Post-Op Massage & Treatments

Experience our expert personalized postoperative care, designed for rapid recovery and minimal scar tissue formation. Our expert therapists specialize in postoperative lymphatic massages, which are crucial for promoting healing and reducing swelling, while also focusing on minimizing scar tissue accumulation and restoring strength and range of motion through our tailored treatment plans.​ 

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Accelerates Recovery

reduce scar tissue

Reduces Scar Tissue Formation

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Decreases Swelling, Inflammation, and Pain

boost immune system

Boosts Immune System & Metabolism

improve blood circulation

Improves Blood Circulation

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Helps With Range Of Motion

Included With Your Treatment

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Pretreatment Assessments

Identify your unique needs.

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Customized Therapy

Develop you a personalized treatment plan to reduce swelling, accelerate healing, and focus on minimizing fibrosis.

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Collaboration With Surgeons

Speak with your doctor on any therapy changes and adjustments.

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Recovery Garment Guidance

Provide you guidance on garment requirements and assist in selecting the most suitable recovery garments.


Educational Support

Help you with information about the recovery process, essential best practices, and crucial in-home activities you should follow and avoid for optimal healing.

After Surgery Services

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Our clinic is conveniently located on the west side of Houston in the Energy Corridor, accessible to those in Katy, Spring, Sugar Land, Bellaire, and other surrounding areas.

Post-Op Lymphatic Drainage

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Post-op lymphatic massage is a modified version of a traditional lymphatic massage, aimed at facilitating the removal of excess fluids and waste products following a variety of surgeries, including liposuction, tummy tucks, and procedures in orthopedics, oncology, orthodontics, and more. This technique is highly effective in reducing swelling and inflammation during the acute inflammatory stage post-surgery, contributing to a smoother and more efficient recovery process.

Post-Op Lymphatic Drainages Session

50 Minutes


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Fibrosis Treatment

High-speed vibration technology, featuring high-frequency, short-stroke vibration energy, expertly targets therapeutic areas to reduce pain and release scar tissue. The motorized hammer device in this technology offers dual motion capability, rotating at over 10,000 revolutions per minute for deep, effective therapeutic penetration. Combined with other advanced clinical techniques, the Pro3 system delivers exceptional outcomes, particularly in alleviating pain and breaking down scar tissue.

Cupping therapy is an effective approach to enhance post-surgery flexibility and promote pain relief. The therapy’s suction technique not only increases collagen and elastin but also releases fascia and breaks down scar tissue, leading to a significant improvement in range of motion. Additionally, it stimulates blood flow to the targeted areas, further facilitating mobility. Supported by research, cupping is recognized as a safe and effective method for increasing mobility and aiding the healing process.

Endermologie for scar tissueVacuum treatment is another effective post-operative recovery method, utilizing a mechanical rotating wheel with a vacuum to massage the skin to release the fascia and reduce scar tissue.

Endermologie for scar tissueRadio Frequency (RF) stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, making scar tissue more flexible, which facilitates its release and the use of suction cups or a suction machine.

Endermologie for scar tissueIn some cases where scar tissue has formed in fatty areas, the use of ultra cavitation is necessary to minimize the fatty layer so that the tissue can be released. Similarly, ultracavitation is used to reduce seromas with the supervision and permission of a doctor.

$19 | Add-On Service

Kinesiology TapKinesiology tape, also known as kinesio tape or simply KT tape, is a popular form of athletic tape that has gained recognition for its therapeutic properties. This elastic adhesive tape has been utilized for a wide range of conditions, including post-plastic surgery.

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Fibrosis Treatment Session

50 Minutes


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In-Home Post-Op Lymphatic Drainage

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Experience the convenience of our in-home Post-Op Lymphatic Drainage service. Our skilled therapists bring this treatment directly to you, enhancing your postoperaive recovery in the comfort of your home.

In-Home Post-Op Lymphatic Drainages Session

50 Minutes

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Why Choose Carolina Pintos for Post-Op Therapy?

We do medical lymphatic drainage within 24 hours after surgery, or when the doctor clears. Our lymphatic drainage focuses on stimulating the lymph nodes and guiding the fluid to its appropriate path. We also assist in the drainage using the doctor’s JP drainage.

We don’t poke the incision and reopen that after the doctor removes the drains. This is where some therapists go wrong. Other red flags are drainages while the patient is sitting, draining to a barrier, and using heat post-op.

