A Guide to Post-Surgery Lymphatic Massage

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Plastic surgery acts as a remedy for a range of imperfections, whether they stem from birth, natural causes, cosmetic preferences, accidents or natural disasters. Perhaps the most recognizable cosmetic surgeries include liposuction, tummy tuck, facelift, breast reduction, breast lifts and Brazilian butt lift. The sophistication of plastic surgery in more recent times has allowed for top-notch procedures that offer minimal to no complications afterward.

However, plastic surgery calls for strict adherence to post- care practices to minimize and prevent complications. Any type of surgery comes with common problems like swelling, soreness and pain, especially in the first 72 hours after the procedure; these symptoms also apply to plastic surgeries. Common post-care practices include engaging only in gentle activity, avoiding smoking and alcohol abuse, sleeping at least seven hours a night and many others.

Although these general guidelines are key to recovery, additional practices have emerged to encourage the process. One such practice is lymphatic drainage massage.

Lymph Drainage Basics

The lymphatic system is responsible for the transportation of protein, fat cells and white blood cells, which are disease-fighting cells. The damage or obstruction of the lymphatic system, therefore, leads to an unhealthy body with swelling, pain and so forth. The restoration of the lymphatic system is a recipe for optimally functioning body systems.

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Erika Tempro, founder of Detox Massage in North Bethesda, Maryland, is a dedicated holistic medicine practitioner with a wealth of knowledge about the body. She has a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Brazil and has been practicing massage therapy since 2007. Tempro specializes in post-op, lymph drainage, body shaping, oncology and prenatal massage modalities.

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