Did you just undergo surgery in Santo Domingo? We know that post-operative recovery can be challenging. It’s normal to feel discomfort, swelling, and fatigue after being in the operating room. Fortunately, there is a proven technique that can help you feel better faster: post-operative lymphatic massage.

As therapists with years of experience helping post-surgical patients, we have seen first-hand the incredible benefits of lymphatic massage. After reading this complete guide, you will understand why we strongly recommend complementing your recovery with this gentle manual therapy. We’re sure you’ll be amazed by the results!

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What is post-operative lymphatic massage?

The lymphatic system plays a key role in our body: transporting lymph fluid to eliminate toxins, waste, and excess fluids. When we undergo surgery, this system is compromised and inflammation, swelling, and pain are created.

Lymphatic massage consists of gentle rhythmic manipulations that stimulate the circulation of lymph fluid. By improving lymphatic drainage, inflammation is reduced, pain is relieved, and post-operative recovery is significantly accelerated.

The movements are delicate, relaxing, and non-invasive. They focus on cervical, facial, and limb areas. It doesn’t hurt at all! In fact, most of our patients relax so much that they fall asleep during the session.

What are the benefits?

The benefits are broad, varied, and quite impressive. Here are some of the main ones:

  • Significantly reduces post-surgical swelling and inflammation.
  • Decreases pain and discomfort in the operated area.
  • Accelerates wound healing and recovery.
  • Improves drainage of bruises and seromas.
  • Prevents the formation of fibrosis and adhesions.
  • Stimulates the elimination of anesthetics and medications.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Relieves muscle cramps and contractures.
  • Improves mobility of the treated area.
  • Promotes venous and lymphatic return.
  • Reduces the risk of phlebitis and infections.
  • Emotionally balances, reduces stress and anxiety.

Post-operative lymphatic massage maximizes your well-being and comfort during recovery, and returns you faster to your normal activities.

Virtually any surgical procedure benefits from post-operative lymphatic massage. Some examples are:

  • Cosmetic surgeries: liposuction, breast implants, tummy tucks, etc.
  • Orthopedic surgeries: arthroscopies, joint replacements, etc.
  • Breast surgeries: mastectomies, reconstructions, reductions.
  • Abdominal surgeries: cesarean sections, hernias, hysterectomies, etc.
  • Head and neck surgeries: rhinoplasties, maxillofacial surgery, thyroidectomies.
  • Cardiac and thoracic surgeries
  • Skin grafts and reconstructions

It is generally recommended to start post-surgical lymphatic massage after the first week of surgery, when the wound is almost closed. However, you should always consult your doctor about the appropriate timing according to your particular case.

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How is a post-operative lymphatic massage session?

When you arrive at our massage center in Santo Domingo, we will welcome you into a quiet, private room with dim lighting and relaxing music. The environment is specially designed to promote your rest and well-being.

You will lie down on a comfortable bed and we will make sure you are completely relaxed during the session. We will use special oils or lotions to facilitate the gentle, rhythmic movements on the treated area.

Post-operative massages usually last between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the extent and area to be treated. For example, facial lymphatic massage after eye or nose surgery may last 30 minutes. But after full body liposuction we recommend 60 minute sessions.

You should not feel any discomfort or pain, just a pleasant sensation of relaxation and relief. Many of our patients fall deeply asleep! At the end of the session you will feel light, renewed and rested.

Certified therapists in Santo Domingo.

It is very important that your post-operative lymphatic massage is performed by a certified therapist. Since it is a delicate and specific technique, the results absolutely depend on the experience and skills of the massage therapist.

At our center we have highly trained therapists with years of experience in post-surgical lymphatic drainage. We are certified by international lymphatic massage schools such as Dr. Vodder School International and European Professional School of Lymph Drainage.

You can always ask us to see our certificates and ask us about our experience treating cases like yours. Trust us to help you recover faster and without complications!

How long does the effect of lymphatic massage last after cosmetic surgery?

Although there is no single answer for all cases, here are some general guidelines:

Type of Surgery: The type of cosmetic surgery plays an important role in the duration of the effect of lymphatic massage. For example, in surgeries such as liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), or mammoplasty (breast surgery), fluids and edema (swelling) can accumulate in the treated area. Lymphatic massage can help drain these fluids and accelerate recovery.

