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As a medical professional, I am both licensed and insured within the state of North Carolina to provide the best post-op massage care after plastic surgery. FSA/HSA is accepted for all services offered at New Moon Massage. Be sure to check with your provider to see if massage is covered under your plan. 

What does post-op massage consist of?


The most common post-op massage technique is called MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage). This is usually the first modality that is done after surgery since it is gentle on the body and helps remove built up fluid. This is extremely important in order to minimize chances of developing fibrosis (hardening lumps in the tissue) after surgery. Other techniques consist of hot stones, cupping, and myofascial techniques. 

What is body contouring/sculpting?

Body sculpting consists of cavitation, wood therapy, radio frequency, and other machines to help break down fat and tighten skin. These can be great non-invasive ways to keep the body in shape; however, they should never be done as post-op care. It is always recommended at least 4-6 months after you are healed from surgery, or once cleared by your doctor.  


MLD is a form of manual therapy and was pioneered by physician, Dr. Emil Vodder and his wife Ester Vodder. Rather than working with muscle tissues, it is a light skin stretch technique. The purpose of MLD is for the therapist to direct built up lymphatic fluid to the correct lymph nodes so they can drain properly. No massage oil or creams are used for true manual lymphatic drainage. Some benefits include: boosts the immune system, flushes out toxins stored in the lymphatic system, reduces inflammation, eases discomfort for autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, minimizes scarring after surgery, relief from sinus issues, helps to minimize bloating, puffiness, and swelling, as well as stimulates the sympathetic nervous system to reduce stress.

Anyone can receive manual lymphatic drainage. 

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