Elle Macpherson has recently been in the news after sharing the “insane” results she achieved after having “lymphatic liposculpture” on her abdomen. In the before-and-after images she shared, her abdomen was markedly flatter following this procedure, and she declared it was a good method for combating the effects of sluggish lymphatics and plane travel.
So, what is lymphatic liposculpture? And how does it compare to the minimally invasive tumescent liposculpture we offer at Be Sculptured?
What is Lymphatic Liposculpture?
Lymphatic liposculpture is simply a massage treatment that focuses on the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is the physiological system constituted by the tissues and organs whose role is to eliminate toxins and waste materials from the body. Incorporating the lymph nodes, lymphatic vessels, tonsils, adenoids, thymus gland, and spleen, it transports lymph throughout the body.
- Lymph nodes – numbering hundreds throughout the body from the head to the knees, these lie deep in the tissues around the heart and lungs, and close to the surface of the skin in the neck, armpits, and groin. They produce and store infection-fighting lymphocytes.
- Lymphatic vessels – resembling veins and capillaries, these transport lymph around the body.
- Tonsils – a large cluster of lymphatic cells located at the top of the throat.
- Adenoids – a cluster of lymphatic cells in the back of the nasal cavity.
- Thymus gland – located in the middle of the chest above the heart, this is where T-cells mature from lymphocytes. T-cells are important in the active defence against infected cells as well as cancerous cells.
- Spleen – located in the flank just above the left kidney, this highly vascular organ filters blood and controls the body’s volume of red blood cells and blood storage, as well as fighting infection. Like the tonsils, adenoids, some lymph nodes, and the thymus, the spleen is a non-essential organ.
Lymph is a clear, colourless fluid rich in white blood cells, which help the body fight infection. It derives from blood plasma. Upon detection of viruses, bacteria, or other foreign microorganisms in the blood, the spleen and lymph nodes create lymphocytes. These are white blood cells that are the body’s defence mechanism and they produce antibodies.
Lymph flows one-way throughout the body towards the neck, where it enters the subclavian veins and reenters the circulatory (blood) system.
Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle massage technique that focuses on optimising the flow of lymph throughout the body. Sluggish lymph flow can result in buildup and swelling, and the massage technique is very beneficial for some people following surgery or other illnesses.
A buildup of lymph (lymphoedema) occurs due to an array of causes, including everything from infection to cancer treatment. Lymphatic massage can reduce swelling and improve lymphatic circulation, speeding the removal of excess lymph and toxins from the body. It is particularly beneficial for people experiencing swelling, oedema, migraine, arthritis, digestive issues, fatigue and insomnia, fibromyalgia, and following lymph gland removal as part of the treatment of cancer.
Some cosmetic surgeons recommend this massage technique following liposuction to aid the healing process and reduce swelling.
Dr Meghan’s Recommendations for Liposculpture
Dr Meaghan Heckenberg, Be Sculptured’s expert specialist in liposculpture in Sydney for both men and women, has unparalleled medical insight into the human body, the practice of liposculpture, and the best methods to achieve outstanding results.
In terms of lymphatic liposculpture as a first-line treatment approach for body sculpting, we do not recommend it for those seeking real results. Tumescent liposculpture offered at Be Sculptured actively removes the fat cells and the contouring effects for reshaping the body we achieve for our patients are permanent. Lymphatic liposculpture, on the other hand, is at best a temporary “fix” and does not deliver anywhere near as good a result.
Some of our patients do, however, seek lymphatic liposculpture treatments after tumescent liposculpture to help hasten the healing process. Dr Meaghan doesn’t regularly advise this treatment as a necessity, as the body will naturally heal on its own, and undergoing it simply represents an unnecessary, added patient cost. There is, however, no harm in proceeding with lymphatic liposculpture if the patient happens to be slow to heal and is becoming frustrated with the ongoing healing process. It is certainly not harmful when carried out by an appropriately trained and licensed massage therapist.
For those Be Sculptured Sydney liposculpture patients who wish to explore lymphatic liposculpture treatments to help with their recovery from tumescent liposculpture, or as a stand-alone treatment, Be Sculptured does recommend certain, specific providers.
Your best option is to book a consultation with Dr Meaghan so that she can properly assess your individual needs and identify the best treatment option for you to achieve the results you seek and deserve.
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