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Surgery and the Esthetician

By: Terri Wojak
Posted: March 26, 2010, from the April 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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In actuality, instant gratification is rare. There is healing time associated with all surgical procedures and, although the practitioner informs the client of this, the client can be so excited that she concentrates more on the final outcome with little regard to the healing time involved.

The body needs time to heal itself, regardless of the procedure. Rhinoplasty is a good example of a procedure that may leave clients feeling distressed. Following the procedure, the client may be swollen to the point that the nose actually looks bigger than before the surgery, and although the physician and surgical coordinator educate the client on what to expect, she may still be disappointed the results aren’t immediate.

In some cases, clients may even experience swelling for up to a year. During this time, clients may be subject to a series of emotional ups and downs, and the esthetician can help build confidence throughout this process while also providing procedures to reduce swelling.

Clients need to feel that someone understands what they are going through, because they are often too nervous to tell the physician their true feelings. The esthetician can reassure the clients what they are feeling is normal and that post-surgical side effects will subside.

Lymphatic drainage massage

Manual lymphatic drainage is a great treatment to provide pre- and post-surgery. It is a treatment performed to improve the circulation of lymph through the body and stimulate the body’s immune response. Performing this treatment every other week—two times before the procedure and three times after the procedure—may help to reduce the amount of swelling and increase healing time following surgery.