What is lymphatic drainage?
Lymphatic drainage, also called lymphatic drainage, lymphatic massage, drainage massage, etc. is a special treatment method that helps to disperse the lymphatic system. This consists mainly of the lymphatic organs (spleen, thymus and tonsils), lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes and lymph - a colourless fluid flowing throughout the body. On average 2-3 litres of this is produced in the body every day, but sometimes several times more.
The main role of the lymphatic system is to maintain the body's immunity (defences). One of the symptoms of disease or infection is enlargement of the lymph nodes, which can be local and related to a specific problem (laryngitis, toothache), or systemic, when all lymph nodes are enlarged and usually indicates a more serious disease of the immune system.
Unlike blood circulation, lymph moves on the basis of contractions of internal muscles. If this activity is disturbed for some reason, the proper flow of lymph is also disturbed and swelling occurs. Subsequently, toxins and various waste substances accumulate in the areas with restricted lymph flow, which aggravate the condition and the affected area falls into a 'vicious circle'. However, this is where lymphatic drainage comes in, which, based on special massage techniques, helps to restore the natural flow of lymph, remove accumulated waste and harmful substances and restore the affected area (body part) to its natural balance.
What is the difference between classic and cosmetic lymphatic drainage?
In cosmetic lymphatic drainage we focus on the face, neck and décolleté, while in classic (full-body) lymphatic drainage we work on the lymphatic system of the whole body.
This is a very gentle massage technique without the use of cosmetic products (massage oils, creams). During the treatment on the face, neck and décolleté, the lymphatic system is stimulated, lymphatic vessels are activated and lymph flow is improved.
How can cosmetic lymphatic drainage help me?
Almost every skin problem is at least partly due to poor lymph flow, which results in the accumulation of toxins and associated puffiness (bags under the eyes), acne formation, loss of brightness, elasticity, and overall sagging of the skin.
Cosmetic lymphatic drainage is suitable in the following situations:
- problematic skin
- treatment and prevention of acne
- removal of swelling on the face, around the eyes, under the chin (double chin)
- regeneration and acceleration of healing after injuries and surgeries (e.g. dental, aesthetic and plastic surgeries)
- detoxification, refreshment and brightening (improvement of skin tone)
- improving skin elasticity
- prevention of the formation of mimic wrinkles
- treatment and prevention of migraines and headaches
- relaxation and stress relief
- chronic rhinitis
Who is the treatment suitable for? Are there any contraindications?
The treatment is generally suitable for everyone (both women and men) regardless of age. Exceptions are the following contraindications:
- oncological diseases
- autoimmune diseases
- acute bacterial or viral diseases
- acute venous diseases
- untreated skin diseases
- swelling caused by kidney, gallbladder, or liver disease
- untreated high blood pressure
- untreated increased thyroid function
Pregnancy and breastfeeding is also a relative contraindication - a consultation is important before making an appointment for treatment.
How to prepare for the treatment?
No preparation is required prior to treatment other than strict adherence to a drinking regime. Both before and after treatment, it is important to take sufficient fluids (preferably pure water).
How long does the treatment take?
For cosmetic lymphatic drainage of the face, neck and décolleté, reserve approximately 40 minutes.
How often is it recommended to have the treatment?
It is ideal to undergo the treatment several times (at least 5-10 according to the indication), at regular intervals with an interval of 7-14 days.