How long after liposuction do you need before getting a lympathic drainage massage? (Photos)

I recently had liposuction and fat transfer procedure in Dominican republic on 9/9/16 when i was in DR I was,advised as soon as i get back to the UK to get a lympathic drainage massage straight away once back in the UK i have spoke to a couple of therapist and they will not massage me until 8 weeks after my op which bothers me because whilst over there i was told that if i wasnt to continue with my massages my skin will harden and my tummy is hard now and i have fluid in the lower back area

Doctor Answers 2

Liposuction/ Liposculpture/ Fat Transfer/ Vaser/ Hi Definition Procedures/Liposuction Revision/Tummy Tuck/Body Contouring

I appreciate your question.

I would recommend that you discuss this question with your surgeon as every surgeon has their own respective post op protocol for his/her patients.  Your surgeon is your best resource as he/she is most familiar with your medical history and how you are healing at this time.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.

Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.

Best of luck!

Dr. Schwartz

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon


Massage after liposuction

Thank you for asking about your liposuction and BBL.

  • There is no evidence that lymphatic massage will affect your result.
  • It doesn't mean it can't help - but certainly it makes no difference for most people.
  • Your skin is hard because of swelling and will soften as swelling goes down.
  • I always wonder if instructions to get massage right away - when you may not be able to do so - is a way of setting the stage for blaming you for a disappointing result.
  • If you cannot find someone to do your massage right away see if you feel you need or want one at the eight week mark.
  • Or buy on-line an inexpensive, hand held massage machine and use it on yourself.

Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

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