Branislava Ilic - Branka Specialist Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Lymphoedema Management
Harley Street / Central London / SW London

Benefits and what to expect

According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, more and more people are making the decision to enhance their appearance through cosmetic surgery. Some of the most popular procedures opted for by men and women include breast augmentation, eyelid, face and neck lifts, liposuction and rhinoplasty

A downside of cosmetic surgery is the initial after effects, such as swelling and bruising, which are experienced by patients post surgery. The time it takes for the skin to recover can differ from person to person due to many factors such as age, general health, lifestyle etc, however, a course of MLD treatment makes the healing process MUCH faster.

What is Manual Lymphatic Drainage and how can it help?

Described as “One of the best kept secrets on the health and beauty
scene”, MLD’s intensely relaxing effect masks the strength of the treatment
itself. It is a very gentle, light touch massage that improves the efficiency
of the lymphatic system – the body’s waste disposal system. Specific and
gentle movements of the skin stimulate and increase the rate of removal
of waste products, toxins and excess fluid from the body’s tissues.
MLD is regularly prescribed in Europe to improve healing and
reduce recovery time after cosmetic surgery. Treatment pre and post surgery is often
recommended to get the lymphatic system in peak condition to help reduce the swelling
and bruising, keep it operating at optimum levels to accelerate the healing process,
encourage better scar formation and ultimately reveal the new you in less time.
The MLD Treatment – what to expect
The first visit to a trained MLDUK practitioner will include a consultation during
which the therapist will recommend the number and frequency of future
sessions. Each session will last approximately one hour. Where appropriate
the therapist will work in conjunction with your medical practitioner.
At an MLD session you will be asked to remove some of your clothing and lie
down on the treatment bed where you will be covered in towels to keep you
warm. You are now in the qualified hands of your MLD therapist, so lie back
and enjoy one of the most relaxing treatments you have ever experienced.
As no oils or powders are used it is completely safe even for those with sensitive skin.
Are there any side effects to the treatment?
There are usually no bad side effects and it is perfectly safe to eat before and after a MLD
treatment. It helps to drink some water after your treatment and you may need to go to
the toilet more often, as the re-energised lymphatic system starts to recycle excess fluid
and waste. After an MLD treatment, you should feel more relaxed and clear headed!
Finding a Therapist
MLD is a specialised form of massage, so it is important that a properly trained
therapist delivers the treatment. To find an accredited MLD practitioner near
you, visit the MLDUK website at or call 0844 800 1988. MLDUK
members are qualified, insured, and up-to-date in their education and practice.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage post Liposuction & Cosmetic Surgery

Manual Lymphatic Drainage post Liposuction & Cosmetic Surgery
Manual lymphatic drainage is often recommended by cosmetic surgeons to reduce pain, swellings, oedemas and scarring, which usually occur after surgery or body sculpturing procedures.

What are the benefits of MLD after cosmetic procedures?

MLD can be used at a very early post-operative stage (usually after 2-3 days post surgery)

Swellings, bruises and oedema are reduced quickly

The healing process is accelerated (those who don't have MLD usually have a longer recovery time)

Scarring and build-up of nodules are significantly reduced

Tissue quality is improved and better visible results are achieved

Fat residues (in case of liposuction) are quickly absorbed and processed by the lymphatic system

Local inflammation is inhibited

Pain is decreased

What type of surgery can benefit from MLD?

Liposuction (all types; e.g. vaser-, tumescent-, water-jet-assisted etc)

Facelifts and facial reconstructions



Abdominoplasty (e.g. after gastric band operation and fast weighloss;

Nose-reshaping (rhinoplasty)

Brow-and eye lid surgery (blepharoplasty)

Breast augmentation

For the most effective resoults after the procedure is usually recommended to have intensive course of treatments for the first couple of weeks post operatively

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