Lymphatic massage can be performed after surgery. I especially find it helpful after work on the face. (facelift, blepharoplasty, etc)
The lymphatic system is a complicated group of nodes, vessels, ducts and capillaries which drain fluid from the tissues back to the circulatory system via the subclavian veins in the neck. The lymphatic system is both at the surface in the skin and deep within the organs as well. The majority of lymphatic massage is performed to assist the drainage of congested fluid in the tissues or skin.
Lymphatic massage is a gentle, pain-free treatment during which the provider massages the tissue in a rhythmic “stretch and release” pattern. This is done in a specific direction based on and understanding of the physiological principles of lymphatic flow.
Lymphatic massage can enhance recovery after surgery by minimizing the congestion in the treated area.
Most patients experience lymphatic massage as deeply relaxing.