Lymphatic Drainage Massage Post Tummy Tuck?

Are these safe? At what point is okay to start? I am 5 weeks post op - no complications Would like to try this with a certified therapist - is it okay?

Doctor Answers 5

No therapeutic benefit to lymphatic massage after abdominoplasty.

I am unaware of any scientifically valid studies demonstrating a benefit to massage to and operated upon area. Make sure any massage is cleared by your surgeon first. I

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Is lymphatic drainage require after a tummy tuck

Massage is always plaisant at any time. I don't believe any patient of mine has required it after a tummy tuck operation. 

Farhad Rafizadeh, MD
Morristown Plastic Surgeon
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Massage after an abdominoplasty

Massage after an abdominoplasty can be very beneficial.  If you think you would benefit from morpholymphatic massage then discuss this with and get approval with your plastic surgeon.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Massage after a tummy tuck

I like massage after a tummy tuck, but I usually have my patients wait 6-8 weeks afterward to ensure adequate incisional healing as occurred.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage After Tummy Tuck?

If OK with your plastic surgeon, lymphatic massage may be done. However, many patients can do this by themselves to reduce swelling. 

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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