Lymphatic massage after a tummy tuck or liposuction is sometimes recommended by plastic surgeons. Sometimes it’s even required post-surgery by some practices. However, there is significant misinformation and misunderstanding about the necessities and benefits of post-surgery lymphatic massage. Before committing to surgery with a cosmetic surgery practice that insists on lymphatic massage after plastic surgery procedures such as a tummy tuck or liposuction, learn what it is and why it is unnecessary.
Lymphatic Massage After Plastic Surgery
Are you considering liposuction or a tummy tuck and wondering if you’ll need to undergo multiple sessions of post-op lymphatic massage? It’s a common concern. Many people think that this type of post-surgery massage will smooth out irregularities created by uneven or lumpy liposuction. But that is simply not true. There are some temporary benefits from lymphatic massage, but these are mostly short-term during the weeks of post-op recovery. For instance, lymphatic massage may help with discomfort, swelling and tissue fibrosis. However, one study did not find any significant difference in swelling reduction between lymphatic massage and compression garments. What’s important to understand is that lymphatic massage is not designed to help smooth out or correct poor surgery techniques. If anything, lymphatic massage is simply an option to aid in healing rather than an essential to ensure a successful surgery.
Lymphatic Massage After Lipo
Not all liposuction is performed with equal skill and artistry. It takes years to develop the technique to create a smooth and even liposuction result on areas such as the stomach, buttocks, thighs and hips. Dr. Cat’s meticulous multi-step liposuction technique is the key to why her patients experience such extraordinary results. During the surgery, Dr. Cat focuses on creating a smooth, even surface with her surgical technique.
“Many patients waste time and money after having botched liposuction, thinking lymphatic massage will smooth out the bumps,” cautions Dr. Cat. The reality is that no amount of massage after lipo can change the long-term results that were created during surgery by a cosmetic surgeon. The truth is that your results will be determined during surgery. That is why it’s so important to choose an experienced cosmetic surgeon, like Dr. Cat, who is especially skilled in liposuction and creating smooth, even surfaces on the surface of the skin.
After liposuction, the skin must tighten around the areas where the fat was removed. During the healing process, applying constant pressure can help reduce the fluid build-up and swelling that is a natural side effect of the liposuction procedure. This continuous pressure can be maintained by using foam pads and compression garments, which Dr. Cat recommends for six weeks post liposuction surgery.
When choosing a liposuction surgeon, remember that liposuction must be performed in a precise, even, and artistic fashion to create natural and smooth results. Dr. Cat has spent years perfecting her liposuction technique to blend the area undergoing liposuction seamlessly with the adjacent areas of the body. Whether it’s BBL massages or any other type of post-op massage, be wary of the extent of benefits of lymphatic massage. Your surgeon should never rely on these types of after-surgery massage for smoothing and evening of the skin’s surface. Always check that any recommendations for post-op massage are limited to the temporary relief of discomfort and post-op swelling.
Lymphatic Massage After Tummy Tuck
With a tummy tuck, the goal is always to smooth out the abdomen region, reducing sagging skin, and in some cases tightening the ab muscles of the region. The result is a smooth, even surface. Many patients worry that they will require after surgery massage to attain this look. However, just like with lipo in other regions of the body, massage after tummy tuck is not necessary for ensuring smoothness. In fact, the lymphatic drainage benefits do not extend to smoothing out bumps, lumps or unevenness of a tummy tuck procedure.
If these problems exist after surgery, no amount of massage will correct these issues. Instead, a patient will need to consider a tummy tuck revision to address these errors in the initial procedure. This is why it is so important to select an experienced tummy tuck specialist, like Dr. Cat, who understands how to achieve a smooth tummy tuck. Although bargain tummy tuck procedures can seem appealing, they can do more harm than good. And unfortunately, massage can not reverse the damage once it has been done.
Choose the Right Liposuction Cosmetic Surgeon for a Smooth Result
Researching liposuction or tummy tuck procedures can lead you to believe that lymphatic massage is a critical part of a proper procedure. It’s especially challenging to find any information online today explaining why these massages are only necessary for surgeon’s with poor technique/results. Dr. Cat hopes to better educate prospective patients, so they can make more informed choices about their bodies and the procedures they undergo.
Always remember that lymphatic massages or any type of post-op massage is not a typical part of post-op care for lipo or tummy tuck procedures If your surgery is performed artistically and meticulously, like Dr. Cat is known for, there should be no need for massages. Massages do not help with smoothing and can only aid temporarily in the reduction of post-op swelling. However, scientific studies have been inconclusive even about these fleeting benefits.
If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Cat’s meticulous approach to liposuction and tummy tuck, reach out to begin a conversation. Click here to book a pre-consultation phone call to learn about what sets Dr. Cat apart from other lipo surgeons and feel more confident about what your results will be.