Plastic Surgeons recommend post-procedure treatments to improve your cosmetic results and help speed up recovery time. Be sure to consult with your doctor before booking a series of treatments to make sure they’ll benefit your post-operative plan.
What is Post-Operative Care?
After your surgery, it is recommended that you seek post-operative care. At Wink Aesthetics, we personalize our treatments according to the procedure received and how your body does through the healing process—working closely with your Doctor’s staff and nurse if needed. We always recommend coming in for a lymphatic drainage session a few days post-op with your drains still inserted to flush as much of the fluid out. The surgeon will remove your drains within a few days of surgery. Once a week is ideal for lymphatic drainage or flush - which will then become a light lymphatic massage that will help the fluid build-up to release. We recommend at least ten sessions with us. Once you are ready to move to the next phase, we will do some light fascia work (bound fat adhesions) to relieve adhesions that might have occurred during healing. The last stage includes light radio frequency and fascia work on scars to help minimize visibility. Come see us make the most of your plastic surgery!
What is lymphatic drainage?
Lymphatic drainage/massage works with specific strokes and touches that will help speed up removing waste and toxins from the body through the lymphatic system. In addition, it will help to flush the body of any lymphatic fluid build-up and tension that increases during a recovery phase.
What are the benefits of post-operative care and lymphatic drainage and massage?
You will see a noticeable reduction in swelling, water retention, and increased blood circulation. In addition, you will see faster recovery after surgeries by helping regenerate tissues and minimize scarring at incision sites. It can also help with improved digestion, reduce cellulite and stretch marks, boost the immune system and metabolism, helps to cleanse toxins from the body that can lead to acne, and overall improved hormonal balance.
The benefits of post-operational Lymphatic Massage
After any surgery, helping your body accelerate healing time is only one of many results from the lymphatic massage. When you undergo surgery or procedures, whether it’s medical or cosmetic, the hope is to return to your routine asap without compromising the work done. Of course, you want to rest and do all the things your doctor tells you to. However, adding a spa treatment may be a necessary part of a healthy, quick recovery. Lymphatic massage can assist with swelling reduction, promote the body's natural healing processes, reduce stress, improve particular hormone production, help with improved circulation and nerve sensation healing.
Why care about the Lymphatic System?
Your Lymphatic System comprises multiple organs, including your bone marrow, spleen, thymus, tonsils, various tissues within some mucous membranes in the body, and the lymph nodes that help the body fight infection and disease with white blood cells, which is essential after operations. When you’ve had surgery, you need to remain still and can’t move as well for some time. This creates stagnation within the lymphatic system and makes it harder for your body to do what it needs to keep you healthy and happy during recovery. Manually assisting the Lymph system with a lymphatic massage is critical in maintaining positive post-operational healing.
How Will Lymphatic Massage Help Post-op?
After any surgery, from a face, thigh, or arm lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction, hip or knee replacement, butt lift, or even bunion removal, your body swells. Your body’s lymphatic system runs throughout the entire body eliminating toxins, waste, and other unwanted or unnecessary materials and fluids which can dramatically increase your healing time after such procedures. Plastic surgeons agree that adding a lymphatic massage to your post-op care is an excellent benefit because it will reduce swelling or edema.
The massage technique is very light, so it doesn’t disturb the work done, allows the muscles and skin to heal appropriately, and may improve the aesthetic results. Reduced swelling is a reduction in tissue congestion. When the lymph tissues are congested, it can cause toxicity build-up, unwanted pressure or tension on the incisions, and infection can be at a higher risk. Mechanically assisting the lymphatic system helps you provide more nutrients to where they’re needed and allows your body to absorb more quickly and eventually eliminate the extra fluids and toxins build-up, helping with faster healing.
Regular vs. Lymphatic Massage, What’s The Difference?
Regular massage is more profound and is meant to manipulate muscles. Lymphatic massage addresses the largest organ in the body, the skin, and the underlying lymphatic system using a light touch or even brushes increasing their functional efficiency. With regular massage, you use long, full-body strokes. It ranges from short and rhythmic to wave-like strokes with lymphatic massage, which moves the fluids through your body into larger lymphatic clusters for faster elimination.
Wave-like motions and rhythms help you relax because they stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system. Also, eliminating those fluids and toxins with lymph massage will decrease edema, which will reduce muscular fatigue, weakness, and pain, delaying or minimizing onset muscle soreness that is typical after surgeries.
When Should You Schedule?
Typically it is recommended that after surgery, a patient will want to get their first lymphatic massage 10-14 days after. By that time, the bruising is gone, chiefly since any massage is done with bruising can be painful. They are following that first treatment, up with a treatment every week for at least five weeks.
Please note, lymphatic massage is NOT recommended if you have any of the following conditions:
Any Heart Conditions
History of blood clots or stroke
Current infection or illness
Liver or kidney problems
Cancer or malignant tumors
As with any treatment, please consult with your doctor before booking a series of lymphatic drainage massages to be sure they’ll benefit your post-operative plan.
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30/60 minutes. With a light touch, feathering, and relaxing strokes, we will mechanically apply appropriate pressure and direction to your lymph nodes. Your therapist will guide excess fluid out of your drainage holes. This method will increase the flow of lymphatic fluids and assist with positive blood flow. Both of which can aid in a positive immune system boost and relieve any blockage that occurs from stagnation, or lack of mobility, while promoting the elimination of toxins from your body.
Cranial Sacral Massage
30/60 Minutes. While you’re fully clothed, a therapist, using only 5 grams of pressure on the skull focuses on realigning the cranial bones to help balance the rhythm of the cerebral spinal fluid that encases your central nervous system. This treatment is excellent for relieving nerve tension, boost your immune system, and promote wellbeing. It also affects the pituitary and pineal glands, responsible for hormone production and distribution.
Gua Sha + Fascia Release
30/60 Minutes. Using a series of tools to release the underlying fascia in the skin, Gua Sha is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that releases mild and chronic tension. It also increases blood fl and microcirculation and relieves light inflammation by manipulating soft tissue and fluids with various tools.
60/90/120 Minutes. This treatment breaks up negative holding patterns within the muscles, and it's beneficial for injury repair and therapy. Stripping the muscle from superficial to deep layers is one area of primary concern. It breaks apart scar tissue and promotes better mobility, flexibility, and overall wellness.
Scar Tissue Softening
30/60 minutes. This treatment reduces scars' appearance using techniques like cross-fiber friction, fascia release, and skin rolling on the scarred area. These methods assist your body with collagen production and blood flow, softening and breaking apart the fibers of old scar tissue. Leaving your skin supple and flexible while breaking apart the old healing pattern of your fiber.
30/60 minutes. This amazing Cryotherapy (Cold Therapy) is generally used to reduce inflammation and nerve pain. This treatment can also be beneficial for arthritic conditions and dermatitis.
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