Please take a few moments to review these FAQ about MLD (manual lymphatic drainage) treatments at Essential Therapeutic Massage:
Question: What is MLD?
Answer: The lymphatic system is a part of the body’s immune system made up of a network of vessels and nodes through which lymphatic fluid (lymph) flows. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) or a Lymphatic Treatment is a very light touch protocol that utilizes a series of hand placements to act as a mechanical pump to encourage the flow of congested lymphatic fluid. This technique aids in lymph flow to rid the body of excess water, cellular debris and cellular proteins to encourage healing and is removed naturally through bladder and bowel.
Question: Following my BBL/liposuction procedure, how many lymphatic drainage treatments should I plan to receive?
Answer: Surgeons typically suggest 8-10 post-operative lymphatic drainage sessions. We are happy to schedule all of your treatment sessions in advance prior to your surgery to ensure your best path to recovery upon your return. Please plan on committing to a minimum of 5 lymphatic drainage treatment sessions. Scheduling your treatment sessions prior to your surgery ensures your best path to a quicker and safer recovery. Due to the volume of clients that we see regularly and in addition to the influx of BBL and Liposuction clients needing multiple sessions, we require that all 5 sessions be prepaid before they will be considered for booking. These sessions fill quickly and cannot be held without payment. Prepaid sessions are non-refundable and non-transferable for any no-shows or cancellations within 48 hours of the scheduled session. We offer an online prepaid discount card for 5 sessions (please see below) to help each client save on the series of treatments to help meet the treatment plan suggested by the surgeon. We have been helping clients with their recovery for many years and are well-versed with the needs of clients coming to see us for this treatment. We commit to your health by providing multiple lymphatic treatments for your recovery and we expect our clients to do the same in attending all sessions prepaid and booked for the best and effective recovery. Clients who no-show or do not pay in advance will not be booked for future sessions. Once you purchase your BBL/Liposuction 5 session card, you will be contacted to begin booking your initial 5 sessions. If you choose to purchase more sessions, this can be done in the office.
Please watch this brief video (to better understand our process) and complete this BBL and Liposuction Contract/Agreement form prior to your arrival:
Question: I had a BBL with liposuction and fat injections. I may be too sore to come in for a session. Will this be as painful as it was at the recovery house?
Answer: No. Our lymphatic treatments are very effective and gentle, using a light touch technique called a skin stretch. Even if you are still sore or tender to the touch, our therapists are professionals and are certified in this technique to work with any client at any post-operative stage in recovery.
Question: After my BBL, I stayed in the recovery house and had a nurse force the fluid out of my incisions. Will you be doing this too?
Answer: No. At this point, it is better to assist the body’s ability to heal and naturally flush out the lymphatic fluid through excretion (bladder and bowel).
Question: Is a manual lymphatic drainage treatment a massage?
Answer: No. A regular massage targets the musculoskeletal system using techniques to help relieve muscle tension and promote relaxation. Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) or a Lymphatic Treatment is a very light touch protocol that utilizes a series of hand placements to act as a mechanical pump to encourage the flow of congested lymphatic fluid. This technique aids in lymph flow to rid the body of excess water, cellular debris and cellular proteins to encourage healing and is removed naturally through bowel and urine. While a manual lymphatic drainage treatment does promote relaxation, specifically for post-operative care, it encourages an increase excretion of the temporary increase in lymph volume.
Question: I bought a special pillow (thigh block or Boppy) and faja/compression garments after my BBL/liposuction. Should I bring these in for my treatments?
Answer: Yes. Please bring in your special pillow and make sure to always wear your compression garments as directed by your surgeon.
Question: Does my compression garment get rid of the swelling like the lymphatic treatment?
Answer: No. The garment helps to maintain the reduction of fluid achieved after the lymphatic treatment. Not wearing the garment may prevent long-lasting results of the lymphatic fluid reduction.
Question: How long will the swelling last after my liposuction?
Answer: As with any surgery, typical rest to promote healing is normally 6 weeks as suggested by surgeons. Recovery varies per client that we see for post-operative care. We find that the clients who make healthier choices pre- and post-operatively: smart nutrition choices, staying well-hydrated and having or adding an active lifestyle benefit from a speedier lymphatic recovery. It also can depend on the typical healing time which varies client to client.
Question: I had one/multiple lymph node(s) dissected, radiated, biopsied and/or removed and now have lymphedema in my arm/leg. Can you help with this feeling of a heavy limb, tight skin and full feeling?
Answer: Yes. Lymphedema occurs when the lymph vessels are unable to adequately drain lymph fluid, usually from an arm or leg. Lymphedema is a congestion or a build-up of fluid presenting after surgery, radiotherapy to the lymph nodes or the removal of one or more lymph nodes.
Question: My Oncologist suggested I find a Lymphedema Specialist to help manage my Lymphedema, can you help?
Answer: Yes. Our Oncology Massage Therapist is also a Lymphedema Specialist and can safely assist your body's lymphatic system to reroute and flush out the congestion created by the compromise/removal of lymph nodes and the increased lymph volume through the healthy lymph nodes.