When a post-cosmetic surgery client presented to Karie-Ann de Gannes with painful swelling and dashed hopes, the certified lymphedema massage therapist felt like she was in a state of deja vu. As a local, hands-on practitioner and certified massage therapist, De Gannes often works with clients recovering from cosmetic surgery procedures. It was not the first time she had heard the stories of patients struggling with complications and disappointments. More and more clients are coming to her for advice because they have received the abuse to help them recover.
“The numbers have increased over the years,” De Gannes said.
She observed that more and more people were seeking cosmetic surgery for various reasons. She said preparation for these types of surgeries is helpful, and after the procedure, follow-up is essential. One of the recommended treatments for these patients is lymphedema massage therapy. The lymphatic system involves organs, vessels, and tissues that work together to maintain fluid levels in the body. The lymph from this system transports waste products out of the body. If the system is not functioning properly, it can induce edema which is an uncomfortable swelling caused by the accumulation of lymph. A lymphatic massage is meant to push lymph through the body and reduce swelling and excess fluid.
“It’s the preferred treatment for cosmetic surgery clients,” De Gannes explained.
Proper lymphatic massage before the procedure helps prepare the body for a good healing outcome and reduce post-operative swelling, stimulate internal and external healing, and reduce and prevent scar tissue formation.
“Overall, it reduces healing time.”
Massage helps get rid of excess post-operative anesthesia and greatly improves blood and lymphatic circulation. Patients report that it also reduces discomfort. It is especially beneficial for patients recovering from post-vaser lipo and any type of liposuction.
Many medical professionals encourage their post-surgery patients to see trained and licensed lymphatic massage therapists, but De Gannes has begun to encounter clients who are directed to the wrong kinds of treatments.
“They are looking for people who are not trained in lymphatic massage,” she observed.
“And they are sometimes treated with a procedure called incisional massage. It is not recommended for patients recovering from cosmetic surgery, and it is not necessary for healing.
Patients who receive this treatment often report terrible and painful pain during the process. There are also issues with other methods used such as cavitation, radio frequency, wood and vacuum therapy, all of which should not be used after surgery until a set period of time has passed. elapsed.
De Gannes also recommends caution when using compression garments. These are specially designed accessories that provide support to patients after surgery and help reduce swelling and pain. These must be worn correctly. Usually a therapist will help clients use them for maximum effect. De Gannes helps her customers source the items and show them their proper use, but she is seeing more and more people whose compression garments don’t fit properly. In the worst case, ill-fitting clothing could impede healing.
De Gannes hopes that as more people in TT choose cosmetic surgery, they will empower themselves to ensure they receive the best care.
Carefully research cosmetic surgery practitioners. She suggests patients seek out one of the many qualified and experienced practitioners. She advises researching the options carefully.
Following doctor’s orders. She explains that proper management will help prevent problems like sereoma, which is a buildup of fluid in the body, and fibrosis, which is thickening and scarring of tissue.
Refuse to allow incisional massage and methods like cavitation, radiofrequency, wood and vacuum therapy to be part of treatment plans too soon after cosmetic surgery.
Find an experienced and certified lymphatic massage therapist for aftercare.
“The massage itself tends to be gentle and light and should be a relaxing and comfortable procedure for the patient,” De Gannes said.
“Plus, the reduction in discomfort and swelling immediately afterwards makes a lymphatic massage an even more pleasurable experience.”
Have reasonable expectations.
“Some people are so discouraged because they don’t immediately look like they want to, but the healing takes months and even then you’re not necessarily going to look like Kim Kardashian.”
Take good care of your body. Follow the medical team’s advice on proper nutrition before and after the operation. Eat whole foods and make hydration a priority.
“You won’t want to work so hard to be perfect only to ruin everything by not doing the best for you!”
To ask questions. De Gannes stresses that cosmetic surgery patients shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions to make sure all their concerns are addressed.
“It’s your body that’s going through all these changes. Make sure you are comfortable with what is going to be done and advocate for the best possible care for yourself.”
Karie-Ann De Gannes is a certified lymphedema therapist, owner of Kneading to Relax and founder of the Lymphedema Association of TT.
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