Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)

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A downside of cosmetic surgery is the initial after effects, such as swelling and bruising, which are experienced by patients post-surgery. The time it takes for the skin to recover can differ from person to person due to many factors such as age, general health, lifestyle etc, however, a course of MLD treatment makes the healing process MUCH faster.
MLD is frequently prescribed by our surgeons for liposuction and other cosmetic surgical procedures to ensure that patients get the very best results from their procedure.

How can MLD help?

Discomfort, swelling and bruising are common after cosmetic surgical procedures, and the flow of lymph can be interrupted by the surgery, which can result in reduced healing, fibrosis (scar tissue), dimpled, uneven skin and the possibility of developing seromas (pockets of serous fluid). Manual Lymphatic Drainage decongests the lymphatic system bringing back normal texture, definition and tone of the skin, and reduce swelling and bruising.

If you have multiple procedures simultaneously (liposuction, breast surgery and tummy tuck), MLD will be even more necessary to address swelling and tissue hardness.

What are the benefits of MLD after cosmetic surgical procedures?
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage can be used at a very early post-operative stage (usually after 2-3 days post surgery)
  • swelling and bruising are reduced quickly
  • the healing process is accelerated (those who don’t have MLD usually have a longer recovery time)
  • scarring and build-up of nodules are significantly reduced
  • tissue quality is improved and better visible results are achieved
  • fat residues (in case of liposuction) are quickly absorbed and processed by the lymphatic system
  • local inflammation is reduced or even inhibited
  • pain is decreased
What types of cosmetic surgery can benefit from MLD?


Nose-reshaping (rhinoplasty)

  • Brow-and eye lid surgery (blepharoplasty)
  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast lift
  • Breast reduction
  • Liposuction
  • Brazilian Butt Lift
  • Tummy tuck
  • Arm lift
  • Thigh lift
  • Body lift
  • Abdominoplasty (e.g. after gastric band operation and fast weighloss; pregnancy)
Are there any side effects to the MLD treatment?

There are usually no bad side effects and it is perfectly safe to eat before and after a Manual Lymphatic Drainage treatment. It helps to drink some water after your treatment and you may need to go to the toilet more often, as the re-energised lymphatic system starts to recycle excess fluid and waste. After an MLD treatment, you should feel more relaxed and clear headed!lymphatic drainage

What happens at each MLD session?

At an Manual Lymphatic Drainage session you will be asked to remove some of your clothing and lie down on the treatment bed where you will be covered in towels to keep you warm. You are now in the qualified hands of your MLD therapist, so lie back and enjoy one of the most relaxing treatments you have ever experienced. As no oils or powders are used it is completely safe even for those with sensitive skin.

How long does each MLD session last?

Your session will normally last 1 hour.


How many MLD sessions should I have?

This depends on your surgeon’s recommendation but it’s usually a minimum of 10 post-surgery for liposuction and possibly more for other types of surgery.  Do ask your surgeon how many sessions you are likely to require as each person’s needs will be different.


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