Lymphatic drainage massage (LDM) Salt Lake City & Park City
The post-operative component of the Facial Aesthetic Package is quite intense. Patients are seen within 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Within three to four days, all surgical patients are treated by a certified lymphatic drainage massage therapist. Patients feel better and are able to return to work within days after facial surgery with a remarkable decrease in swelling and bruising. This approach also adds to patient satisfaction and helps reduce or avoid the instances of mild post-operative depression commonly seen after facelift surgery.
LDM plays an important role in cosmetic medicine because of its ability to improve the quality of the skin’s appearance and because of its soothing impact on the body and mind. This treatment is also being used in many areas of the body because it facilitates the healing process.
LDM has profound effects on a patient pre-operatively and post-operatively, for both cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures. LDM reduces tension and stress, reduces swelling, mitigates scar tissue, improves cellulite, lowers blood pressure, reduces chronic fatigue and mild depression, supports the immune system, reduces chronic soft tissue pain, and enhances skin tone and quality.
How LDM works?
The lymph system functions largely on the movement of muscle groups, which stimulate the pumping action of the lymphatic system. After a surgical procedure, a patient’s physical activity is reduced, thereby slowing lymphatic system function. LDM speeds up the healing process by reducing swelling, while also relaxing the patient with an associated effect on the sympathetic nervous system. This is particularly important after any trauma to the body, such as surgery.
The procedure of LDM is simple yet effective. The rhythm, timing, and pressure are key to the procedure and are essential for positive results. Slow, rhythmic repetition of massage movements stimulate a wave in the lymphatic fluid. The lymphatic vessels pick up the fluid, transporting it to the lymph nodes where the fluid is filtered to separate healthy microorganisms from the unhealthy ones that are transported to the circulatory system and eliminated from the body.
LDM can also induce a state of relaxation much like meditation. Clearly one of the most beneficial facts of LDM in a medical setting is that it meets the patient’s needs for support and nurturing during healing to complement care provided by Dr. Saltz and his team.
Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage
- Removes stagnant fluid from tissues
- Increases blood flow, bringing good nutrition to the tissues
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Focuses the patient on positive results
- Removes inflammation, the number one cause of cell deterioration and cell death
- Speeds up the healing process and lessens time in bed
- Reduces bruising
- Controls and reduces pain
- Eliminates obstruction and blockages in lymph vessels due to lack of physical movement
- Facilitates lymph flow during physical inability
- Reduces scar tissue buildup
- Continues to reduce stress and tension while the patient is recovering, especially with more intense or multiple surgical procedures
- Continues to help the patient focus on the positive results
How many LDM treatments should a patient have?
Depending on the patient’s constitution before surgery, Dr. Saltz and his team will determine the number of treatments a patient should have after surgery. The pressure during the treatment should not cause any discomfort. For the best results, a patient should receive LDM treatments once or twice a week for four to six weeks. Thereafter, LDM should be performed at least twice per month for regular maintenance.
It is also recommended that the patient drink plenty of water before and after LDM. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy proteins will also play a significant role in the healing process and stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities. With permission from Dr. Saltz and his team, patients can do gentle stretching and range or motion exercises to encourage lymph movement and reduce scar tissue buildup.