lymphatic massage


MLD’s acceptance by the medical community is largely due to research studies. In a study conducted by Laurie Casas, M.D., and Patricia Depoli, M.D., the question of whether or not MLD produces significant outcomes for post-surgery patients was answered.

The study represented 13 different cosmetic-surgery procedures. Half the group was given MLD and the other half was not.

The evidence points to this conclusion, the authors noted: “We see complete resolution of postoperative edema, bruising and fibrosis within 9-18 months in non-MLD patients. Those given MLD healed within six weeks to three months, significantly shortening postoperative recovery.

Benefits of MLD to cosmetic-surgery patients:

● Bruising reduction. Cells transported by the lymph system are moved away
up to 20 times faster with MLD. Bruises heal in a fraction of the time, allowing
clients the ability to resume activities of daily living, without having to wear
sunglasses for months to hide bruises.

● Edema reduction. MLD reroutes lymph fluid to collateral and viable pathways
untouched by surgery to allow for accelerated drainage, as opposed to the
slow trickle of tissue fluids in the operative site.

● Pain management. As pressure of lymph fluid decreases around nerves, pain
and discomfort are relieved and require less pain medication.

● Scar-tissue prevention and fibrosis reduction. Lymph fluid left to build up
below incisions or sitting in interstitial space can solidify, causing the
formation of scar tissue and fibrotic tissue. These tissues are often felt as
ball-like substances below the skin surface. MLD prevents lymph fluid build up
and solidification, for a seamless scar.

With all the benefits of MLD, it’s understandable why the modality is growing in
interest from surgeons. The typical side effects of post-op surgery can be
significantly reduced with MLD, minimizing downtime and discomfort.

“The surgical patient, in particular, benefits largely from manual lymphatic drainage,”
says cosmetic surgeon Bart Rademaker, M.D. “In these situations, the normal
homeostasis is upset through anesthesia or tissue injury, and the normal channels to
remove excessive toxins or waste are overwhelmed.

“Effective manual lymphatic drainage definitely improves surgical outcomes and
speed of recovery,” he adds.

Thinking about manual lymphatic drainage after surgery?
Here is what you need to know!

if you can, please book in for two or three treatments, prior to your surgery as this will
help your body and lymphatic system to be prepared for the post surgical recovery
lymphatic massage treatments plus this will help you to be more relaxed.


  1. Plan and book in your lymphatic massage treatments as soon as possible after your
    surgery to reap the benefits
  2. Budget for one to two x 60 minute treatments a week for around four to six weeks as
    a general guideline
  3. Follow all your surgeon’s post surgical care instructions
  4. Plan for your support and recovery process