The unique advantage of booking with our clinic is that you’re getting advice from physical therapists specialized in post-surgery, rather than someone who just got a massage therapy license (6 month course).

Fibrosis After Surgery

Fibrosis, often a post-surgery issue like after liposuction, involves scar tissue formation leading to stiffness and sometimes pain. Our clinic offers treatments like lymphatic massage to reduce fluid buildup and improve mobility, RF (Radio Frequency) therapy for collagen production and skin elasticity, and vacuum therapy for enhanced blood flow and lymphatic drainage. These therapies work together to minimize fibrosis, ensuring a smoother and faster recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What the Carolina Pintos post-surgery treatment process?

A: At Carolina Pintos Therapy, our commitment to providing personalized care to our patients involves developing a tailored treatment plan that addresses their unique physiological needs. We initiate our post-cosmetic surgery treatment plan during the acute inflammatory stage, which typically occurs 1-2 days after surgery. At this stage, we employ post-surgical lymphatic drainage to aid in reducing inflammation and swelling. As patients progress beyond this stage, usually around the second week after surgery, we introduce a more intense post-surgical massage that includes fascia release techniques. To further facilitate recovery, we utilize High-Speed Vibration Technology, to release scar tissue that has formed. Subsequently, we introduce radiofrequency, suction cups, and a suction machine to improve the appearance of scar tissue and the overall quality of tissue. Ultra cavitation may also be introduced in specific areas if deemed necessary. Our goal is to provide comprehensive care to our patients throughout their post-surgery recovery process, ensuring a successful outcome.

Q: Is a post surgery lymphatic massage similar to a deep tissue massage?

A: No. A deep tissue massage works on the muscular system, whereas a post-op lymphatic drainage massage targets the lymphatic system. Deep tissue massage and heat are not beneficial and are not recommended after cosmetic surgery (like liposuction, breast lift or/and augmentation, facelift, neck lift, tummy tuck, brachioplasty, thigh lift, body lift, BBL, etc.). Although it may seem that deep tissue massage would assist in decreasing the hardness following plastic surgery, it actually increases inflammation and makes it harder to evacuate the lymph fluid. In summary, do not get a deep tissue massage; get a post-surgery lymphatic massage instead. Even though a lymphatic massage is extremely light, it is the most efficient way to reduce swelling and bruising and promote healing.

Q: What to expect after your post-surgery massage and treatment?

A: After your post-surgery massage and treatment, you can expect to reduce your recovery time, eliminate toxins and body fluid buildup, and feel better overall. You may also notice an improvement in your energy level and an increase in your range of motion. Additionally, the post-surgery machine treatment will also help reduce the formation of unwanted scar tissue and other postoperative complications.

Q: How many massages or machine treatments will I need after my surgery procedure?

A: To prepare for a surgical procedure, it’s recommended to receive at least one or two lymphatic massage treatments. After your cosmetic surgery, we suggest getting a post-operative lymphatic massage every other day for two weeks. Patients who undergo multiple procedures simultaneously, such as liposuction and a tummy tuck, BBL and tummy tuck, or a mommy makeover, will require extended treatment to accommodate for the added recovery time. The use of medical machines will depend on your inflammatory stage, health condition, and treatment goals, which will be discussed with the lead therapist during your consultation or treatment.

Q: What is the total cost of treatment?

A: Our services include Post Surgery Lymphatic Massages, which are priced at $129 per session. These massages are an essential part of the recovery process after cosmetic surgery, helping to reduce swelling and promote healing. Once you’ve progressed in your recovery, we use medical equipment in conjunction with the treatment to yield even better results. This phase of the treatment is priced at $169 per session.

We understand that some patients may have difficulty commuting to our clinic, especially during the immediate recovery period. To address this, we offer in-home post-op massage sessions for $290, providing our expert care in the comfort of your own home.

Your lead therapist will determine the number of sessions needed based on your unique situation. It’s worth noting that we have a loyalty program to help reduce your costs. On every third session, you’ll receive $25 in loyalty rewards, which you can use towards other services or even gift to a friend or family member (points expire in 12 months).

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: When should you avoid post-op massage?

A: If you have an active infection, a blood clot, or if your doctor has advised you to avoid outside treatments following your surgery, you should refrain from receiving post-operative massage.

