What type of massage is recommended after liposuction?
I heard that after liposuction it is crucial to have massages post-op to speed up the recovery process and reduce swelling. Is there a specific type of massage that is recommended for post-surgical liposuction and how often should I get one?
The type of massage you’re referring to is a lymphatic drainage massage, a massage technique that involves using gentle pressure to move lymph fluid away from the treated area.
Should you get a lymphatic massage? The answer to this question really comes down to the individual preferences of your plastic surgeon. As it stands, there’s no evidence to suggest that a massage provides any benefits to liposuction patients or assists in the healing process.
Nevertheless, many surgeons do recommend a massage as part of a postoperative care routine as they believe it can help with some of the swelling, tightness, and lumpiness associated with the liposuction procedure. Your doctor will probably advise you to wait a couple of weeks after your procedure before getting a massage.
On the other side of the fence, many surgeons — myself included — believe that there is no particular need for massage treatment. As I mentioned, there are no studies that indicate that massage helps with healing or improves the outcome of the procedure. In addition, there’s always the possibility that a deep tissue massage could be overly aggressive and may be detrimental to the healing process.
Liposuction results in a surgical wound that usually takes many months to heal — in my opinion, applying pressure to this wound is simply an unnecessary risk. Using compression garments and following your surgeon’s postoperative instructions will usually offer the best results.
I advise discussing the issue with your plastic surgeon, who will probably have their own reasons for or against utilizing post-liposuction massage therapy. Do not see a massage therapist unless your surgeon recommends that you do so.
I disagree with this. I think it is important to use compression garments (your surgeon will take care of this). Sometimes after a period of healing, a doctor may recommend lymphatic drainage type massage, but don't do anything without your doctor's blessings.
All the best.