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Lymphatic Drainage Demystified

What is Lymphatic Drainage?

Lymphatic Drainage/Lymphatic Drainage Massage are becoming more and more popular. It's always hard to decipher if a new trend is worth it or not, but lymphatic drainage is amazing for the face and body and worth all the hype. 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. The lymphatic system acts almost like a garbage disposal, helping your body filter out waste and bacteria.

How does Manual Lymphatic Drainage work?

Lymphatic drainage massage, which is sometimes called manual lymphatic drainage involves gently massaging areas of the body to help move lymph fluid to an area with working lymph vessels. At Signature Aesthetics we perform lymphatic drainage through our Beautiful Image Microcurrent machine and with our Ballancer Pro Upper or Body Treatment. 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 the fluid can collect in your arms and legs, which leads to swelling. All our cells rely on lymph fluid to boost immunity and transport waste products. If you have a congested lymphatic system, it can compromise your immune system. This can be what is causing inflamed skin and swelling in this face.

What are the Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage?

The goal of a lymphatic drainage massage is to give it a ‘reboot’, so it can work more efficiently.


  1. Debloats and depuffs: Fluid retention can happen to us all. Whether around your belly or your legs, ‘water weight’ can result in puffiness and bloating that your lymphatic system may need help to clear. Lymphatic drainage helps to ease all that fluid away, pushing it towards the lymph nodes where it can be eliminated. This is one of many reasons you may leave your treatment feeling lighter and more energised. If you suffer with heavy legs, this is a big benefit.

  2. Gives skin a glow: Massaged skin often glows because the manual gestures give your blood circulation a boost. After lymphatic drainage, clients can notice the skin on their face looks more luminous. This is due to stimulated blood flow. Our Beautiful Image Microcurrent treatments works with the electric current in your body that stimulates blood flow for lymphatic drainage.

  3. Breaks down cellulite and fat cells: Lymphatic drainage can have slimming effects and break down fat cells, with some client's reporting that it’s helped them to lose weight faster.

  4. Helps with muscle recovery and post-injury swelling: When you have an injury – say from working out hard in the gym – you might find the area doesn’t circulate fluids as well, which causes extra swelling. Excess puffiness may be a sign that your lymphatic system isn’t working quite as it should, so a lymphatic drainage massage could be needed to help drain some of the swelling away.

  5. Eases tension through the body: Lymphatic Drainage can be very relaxing.

  6. Optimises results after liposuction: If you’ve undergone liposuction or a body-sculpting treatment (such as CoolSculpting or EMSculpt Neo), booking in for lymphatic drainage post-procedure can help to enhance the contoured results. Talk to your surgeon or practitioner first, as they may advise some downtime before you go for a massage. However, in many cases, you can visit soon after your procedure.

Check out our Signature Aesthetics Facial that includes manual lymphatic drainage accomplished with our Beautiful Image Microcurrent Machine. Or try one of our Upper or Lower Body Treatments with our Ballancer Pro.

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