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Do I need massages after lipo?

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Do I need massages after lipo?

Postby Angiega » Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:54 am

I will be getting a TT, and Lipo to my waist, hips, back, and arms. A friend of mine told me I will need at least two or three massages the week after surgery. However, another friend swears I will need a massage every single day the first week after surgery, and then at least three the following week.... :shock: I'm a bit worried about the cost. What do you guys think?

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Re: Do I need massages after lipo?

Postby amandav » Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:34 am

I am 6 days post liposuction, and am waaaay too tender to have a massage. The thought of any pressure on my sides makes me cringe! Many on this board get frequent massages to help the lumps and bumps even out, or they do self massage daily. Breaking up scar tissue seems to be a common theme as to why massage is helpful. My plastic surgeon recommended self massage when I am able to tolerate it (which I assume will be in the next five to seven days or so).

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Re: Do I need massages after lipo?

Postby lauriloo » Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:19 am

I just massage myself. I could never afford to pay someone to massage me and since I've NEVER had someone massage me, I don't know if I would like it anyway. Can't imagine how it would be to have someone push on the sore spots when they have no idea what hurts. I know how hard I can press on the lumps and bumps and it works just fine.
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Re: Do I need massages after lipo?

Postby Angiega » Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:55 pm

Gosh, I wonder why my friend seems to think I'll need a massage everyday the first week then...sounds like it's not a common practice after lipo...
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Re: Do I need massages after lipo?

Postby lauriloo » Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:58 pm

My surgeon didn't tell me to massage until about the 2nd or 3rd week. The area is too tender and swollen the first week. Do what your doctor says, not anyone else.
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Re: Do I need massages after lipo?

Postby Bugjune » Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:39 pm

More typical would be for the person to have ultrasound or cool laser treatments in the days following surgery. These procedures are either done by your surgeon or at a physical therapy clinic. Neither one is in the least bit intrusive or painful. But both work very well penetrating the skin (ultrasound with sound waves; laser with light) to actually stimulate cell repair and circulation.

Ask your surgeon what s/he recommends for after-care treatments. My ultrasound cost $35 per session, and I had just 4 of them. The cool laser was done for free by my surgeon.

Massage - at least for me - came WEEKS later, after the tenderness diminished somewhat. I only do self-massage, using a combination of a massage wand and my fingertips.
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Re: Do I need massages after lipo?

Postby Angiega » Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:30 am

Okay, but technically I don't "need" to get a massage at all after lipo?
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Re: Do I need massages after lipo?

Postby Bugjune » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:20 am

YES. Technically you DO need to massage at some point after lipo. You would probably not do it for the first 2 weeks or more ... but at some point you WILL WANT TO MASSAGE.

There is hardly a lipo I've seen that delivers 100% smooth results. There are always either small bumps, big indentations, large ropes, or some combination of these that extend across the areas lipoed. The only way to smooth down and soften that tissue before it hardens into permanent scar tissue is to massage.

It's the timing of massage that I wanted to emphasize: not right away. But within a couple weeks of lipo. Got it? Good! =D>
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Re: Do I need massages after lipo?

Postby drdisaia » Sun Oct 11, 2009 9:56 am

Hello,

Not usually. I do not arrange or recommend massage as part of the recovery for liposuction but opinions will vary.
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Re: Do I need massages after lipo?

Postby sandra.t » Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:50 pm

Hello Angiega,

Another alternative to endermologie to help with post lipo smoothness is the Wellbox, which is a home device that is based on endermologie. It uses the same rolling/suction technique and is actually made by the same company that makes the professional endermologie machines. This helps with cellulite too, and also has attachments for the face, which don't use suction, to help with wrinkles.

The great thing about the Wellbox is that you can use it at home and it costs less than all of those endermologie sessions. If you are using it only for the post-op effects, you can also rent it from Make Me Heal for either one or two months and save a ton of money on treatments. You can also do it on your own time at home.

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Re: Do I need massages after lipo?

Postby earthdiva » Fri Nov 13, 2009 8:43 am

MASSAGE MASSAGE MASSAGE!

I started getting massages on day 1 after lipo. Yes, it hurts, but beauty comes at a price. You start with a different type of massage. Use arnica gel or lotion as your massage lotion. It helps with the pain of it all.

I had smartlipo in Mexico 2 years ago, and I massaged myself. Within a week, I was getting massages a couple of times per week from someone else. If there was a lump or a bump, I just focused on that more and more.

I had tumescent lipo with fat grafting 10 days ago. I have gotten massages every business day from a lady at the clinic where I had my surgery and boy does it make you feel better. There is a process to it. Because with this type of lipo they inject a whole lot of fluid into you, the first few massages are for draining that fluid. They are not what you think of when you think of a regular massage. They are lymphatic drainage as well as ( I know this is gross) pushing the fluid out of the incision sites. I feel like a whole new person after I leave her. I also did self massages in the shower to encourage the fluid to drain out of the incisions. Based on my experience, I am convinced that this is a very important part of a positive lipo experience.
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Re: Do I need massages after lipo?

Postby sandra.t » Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:06 pm

I couldn't agree with you more Earthdiva,

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Re: Do I need massages after lipo?

Postby gita » Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:40 pm

I never had any massage at all. I'm 2 months post-op and there is no swelling, ropiness, bumps, dents, or anything. I am very, very happy with my results and my doc. :) :) :) :) :)
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Re: Do I need massages after lipo?

Postby lililly » Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:13 pm

massage massage massage.

i'm 2 weeks post op and i have had daily treatments (lymphatic drainage, ultrasound, cool laser, gentle endermologie and massage with arnica cream) since day 4.

i could not believe that i could have anyone touch my skin when i turned up for my first treatment - and no, it's not exactly enjoyable, BUT i feel heaps better for it. there is no way i could achieve the same results with self massage.

in the bigger scheme of things, the additional cost doesn't matter too much. you've forked out a lot of money for the procedure, make sure you get the best possible result out of it.
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