Everyone talks about massaging the scar...but no one says how to do it or our hard etc. Can you massage the stomach if it is still sore to the touch after 5 months? Is lymphatic massage good for it? What kind of massage do you recommend? Thank you for answering.
Massage After Tummy Tuck and Lipo?
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Massaging after liposuction and tummy tuck
I recommend to my patients to seek out professional massages with massage therapists trained in either "Swedish" or "post lymphatic" massage which I find helpful. I start this 2 weeks after surgery and ideally recommend it 3 times a week if possible. I find therapists will massage much harder than patients typically do on themselves. I don't think there's really any "rocket science" to it and I also show patients basically what to do any many that either can't find someone or choose not to do this on their own without a problem. I hope this helps!
Scar massage after tummy tuck
You can massage your scar with your fingers and improve the appearance for up to one year after your surgery. I would also recommend using silicone gel or sheets applied directly to the scar for the first two to three months after surgery. Lymphatic massage may expedite the healing process but will not necessarily improve the cosmetic appearance of the scar. You should also avoid direct sunlight exposure to the scar in the first year.
Massage After Tummy Tuck and Liposuction Surgeries
There is no question that lymphatic drainage is a wonderful thing to do after tummy tucks. In my practice, we give our patients one complimentary at their one week follow up visit. This and or a massage will help break up that hardness. Your plastic surgeon may have someone on staff, like I do, or can recommend a therapist who is trained in working with post-op patients.
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Massage a good idea...
Lymphatic drainage is always a good idea, although it is not always necessary. Most commonly, patients simply massage their own abdomens preferably after showers with moisturizers or have several professional deep tissues massages. The only limitation on when to begin is the amount of discomfort you can tolerate. Other than massaging there are several things that your surgeon can recommend to improve the appearance of your scars...good luck!
Scar Massages After Surgery
You can improve scarring up to a year after surgery with scar massages. You can use Kelo-cote, Mederma, Shampoo, Cocoa Butter, etc. Its not the product you use, but the time you spend doing the massage. I would recommend massaging the scar for 10-15 minutes every day for one year. You can massage as hard as you want, but not so hard that it hurts. Also, remember to avoid sunburns to the scar for the first year as this can pigment your scar red.
Massage after a Tummy Tuck
Lymphatic massage after tummy tuck is a great way to help get rid of the swelling. Many of the better spas in town will have trained experts who can do this for you. After 5 months, you can massage as firmly as you want as you are fully healed and will not harm anything. Good luck.
Scar Massage at 5 Months Following Tummy Tuck and Liposuction
Scar massage can be effective for the first year after surgery or longer. The type of massage and what is needed is largely dependent upon your anatomy and point of recovery. Your plastic surgeon will have better insight into your specific case. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
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