Kelamis Plastic Surgery has partnered with Cindy Dewitt, LMT, CLT of Willow Wood Therapeutic Massage to offer our clients a safe place to receive therapeutic massage that helps your body heal faster, regenerate new tissues, and remove toxins.
Willow Wood Therapeutic Massage
Cindy Dewitt, LMT, CLT is the owner of Willow Wood Therapeutic Massage. She is passionate about postoperative lymphatic care! She offers complimentary preoperative consultations for those having tummy tucks, face lifts, breast augmentation, breast lift, Brazilian butt lift, liposuction, gender-affirming procedures, thigh lift, arm lift, etc. For more information and to schedule a pre-op therapeutic massage appointment call Cindy at (479) 225-5442 or visit her website.Visit Website
What is the lymphatic system?
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues, vessels, and organs that work together to move lymph back into your circulatory system. As lymph travels through your body, it delivers nutrients to cells and tissues and receives waste products to be filtered out in the lymph nodes. The key functions of the lymphatic system include maintaining fluid levels in your body, absorbing fats from your digestive tract, protecting your body from foreign invaders, removing waste products and abnormal cells from the lymph, and returning healthy fluid back into the circulatory system.
What is Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a dry technique that uses very light touch to gently and rhythmically move lymph through the body, especially away from swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the function of the lymphatic system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, MLD can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling, and strengthened resistance to illness.
What are the benefits of Manual Lymph Drainage
When the lymphatic system is damaged through injury, illness, or surgery, many complications can occur. Lymph can collect in areas causing swelling, and hindering your body’s ability to heal and fight infection or illness. Manual lymph drainage re-routes lymph from damaged areas to maintain a healthy flow. It helps to reduce scarring and is a proven way to get the most benefit out of your surgical experience.
What can I expect from an MLD session?
MLD is always done on the skin directly, without the use of any oils, lotions or waxes. Because the lymph we are stimulating is directly under the skin, it is important to work directly with the skin without any additional barriers.
When should I start MLD sessions?
MLD sessions ideally begin just prior to surgery. Once your surgery is completed, you can start as soon as your incision is closed, usually without a couple of days post op.
How many sessions should I have?
Week one: Daily sessions; 5 sessions. Week two: Move to every-other-day; 3 sessions. Week three: Move to 2 sessions You and your therapist will evaluate your progress and needs as you move toward ideal healing.
How long does a session last?
An MLD session can last from 60-90 minutes.
How can I prepare for an MLD session?
Come to your MLD session with a bathing suit, or similar garments on under your clothing to allow for your privacy needs. Additionally, be sure to drink plenty or water prior to and after your sessions.
What should I do after an MLD session to get the most out of my experience?
Drink plenty or water, maintain your MLD sessions as directed, and perform self-MLD between sessions as directed by your practitioner. If garments are recommended, follow instructions carefully and rely on your Certified Lymphedema Therapist to provide guidance and support.