What Are the Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MDL) After Liposuction?

By: Dr. J. Timothy Katzen


"Lymphatic massage encourages the movement of lymph fluid around the body and assists in the recovery process, decreases the risks of infections, and helps achieve desired results."

The renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. J. Timothy Katzen, may recommend you schedule a follow-up appointment to undergo a lymphatic drainage massage after liposuction. Although liposuction is a popular procedure to remove stubborn fat from localized body areas, liposuction is still an invasive procedure that disrupts various physiological functions.

Every year patients from across the globe visit Beverly Hills, California, to undergo body contouring procedures. They express their happy experiences with many leading reviews portals worldwide.

Every plastic surgery procedure involves some recommended pre-and-post measures to achieve the best results possible, and lymphatic massage is one of them. Expert plastic surgeons like Dr. Timothy Katzen focuses on every regime that helps achieve optimal outcomes.

Dr. Timothy Katzen, MD., has practices in Beverly Hills, CA and Las Vegas, NV, and stresses the importance of lymphatic drainage massage after liposuction.

What is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

Lymphatic drainage massage, also known as manual drainage, is a gentle form of massage that helps the recovery process after liposuction. Lymphatic massage encourages faster recovery by reducing post-procedure discomforts, such as painful swelling. Also, lymphatic massage decreases the risk of infection. Moreover, lymphatic massage can help you achieve the optimal results and significantly minimizes the risks of fluid build-up and scarring.

One must note that this procedure is not optimal for every patient as every patient is different based on their physiological and anatomical status. However, it is crucial to follow every instruction and post-op measure given by Dr. Katzen to achieve the best results of the body contouring procedure. A good candidate for lymphatic drainage massage is someone with swelling or fluid build-up that is difficult to reduce.

Lymphatic massage is proven to work with compression garments and additional recovery instructions.

Note: The number of lymphatic massage appointments depends on various factors, from responsiveness to treatment to the amount of swelling.

Top key points of Lymphatic Drainage massage after liposuction:

  1. Lymphatic drainage massage encourages natural lymph drainage, which carries waste products away from the tissues and toward the heart.
  2. After liposuction, lymphatic massage decreases swelling, bruising, and fibrosis (scar tissue formation).
  3. Lymphatic massage decreases recovery time and improves results.
  4. Lymphatic massage should generally be recommended when risks of bleeding have stopped.

Manual Lymphatic Massage Regime:



Male chest

1-3 sessions over 2 weeks

Upper arms

1-3 sessions over 2 weeks


3-5 sessions over 2-3 weeks


3-5 sessions over 2-3 weeks


5+ sessions over 2-3 weeks

For high definition /mid definition

Intense daily lymphatic massage in first week then 10-15 sessions over 2-3 weeks

Top Benefits of lymphatic drainage massage after liposuction:

  1. Lymphatic massage reduces fluid build-up and scar tissue.

Despite being undesirable, fat is an active and living tissue that stores lipid and energy, contains many blood and lymphatic vessels, and provides hormonal regulation. When fat is removed, blood and lymph vessels are damaged, and cells and connective tissues are destroyed. Thus, it can lead to fluid build-up and scar tissue formation/ fibrosis. Lymphatic drainage massage helps reduce the fluid build-up and scar tissue formation using a particular sequence of massage strokes to accelerate the fluid flow through the lymphatic system.

  1. Lymphatic massage decreases the risk of infection & other complications.

Swelling, bruising, scarring, and infection are common side effects of liposuction that a patient may experience following liposuction. However, prolonged swelling and pockets filled with fluid can slow healing and compromise results; thus, lymphatic massage is recommended after liposuction. Although these side effects can reduce over time, lymphatic massage helps accelerate the recovery by mobilizing fluid and alleviating these discomforts.

  1. Lymphatic massage minimizes recovery time.

Manual lymphatic massage has a key role in minimizing swelling and accelerating the healing process by enhancing circulation and fluid flow in lymphatic vessels. In addition, by reducing swelling and bruising, the patients should visibly see liposuction results sooner.

  1. You achieve your desired results.

Lymphatic drainage massage helps achieve the desired outcome sooner by mobilizing lymphatic fluid, edema, and blood sooner, you heal quicker. You will experience a quicker recovery and heal easier by following Dr. Katzen's recommended number of massage sessions.


Overall, lymphatic drainage massage is a part of the post-op measures that need to be followed to achieve faster healing and better results. After liposuction, it is good to undergo lymphatic massage only with a certified massage therapist. After liposuction, Dr. Katzen can help you to arrange for in-office or at-home lymphatic massage.

Call TODAY to schedule a consultation. For your convenience, Dr. Katzen has offices in Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Dubai, UAE. Physical or virtual consultations can be arranged. Virtual consultation options include FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, and WhatsApp. Call TODAY at (310) 859-7770 or email [email protected] to schedule your consultation and achieve your dream body contour.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.