Individual Response: Each patient’s response to lymphatic massages can vary. Some patients may experience a significant reduction in swelling and faster recovery, while others may need more sessions to achieve similar results.

Frequency of Massages: The frequency of lymphatic massages after surgery is an important factor. In general, patients tend to schedule multiple sessions during the first weeks after surgery to help reduce swelling and improve lymphatic circulation. The duration of the effect can be more prolonged if maintenance sessions are continued regularly.

Postoperative Care: In addition to lymphatic massages, proper postoperative care such as the use of compression garments, elevation of the treated area, and attention to the plastic surgeon’s recommendations also influence the duration of the lymphatic massage effect.

Overall Health Status: The patient’s general health can also influence recovery and duration of the lymphatic massage effect. A healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, proper hydration, and avoidance of harmful habits can contribute to a more effective recovery.


How much does post-operative lymphatic massage cost in Santo Domingo?

The price of each post-operative lymphatic massage session at our Spa:

Price at our center: US$30

Price at home: US$45

Many patients need a total of 10 to 15 sessions over a period of 4 to 8 weeks post-surgery to obtain the best results. That is why we recommend taking advantage of our packages of 10 or 15 sessions, so you can save money.

Do not let budget be an obstacle to your well-being. We are sure we can find an affordable option for you! The investment will be completely worth it when you see the amazing results in your recovery.

Complementary treatments.

To maximize the benefits, we recommend combining your post-operative lymphatic massage with these complementary therapies:

Cupping massage: Cupping increases blood circulation and helps drain stagnant fluids. They can visibly reduce swelling!

Decongestive massage: Deeper movements help drain edematous areas with fluid accumulation. Ideal after liposuction.

Mechanical lymphatic drainage: Using devices such as the Presstress, the manual movements of lymphatic massage are imitated to enhance the effects.

Endermology: This technique combines rollers, suction and compression garments to improve lymphatic circulation. Excellent for post-surgery!

Talk to us to develop a personalized treatment plan according to your specific post-surgical recovery needs. We are here to help you!

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Post-massage recommendations.

To prolong the benefits of post-operative lymphatic massage, we advise you to:

  • Drink plenty of water to promote toxin drainage
  • Rest for about 20 minutes after the session without making big efforts
  • Use moisturizing creams to improve skin elasticity
  • Perform gentle stretching exercises that stimulate your lymphatic system
  • Include anti-inflammatory foods in your diet such as salmon, berries, vegetables, etc.
  • Avoid very heavy, processed or high sodium foods

Also, it is important to use your compression garment or band as indicated by your doctor. And do not hesitate to ask us any concerns about your post-surgical evolution. We are here to support you!

In which cases is post-surgical lymphatic massage NOT recommended?

  • When there are specific contraindications given by the doctor.
  • If the surgical wound is not yet closed or has stitches/staples.
  • With acute inflammation or infection of the area.
  • After lymph node operations.
  • With a recent diagnosis of cancer or tumors.
  • Pregnant women should first consult their doctor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below we answer some of the most common questions about post-operative lymphatic massage:

Does post-operative massage hurt or is uncomfortable?

Not at all! It is a very gentle, relaxing and pleasant therapy. Precautions are taken not to exert pressure on the treated area.

After how long are results seen?

The benefits of post-surgical lymphatic drainage are cumulative. After the first session you will probably notice some improvement. But it is after 4 or more sessions that the results become evident in the decrease of swelling, inflammation and pain.

How to know if I need more than 4 sessions?

We will evaluate you progressively at each appointment to determine how many additional sessions you require according to the evolution of your post-operative recovery. Each patient is different.

Can lymphatic massage damage the results of my cosmetic surgery?

Not at all! In fact, it helps a lot to settle implants, improve shapes and reduce irregularities. You just have to wait for the stitches/staples to be removed before you can do it.

Being part of your recovery in Santo Domingo.

You may have heard a lot about the benefits of post-operative lymphatic massage, but you had doubts about how it works or whether it really is effective. We hope this complete guide has answered all your questions and dispelled your concerns!

At our Angels Recovery House center in Santo Domingo we have the knowledge and experience to help you go through post-surgical recovery in the best way. Take advantage of the amazing benefits of this scientifically proven manual therapy.

Book 10 sessions of post-operative lymphatic massage with us. We look forward to helping you regain your well-being, health and comfort after surgery. Contact us now! We are here to serve you.

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