Post Surgery Recovery with MLD

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a specialized technique designed to stimulate the flow of lymph, a clear fluid that helps remove waste and toxins from the body's tissues. It can be particularly beneficial for post-surgery healing, including various plastic surgery procedures. 


It's important to note that MLD should only be performed by a certified and experienced therapist, as improper technique can lead to complications. Additionally, it's typically recommended as part of a comprehensive post-surgery recovery plan, which may also include compression garments, pain management, and other measures tailored to the specific surgery.


Always consult with your surgeon and follow their guidance regarding the appropriate post-operative care, including the potential use of manual lymphatic drainage, to ensure a safe and effective recovery.

What are the benefits of Post-Op MLD?

  1. Reduce swelling and inflammation: After surgery, fluid may accumulate in the affected area, causing swelling and discomfort. Lymphatic drainage can help to stimulate the lymphatic vessels and promote the drainage of excess fluid, reducing swelling and inflammation.

  2. Improve wound healing: Lymphatic drainage can enhance the circulation of oxygen and nutrients to the affected area, promoting tissue regeneration and faster wound healing.

  3. Boost the immune system: Lymphatic drainage can stimulate the lymphatic system to produce more white blood cells, which help to fight off infection and disease.

  4. Decrease pain and discomfort: Lymphatic drainage can help to relieve tension and stiffness in the affected area, reducing pain and discomfort.

  5. Enhance overall well-being: Lymphatic drainage can promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve sleep quality, which can contribute to a faster recovery and better overall health.

What are some types of surgery procedures can MLD help with?

  • Liposuction (Smart, Laser and Vaser)

  • Breast augmentation, reduction, lift, reconstruction, breast explant

  • Mastectomy

  • Face and Neck Lift (ponytail lift, cat eye lift, blepharoplasty)

  • Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty

  • Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck/ Reverse Abdominoplasty (mini, full, extended, 360)

  • Thighplasty/ Thigh Lift

  • Implants (chin, cheeks, biceps, pecs, breast, butt and calves)

  • ​Mommy Makeover

  • Brachioplasty/ Arm lift

  • Hair grafting

  • Joint replacement hip, knee, ankle, wrist, shoulder, and elbow

  • Reconstruction after car accident, sports or other injury

  • Reconstructive oncologic surgery.

  • C- Section

  • Dental Surgery

  • Brazilian Butt Lift/ S Curve/ Skinny BBL

How often should I receive Post-Op MLD?

The sooner you can begin MLD after surgery, the less pain, discomfort, swelling, and chance of experiencing fibrosis you will have in the subsequent weeks and months. The type of surgery received, and the rate you are healing will determine how often we recommend coming in,  but this is our general guideline:

First session 3-7 days post op

1st and 2nd week: 2-3 sessions

3rd and 4th week: 1-2 sessions

5th week +: 0-1

Your rate of healing will depend greatly on if you are following your surgeon's instructions for post-op care, as well as making healthy lifestyle changes.