Who Am I and
Why Should You Hire Me?
My name is Carolina Pintos and I am an LMT, MLD, and PT here in Houston, Texas. I have more than 10 years’ experience working as a Physical Therapist and helping pre and post-surgery clients, pregnant clients, and clients concerned with their esthetics, where I help them better shape the contour of their body.
With a B.S. in Physical Therapy and credentials in Decongestive Lymphatic Drainage, I’ve helped thousands of clients with their therapy needs. Over the years, I have also been developing my own massage techniques based on a blend of my Physical Therapy knowledge and massage techniques (Swedish, acupressure, deep tissue, trigger point, lymphatic drainage) with my own unique of deep gliding rhythmic strokes associate to improve the Lymphatic flow, which helps you lose inches around your body. I’ve come to call this technique Lipo Massage, and today you can book an appointment with me and join this very unique therapy revolution.
Q: Why do I need Lymph Drainage Therapy after my liposuction, Smart-lipo, Cool Sculpting or other cosmetic surgery procedure?
Q: Is Lymph Drainage Therapy a deep massage?
A: No, although it may seem that deep massage would assist in decreasing the hardness following liposuction, it would actually increase the circulation to the treated areas making it harder to evacuate the lymph fluid. Even though MLD is extremely light work, it is the most efficient way to reduce swelling and bruising. It is based on scientific knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the Lymphatic System. It is a myth that deep massage and heat are beneficial in healing after liposuction. The Vodder Method and the Chikly Technique are widely accepted forms of Lymph Drainage Therapy performed in hospitals and clinics all over the world. So, even though it may seem to you that a deep massage or other forms of therapeutic or Swedish massage would be helpful, it is not.
Q: Does MLD help get rid of bruising?
A: Yes. That is one of the best applications of MLD. Bruises are an accumulation of cellular debris and old red blood cells in the tissue. Lymph Drainage Therapy greatly reduces healing time for bruises by cleansing the extracellular spaces where these substances are trapped.
Q: Is Lymph Drainage Massage Painful?
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: It is ideal to receive at least one or two MLD treatments prior to a procedure. There are many different things that can influence healing. Some patients get 1-6 treatments post-operatively and that is enough, especially if the only area of liposuction was the legs, knees, or flanks. People getting liposuction to the abdomen often find they require up to 12 sessions. Occasionally a client will need more than 12, especially if they had “Smart-lipo”. Also, patients who get multiple procedures at the same time (lipo and a tummy tuck, or lipo and a buttock enhancement; Brazilian Butt Lift) may need more sessions than someone who only gets one procedure. Sessions may be paid for individually, or in discounted packages of 5.
Q: What is an MLD treatment like?
Q: How often is MLD applied?
Q: How soon after my procedure can MLD begin?
Q: It has been over a month since I had my procedure. Is it too late to begin MLD?
Q: Do I need a prescription for MLD?
Q: Is massage after surgery safe?
A: In many cases, the answer is, yes. But it’s always a good idea to check with the surgeon or primary care doctor, because there may be certain areas you’ll want to avoid, or the specific conditions when it might be best to wait.
Q: How long after a surgery can a massage be given?
A: The answer involves much more than the surgery – remember, massage therapy addresses the needs of an individual, not a procedure. Generally as soon as the client is comfortable with having a massage, you’re good to go. Remember, surgery carries with it emotional components, so one of the best approaches is to provide a relaxing, soothing and caring touch to help heal the soul. And then there are the pain-relieving components as well – some people have post-op pain, and massage is a terrific natural alternative to those prescription drugs patients get sent home with.
Q: What about massaging the surgical wound site?
A: That would depend on the condition of the surgical site. If it’s still healing up – especially if it hasn’t closed up yet, is red or draining, or is swollen, you should avoid working on the area with any friction or pulling strokes that might stress the wound. However, feather-light stroking in the surrounding area can be soothing.
Q: Can I work on scar tissue?
A: The old-school answer was, not for two years. But what is becoming more common practice is to begin massaging scar tissue after as little as three weeks, as it can boost healing. In fact, some patients are even being taught self-massage of scar tissue before even leaving the hospital.