Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic Massage Therapy or Manual Lymphatic Drainage (LMT or MLD) is a specialized massage technique that is recommended by plastic surgeons, after cosmetic surgery (mainly liposuction), to accelerate the recuperation period.

The science behind why these massage techniques work is fairly simple. Stroking the areas of the body that process the lymph fluid, and the lymph nodes, causes the fluid to drain.

This massage procedure works well and has been demonstrated to show positive results after only a couple of treatments; however, most patients need 10 to 20 treatments to remove most of the excess fluid. Patients can expect noticeable relief from swelling after the 6th treatment.

Some patients will experience lumpiness in the areas affected by liposuction. This is normal for most patients after surgery. The lumpiness is caused by inflammation and trauma from the surgical instrument used under the skin to extract the fatty tissue. The tunnels and channels created by the surgical instrument fill with fluid and become swollen with fluid and left-over fat. This fluid and left-over fat tend to begin to harden between one week and three weeks after surgery. lymphatic massage will help move the fluid by gently pushing it back into the lymph passages.

Doctors may advise their patients that, without lymphatic massage, there is a risk that the swelling and inflammation could turn into fibrosis, which is a permanent hardening of the area. lymphatic massage ensures you’ll achieve the best results possible from the surgery.

Carolina Pintos

Carolina Pintos

Texas Licensed Massage Therapist with a B.S. in Physical Therapy

My name is Carolina Pintos and I am a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), and Physical Therapist (PT) here in Houston, Texas. I have more than 10 years’ experience working as a Physical Therapist and helping pre and post-surgery patients, pregnant clients, and customers concerned with their aesthetics, where I help them better shape the contour of their body. I’ve helped more than 2,000 clients with their therapy needs, and now I’m here to help you!

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have general questions or specific concerns. ¡Se Habla Español! 

561-672-5081

 

General Questions About Lymphatic Drainage

Q: Why do I need lymphatic massage therapy after my liposuction, 360-lipo, breast implants, BBL or other types of cosmetic surgery procedures?

A: You may notice a hardness or lumpiness after cosmetic surgery. This is normal right after your procedure. Post-surgical lymphedema is caused by inflammation and trauma from the cannula (an instrument that sucks out the fat) moving under the skin. Channels are formed by the cannula that can fill up with fluid and the tissue also becomes swollen. Lymphatic massage helps to move the fluid by gently pumping it back into the lymph vessels. Reducing the swelling can reduce discomfort. Without Lymphatic Massage Therapy or sometimes known as Manual Lymphatic Drainage (LDT or MLD), the inflammation can evolve into fibrosis (a permanent hardening of the tissue) or a seroma ( pocket of serum) can form. Many doctors prescribe Lymph Drainage Therapy after liposuction or other plastic surgery procedures to make sure their patients get the best possible results from their procedure.

Q: Is a lymphatic massage essentially the same as a deep tissue 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 lymphatic massage 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 lymphatic massage 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 lymphatic massage help get rid of bruising?

A: Yes. That is one of the best applications of lymphatic massage. Bruises are an accumulation of cellular debris and old red blood cells in the tissue. Lymph Drainage Therapy greatly reduces the healing time for bruises by cleansing the extracellular spaces where these substances are trapped.

Q: Is lymphatic massage painful?

A: Performed properly it is not painful. The Vodder Technique is the most respected method of lymphatic massage in the world. It is NOT a traditional massage. It is a specialized, advanced bodywork modality that uses a gentle, rotating, pumping motion that moves the lymph fluid without increasing the blood circulation. Increasing the blood circulation with deep massage and heat can actually inhibit the movement of lymph fluid by changing the permeability of the lymph and blood vessels. Do NOT receive a general therapeutic, deep tissue, or Swedish Massage in lieu of a lymphatic massage.

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. Occassionally 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 6.
Q: What is an lymphatic massage like?

