Introduction to Lymphatic Drainage Massage
Unbeknownst to some people, there are a lot of waste products and mutant cells that get moved throughout our bodies through our bloodstream. The lymphatic system filters through any leaked fluid from the bloodstream into the tissue and redistributes it through the body. There are times though when this fluid can hit a standstill and create a response that makes us feel puffy and not very energetic. Platinum Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas offers our patients a Lymphatic Drainage Massage to help their lymph nodes drain any of that excess fluid. When this treatment is performed, you will be able to experience renewed energy and better health benefits.
Before & afters
What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Lymphatic drainage massage is a light and gentle massage that relieves the painful swelling in your arms and legs caused by lymphedema. Lymphedema occurs when your tissue retains a fluid called lymph that is leftover from your cardiovascular system sending blood to your tissues and organs. Normally, your lymphatic system collects the lymph and returns it to your heart through a network of lymph vessels and lymph nodes. Sometimes, the lymphatic system’s process is disrupted and lymph can collect in your arms and legs, making them swell.
During a lymphatic drainage massage, the lymph stuck in your tissues is moved to your lymph nodes to ease the swelling occurring in your tissues.
What are the Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Lymphatic Drainage Massage is often used to relieve lymphedema by offering some of the following benefits:
- Directs and increases lymphatic flow, which in turn prompts the removal of interstitial fluid quicker
- Energizes your body while promoting mental and physical relaxation, as well as providing an overall lightness in your body
- Helps improve your immune system by eliminating toxins
- Minimizes cellulite appearance by reducing excess fluid from pressing up against the fibers underneath your skin
- Reduces water retention and swelling
- Removes and transports any stagnant fluid
It’s also very helpful when dealing with the following afflictions:
- Chronic venous insufficiency: When your leg veins aren’t working effectively, making it hard for your blood to return to your heart from your legs.
- Fibromyalgia: Chronic muscle and joint pain
- Lipedema: Excess fat accumulates in your lower body, blocking your lymphatic pathway and causing lymphedema
- Rheumatoid arthritis: Ongoing arthritis in your joints causing joint pain, swelling, and stiffness
Not only does this treatment benefit your body, but it can help your mind as well. Lymphatic massage can protect you from seasonal viruses and give you a more relaxed, lighter feeling and provide you with more energy.
Who are the Best Candidates for Lymphatic Drainage Massage?
Great candidates for Lymphatic Drainage Massage in Las Vegas are adults who have:
- Discomfort due to swelling
- Heaviness or tightness in the limbs
- Pain when moving and stiffness
- Tissues that feel firmer than normal
There are so many health benefits that Lymphatic Drainage Massage can provide and can really help those currently afflicted with the following ailments:
- Digestive Problems
- Fatigue/ Insomnia
What’s the First Step?
The first step in getting a Lymphatic Drainage Massage in Las Vegas is to schedule your personal consultation with one of our Technicians, where they will examine your body and determine the best course of action to release the built-up lymph. You will be able to receive your message that day, or if you need to schedule an appointment with our Patient Coordinator for a better time, you can do that as well.
What to Expect on the Day of Lymphatic Drainage Massage
When you come in for your Lymphatic Drainage Massage, it will be performed as a two-step process, beginning with Clearing, which releases the lymphatic fluid in your tissues, followed by Reabsorption, which moves the lymphatic fluid toward your lymph nodes.
When being performed, a particular sequence is followed that uses a series of massage techniques like stretching, compressing, gliding, and cupping motions. The light rhythmic movements help stimulate your lymphatic system without pressing too hard on the vessel. Lymphatic drainage massage will commonly use the following techniques to easily maneuver the lymph fluid through the nodes and tissues:
- Vodder: Considered to be a foundational technique that utilizes sweeping motions
- Foldi: An extension of the Vodder technique, it requires circular hand motions mixed with moments of relaxation.
- Casley-Smith: This technique also involves circular hand motions, but uses just the palms and edges of the hands
- Leduc: Uses strategic hand motions that collect the lymph fluid and then redirect it into the larger lymphatic system for reabsorption
The whole massage procedure can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage Recovery
Although a Lymphatic Drainage Massage is not a super intensive treatment, you may notice that your body feels exhausted. You should take the remainder of the day to rest up, relax your muscles, and most importantly, stay hydrated. We also recommend that you continue to gently stretch out your muscles to keep the lymphatic flow moving the way it should.
During the first few days following your treatment, you should stay active to continue with your recovery process, but try to over-exert yourself. Although we’ve mentioned it earlier, we must remind you again to stay hydrated as you may have frequent urination or bowel movements. You should also attempt to eat healthily and avoid fatty or greasy food, as these are often the key culprits in lymph buildup.
You may also be given some basic massage instructions to help keep the lymph moving and prevent future blockage. After your massages, you should begin feeling lighter, more relaxed, and have less muscle tension. Some patients feel lightheaded after their session, but it’s similar to getting out of a really good massage and should pass quickly.
Why Choose Dr. Costa?
Platinum Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas is a modern facility just 15 minutes away from the Strip. We offer our patients a serene, comfortable, and discreet environment with a friendly team who are more than happy to answer all of your questions. Our practice is led by Dr. Christopher Costa, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and multi-award winner of the Best of Las Vegas. He is very passionate about providing the latest techniques and services while staying at the forefront of research in the industry and then incorporating new and innovative ways to provide his patients with the best outcome.
How Much Does Lymphatic Drainage Massage Cost in Las Vegas?
The cost of a Lymphatic Drainage Massage in Las Vegas will vary in price, largely based on how much work is needed and the location it’s being performed. To get more accurate pricing, schedule your consultation and Dr. Costa will be able to give you an assessment, which will be followed by a cost breakdown provided by our patient coordinator.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you feel like a Lymphatic Drainage Massage would be beneficial for you, please contact our office immediately! You can call us at (725) 600-4477, request a consultation through our website, or even have a virtual consultation with one of our experts. Let Platinum Plastic Surgery help you refind that energy you’ve been missing and get you back to a leaner, more contoured form today!