Recovering after surgery - how MLD could help you.
28th June 2019
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When you choose to have a cosmetic surgery procedure or receive the news that you need surgery for whatever other reason, there may be a number of questions that begin to circle round in your head - one of which may be around your recovery afterwards.

How long will it take to recover?

How will I feel afterwards?

Is there anything I can do to maximise my recovery and reduce the impact?

The last question is an important one - you may assume that there's very little that can be done to speed up your recovery, that you just need to "go with it" until you feel better. In fact, it's this downtime recovery period where you're unable to perform your normal daily activities that can put people off a selective procedure.

But this couldn't be further from the truth! MLD (Manual lymphatic drainage) is one way in which you can reap huge benefits for your recovery because it's extremely effective for all types of surgery.

After surgery a common side effect that is completely natural is to experience some swelling and bruising. This is because of how the body reacts to the procedure - your body identifies it as an "injury" and the natural response to injury is inflammation, which causes swelling. The flow of lymph can be interrupted by surgery which could lead to reduced healing, fibrosis (scar tissue), uneven skin tone & the possibility of developing a seroma (pockets of serous fluid). As the body begins to heal the swelling and bruising naturally subsides too.

MLD can support the reduction of the swelling, and also help dissipate bruising. With bruising in particular - which are an accumulation of cellular debris and old red blood cells in the tissue - MLD helps speed up the reduction of the bruising process by cleansing the extracellular spaces where these substances are trapped.

MLD is a very gentle skin technique massage which stimulates & improves the efficiency of the lymphatic system which is our body’s waste disposal system. This stimulation increases the removal of waste, fluid & toxins from the body’s tissues thus improving normal healthy function.

The body’s natural healing process can be accelerated by MLD, which helps the swelling, discomfort & bruising to diminish much faster. Tissue quality is improved & better visible results are achieved, speeding up recovery, helping you return to normal daily life.

At Rejuvenate in Hastings, Nikki also offers Deep Oscillation® that is performed in conjunction with MLD which in her experience is highly successful. 

Deep Oscillation® works by creating low frequency electrostatic impulses that permeate the skin tissue up to 8cm deep resulting in a highly effective way to eliminate inflammation in the connective tissues therefore accelerating healing time.

The client feels a slight vibration during this relaxing, gentle treatment.

Clinically proven benefits of Deep Oscillation® are:

  • Highly effective in reducing pain
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Effective in reabsorbing oedema (swelling)
  • Encouraging wounds to heal
  • Fibrosis Reduction
  • Improving trophicity
  • Rubor reduction (haematoma/bruising)
  • Detoxification
  • Improving quality of tissue

If you have a surgical procedure coming up and would like to do everything you can to enhance your recovery, contact Nikki on 07725 843818 to book in your MLD course of treatment.

Nikki recommends 3-10 sessions which last 60-90 minutes, to commence from day 1-3 post op that will be performed on consecutive days. Nikki also encourages patients to have a pre-op session 24-48 hours prior to surgery as this will help prepare the body for healing by draining toxins & stimulating the immune system. It also has a powerful calming effect on the nervous system, which reduces anxiety.

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