Post-Op Lymphatic Drainage Massage

post op lymphatic drainage massage

Imagine a post-surgery recovery that’s not only smoother but also more comfortable. Post-op lymphatic drainage massage can make this a reality for you. This specialised therapeutic technique is designed to enhance your healing process after cosmetic surgery by stimulating the lymphatic system to remove toxins and improve blood circulation.

If you’re a Sydney local and looking for a lymphatic drainage massage post-op near you, you’ve come to the right place.

At Ashbrooke Cosmetic Surgery in Sydney, we understand the importance of a smooth and comfortable healing process. Our post-op lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle, effective way to support your recovery. Contact us to schedule your appointment.

What is a Post-Op Lymphatic Massage

A post-op lymphatic drainage massage is a specific type of massage often used after surgery, particularly in cosmetic procedures. It is designed to optimise the functioning of lymph nodes, lymph vessels, circulatory and lymphatic systems and assists in removing excess fluid and toxins, reducing swelling, and promoting quicker healing.

Our trained therapist uses gentle pressure and hand movements as opposed to vigorous massage techniques, to encourage the flow of lymphatic fluids within your body. This can lead to improved comfort and potentially less noticeable scarring.

Benefits of a Post-Op Lymphatic Drainage Massage

There are numerous benefits of a manual lymphatic drainage massage for a smoother recovery after surgery which include:

  • Reduced Swelling: post-op lymphatic drainage massage can help minimise swelling, making your recovery more comfortable.
  • Enhanced Healing: It supports your body’s natural healing processes, assisting in the removal of toxins and waste products.
  • Pain Relief: This massage technique may alleviate post-surgical discomfort.
  • Improved Scar Tissue Formation: It could result in less noticeable scarring by promoting overall healing.

The above benefits may differ from patient to patient.

post op lymphatic drainage massage
At Ashbrooke Cosmetic Surgery, we use a state-of-the-art Astar Sonaris machine to perform a lymphatic drainage massage.

Possible Risks of Lymphatic Drainage Massages

This treatment is typically considered to be safe however, there are some cases when this may not be recommended:

  • Heart Condition: If you have a heart condition, lymphatic drainage massage may not be suitable for you.
  • Kidney Failure: Individuals with kidney failure should avoid lymphatic drainage massage.
  • Blood Clots: If you have blood clots, it’s advisable not to undergo this massage therapy.
  • Infection: Lymphatic drainage massage is not recommended if you currently have an infection.

The above risks may differ from patient to patient.

post op lymphatic drainage massage
If you have recently undergone cosmetic surgery, a post-op lymphatic drainage massage can help with your recovery.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Post-Op Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

This therapy is generally well-tolerated, but certain medical conditions or individual circumstances may warrant caution. For individuals who do not have underlying heart conditions, kidney failure, blood clot issues, or active infections, lymphatic drainage massage can be considered a beneficial option for improving their well-being.

It is important to consult with our doctor to discuss your specific health status and ensure that this therapy aligns with your individual needs and medical history.

How Do I Know If This Procedure Is Right for Me?

If you’ve recently undergone cosmetic or surgical procedures and wish to expedite healing, reduce swelling, and alleviate discomfort, this therapy could be a valuable addition to your recovery plan. It is particularly beneficial for individuals seeking a more comfortable and efficient recuperation process.

Post Operative Lymphatic Massage Treatment Explained

Let’s explore how this treatment is carried out with us:

Pre-treatment consultation

During the pre-treatment consultation, our doctor will discuss your medical history, the details of your surgery, and any specific concerns or goals you may have. This consultation allows us to tailor the treatment to your unique needs, ensuring a safe and effective massage session that aligns with your post-operative requirements.


The post-op lymphatic drainage massage treatment itself is a carefully administered therapy session performed by our skilled therapists. They employ gentle upward strokes, to target areas affected by swelling or discomfort. Their focus is on stimulating lymph fluid circulation to help your body eliminate excess fluids and waste products. This treatment, while gentle, plays a crucial role in enhancing your post-surgery recovery, reducing swelling, and promoting a more comfortable healing process.

Recovery and Aftercare

Our doctors will guide you through this phase, ensuring you manage any post-massage discomfort effectively. You’ll receive instructions on gradually returning to your normal activities. Managing pain and discomfort is a priority, and we’ll provide recommendations to make your recovery as smooth as possible.

Cost of Lymphatic Massages

The cost of your massage session is determined by factors such as the session duration, and the number of massages required. Our commitment is to provide exceptional value for your investment in your well-being and post-operative recovery.

For a detailed cost estimate tailored to your specific needs, please reach out to our friendly team.

Choose Us for Your Lymphatic Massage

At Ashbrooke Cosmetic Surgery, our experienced team is dedicated to ensuring your post-surgery recovery is as smooth as possible.

With personalised care and a commitment to your well-being, we are your trusted choice for this specialised massage therapy. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and experience the benefits of expert care during your recovery.

Dr Sarojini Nair

Dr Sarojini Nair

Dr Sarojini Nair is a widely recognised female cosmetic physicians and one of Australia’s leading cosmetic physicians. After her general practice stint and managing a busy medical centre for five years as its Medical Director, she turned her focus to cosmetic medicine. Dr Nair now runs the Ashbrooke Cosmetic Physicians in Sydney, one of Australia’s leading cosmetic clinics.

How to schedule a consultation

To book a consultation with Ashbrooke Cosmetic Physicians, please call us on (02) 9319 4739, email us at info@ashbrookesh.com.au or book online via our website.

Our location

Find us here:

Level 1, 573 Crown Street,
Surry Hills, NSW 2010,

Frequently Asked Questions

If you still have some questions below you can find our most frequently asked questions:

How long after surgery can I massage my lymph nodes?

The timing for a post-op lymphatic drainage massage which focuses on the lymph nodes varies depending on your specific surgery and the recommendations of our doctor. In many cases, you may be able to start gentle lymphatic drainage massage a few days after surgery.

What is a post-op lymphatic drainage massage?

Post-op lymphatic drainage massage is a specialised therapeutic technique designed to enhance recovery after surgery, especially cosmetic or plastic surgery. This gentle massage focuses on promoting lymphatic fluid circulation in the body, reducing swelling, and aiding in the removal of toxins and excess fluids. It contributes to a smoother and more comfortable healing process.

How many lymphatic massages will I need?

The number of post-operative lymphatic drainage massages an individual may require can vary significantly based on the type of surgery, the extent of the procedure, an individual’s unique physiology, and their healing process. However, the exact number is best determined on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the operating surgeon and a certified lymphatic massage therapist.

Is lymphatic drainage massage good after surgery?

Yes, lymphatic drainage massage can be highly beneficial after surgery, as it helps reduce swelling, improve healing, and alleviate discomfort. It plays a crucial role in supporting a smoother post-operative recovery.

What not to do after lymphatic drainage massage?

Avoid strenuous physical activity immediately after the massage, as this could increase swelling. Also, do not apply excessive pressure or manipulate the treated areas. It’s advisable to stay well-hydrated and avoid alcohol and caffeine for a few hours after the massage to support the body’s natural detoxification process.

*Downtime, results and effects may differ for each individual. Our doctor will explain the expected outcome for each person on a personal level.

This article is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a clinical assessment. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.

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