Lymphatic Drainage Massage in Washington D.C.

Lymphatic drainage massage is a therapeutic technique designed to stimulate the lymphatic system, which is a key part of the body's immune system. It involves gentle, rhythmic strokes and movements that aim to encourage the flow of lymph fluid through the lymphatic vessels and nodes. The lymphatic system helps remove waste, toxins, and excess fluids from the body tissues.

At West End Plastic Surgery, we use a combination of manual lymphatic drainage, ultrasound, radio frequency, and wood therapy to achieve maximum results. During a lymphatic drainage massage session, our trained therapist, Sheena Craig, applies light pressure in specific directions along the body's lymphatic pathways. This gentle pressure helps to clear blockages or congestion within the lymphatic system, allowing lymph fluid to flow more freely. As a result, the body can better eliminate toxins and excess fluid, leading to potential benefits such as reduced swelling, improved immune function, and detoxification.

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Who Benefits from a Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic drainage massage can be recommended for various conditions, including lymphedema (swelling due to lymph fluid buildup), detoxification, post-surgery recovery (especially after procedures that result in swelling and fluid retention), and to support overall immune system function. Additionally, some people use lymphatic drainage massage for relaxation and stress relief.

Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage After Plastic Surgery

Lymphatic drainage massage can offer several benefits after plastic surgery. Plastic surgery procedures, such as liposuction or tummy tuck, can lead to swelling, bruising, and fluid retention. Lymphatic massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps the body eliminate toxins, excess fluid, and waste products more efficiently.

  • Reduced Swelling: Swelling is a common post-operative symptom after plastic surgery. Lymphatic massage can help reduce swelling by promoting the drainage of excess fluid from the tissues, leading to a quicker resolution of edema.
  • Improved Healing: By enhancing lymphatic circulation, lymphatic massage can aid in the delivery of essential nutrients and oxygen to the surgical site, facilitating tissue repair and promoting faster healing.
  • Pain Relief: Gentle massage techniques used in lymphatic drainage can help alleviate discomfort or pain associated with swelling and inflammation after surgery.
  • Prevention of Fibrosis: Fibrosis, or the formation of scar tissue, can occur after surgery. Lymphatic massage may help prevent or reduce the severity of fibrosis by promoting healthy tissue regeneration and reducing the buildup of scar tissue.
  • Enhanced Immune Function: The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in immune function by removing toxins, pathogens, and cellular waste from the body. By stimulating lymphatic circulation, lymphatic massage can boost immune function and support overall health and wellness during the recovery process.
  • Improved Skin Appearance: By promoting lymphatic drainage and reducing swelling, lymphatic massage may contribute to a smoother, more even skin texture post-surgery.
  • Relaxation and Stress Reduction: Massage therapy, including lymphatic massage, can induce relaxation and reduce stress levels, which can be beneficial for overall well-being during the recovery period.

This patient had a Tummy Tuck with Dr. Ruff and lymphatic massages with Sheena to help speed up recovery and the reduce swelling:

female patient’s torso undergoing lymphatic drainage massage

Patient Testimonial

"You can tell that Dr. Wang has put a lot of time into the peri-operative process for her patients, detailed instructions were printed for Pre and Post care that were dummy proof. I felt well-prepared for the procedure and post-care. With her team there are no surprises, they are professional and you will feel taken care of. Lastly, if you’re going to spend the money on this then don’t forget about Sheena who has taken great care of me with the post-op lymphatic massages and trust me- they work!" -Taylor E


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