Post-Op Massage

Post-op massage combines taping, lymphatic massage, and other hands-on techniques to help with all stages of healing after cosmetic surgery.

Post-operative massage uses techniques to support recovery, especially in managing swelling and fibrosis. My professional training and experience will give you reassurance, guidance, education, and hands-on therapy to help you heal more efficiently. Particularly beneficial after liposuction, abdominoplasty, and fat transfer with Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) surgery.

  • Eases recovery

    Surgery can be physically, mentally, and emotionally tiring. Even though you plan and prepare, recovery takes time and is sometimes lonely. Post-op massage assists the lymphatic system in draining protein-rich fluid and cellular waste away from the surgical site.

  • Improves function

    Clients are often surprised by how long it takes to recover after surgery fully. Most post-op liposuction swelling can last anywhere from 2 months to a year. Immediately post-op, daily activities like showering or dressing can be challenging for a few weeks. Post-op massage supports you during each healing stage so that you can get back to your regular activities of daily life more quickly.

  • Numerous benefits

    Post-op massage effectively assists the body in healing after surgery, with the primary goal of stimulating lymphatic vessel contraction and breaking down dense edema and fibrosis.

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Pricing for Post-Op Massage

*Rates do not include 13% HST

  • 75m

  • 60m

  • 45m


Benefits of Post-Op Massage

  • Prevents and manages lumps, bumps, fibrosis, and scar tissue
  • Stimulates your lymph system to work more efficiently
  • Reduces pain, swelling, and inflammation
  • Improves scar healing and appearance
  • Increases range of motion
  • Decreases muscle stiffness
  • Improves sleep and relaxation
  • Homecare tips and support

Prevent & manage side-effects

Post-op massage uses techniques to break down lumps, dense edema, fibrosis, and scar tissue that sometimes happens with surgery.

Support healing

The body ultimately heals itself naturally – post-op massage supports you through all stages of healing by aiding the lymphatic system to work optimally. Also, I can help you manage other post-op symptoms as they occur.

Return your body to pre-op levels

After surgery, you want to return to living your life immediately. Surgeons generally recommended not to elevate the heart rate for at least six weeks. However, gentle activities like walking, stretching, and yoga help with movement, lymphatic flow, and relaxation. A massage can help you achieve your best results.

Help you relax & rest

A good night's sleep is necessary to heal. Depending on your surgery, you may be limited in how you can sleep at night, posture-wise. Massage helps you relax and ease muscle stiffness.

Post-op massage stimulates the body’s lymphatic system, helping to remove the protein-rich fluid that occurs with inflammation.

Reasons to Book Post-Op Massage

Post-op massage is helpful after cosmetic and orthopedic surgeries.

I have experience helping clients with liposuction, tummy tuck, facelift, chest augmentation, lymph node removal, and other procedures.

Because you’ve had surgery

After your procedure(s), a post-op massage stimulates the lymphatic system to drain extra fluid caused by inflammation and healing. MLD helps manage bruising, swelling, fibrosis, and healthy scar formation.

Because you’ve had a mastectomy or lumpectomy

Post-op massage improves circulation and lymphatic drainage, reduces inflammation and swelling, and softens scar tissue formation. Also, beneficial if you are experiencing restricted shoulder movement or axillary web cording. These gentle techniques support you when you need it the most.

Because recovery is taking longer than expected

Sometimes recovery feels like it is taking too long. Post-op massage is supportive and adapts to any needs and symptoms you might experience during the healing and recovery phase.

“I didn’t expect to feel so sore, stiff, and swollen after my cosmetic surgery – is this normal?”

If this sounds familiar, post-op massage could greatly benefit you!

Top 5 Post-Op Massage FAQs

  • What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?

    You may change or cancel your appointment online up to 48 hours before your massage. You are unable to change reservations online if you are outside this 48 hour window. Please note that the office is closed on weekends, and voicemails will be listened to on the following Monday.

  • Do you offer direct billing?

    Yes, direct billing is offered for Blue Cross, the Telus Health Group, Medavie, and Sunlife, as long as:

    • Your appointment is within reception hours, and
    • You provide your insurance information beforehand

    If you forget and give your details on the day of your massage, the receptionist might be able to submit it on your behalf, but most likely will store it on file and have it ready for next time!

    Please note direct billing is not available for mobile massage treatment, but you can submit the receipt to your insurance plan.

  • How many massages will I need after liposuction?

    It all depends on the number of areas treated, aggressiveness of the surgery, and if there are any complications. You can learn more about post-liposuction massage on the Recovering from Cosmetic Surgery page.

  • How long does post-op swelling last?

    Your swelling depends on the aggressiveness of your surgery and if there were complications such as infection, poor wound healing, or seromas. Your age, overall health, and if you are using proper compression garments can also affect how long your swelling lasts.

    Typically, clients swell for up to 2-8 weeks. However, liposuction swelling can last a few months to a year, depending on how long your body takes to heal fully.

  • How can you help me feel comfortable during post-op massage?

    It is imperative that you feel comfortable while receiving a massage. You can lie on your back and front or stay seated during the massage. I use pillows and bolsters, and you can bring in additional pillows, like a BBL pillow, if you want.