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A Relaxing Surgical Recovery: Post-Surgical Massage

Posted on: May 24, 2016  |   Category: ,,,,,,

shutterstock_105008504Although not discussed openly in the past, “plastic surgery” are two words that now can easily roll off most of our tongues today. It used to be common for someone to hide it if they had “work done,” but it has become more accepted all across the United States. Being that it has become a societal norm, many people do not look at plastic surgery as a serious medical procedure. However, plastic surgery procedures require proper recovery and care to achieve the best results possible. Before undergoing a procedure, it is important that a patient realizes that plastic surgery can take a toll on the body.

At Southwest Plastic Surgery, we offer post-surgical massages to help patients achieve faster healing times and smoother recoveries. A massage can be used to speed up the healing process by minimizing inflammation and bruising. It is also often referred to as a lymphatic drainage massage.

The Post-Operative Lymphatic Massage

The lymphatic system works by absorbing fluids, macromolecules, microorganisms, toxins, waste products, and foreign substances in the tissues. By removing fluids, the post-surgical massage helps to relieve inflamed tissues and muscles in the operated area. The massage treatment can be performed a week after undergoing a surgical procedure. The best procedures to get a lymphatic massage after are breast augmentation, tummy tuck surgery, and liposuction. However, it can be helpful after any procedure that results in swelling, such as facelift surgery, the Brazilian Butt Lift, or other fat transferring procedures.

Benefits of a Post-Surgical Massage After Surgery

  • Quicker recovery time
  • Less bruising
  • Alleviates pain
  • Reduces inflammation

Along with a post-operative lymphatic massage to aid in comfortable healing and recovery after surgery, patients should properly care for their surgical wounds.

Care for Your Incision

  • Try not to touch or pull on the stitches, tapes, or surgical glue
  • Avoid scratching the wound (your doctor can prescribe medication for itching)
  • Keep the wound out of direct sunlight
  • Do not use any alcohols, cleansers, or soaps directly on the incision

With healthy maintenance of your incisions, a post-surgical massage, and following your surgeon’s post-operative instructions, you can expect a shorter recovery time and a relaxing experience as well as smoother, more favorable results.

To learn more about plastic surgery recovery and the post-operative lymphatic massage, contact Southwest Plastic Surgery today! With East and West locations in El Paso, Texas, you can schedule your consultation by calling (915) 590-7900 or by filling out our online contact form.