Liposuction is a very common procedure among women and men who are trying to obtain the perfect contour. It can easily help remove excess fat from stubborn areas, breaking down fat cells that do not budge with exercise. Dr. Ostad often recommends combining liposuction with lymphatic drainage for the ultimate experience.

What exactly are these procedures, and how do they complement one another? Are there any special reasons why you should get lymphatic drainage with your liposuction? This blog will explain the basics of both procedures so that you understand why they work so well together.

What Is Liposuction?

Tumescent Liposuction is an advanced and minimally invasive cosmetic procedure designed to remove stubborn pockets of fat from various areas of the body. In my practice we only perform Tumescent Liposuction, meaning we numb the area locally so there is no need to be put to sleep. Patients are completely comfortable during the procedure and do not deal with the after-effects of general anesthesia. This is the best technique compared to traditional liposuction because it is more effective and safer due to the use of smaller cannulas leading to more accurate fat removal with significantly less pain or bruising after. Liposuction can be performed on different areas of your body like your abdomen, buttocks, thighs, hips, and arms.

Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure, it is a body-contouring technique. It aims to target the pockets of fat that do not respond well to exercise or diet, which is why you should be close to your ideal weight when getting the treatment.

As the procedure is rather complex, it must be performed by a trained professional, with plenty of surgical and cosmetic experience.  Dr. Ostad is a member of the American Society of Liposuction Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Ostad has 25 years of experience and has published a significant amount of medical articles about the safety of Liposuction under local anesthesia. 

What Is Lymphatic Drainage?

Lymphatic drainage, also known as manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), is a gentle massage technique that stimulates the lymphatic system to promote detoxification and reduce post-surgical swelling and discomfort. If you’re someone who recently had Liposuction done, it is recommended to get lymphatic drainage massages. Lymphatic drainage is not required to achieve great results but it helps your recovery process in many different ways. 

Consistent lymphatic drainage massages biweekly can: 

    ⁃    Help minimize your recovery time

    ⁃    Optimize your results

    ⁃    Help decrease inflammation

    ⁃    Reduce swelling, bruising, and scar tissue formation 

In our practice, we utilize our Oxylight machine which includes a lymphatic drainage handpiece that also uses LED light therapy and ultrasound. The LED light, ultrasound, and the lymphatic drainage system helps stimulate fluid movement to help with swelling and firmness of the skin post liposuction and help reduce inflammation much faster.  The procedure utilizes a series of massage strokes to encourage the fluid flow, pushing it through your lymphatic system. This makes it easier for your body to eliminate certain toxins and fluids after surgery.

Better Results With Liposuction and Lymphatic Drainage Combo

Liposuction and lymphatic drainage work very well together. One gets rid of the stubborn fat in your problem areas, whereas the other removes excess fluid buildup. Not only can this help reduce inflammation, but it also allows you to enjoy the results faster. Contact Dr. Ariel Ostad to set up an appointment for a liposuction and lymphatic drainage combo and enjoy your new silhouette.

For more information about the liposuction and lymphatic drainage combo, you can contact Dr. Ariel Ostad at 212-517-7900. He would be more than happy to provide the answers that you seek. Those interested may also fill out our online contact form, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

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