Q: Is it too late to begin post-op massage or treatment if it has been a few weeks or months after my surgery?

A: No, absolutely not. The healing process for cosmetic procedures can take several months. Even if it has been months since your procedure, you can still benefit from post-op treatments to aid in the recovery process.

Surgery recovery is a crucial process that should be taken seriously to ensure that no complications arise. Even if some time has passed since your procedure, post-operative treatment and massage can still be beneficial in helping the healing process.

Q: What is included and what should I expect with my treatment?

A: During the pre-treatment assessment, we will explain your current post-op state and provide an estimate of how many sessions and what types of treatments will be necessary for you to recover as effectively as possible. We will then create a customized therapy treatment plan that includes different types of massages and the use of medical machines to address any post-surgery complications such as scar tissue. In addition to the in-office treatment, we will provide you with a list of cupping and stretching techniques that you can do at home to improve mobility, release fascia, and promote healing. We will also assist with garment fitting, including teaching you how to properly wear lipo foams and boards and ensuring that you have the right size of compression garments. As part of the recovery process, we will educate you about the different inflammatory stages and provide a list of dos and don’ts to prevent complications like blood clotting.

Q: How is post-surgery lymphatic massage different from regular lymphatic drainage massage?

A: After cosmetic surgery, the tissue undergoes trauma, and this requires a different approach in lymphatic massage. Post-operative lymphatic massage employs a specific pressure that accounts for this trauma, which is different from regular lymphatic drainage massage. Additionally, post-surgery lymphatic massage may involve rerouting the lymph fluid and focusing on the affected areas, whereas regular lymphatic drainage massage typically covers the entire body.

Q: What surgeries may require a post-op massage or treatment?

A: After undergoing invasive cosmetic surgery such as liposuction, breast lift, breast implants, facelift, neck lift, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, brachioplasty, thigh lift, body lift, Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), or C-section, post-operative massage and treatment may be necessary for proper recovery and to prevent inflammation or scar tissue formation. Additionally, medical massage treatments may also be recommended for those recovering from cancer treatments to help boost immune system function.

Q: Do Fajas really work?

A: Fajas, or compression garments, can be beneficial in certain situations, particularly during post-operative recovery from cosmetic surgery. They are designed to provide consistent pressure on the treated area, offering several advantages. Wearing a faja can help minimize swelling and inflammation during the recovery process, as the consistent pressure aids in reducing these symptoms. In addition, fajas can encourage better blood circulation, which may contribute to a quicker recovery and lower the risk of complications.

By providing gentle compression, fajas can also support the healing process, ensuring that surgical incisions remain in place for smoother healing and potentially reducing the appearance of scars. Furthermore, fajas can enhance comfort after surgery by offering additional support and stability to the body.

It is essential to note that individual results may vary, and the effectiveness of fajas can depend on factors such as the specific surgical procedure, the individual’s body type, and the quality of the garment. It is always recommended to consult with a qualified medical professional for personalized advice and guidance regarding the use of fajas in your specific situation.

Q: Can post surgery treatment or massage be bad during my liposuction recovery or cosmetic surgery recovery ?

A: Post-surgery massage and treatment are essential for fast and proper healing. The technique and use of proper machines play a significant role in achieving the best results and relief. When administered correctly, post-operative treatment provides numerous benefits, including improving the healing process, reducing scar tissue buildup, enhancing skin elasticity, reducing swelling, and improving range of motion, among others. Therefore, post-operative treatment is a must.

However, we advise against wet drainages, also known as Colombia massages, and wood therapy during your liposuction or cosmetic surgery recovery. We find these treatments to be too invasive and harsh on the body after surgery, posing a significant risk of infection.

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should avoid incisional drainage
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Q: Is massage after surgery safe?

A: If you’ve recently undergone surgery, you may be wondering when it’s safe to begin receiving medical massages. While some people prefer to wait until they are able to drive themselves to appointments, it is possible to start receiving post-op lymphatic massages as early as 24 hours after surgery. However, before beginning any post-surgery procedures, it’s important to check with your doctor to ensure they are safe for your recovery.

At our clinic, we offer post-operative lymphatic massages to promote healing, reduce swelling, and prevent scar tissue buildup. Our experienced therapists use specialized techniques and medical equipment to optimize your results and relieve discomfort. Your lead therapist will determine the number of sessions required to aid your unique recovery process.

