MANUAL LYMPH THERAPY (MLD)
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that usually creates a pooling of excess lymphatic fluids which results in swelling and inflammation within the patient after the procedure.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage (LDM) is a specialized certification, this massage technique is recommended after liposuction, to accelerate the recuperation period.
The science behind why this massage works is fairly simple. Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is often implemented to help alleviate excess fluid and help the healing process by decreasing bruising and swelling, increasing comfort. A properly trained therapist uses MLD to alleviate the excess interstitial fluid sent to lymph nodes via the lymphatic vessels. Their second function is to work like small bulb syringes—tiny little vacuums that draw in interstitial fluid. They absorb fluid, detoxify the body, and prevent and resolve congestion in the tissues.
Some patients will experience lumpiness to the areas affected with liposuction. This is normal for most patients after surgery. The lumpiness is caused by inflammation and trauma from the surgical instrument that is used under the skin to extract the fatty tissue. The tunnels and channels which are created by the surgical instrument will fill with fluid and become swollen with both fluid and left-over fat. This fluid and left-over fat tends to begin to harden between one week and three weeks after surgery. LDM will help move the fluid by gently pushing back into the lymph passages.