by Shannon Goins, CLT, LMT, MA #8941
Plastic surgery can make you look a lot better, but the result is anything but immediate. In fact, healing from surgeries such as liposuction, tummy tucks, and breast augmentation takes months…many, many months.
Having plastic surgery is hard on the body. Not only do your scars have to heal, but there are often lumps and bumps that form making people wonder if something has gone wrong.
The good news is that lumps and bumps are relatively common. The great news is that you can do something about them to make them go away quicker. The even better news is that if you are preparing for surgery, you may be able to prevent them from happening in the first place.
Lumps and bumps forming after plastic surgery are commonly a result of swelling that hangs around too long. There is no way to get around swelling entirely because it is a natural function of the body to swell after injury (surgery). However, you can get that swelling to go down significantly right after surgery; as early as a day or two after your operation. That helps prevent the lumps and bumps from happening.
Lymphatic Drainage (often called “Lymphatic Massage”) after surgery can bring down the swelling (and pain) quickly. When done by a certified lymphatic professional, such as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT), Lymphatic Drainage is remarkably effective.
Wearing compression garments after many plastic surgeries is a very important part of preventing lumps and bumps. People don’t like wearing them because they don’t feel very comfortable. Getting regular Lymphatic Drainage during your healing process makes it easier for you to fit into your garment. This makes it more comfortable, so you are more likely to wear your compression as you should.
If you’ve already developed lumps and bumps, don’t worry. Lymphatic Drainage can get rid of them.