Benefits of Plastic Surgery Recovery Massage
Benefits of Plastic Surgery Recovery Massage
Anxiety and Stress Reduction: Plastic surgery is already a stressful and anxious situation. You are going through a surgery where you will be cut open and things will be done to your insides. You can hope for the best, but those jitters do not go away until the procedure is over, and you can see the results. After surgery, depression can seep into the brain as you learn to love your new self. Massage can be very therapeutic and allow you to emerge from recovery as the best you.
Soft Tissue Repair: By carefully selected massage techniques, therapists can help promote circulation and blood flow throughout your body–although primarily in the area that was treated. This improvement of circulation allows for nutrients to easily be brought to certain areas. With the increase of nutrients, soft tissues have an easier time in repairing.
Lumps and Bump Elimination: The most common cause of lumps and bumps after liposuction is the accumulation of fluid under the skin, which in turn causes swelling, or inflammation. While a liposuction procedure is underway, many tunnels are created under the skin by the cannula. These hollow spaces are filled with bodily fluids, which causes irregular swelling, hence the bumpy skin surface. These tunnels gradually collapse with the help of the compress garment, which presses the skin down and helps it settle down and fit the underlying musculature. (Sometimes it may feel stony hard 2 to 3 weeks after the liposuction but eventually all goes away and the skin returns to what it was before the surgery after 2 to 4 months. The changes of liposuction start being evident 3 to 4 weeks after the procedure when 60 to 70% of the swelling has gone away.)
Increase tissue elasticity: Tissue elasticity is the ability of a muscle to reach its full length with no restrictions. Poor tissue elasticity can result in restricted movement, increased pain, and a decrease in relaxation. A massage increases tissue elasticity by increasing muscle temperature. An increase in blood flow occurs during a massage encouraging muscle temperature to rise. Rise in muscle temperature increases flexibility of elastic fibers within muscles. An increase in flexibility enables muscles to stretch and loosen. Enabling a muscle to stretch and loosen increases relaxation and therefore increase tissues elasticity.
Accelerated Healing: Overall, with better circulation and easy access to nutrients–as well as just a general reduction of stress–your body will heal faster. With better blood flow and oxygen given to your vital organs and tissues, you can help your body to become more flexible, and thus regenerate and heal faster than without the massage. For those who are eager to be done with their post-op phase and to return to their normal life, then a massage is the perfect treatment option for them.
The majority of individuals that have plastic surgery will experience a great recovery. They will let the drugs the doctor prescribed ease pain and they will rest while they recover. After surgery, your body will see an increase in toxins around the affected areas which your body will naturally work to remove. Massage can help move these toxins along much more quickly allowing your body to heal that much quicker.
Eases Pain: A post-operative massage can allow for increased blood flow to assist in pain management. The massage will release the blockage and allow the fluids to flow naturally to the lymph nodes. This stops the process known as fibrosis and allows the lymphatic system to begin the next aspect, reabsorption. Reabsorbing involves the blood to remove free of toxins and waste to provide adequate blood flow to the affected area. This eases the pain a lot sooner than those that do not get the massage.
Reduces Swelling: The hardening of fluids in the body can increase swelling and this inflammation is the main cause of bruising after surgery. Massage will keep these fluids moving and not sitting in one place to harden. An added benefit is that it makes for a properly functioning lymphatic system helping to increase blood flow and eliminate toxins and waste.
Reduces Scarring: Your body will be healing itself and sending collagen fibers to the affected area. This can be used to your advantage as the massage can gently work these fibers into place much quickly and more accurately than if they tried on their own. Massages can aid with is in the reduction of scar tissue. Because the therapist is relaxing the muscles, they become supple. This helps decrease the chance of scar tissue forming. In addition, it can also help break up scar tissue that has already formed and promote healing and regeneration of these problem areas. With application of proper massage techniques, the skin will become soft and pliable allowing for the skin to stay loose so that they do not harden into unsightly scar tissue.
Increased vasodilation: Vasodilation is where the muscles lining blood vessels relax enabling the vessels to widen and come closer to the skin surface. The pinkish coloring that occurs on the skin is often a sign vasodilation has occurred. When blood vessels widen, this allows an increase in blood to flow through them. Increasing blood flow through vessels enables the availability of blood to the damaged muscles and tissues to increase. Increasing availability of blood provides the muscles and tissues with oxygen and nutrients, allowing an increase in healing and a speedy recovery.
Lifts Spirits: Between the postoperative pain, swelling and high expectations people have of plastic surgery, it is likely they will experience some depression. Massage therapy has, time and time again, shown itself to be beneficial in making people feel better about themselves.