A: After an initial consultation, you will undress, lie down on a massage table in the face-up position, covered modestly with a sheet. The atmosphere is the same as a massage treatment room with dim lighting and soft music. Although you are in a massage setting, it is important to understand that a lymphatic massage is a specific form of bodywork designed to efficiently move lymph fluid in your body. MLD is completely different from deep tissue, Swedish, or relaxation massage that you may be expecting or have had in the past. Stimulation of the Lymphatic System activates the para-sympathetic nervous system producing an automatic physiological relaxation response. Many clients fall asleep. Only the area being worked on is undraped at any time. Gentle, rotating, pumping motions with the therapist’s hands and fingertips begin at the collarbone area, then focus on areas where there is a concentration of lymph nodes…the underarms, abdomen, groin, and back of the knees. Usually, the entire session is performed with you lying in the face-up position because all of the areas of lymph nodes that need to be decongested are located on the front of the body, although some surgeries do require the patient to turn side to side or face down for a short time if tolerated. Starting on the back (even for fat injections to the buttocks) would not be indicated because it is necessary to open up the major lymphatic areas on the front of your body before the backside of the body can drain. It is very important to decongest the areas of drainage in the groin, abdomen, underarms, and collarbone areas before sending extra lymph fluid to them. Directing lymph fluid to nodal areas without opening the lymph nodes up first increases the discomfort and overwhelms the nodes, leading to increased recovery time. Each session is one hour, although those who have several procedures at the same time might prefer a 90-minute session.

Q: How often is lymphatic massage after surgery or a liposuction?

A: The first week it is suggested that sessions be daily or every other day, if possible. The second week, every other day, reducing in frequency after that. It is not possible to get too much lymphatic massage and the sessions can be scheduled at your convenience.

Q: How soon after my surgery can lymphatic massage begin?

A: It is possible to begin within 48 hours. Most people wait until they can comfortably drive themselves to appointments.

Q: It has been over a month since I had my procedure. Is it too late to begin lymphatic massage?

A: No. The healing process after these types of procedures is several months. If it has been over a month since your procedure you can still get the soothing benefits of lymphatic massage. If it has been over 6 months since your procedure and you are still feeling lumps and hardness you should contact your doctor to make sure you have not developed fibrosis or a seroma.

Q: Do I need a prescription for a lymphatic massage treatment?

A: No. Although many doctors recommend lymphatic massage, it is also perfectly fine to self-refer.

Q: Will a lymphatic massage really work for me?

A: Yes. Patients typically feel a lot better after having just one lymphatic massage session, especially if they just had surgery. A typical sentiment after the lymphatic massage is feeling a reduction in swelling, an improved range of motion, and a general enhanced wellbeing.

