Gentle massage using a cream or body butter can help reduce swelling, tightness, and discomfort after liposuction.
- Keep your hand soft so you can make as much skin-to-skin contact as possible with each massage stroke.
- Make your strokes as firm as is comfortable, but don’t make yourself miserable! You’re likely already in a lot of pain, so there’s no need to make it worse.
- Your massage strokes should follow the direction of the arrows (see below) to help lymph flow towards the major clusters of lymph nodes in your neck, underarms, and groin.
If you have had a tummy tuck or other abdominal surgery, you will need to adjust where you send the fluid to work around the scar: