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Pre- and Post-Surgical Applications of Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

Laurel has a decade of experience with hundreds of post-surgery LDT clients, including liposuction, BBLs, tummy tucks, face lifts, knee replacement surgery and much more. Multiple talented surgeons in and around the Austin area refer their patients to her for post-surgery care.

Lymphatic Massage assists to move the stagnant fluid caused by surgery trauma that can cause swelling, pain & possible infection, allowing the fresh lymph to replace it for optimal healing results and less recovery time*.

Sessions also can assist with releasing fascia adhesions or scar tissue that is inhibiting lymph flow. 

Check out this informative article by Westlake Dermatology.

What to Expect:

Post-Surgery Sessions are very light touch. On a pain scale of 0-10, clients typically report pain (if any) during the session to be level 0-3 and find the session to be relaxing with immediate results.

Laurel will first begin to gently open up the drainage pathways by stimulating the lymph nodes. Opening the nodes acts like a vacuum affect, that starts to pull the excess interstitial fluid (that is causing the inflammation & pain) towards the nodes to then eventually be filtered out of the body through urination (post-session). 

Clients typically undress, leaving their underwear bottoms ON and remove any other clothing, bras, compression & jewelry, then climb face up, onto the hydraulic massage table that is topped with a warm, infrared crystal healing mat. Bolsters/pillows are available for comfort.

Each session will change & progress as the healing progresses.

Post-surgery sessions are recommended once per week for 6 weeks. Twice per week for multiple surgery procedures at once or excess swelling.

**Please pre-book sessions in advance to ensure availability.


At least 1-2 sessions is recommended pre-surgery, especially for patients prone to water retention, swelling, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, etc.

1-3 days prior to surgery is recommended.


  • Prepares Tissue for surgery. Allows for a clean incision with less tearing of the tissue & easier closure with minimal scarring.

  • Alleviates Edema: It may allow surgery to be scheduled earlier.

  • Detoxifies tissue.

  • Stimulates the immune system; accelerates the production of lymphocytes.

  • Induces a state of relaxation; promotes parasympathetic response.


For most procedures, 3-7 days post-surgery is recommended, (depending on procedure & surgeon approval).

For optimal results: Scheduling 1-2 sessions per week for six weeks post-surgery. Many clients find that they need maintenance sessions every 2-4 weeks after initial healing period of 6 weeks. For procedures on multiple  areas of the body, expect to need more sessions.


  • Alleviates Post-surgical edema

  • Helps stimulate lymphatic "reroutes"; Manual Lymphatic Mapping allows the Therapist to discover alternative lymphatic pathways.

  • Reduces pain.

  • Alleviates spasms (promotes parasympathetic response).

  • Detoxification helps reverse build up of toxins secondary to effects of medication, immobilization.

  • Stimulates fluid circulation, promotes urination.

  • Stimulates immune system and helps prevent post-surgical infections.

  • Improves skin regeneration and wound healing and optimizes scarring process.

  • May help to prevent the formation of adhesions, scars and hypertrophic or keloid scars.

  • *Healing time can be reduced by as much as 50% according to some surgeons who have recommended lymphatic massage to their patients.

50 min Session:

(includes discussion time)

For best results, multiple sessions recommended.


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