Q: What is the lymphatic system and how does lymphatic massage help?
A: The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help the body get rid of waste and toxins. The function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid that has the infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. The lymphatic system contains vessels (similar to the veins and capillaries of the circulatory system) which connect to lymph nodes and is where the lymph is filtered. This is why all patients that undergo surgery have a lymphatic system that is hyperactive, and this is why lymphatic drainage is necessary after having surgery. Lymphatic drainage massage, also known as manual lymphatic drainage, relieves swelling that happens when medical treatment or illness blocks your lymphatic system. Lymphatic drainage massage involves gently manipulating specific areas of your body to help lymph move to an area with working lymph vessels.
Jasmin Berumen
Jasmin Berumen
00:19 17 Dec 21
If you are looking for post op massages from your plastic surgery look no further! Carolina has truly been my life... saver! I had an extended tummy tuck with fat transfer to my glutes. After 1month post op I started having complications and my tummy tuck incision opened up. I wasn’t able to wear my undergarments for 2months. After two months of healing, My doctor suggested it was time to get post op massages. I initially had booked with another spa. I ended going to one with amazing reviews. Unfortunately, I did not have a great experience. From unexperienced massage therapists. All they cared about was money. They were not helping me and I was not seeing any progress. I decided to look for another spa and came across Carolina. With only ONE session I immediately saw results. Carolina has truly helped me so much. She’s honestly THE best. Carolina is very experienced and knows exactly what she’s doing. I regret not coming to her sooner. Please look no further and book with Carolina, you will not be disappointed.read more
Cindy Ibarra
Cindy Ibarra
02:07 09 Dec 21
Carolina has helped me get through a super costly and important surgery. Lymphatic therapy has been crucial in my post... surgery care. The comfort brought by a single session is worth every second and penny and I would consider it a necessity. Thank you Carolina for all your help and I look forward to every session!read more
Christina Grow
Christina Grow
03:15 01 Dec 21
I had a tummy tuck and liposuction procedure in Oct. The doctor’s post operative healing process includeda weekly... lymphatic massage. After doing some research, I decided to see Carolina. Best decision ever. She is professional, prompt, knowledgeable and so, so caring.In order to help me heal fast, she also suggested cupping and lymphatic brushing. Taught me how to cup and even suggested the cupping kit. Another great item she advised me to buy were the Forma tu Cuerpo compresssion garments.I absolutely love the care, compassion and suggestions Carolina shared w me.Truly Godsent!!read more
Reyna Wygant
Reyna Wygant
19:33 17 Oct 21
I went to Carolina for post lipo/BBL lymphatic massages. She did a great job and is clearly a very experienced... therapist but also very knowledgeable of the lipo/BBL recovery process. The advice she offered me was very much appreciated. I had 4 with massages with her and because I was recovering well she did not push for more. Carolina is both very friendly and professional.read more
Kayla Hickey LeGrand
Kayla Hickey LeGrand
15:51 28 Sep 21
Carolina is the best!!! I cannot say enough about her skills and technique! Do not make a mistake by going somewhere... else!read more
Daniela Ducasson
Daniela Ducasson
21:53 24 Sep 21
Before making an appointment, I thoroughly researched for a therapist specialized in lymphatic drainage massage due to... my post surgery issues with a seroma. I found Carolina Pintos to be the only one truly qualified professional in this field. I saw results immediately after my first session with Carolina. She is extremely knowledgeable and professional. I recommend her 100%.read more
Monica Enamorado
Monica Enamorado
20:42 20 Aug 21
I love going to get my lymphatic massages with Carolina 💕 - it is so relaxing and so effective at helping shape... my body - I can see the results immediately and over time… I highly recommend her and her massage therapy 🙌✨👍🏻read more
Taina Hennemann
Taina Hennemann
19:52 14 Aug 21
Carloina is an amazing lymphatic masseuse!Within minutes of texting back and forth with her to make my first... appointment I felt like my health was a priority to her and like she genuinely had my best interest at heart.Even before seeing Carolina (while I was seeing a temporary lymphatic masseuse) she offered helpful feedback and advice. I felt safe in the care of others because I knew I had Carolina always looking out for me and willing to answer any questions that I had even before I had hired her.She was very professional as well as gentle &effective with her techniques and she was alway offered advice on tools and techniques that i could use at home to supplement the care I was getting from her.She even helped me to feel comfortable and understand certain concepts or medical situations that I wasn't understanding from my surgeon's nurseread more
Jessica Tremblay
Jessica Tremblay
15:42 10 Aug 21
