Milton Rocha Cirurgia Plástica e Reconstrutiva em Recife - Pernambuco


Drenagem linfática


Lymphatic drainage is a massage technique that aims to stimulate the lymphatic system – a complex net of vases that move fluids around the body – to work faster. Among the main benefits from the method are the reduction of liquid retention, activation of blood circulation, cellulite reduction and body relaxation.

The lymphatic system works as a third circulation, beside the arterial and venous circulations, and the lymph is the liquid that circles through this network of lymphatic vases. It is also rich on proteins, white globules, microorganisms, dead cells, blood cells, and it can also carry bacteria and toxins. It has a yellow and viscous aspect. The lymph, just like the blood, performs metabolic exchanges with the cells, and after, it is collected by the vases of the lymphatic system, returning to the ganglia.

Lymphatic ganglia, or lymph nodes, are found all over the body. They are an important part of the immune system. Its function is to help the body recognize and fight germs, infections, and other strange substances. The lymph that was collected by the vases is directed towards them.

The more common areas where the lymph nodes can be felt, through palpation, include:

  • Groin;
  • Underarm;
  • Neck (there is a chain of lymph nodes on each side of the neck);
  • Under the jaw and the chin;
  • Behind the ears;
  • Over the head.


This is a treatment that must be frequently made in order to get results.

Regular repetition is important because, when a person stops doing lymphatic drainage, the liquids are retained again. In one week, it’s already possible to start feeling the swellings again, but that varies from the ratio between weight and height, and whether the person excessively consumes sodium, and if there is an appropriate ingestion of fibers.


For it to be efficient, the lymphatic drainage must be performed over the route of the lymphatic vessels, towards the lymphatic ganglia. When performed manually, the movements are light, with pressure.

Every region of the body demands different movements, always finishing on a lymphatic ganglion. On the legs, the movements are upward: from the leg until the popliteal fossae (upper knee), from the thigh to the groins. On the stomach, the movement must go down to the groins. On the arms and thorax, the movements go towards the underarms.

It is also possible to perform lymphatic drainage on the face, always going towards the lymphatic ganglia, this time on the neck. Lastly, the scalp can also be massaged, especially on two areas: the high part of the skull, and the second one is a little lower, towards the eyes.


The general benefits from the lymphatic drainage, as well as the improving of swells, can be felt immediately. In the case of cellulite, the results depend of a series of factor, such as diet, smoking, stress, and the degree of the cellulite, and it’s necessary to change the habits that cause the retention of liquids. In more advanced situations, more sessions of lymphatic drainage might be necessary, so results can be seen.


Lymphatic Drainage is contraindicated for people with infections, because the infectious cells can fall in the lymphatic system, and easily spread around the body.

Patients with vascular risks, such as heart failure, thrombosis, and hypertension must also avoid the treatment.

Patients who are using specific medication to treat chemotherapy also are contraindicated, since there is the possibility that some remainders of tumors from cancerous cells are captured on the lymph nodes and a metastasis can occur.

To know more about Lymphatic Drainage, call (81) 3019 0909 and schedule an appointment.


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