Manual Lymphatic Drainage is one of our most popular treatments at Kat & Co. In fact, we recommend MLD to most of our surgical patients due to its amazing benefits for recovery, pain and swelling. However, MLD can be beneficial for anyone, even if you haven’t undergone a surgical procedure: it can remove excess toxins and fluids, and promote a general sense of wellbeing and healthiness.
In this article we will run through all the various benefits of MLD and explain how it can help your body.
What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
Manual lymphatic drainage is an advanced massage which uses a range of gentle specialised and rhythmic pumping techniques to stimulate the lymphatic system which plays important roles in our immune system, fat transport and drainage of the fluids between cells.
Lymphatic drainage is both preventative and remedial, and can enhance wellbeing. The massage is deeply relaxing, promotes healing, and controls swelling. It also relieves fluid congestion and is an effective component of the treatment and control of lymphoedema.
MLD should only be performed by a trained lymphatic drainage specialist. Our therapists undergo extensive training and follow emerging techniques to provide the best results.
What is the lymphatic system?
The lymphatic system is a part of your immune system; a network of organs (vessels and nodes) that moves lymph through your bloodstream. It has many important functions, including:
- Protecting your body from infection and illness
- Maintaining your body’s fluid levels
- Removing cellular waste
- Absorbing fats from the digestive tract
What is lymph?
The lymph is a clear fluid, similar to the blood, that contains nutrients and oxygen. However, unlike blood, lymph does not contain red and white blood cells. It travels around the cells to nourish them and take away discarded cellular materials including toxins. The lymph flows slower than the blood and can be easily slowed further by a poor diet or lack of exercise. MLD is important because it removes any obstructions to the lymphatic system, allowing it to flow more freely and act more effectively.
What are the benefits of MLD?
Manual Lymphatic Drainage can have numerous benefits, not only for surgical patients, but also for general health and wellbeing:
- Reduces stress and lowers blood pressure with a calming effect on the autonomic nervous system
- Stimulates the immune system, improving the body’s defences to illness
- Generates a relaxing effect by stimulating the parasympathetic system
- Can help to treat problems with blood circulation
- Stimulates kidney functions and regulates the body’s water balance
- Can help to reduce constipation by toning the intestines
Our surgical patients are advised to have a course of MLD following surgery. Manual lymphatic drainage is particularly effective at controlling swelling after Facelifts, Blepharoplasties, Rhinoplasties, Vaser liposuction, Tummy Tucks and other body contouring procedures. This massage is also prescribed for patients with facial swelling such as festoons. Specific benefits include:
- Helps to reduce fluids which are accumulated during and after your procedure
- Can help to reduce pain caused by excess fluids (seroma)
- Reduces swelling and bruising
- Reduces fibrosis
- Speeds up recovery
- Reduces cellulite by stimulating circulation and reducing fat deposits
- Hydrates the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and stretch marks
- Reduces varicose veins
- Helps with definition and tired legs
What are our recommendations for Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
The usual recommendation for patients is to have 6 sessions over a 2 week period, starting from 1 to 7 days after surgery.
MLD for the face costs £65 for a single treatment, and £180 for a course of three
MLD for the body costs £85 for a single treatment, and £240 for a course of three