Post-Op Lymphatic Drainage Massage for Plastic Surgery in Seattle at Uma Clinic

Lymphatic Massage for Plastic Surgery

Post-Op Lymphatic Drainage Massage in Seattle. is frequently recommended by plastic surgeons during the recovery phase following cosmetic procedures. It helps to decrease recovery time and improve results, by reducing post-surgical swelling and fibrosis. Post-Op Lymphatic Drainage is important for optimal surgical results. Uma Clinic is your Lymphatic Massage for Plastic Surgery specialists in Seattle.

Why is Lymphatic Massage after Plastic Surgery Important?

Side Effects of Plastic Surgery:

Edema & Swelling:

Surgery, although controlled, causes trauma. To heal lymph fluids, white blood cells, and other chemicals to flood the areas to start the healing process. This process is known as inflammation or edema.

Excessive fluid or localized pockets of fluid may slow recovery. It can make the results less aesthetically optimal by encouraging uneven healing and fibrosis. Resulting in longer recovery times, greater pain, and health complications. Uncontrolled swelling could potentially create other complications such as small pockets of fluid becoming trapped (‘seroma’) and infection.

Post-Op Lymphatic Drainage Massage stimulates lymph movement so that stagnant lymphatic fluid can be rerouted.


Bruising appears after surgery because of blood leaking from capillaries once the surgery is complete. There is no reason for concern, as bruising is inevitable after surgery and is rarely serious.

Bruises are broken down cellular tissue and old red blood cells stuck in the tissues after surgery. Lymphatic Massage for Plastic Surgery moves these waste products out of the areas where they are trapped. This allow you to regain function more quickly.


When lymph flow is compromised such as post-surgery, the accumulation of stabilizing proteins can be significant. This can cause lumps to form, known as fibrosis. Excessive fibrosis may be noticed to the touch or be visible. It may restrict motion and produce and overall sense of tightness.

Fibrosis can be prevented or reduced with Lymphatic Massage for Plastic Surgery. It removes fluid buildup, helps to break down the accumulation of large protein structures, and enhances proper lymphatic flow. 

If you have developed chronic fibrosis post-surgery it is suggested you receive a combination of Lymphatic Drainage, Ultrasound, Myofascial Release, Cupping Therapy, and fascia stretches.


When a surgery is performed lymphatic vessels are cut. Over time, lymph vessels will rebuild. But as scar tissue forms it can inhibit the proper function of these vessels. This can result in prolonged swelling, pain, reduced range of motion and numbness. Scarring will naturally diminish with time as the tissue gradually remodels itself. This process though can be long, and some scarring is likely to be permanent.

Post- Op Lymphatic drainage helps heal damaged lymph vessels, reconnects interrupted routes, and creates new pathways where necessary. This results in restored health, proper flow, and vitality in the area of surgery and overall health.

  • For healing scars, we recommend you complement your Lymph Drainage Therapy with Scar Mobilization Techniques:

3-8 weeks after surgery, depending on scar maturation it may be indicated to do very gentle scar mobilization. Along with continued Lymphatic Drainage.

With mature scars (they are no longer red), usually ones of over 3-9 months one may receive more specific scar mobilization . This along with Cupping Therapy or Myofascial Release techniques to break up fibrotic tissue and making scars softer and less visible.

Pain Management:

Decreasing edema, bruising, fibrosis and scaring improves range of motion and an overall decrease in pain.

Special Post-Surgery Considerations for Lymph Drainage:


Is Lymphatic Massage Painful?

No! It is NOT painful. If you have gotten a painful Lymphatic Drainage session, that was Not true lymphatic drainage. It was performed by someone who is not properly trained in Lymphatic Drainage. Lymphatic Massage is gentle and soothing – even right after surgery.

How soon after surgery should I start my Lymphatic Drainage sessions?

Surgeons often recommend that their patients supplement their recovery with Lymphatic Massage for Plastic Surgery as early as possible, ideally within the first few day’s post-surgery.  Lymphatic drainage can help prevent and alleviate the build-up of fluid and formation of scar tissue.

How many sessions Post-Op Lymphatic Drainage Massage treatments will I need?

The answer to that depends on the type of plastic surgery you got and how extensive it was. Most physicians will recommend a series of 2-3 sessions per week for the first 1-4 weeks. For liposuction surgeries, where the damage to the lymphatic system is more comprehensive, it may be necessary to follow a regimen for several weeks to a few months post-surgery to fully re-establish healthy lymphatic flow.

What other therapies should I complement my Lymphatic Drainage sessions with?

Esthetic Kinesio Taping can increase the lymphatic drainage benefits of your treatments, to decrease bruising and swelling. Kinesio Tape also helps to increase muscle tone when needed or to relax tissues when that is appropriate.

We also recommend one receive more specific scar mobilization techniques along with Cupping Therapy or Myofascial Release techniques to break up fibrotic tissue and making scars softer and less visible. As well as Abdominal Massage if you have had a Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty), or any other abdominal surgeries such as C-Sections.

Uma Clinic is here to help you heal from your Cosmetic Surgery so you can have the most optimal results. We can help you recover from tummy tucks, liposuction, Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBL), mommy makeovers, facelifts, mastectomies, breast enhancements and reductions, as well as reconstruction surgeries post mastectomy.

Lymphatic Drainage for Plastic Surgery Seattle at  Uma Clinic. Liposuction, BBL, Tummy Tuck, Breast Augmentation/Reduction, Facelift.
Post-Op Lymphatic Drainage Massage for Plastic Surgery in Seattle at Uma Clinic. Liposuction, BBL, Tummy Tuck, Breast Augmentation/Reduction, Facelift.

We look forward to being a part of your Lymphatic Massage Team in Seattle. Schedule your Lymphatic appointment here.

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