For those who have difficulty commuting to our clinic, especially during the immediate recovery period, we also offer in-home post-operative massage sessions for $290. This service brings our expert care to the comfort of your own home.

It’s worth noting that we offer a loyalty program where you can earn $25 in loyalty rewards on every third session to reduce your overall cost.

Q: How soon after my surgery can one get a post-op lymphatic massage??

A: If you’ve recently undergone surgery, you may be wondering when it’s safe to begin receiving lymphatic massages. While some people prefer to wait until they are able to drive themselves to appointments, it is possible to start receiving lymphatic massage as early as 24 hours after surgery. However, before beginning any post-surgery procedures, it’s important to check with your doctor to ensure they are safe for your recovery.

For those who have difficulty commuting to our clinic, especially during the immediate recovery period, we also offer in-home post-operative massage sessions for $290. This service brings our expert care to the comfort of your own home.

It’s worth noting that we offer a loyalty program where you can earn $25 in loyalty rewards on every third session to reduce your overall cost.

Q: What is the Carolina Pintos recommendation or opinion on draining the surgical wound site, also known as wet drainages or Colombian drainage?

A: One important aspect of our approach is that we do not perform wet drainages at our clinic. This technique involves opening the incision and applying pressure to push fluid out, but it can actually increase the inflammatory process. The body responds by producing more fluid, which prolongs the inflammatory process and leads to more fibrosis, more fluid buildup, and prolonged healing time. Additionally, wet drainages increase the risk of infection because they involve opening the incision.

Instead of wet drainages, we focus on stimulating the lymphatic system through a modified form of lymphatic drainage massage. Our therapists use light pressure and long, rhythmic strokes to move lymphatic fluid toward lymph nodes, helping to reduce swelling and inflammation. In cases where rerouting of fluid is necessary due to removed lymph nodes, or surgical scars, our therapists are trained to use their knowledge of lymph vessel passages to reroute the fluid to another lymph node.

In conclusion, wet drainages are not ideal for post-operative care and should not be called lymphatic drainages because they do not have an effect on the lymphatic system. At Carolina Pintos Therapy, we prioritize the health and well-being of our patients, and that’s why we utilize techniques that have been shown to be effective and safe for post-operative recovery.

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Selimar RiveraSelimar Rivera
20:53 01 Mar 24
Ann was great! Very attentive, explained everything and made me feel comfortable at all times
Maha KhanMaha Khan
20:22 29 Feb 24
Carolina Pinto spa is wonderful, quiet, and elegant. Jaqueline, whom I see is fabulous !!She is very kind and listens to my concerns and is a thorough professional. I’ve never had lymphatic drainage... massages in this style, they have really helped so much and I feel so refreshed after! Definitely book an appointment and see for yourself!!read more
Ashley StinsonAshley Stinson
21:25 27 Feb 24
I had surgery 2/20 and was nervous about coming in a few days post op, but Ann did such a phenomenal job! She was delicate yet firm in all the right places, and I was shocked at how much better I... looked immediately after my appointment. Ann’s background as a nurse and passion for lymphatic massage is very impressive, and I am excited to come back and see her again.read more
Andrea VillalobosAndrea Villalobos
03:14 27 Feb 24
Alexandra Knight IncAlexandra Knight Inc
17:39 26 Feb 24
Fantastic !!!
Holly SmithHolly Smith
14:41 25 Feb 24
Simply amazing! Ann is fantastic and does such a wonderful, amazing job. I’ve been receiving lymphatic facials and you can literally see the difference immediately after! 100% recommend going here,... especially after a surgery like I had.read more
Ngozi NNgozi N
23:30 23 Feb 24
Pretty clean spot. Great customer service and techs. Jacqueline is the best!
José MercedJosé Merced
23:17 23 Feb 24
Verlene, was awesome. She helps me out with all the areas and most importantly explained to me how everything works. I feel way much better and it is just the beginning 😉
Angelica BeltranAngelica Beltran
18:00 23 Feb 24
My first experience here totally exceeded my expectations! It’s really difficult to find a place in Houston that offers these services. When I called to make my appointment, I had lots of questions,... and the receptionist put Carolina on the phone to help me out and choose the right treatment for me according to what my doctor had ordered. I am very happy I found this place and I am grateful for Carolina’s expertise and also my therapist Verlene. She was patient, knowledgeable and very kind. I cannot wait for follow up appointment.read more

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