Carolina is an incredible and talented massage therapist. I had 3 lymphatic massages with her and it helped me... tremendously. I also really appreciated her honesty. She told me after 3 massages that I wouldn't need any more massage because my body was healing properly. I recommend her to everyone.read more
Nacheal Kelley
Nacheal Kelley
00:48 28 Jul 21
I was referred to Carolina Pintos for a post surgery massage. From the moment I first reached out she has been SO... helpful and comforting. She is so informative and makes you feel so comfortable during the entire massage. I absolutely love her! She has answered every crazy question that I have had. She’s definitely been a blessing to me! As soon as my first post surgery massage was done I immediately felt better. I could move better, slept better and was honestly mad at myself that I hadn’t gone sooner. I’ve been a couple of times and have already booked my next appointment for next month. I can’t say enough about how wonderful she truly is and how much of a difference I see already.read more
tishkh
tishkh
22:45 10 Jul 21
I cannot say enough great things about Carolina. She really helped me with her lymphatic massages post surgery and... taught me things I could do at home. I have a great deal of swelling and scar tissue, which is painful, and she was able to make me feel better with improved mobility after each session. Thanks so much, Carolina!read more
Monica Allen-Lemon
Monica Allen-Lemon
02:22 30 Jun 21
Carolina P is a very excellent Therapist 👏, she knows her craft, very professional, friendly, experienced, ... knowledgeable, helpful, respectful and is now doing an extremely extensive job on me. I can already see great results from my 1st visit; I did my 2nd session today. It is as relaxing as could be. She goes above and beyond her call of duty; with her knowledge and complete expertise. She's an expert; an excellent one at what she does n offer.A person of excellent character and complete knowledge of her craft.I'm so very much happy 😊 to be in such great hands n an awesome person.Looking forward to my other visits..Thanks so much for all you do.Love you Carolina P....read more
Millette Tapiador
Millette Tapiador
21:33 23 Jun 21
I have no comparison, but I'm planning for at least six treatments over six months with Carolina because I see results... worth the investment. If I had a better budget, I'd go for every three weeks (and open to switching to every two weeks). I've done two lymphatic massage treatments so far. I see big differences both times. Even my aunt kept commenting the next day and days after, after the first treatment. She asked what I did. I've been trying to lymphatic massage myself for a few years now. I'm limited in knowledge, and reach! Two months ago I decided to find a specialist because another aunt has cancer. I know the lymph cleanses the body. The major lymph is beside the armpits, and upper inner thighs, near where breast cancer and prostate cancer happens.In addition, you can look great. My mom's chin is now mine, except after my treatments with Carolina! Booyahhhh!Ambiance: Treatment room feels clean and fresh, and just the right size. Most other places feel too small. Great location too.Carolina, herself, just the right countenance.Bonus: Yelp discount on second visit!read more
Catrice Harris
Catrice Harris
22:04 14 May 21
I contacted Carolina for lymphatic drainage massage. She is the third person I've gone to for this service, and I have... to say that I am extremely pleased. She did a quick assessment and helped me to appreciate what services would work best for my situation. She was very professional and knowledgeable as well. Even before leaving her office I felt a big difference. 24 hours later, I still feel lighter and healthier, and a lot more at ease with the fact that after just a handful of additional sessions there will be great improvement in my body. She also suggested helpful supplements and put me in contact with other resources that have been useful and beneficial. Overall, I would definitely recommend Carolina to help you get back to your best self!read more
Meredith Knight
Meredith Knight
16:55 18 Dec 20
Carolina’s technique is absolutely phenomenal! Her massages are my favorite. She really understands my body’s needs and... I have noticed significant improvement in my body since my first visit about three months ago. She’s the best!read more
Yvonne Alpough
Yvonne Alpough
15:29 12 Dec 20
I was lucky enough to find Carolina through a google search. I was a little nervous before my appointment but her... welcoming nature eased me right away. She helped me get the correct garments and also told me what I needed to do at home to further assist my recovery. Very professional & knowledgeable.read more
Ana M
Ana M
00:38 05 Dec 20
I went to Carolina after having a surgical procedure and definitely recommend her! She has so much knowledge and... experience and always made me feel comfortable. She gave me so much great advice for my post-op care and even went above and beyond to provide me links of things I would need. 10/10 recommend her!read more
sherry haynes
sherry haynes
03:18 10 Nov 20
I came to Ms Pinto after having extensive surgery over most of my body .. I was scared and didn’t know what to expect... because I couldn’t imagine someone touching me so soon after my procedure. She was caring , patient , and very knowledgeable of what to do to ease my pain. I am addicted to her massages and will be sad when I have to move on and stop seeing her. She will help you get the MOST from your cosmetic procedure. I highly recommend her.read more
