The lymphatic system is a delicate network of capillaries resting just underneath the surface of the skin. Minimally invasive body contouring treatments like Funsculpting and Liposuction in Appleton flatten the capillaries and prevents the fluid from moving. If you can imagine the effect on water flow through a garden hose if you step on the hose, this is exactly what happens from pressure applied to your lymphatic system with Body Contouring treatments. Post Funsculpting, a regular massage can actually INCREASE the pain, bruising, and swelling than is already there. A lymphatic drainage massage helps to remove the fluids, toxins, bacteria, cell debris, waste, edema and pathogens away from the tissues and into the lymphatic system where it can be eliminated or cleansed.
How Funsculpting impacts your body
In most cases after Funsculpting, the body will swell with excessive edema both at and near the entry sites. This post-procedure swelling, while completely normal, can be quite uncomfortable. Sluggishness, decreased range of motion, increased sensitivity, inability to sleep comfortably, and an overall feeling of puffiness can often occur during the recovery process. Reducing post-procedure swelling and stimulating the lymphatic system are essential for a speedy recovery.
Is swelling normal and should be left to run it's course?
NO! Studies show swelling and bruises should be reduced as early as possible to prevent fibrosis. Fibrosis is the formation of hardened plates in the subcutaneous tissues denoting temporary or definitive irregularities on their surface and affecting affect the body contour. Fibrosis is considered one of the most frequent complications that may interfere negatively and significantly the patient's satisfaction after the surgery. Manual lymphatic drainage and therapeutic ultrasound in liposuction and lipoabdominoplasty post-operative period .
Manual Lymphatic Drainage, or MLD
MLD is a gentle yet powerful form of massage and bodywork that is intended to stimulate and encourage the natural movement of the lymph. Lymph is a clearish bodily fluid that carries waste products away from the tissues to the lymph nodes, and back towards the heart. The lymphatic system is responsible for the transportation of protein, fat cells and white blood cells, which are disease-fighting cells. We think of it as the garbage collector of the body, ridding your systems of waste products. The damage or obstruction of the lymphatic system from a surgical procedure or medical implants lead to a body with swelling, pain and discomfort. The restoration of the lymphatic system is a recipe for optimally functioning body systems.
Post-Procedure Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage for Body Contouring patients is a hands-on technique where the purpose is to alleviate the pain, reduce discomfort, reduce swelling/inflammation and prevent imperfections on patients from Funsculpting or other forms of body sculpting procedures. This is a non-invasive technique that avoids any open wound, incision and skin injuries with or without stitches. We recommend that patients have 2 to 4 lymphatic massages starting immediately after Funsculpting, plastic surgery or liposuction.
Post-Funsculpting benefits of Manual Lymphatic Massage
Decreases pain and inflammation
Reduces swelling and bruising
Softens scar tissue
Speeds up healing
Look better much faster
Promotes deep relaxation
Your body and lymphatic system are disrupted during Funsculpting causing post-procedure pain and swelling. Lymphatic Drainage Massages are a great way to stimulate your body to heal itself quicker leading to a speedier recovery and feeling better faster.
Written by Michelle Hall LMT, NWTC and owner of Your Energy Within in DePere, WI. Michell has over 18 years experience in LMT, Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Medical Energy Practitioner. Michelle is a member of the International Association of Therapists, a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, and a practitioner member of the American Holistic Health Association. You can schedule with Michelle by or calling or texting 920-288-2178.