Lymphatic Drainage

Advanced lymphatic massage therapies to help unclog natural lymphatic flow.

The lymph system is a communication network between organs, enabling essential nutrients to travel across the body and toxins to be flushed out to the lymph glands. The lymphatic system is also the first line of defence of the immune system, and gives the signal to all the infection-fighting cells when a harmful microorganism infects the body. Lymphatic drainage massages are a light pressure massage that enhances the natural flow of the lymphatic system, unclogging any trapped proteins or toxins.

Lymphatic drainage massages can help to improve microcirculation and has therefore been used to speed up the healing process of scars post-surgery. As well, by enhancing the elimination of toxins, this can help to diminish the appearance of cellulite and enhance the elimination of fat from the body. Meaning a lympathic drainage massage can be a great add-on treatment to all cellulite and fat reduction treatments.

At Devonshire Dermatology, the approach includes exfoliation, lymphatic drainage and facial lifting massage plus personalised cosmeceuticals.


  • Detailed discussion of your observations and wishes
  • Thorough examination
  • Holistic assessment of your health
  • Diagnosis
  • Discussion of treatment options
  • Personalised treatment plan
  • Treatment
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The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and organs that lie beneath the skin, and it’s a critical component of a healthy immune system. In fact, your lymphatic system acts almost like a waste disposal, helping your body filter out waste and bacteria.

Lymphatic drainage massage, which is sometimes called manual lymphatic drainage, or MLD, involves gently massaging areas of the body to help move lymph fluid to an area with working lymph vessels.

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Normally, the lymphatic system collects lymph fluid and returns it to your heart through the lymph vessels and nodes. But when there’s a disruption to your lymphatic system’s process, such as the removal of lymph nodes during surgery for breast cancer, the fluid can collect in your arms and legs, which leads to swelling. The medical term for swelling is edema, so the condition is called lymphedema.

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All our cells rely on lymph fluid to boost immunity and transport waste products. So theoretically, a congested lymphatic system can compromise your immune system. And since lymph fluid is full of disease-fighting white blood cells, stuck fluid can contribute to a host of issues, including lymphedema.

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How often you should take advantage of this treatment will be discussed with you in detail during a consultation. This also depends on the type of treatment. The intervals are from experience between 1-2 times a week.

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The pressure therapy reaches deeper skin layers, from which the stored pollutants are removed via the lymph system. The connective tissue is tightened and the swollen tissue is decongested by means of lymph drainage. Swelling is reduced by the removal of fats and pollutants.

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Immediately after the lymph drainage the following symptoms are possible:

  • temporary short-term increase in pain (this disappears within a short time).
  • Petechiae
  • hematoma formation
  • vegetative reactions like diarrhoea, urge to urinate or tiredness

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