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Physical Therapy After Abdominoplasty

Plastic surgery is one of the most commonly done procedures in the United States, yet many do not take steps to ensure the best possible post-operative care. More than 15 million cosmetic surgery procedures are performed each year. Physical therapy after any kind of surgical procedure is a necessary step to help your healing. Here at Magic City Physical Therapy, we have a Certified Lymphedema Therapist available to provide the Manual Lymphatic Drainage needed following plastic surgery. 

Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that aims to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal area while also tightening the abdominal muscles. This surgery can have a significant impact on a person’s physical appearance and self-confidence. However, like any surgical procedure, it can also result in swelling, bruising, and discomfort postoperatively. One way to alleviate these symptoms is through manual lymphatic drainage (MLD). 

MLD is a specialized massage technique that targets the lymphatic system. This system is responsible for removing excess fluids and waste products from the body. After surgery, the lymphatic system may become compromised, leading to fluid buildup and swelling. MLD can help to stimulate the lymphatic system, promoting the removal of excess fluid and reducing swelling.

MLD is a gentle, rhythmic massage that is typically performed by a trained therapist. The therapist will use specific techniques to move the skin in the direction of lymph flow, encouraging the lymphatic system to work more efficiently. The pressure applied during MLD is light and gentle, making it a safe and effective treatment option for individuals following abdominoplasty.

One of the benefits of MLD is that it can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual. The therapist will work with the patient to identify any areas of concern and will adjust the treatment accordingly. For example, if the patient is experiencing swelling in the abdominal area, the therapist will focus on that area during the massage.

MLD can also have a positive impact on postoperative scarring. By promoting lymphatic flow, MLD can help to reduce the buildup of scar tissue, which can be a common complication following surgery. Additionally, MLD can help to improve the appearance of existing scars by promoting circulation and tissue regeneration.

It is important to note that MLD is not a substitute for proper postoperative care. Patients should follow their surgeon’s recommendations for postoperative care, including wearing compression garments, avoiding strenuous activity, and taking any prescribed medications.

In conclusion, manual lymphatic drainage can be a beneficial treatment option for individuals following abdominoplasty. This gentle massage technique can help to reduce swelling, promote lymphatic flow, and improve the appearance of postoperative scarring. By working with a trained therapist and following proper postoperative care guidelines, patients can experience a smoother, more comfortable recovery following their surgery.

Physical therapy can help tremendously after any kind of surgery, including plastic surgery. Typically, cosmetic surgery recovery involves much rest and many doctor visits, but we can help you with so much more than that! You can improve your mobility through physical therapy, ease your pain and swelling, reduce scar tissue formation to affected areas, and prevent any secondary issues from arising. 

Your muscles can atrophy and weaken during the recovery period for a lot of surgeries, which can negatively impact your life. Many surgeons often recommend sessions with a physical therapist following plastic surgery to the abdominal region. Make sure to consult your doctor and contact us if you need any post plastic surgery care in Birmingham, Alabama!

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