Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy and the Healing Process
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues and processes out via the kidneys.The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system.
The Sonagenics™ method for face and body pre operatively prepares the tissues for surgery by draining fluid from the cells that create puffiness and sagging of the face, detoxifies tissues and stimulates the immune system.
Post operatively, MLD alleviates post-surgical edema, reduces pain and inflammation and reverses the build up of toxins due to the effects of medication and lack of physical activity, cleans out the connective tissue and increases the bodies’ natural energy flow and vitality.
Some swelling, discomfort and bruising usually accompany surgical procedures and is normal.
MLD will speed your healing significantly and break down any scar deposits that may form.
QUESTIONS OFTEN ASKED:
After having surgery I can’t imagine being massaged. Won’t the treatment be painful?
Answer: No. Most patients say Post Operative Lymph Drainage massages feel great. The touch has been described as inviting and wonderful!
How can I expect to feel after a treatment?
Answer: Most patients, depending on the procedures notice and immediate feeling of being lighter and less stiff. Increased urination is normal after treatments to release waste.
How many treatments do I need?
Answer: Most surgical patients need 3 one hour treatments but for multiple procedures as many as 6 and more will be necessary for the healing process.
What about scarring?
Answer: MLD can significantly reduce the formation of scar tissue when a treatment plan is followed through before scar tissue develops. Special formulas will also help to prevent keloids of incisions from forming.
What are the costs of MLD treatments?
One hour face $150.00
One hour full body$180
One and one-half hours $270.00
Will insurance cover my MLD treatments?
Answer: Insurance does not cover MLD treatments as cosmetic surgery is elective and not considered a necessity. Manual Lymphatic drainage is considered a skin treatment and therefore not coded by the medical profession unless someone is a Type 1 lymphodema patient.
My healing time is an issue because of work and events. Will the treatments speed up my healing time?
Answer: You can expect accelerated healing, physical relief and diminishment of swelling and bruising and look more normal.