Plastic surgery includes cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.

Preparing for Surgery

Preparing your lymphatic system and surrounding tissue for surgery can ease your recovery process and improve recovery time. When your lymphatic system is primed for the hard work ahead,

it functions better.

1-3 sessions of preoperative MLD are recommended in the weeks leading up to your procedure. 

Recovering from Surgery

Recovery is a process that takes time and patience. Results often don't appear for weeks or even months and self-care is critical during this time. It is important to follow the guidance of your surgeon.

Below is a general timeline with suggested session frequency and treatment goals to help your body heal well and reduce overall recovery time.

Please Note:  Manual Lymphatic Drainage helps your body eliminate swelling and inflammation through urination.  

It DOES NOT involve pushing fluid through drains.

Fluid pushing is not generally recommended by plastic surgeons in the U.S. and should never be performed by a massage therapist or anyone outside of your plastic surgeon's team of providers or outside of a medical setting.

Please consult your plastic surgeon if you have questions.

General Recovery Timeline and Treatment Goals

for Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery

Every Person and Surgery is different. Recovery time can vary depending on a variety of factors. 

0-2 weeks Post-Op

1-2 sessions/wk

  • Help your body process inflammation efficiently

  • Reduce feelings of stiffness and soreness

2-4 weeks Post-Op

1-2 sessions/wk

  • Help your body process inflammation efficiently

  • Reduce feelings of stiffness and soreness.

  • Begin treating any signs of fibrosis at 21 days post-op

1-3 months Post-Op

1-2 sessions/mo

  • Help your body process inflammation efficiently

  • Reduce feelings of stiffness and soreness

  • Address any fibrosis

  • Improve range of motion

  • Begin gentle scar work at about 6 weeks post-op

3+ months Post-Op

As Needed

  • Advanced scar therapy if indicated

  • Physicians release to receive deep work, including modalities such as deep tissue and structural integration.