph flow, thereby reducing edema.
3 to 5 sessions is recommended following surgeries to reduce swelling and to help alleviate the hard, fibrous tissues, which may appear following liposuction. Commonly, the sessions begin approximately 2 weeks following the procedure and are scheduled within a 2-3 week time period.
Pre-Surgery: One or two sessions are recommended using Subdermal Therapy for liposuction patients and one or two 30-minute Lymphatic Drainage sessions for facial procedures to prepare tissues, easing recovery. Healthy eating habits and restricted foods are discussed.
Post-Surgery: All patients heal differently. On average most facial surgeries require 3-5 sessions and most liposuction procedures require 5-7 sessions. Age, lifestyle and overall health are contributing factors to your healing process. Some patients only need 3 sessions and some will need up to 10 sessions if there were complications or if areas are extremely congested. Following are common guidelines used for the different time frames following surgery:
Weeks 1-3: Lymphatic Therapy may combine with microcurrent to reduce swelling and assist healing.
Weeks 3-8: Lymphatic Therapy may be combined with ultrasound and microcurrent to reduce scar tissue formation, decrease swelling and assist recovery.
8+ weeks: Subdermal Therapy may be included in treatment if fibrous tissues have formed from a procedure.