11 April 2022

Draining Massages after Liposuction

After having done a liposuction it is necessary to shape the new figure of the body, eliminate the liquid to reduce the fibrosis and accumulation of adipose tissue, eliminating irregularities that may be present after the surgery. Massages are preferably started the day after surgery. Lymphatic stimulation is very important for the patient's elimination of the infiltrated fluid during liposuction by stimulating diuresis.

Post massage protocol

The drained regions will also drain after the massage, especially in the first days when the amount of liquid present is considerable. For this it is necessary to apply absorbent compresses or intimate absorbents to the outlet holes. Subsequently, help the patient to put on the compression sheath and, if indicated by the surgeon, place any foam or boards, taking care that the skin does not fold on itself. To facilitate the positioning of the sheath, first put on the thighs part, pull the shoulder region upwards and close the sheath from the bottom up with the patient lying on his stomach.

Warning signs:

  • Temperature rise above 38. (NB: temperature up to 37.8 is normal in the first postoperative days and is due to haemolysis)
  • Severe pain that does not reduce with prescribed analgesics.
  • Heavy bleeding (NB the liquid that will come out of the holes during the first few days will be bright red. The amount of blood in this liquid is only 1% of the liquid).
  • Important localized collections of fluid in the regions affected by the surgery. (NB: if you notice collections of liquid (seroma), notify the surgeon who will remove the liquid with the aid of a needle).
  • Skin necrosis or de-epithelialization of the skin of the operated regions. (NB: the gluteal region may appear dark blue after lipofilling).
  • Signs of skin infection (heat to the touch, leakage of pus or other foul-smelling secretions, erythema of the region) NB: pay particular attention to the gluteal region where proximity to the anal region can lead to even major infections.
  • Intense pain in the lower limbs. (signs of thrombosis: notify the surgeon).
  • Major difficulty in breathing. (signs of embolism: notify the surgeon).
  • Headache with severe and non-reducible intensity after taking analgesics. (signs of embolism: notify the surgeon).