Veteran Owned Reflections Cosmetic Surgery

After you have cosmetic surgery, particularly a body procedure like a tummy tuck, liposuction, or a mommy makeover, you want to heal as quickly as possible. You want to feel better so you can get back to your daily routine, but you also are excited to see the results of your procedure more quickly. While rest, gentle activity, and following your post-op instructions are key, lymphatic drainage massage can accelerate your recovery period.

Lymphatic massage (LM) is a specific type of massage therapy used to decrease the amount of body edema or swelling by facilitating transport of excessive soft tissue fluid into the lymphatic system.


During lymphatic massage sessions the therapist uses manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) techniques to mobilize fluid from a particular body area into the lymphatic outflow system. Using a set of various repetitive strokes over swollen soft tissue the therapist facilitates transport of extra tissue fluid into lymphatic vessels, nodes, main lymphatic trunks and finally into systemic blood stream to be further excreted out by kidneys.

One of the side effects of cosmetic surgery is swelling. This is a normal inflammatory response and a part of the healing process as fluid rushes to the area to nourish it with white blood cells. Body procedures, particularly tummy tucks and liposuction, often cause additional swelling.

Lymphatic massage helps to move the fluid that’s built up and allows it to move back into the lymphatic passages where excess waste and fluid can be flushed from the body. This prevents fibrosis, which is the development of thick, fibrous scar tissue under the skin as well as reduces swelling and bruising. Many doctors, including Dr. Gusching, highly recommend lymphatic drainage before and after surgery for both their patients’ comfort as well as to help them get the best possible results after their procedure.


Lymphatic massage after surgery provides multiple benefits including:

  1. Decreases swelling in affected areas by elimination of excessive interstitial fluid.
  2. Reduces bruising by removing blood deposits in soft tissue.
  3. Improves pain as a result of decreased edema, bruising and less inflammation.
  4. Promotes healing by optimizing tissue microcirculation and decreasing edema.
  5. Enhances the immune system by promoting inflow of fresh immune cells into the surgical area.
  6. Decreased inflammation by reducing the number and inflammatory signaling of the body’s pro-inflammatory molecules.
  7. Promotes synthesis of collagen as a result of normalizing natural physiological recovery mechanisms in surgical areas. 
  8. Improves skin quality by eliminating edema, detoxification and stimulating collagen production.
  9. Improves scarring by creating optimal healing conditions in scarred areas.
  10. Detoxifies soft tissue by facilitating elimination of excessive fluid and debris.
  11. Reduces physiological and psychological stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.
  12. Improves aesthetic results by optimizing body contour during the healing process.


We highly recommend manual lymphatic massage. The therapist must be trained in this type of massage. We have included a list of therapists nearby that you can make an appointment with.

  • Massage to Thrive: 678-232-4800 located in Acworth and Kennesaw
  • Oasis Detox Spa: 706-264-7638 located in Adairsville
  • Total Change Wellness Spa: 678-600-3703 in Atlanta (Buckhead area)
  • Healing Hands Massage Studio: 706-383-6349 located in Calhoun
  • New Beginnings Massage 478-414-6012 Located in Canton
  • Maple Leaf Massage Therapy: 770-878-1351 located in Cartersville
  • 100% Chiropractic: 678-719-0891 located in Cartersville
  • Forever Now Massage & Coaching: 470-227-1669 located in Cartersville
  • Relax 2 Heal Mobile Massage: 404-358-7683
  • Bluefern Spa & Salon: 770-904-0145 located in Johns Creek
  • Crystal Rivers Massage & Spa: 404-590-4306 located in Powder Springs