We are proud to announce that VIVA Wellness now offers a Post-Operative Manual Lymphatic Drainage Healing Treatment Protocol. This unique approach to the process after surgery empowers patients to support their body’s innate healing abilities during the critical window of time immediately after surgery and up to 40+ days. This means that clients are able to reduce the side effects of surgery and improve the rate of healing and surgical results.
In order to support your aesthetic transformation and physical health around surgical procedures, our treatment protocol is based on recommendations from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. While surgeons recommend clients receive Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) Treatment after surgery it’s challenging to find post-surgical MLD in Southeastern Wisconsin (See the list from ACOLS). Our RN is certified in advanced MLD for the management of post-surgical clients in addition to having years of experience as a surgical RN. She’s able to provide a unique treatment that involves many aspects of care that truly focus on whole-body healing while supporting the surgical site.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Treatment is better than traditional massage because of the vast and critical functions of the lymphatic system that are targeted by specific techniques of pressure, patterns, and placement. A traditional massage targets muscle while lymphatic treatments target the system directly. And this matters because an optimally functioning and flowing immune system means faster healing.
More generally, the lymphatic system works to:
- Stimulates the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, deeply relaxing the patient and moving them into the body’s optimal state for healing vs. a state of stress or tension.
- Reduces excess water, toxins, and waste from tissues in the body. This detox facilitates many other functions and processes throughout the body.
- Flowing lymph means a more effective immune response, whether that’s from surgery or any illness or threat that should enter the body’s awareness.
- Creates a health quality to the skin look and feel.
In an Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery study (2014), the results confirmed the positive impact (statistically significant compared to the control group) of manual lymphatic drainage on pain, scar tissue, and swelling after liposuction and lipoabdominoplasty. A 2019 study by the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery concluded that post-abdominoplasty patients saw a greater reduction in edema than with standard compressive garments alone.
Visit our Post-Operative MLD Page to learn more about the benefits, understand how skipping this can be detrimental to the healing process, and be in touch to book your consultation to learn more about what type of lymphatic drainage treatments are beneficial to your unique scenario. Even if you aren’t considering surgery, lymphatic drainage treatments are an incredible wellness-supportive tool that we’d love to have you experience for yourself.