How long after Liposuction do you have to start massaging? Does this hurt? What about areas on your back where you cant reach to massage?
Massaging After Liposuction?
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Gentle Massage & Stretching Exercises Following Liposuction
There are no scientific studies that conclusively demonstrate that massage is helpful following liposuction. Despite this, many plastic surgeons utilize massage as a routine component of postoperative care following this procedure. They believe that massage minimizes internal scarring, decreases edema, and helps remodel soft tissue.
It’s not unusual for patients to complain of swelling, tightness, and stiffness following this procedure. Massage and an early return to physical activity seems to help with these issues. For these reasons, plastic surgeons often recommend gentle massage and stretching exercises after liposuction. These are usually started 7 to 10 days following the procedure. Initially these maneuvers cause mild discomfort which quickly resolves with time.
If you’re planning liposuction, it’s important to discuss this issue with your plastic surgeon. In many cases, massage will be an important part of your postoperative care.
Don't massage after Liposuction
There is no evidence that massage has any positive benefits for the liposuction patient. As a matter of fact, it might even do harm if too agressive. The area that has been treated by liposuction is a surgical wound. A repairative process must ensue that takes many months. The healing mechanisms in the body (that have evolved over thousands of years) are very efficient at repairing what the procedure has created. Let your body do the job it knows how to do.
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Massage after liposuction
However, please ask your surgeon first for their advice. They may have different guidelines.
Massage and Lipo
I do not specifically recommend massaging the treated areas afterwards. It can be helpful to have a lymphatic drainage massage after surgery to reduce inflammation. Your plastic surgeon may or may not recommend this as part of your post care.
You should not be massaging yourself.
There is no need for massage after liposuction, except in the abdomen, which is more prone to irregularities.
In New York, we send liposuction of the stomach patients for professional lymphatic drainage massage, as soon as they are not too sore (a few days). But I don't recommend that you massage yourself.
Massaging after Liposuction may be helpful but not a must
Although Therapeutic or "lymphatic massage" may be helpful it is NOT mandatory. Endermologie is also very helpful after liposculpture/liposuction but again, not critical. Although deep tissue massage following liposuction can aid in smoothing out contour irregularities that invariably accompany this procedure it has limited effect on the final outcome and is not mandatory. Some plastic surgeons recommend it to all patients as they feel the edema resolves faster. Ask your surgeon to show you or a significant other how to do this if cost is an issue.That "significant other" will be able to get to the hard to reach places like your back.