Lewis Haag
Lewis Haag
17:39 07 Nov 20
Carolina is an expert in the field of lymphatic drainage and reduction of scar tissue for anyone that has had surgery... or other accident/event that hasnt healed by itself properly. She is one of kind - extremely educated in the science and a great human being. Results were fast and i truly believe she is one of the best in the US for anyone looking for lymphatic massage and help in healing.read more
Quin Menard
Quin Menard
01:35 30 Oct 20
OMG I don't even know where to begin. Let's just say I came to Carol a few days post op for a BBL. I was completely... swollen with fibrosis and Carol has been there for me every step of the way. She is so friendly and knowledgeable and she's made sure that I have received the proper treatment to where I'm almost completely free of my fibrosis. The thing that I like the most about Carol is that you can tell that she really cares. She understands the importance of post op massages and she will do whatever is needed to get her client where she needs them to be. I appreciate her so much, I don't know what I would have done if I wouldn't have found her when I did!read more
Kristie Neale
Kristie Neale
00:32 29 Sep 20
Carol is friendly, knowledgeable, thorough and professional, and it has been a pleasure to be her client! She's not... even the most expensive person out there. I highly recommend her to anyone that is looking for a lymphatic massage therapist. My results have been greatly enhanced by her services. I look great, I feel great, and I attribute it to a great doctor and a great Lymphatic Massage therapist!!read more
crystal richard
crystal richard
20:40 25 Sep 20
I went to Carolina 2 weeks after I did smart lipo. I was lumpy and bumpy. I was so scared it was going to be... permanent. She was amazing. She worked out all of lumps and told me all the things I needed to do at home to help with my results. She always worked with my crazy schedule. Thank you so much Carolina. I will see you soon!!read more
Sandra
Sandra
01:37 17 Sep 20
Amazing therapist! Carolina is knowledgeable, thoughtful, honest and super professional! I had the results she said I... would. It’s evident she knows her job and does not oversell the outcome of the therapy she provides. My only regret is that I didn’t find out about her sooner. She’s exceptional!read more
Destiny Allen
Destiny Allen
15:12 05 Sep 20
Carolina is the BEST! She is is very knowledgeable about the Post Op massages your body need. Carolina is professional... and friendly. My body feels so good, and the massages/treatments she gives has changed my body, and I feel so much better. I highly recommend Carolina for post op massages/treatments.read more
Kathy Crumpler
Kathy Crumpler
23:01 30 Aug 20
After having 360 liposuction, I had the great fortune of being recommended to Carolina Pintos Therapy for the lymphatic... and endomologie massages that are the next step on the road to recovery after my procedure. From the moment I met Mrs. Carolina, my friends and I were struck by her compassion, kindness and understanding. She did everything possible to put my friends and I at ease. She is extremely sweet and kind and even comforted me throughout the process, but what stands out is that she is consummately educated and extremely knowledgeable. Carolina is extremely accomplished and was able to answer all of my questions in a manner that I could understand. I am incredibly grateful. She is well beyond just being skillfully trained in the art of surgical massage. She is incredibly adept in her work. I had multiple lymphatic massages with her, and I could actually see the results of her work after every visit, transforming my body from a swelling mess to svelte contours. I had initially intended to try out different masseuses because I consider myself a careful consumer, but after meeting Carolina and experiencing her work the first time, I knew that there was no one better. I came in with literally bumps of swelling and hard pockets, and by the time she finished her work, I was taut and smooth. Not only is she skilled at lymphatic massages, but she is also brilliant with her endomologie massages. There is nothing that this woman cannot do! Her office is impeccably clean and soothing and the location is convenient as well. I am a new person after meeting her. Thank you, Carolina!!read more
Joanna
Joanna
18:42 19 Aug 20
Ms. Carolina Pintos has been an amazing therapist. She has helped me so much after my surgery and she makes sure I am... comfortable every visit. I would 100% recommend her to anyone who is looking for a post op therapist. Her goal is to get you feeling your best and getting you back to your normal life as soon as possible.read more
Ashley Powell
Ashley Powell
20:44 30 Jul 20
I came here for lymphatic massages after having a tummy tuck. Carolina is gentle, yet effective! I am so glad I found... her. After finishing all my massages, I had another procedure done which GREATLY reduced swelling and unevenness around my incision. I love my results!read more
Teandra Zackery
Teandra Zackery
11:19 10 Jul 20
Ms.Carolina is absolutely professional. She makes you feel right at home even if you are in her office . My first... experience with her services were amazing. She well educated me on everything she was doing during my massage. Thank you so much Ms. Carolina . She’s one of the best hands down she gets 5 stars in my book.read more
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