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The role of a Manual Lymph Drainage therapist following the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure

Mar 19, 2023
Benefits of manual lymph drainage after Brazilian Butt Lift

The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a cosmetic surgical procedure that has gained popularity in recent years. It involves the transfer of fat from some parts of the body to the buttocks to enhance their shape and size. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the history of this popular procedure, what it entails, and how treatment from a manual lymph drainage therapist benefits recovery afterwards.

History of Brazilian Butt Lift

The history of the Brazilian Butt Lift can be traced back to the 1960s, when silicone injections were used to enhance the buttocks' appearance. However, the use of silicone injections was banned in the 1990s due to safety concerns. Since then, fat transfer has become the preferred method for buttock augmentation.

What the Procedure Entails

The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure involves a combination of liposuction (mostly VASER Liposuction) and fat transfer. The surgeon will first remove fat from areas such as the abdomen, thighs, or hips using liposuction. The fat is then purified and processed before being injected into the buttocks. The surgeon will carefully sculpt the buttocks to create the desired shape and size.

The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and can take between two to four hours to complete. Patients will need to wear a compression garment for several weeks following the procedure to aid in healing.

Recovery and the Role of Manual Lymph Drainage Therapists

Recovery from Brazilian Butt Lift can be challenging, and patients often experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort for several weeks. However, Manual Lymph Drainage therapists can help to reduce these symptoms and speed up the recovery process.

Manual Lymph Drainage therapy (M.L.D.) is a gentle massage techniques that aims to attain and sustain functioning of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is responsible for removing waste and excess fluid from the body. This helps to reduce swelling and promote healing.

The first treatment session typically begins around two days after the surgery and depending on the patient and the amount of fat they had removed, may continue for several weeks. Patients can expect to have two to three sessions per week, with each session lasting between 30 and 60 minutes.

A good M.L.D. therapist experienced in working with postop patients will also be able to advise on compression and lifestyle improvements to enhance the recovery process. They will be able to recognise the onset of fibrosis and how to treat it. Plus, recognise any other complications such as seromas, infection and lipo burns, all of which are common occurances after this procedure. 

If you're a Manual Lymph Drainage or Lymphoedema therapist working with postop cosmetic plastic surgery patients but feel you lack the additional knowledge and skills to safely, effectively and successfully treat someone who has had a Brazilian Butt Lift, then consider taking additional training. You can find out more about the CPD Accredited online training program 'Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Recovery Treatment Training' program HERE

Or if you're not sure what type of training would suit you best, then book a 30 minute discovery call where we can discuss your needs from training HERE


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