Are massages post TT and BBL necessary?

How soon after the procedure should I start them, if they are necessary? Do they hurt?

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Are massages post TT and BBL necessary?

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Each surgeon has their own post operative care instructions and protocols. With that being said it is best to ask your chosen surgeon. Regards, 

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Massage post op TT & BBL

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Thank you for your question.It is important to follow your surgeons post operative care instructions seeing as he knows exactly what he did during surgery and exactly what you should do for optimal results post op. Massaging isnt necessary but if you have some discomfort, swelling or want to accelerate your recovery process, you may do some daily light massages starting about a week after surgery. I would definitely recommending keeping your body garment on until your surgery tells you otherwise, to reduce swelling and have the best results possible.  Good luck in your recovery!


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James Fernau, MD, FACS
Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
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Massage after a BBL

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I do not routinely recommend massage after a BBL or Tummy tuck. You should check with your surgeon...

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Thanks for your question.
The massages are not required, but many patients feel they help with lymphatic drainage, pain, lack of mothion and postoperative swelling.  It is up to you and your surgeon.
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Douglas Taranow, DO, FACOS
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Massage after Liposuction

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Massage after liposuction is not required but can help you achieve you best result. It can initially be uncomfortable but is overall tolerable. Best of luck.

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Thank you for your question. A post-surgical massage is designed to speed the healing process and help you return to your normal daily activities more quickly. They can be started usually 10-14 days post op. Some benefits are:• Reduce swelling and bruising • Improve flexibility • Stimulate nerve endings to diminish numbness and any skin sensitivityHope this helps,Dr. Newall

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Massage after Tummy Tuck and BBL

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Yes, lymphatic massage after surgery can be very helpful.  We work with a physical therapist that specializes specifically in post-plastic surgery patients.  It depends on what procedure you have had but most patients start massage about a week after surgery.
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Massage after tummy tuck or butt lift

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Massaging have to these procedures will help get rid of the extra swelling a bit faster, but they do not need to be done to improve the final result. They can usually be started about one week after surgery. Many patients find them soothing, but they can be quite painful also.

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