Lymphatic drainage is a careful and gentle skin stretching technique, to the untrained eye it looks like a massage. Lymphatic vessels are less than 1mm in diameter on average. As a result, lymphatic drainage must be performed slowly and gently although be strong enough to stretch the skin gently in the desired drainage direction but never compress the lymphatic vessels. In some cases we do not physically need to touch the area to drain the fluid.
We support and endorse the Guidelines for the Standards of Care for transgender, trans-individuals set out by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Lymphatic Drainage cost?
Please contact us for more information! Be sure to ask about our financing options.
What happens at the consultation for Lymphatic Drainage?
An initial consultation will be carried out to determine the goals for your treatment, make note of any associated asymmetries/abnormalities, and a treatment plan will be determined to achieve the ideal result for each individual.
How do I prepare for my treatment?
The London Transgender Clinic strongly advises that you stop smoking to weeks prior to your treatment. Avoid aspirin/ibuprofen type analgesics for 2 weeks before and after your treatment.
What happens on the day of treatment?
Our treatment plans are individualized for each of our patients. Every treatment will vary. Please contact us to learn more. We are here to answer any of your questions!.
What aftercare will be provided for me?
The care of each patient, before, during and after surgery or treatment at the London Transgender Clinic is second to none. We have on-call nurses available for our patients 24 hours a day and follow up appointments to ensure complete patient satisfaction.
What happens if there is a complication?
All surgical procedures have an inherent risk of complications despite the highest standard of care. The majority of complications, however, are either uncommon ( < 5 % ) or rare ( < 1 % ). It is essential that before you agree to undergo any surgery or treatment that you ask about and fully understand the risks and side-effects of the procedure. Reputable surgeons will always emphasise the risks and side effects and never provide guarantees.
If a complication develops after your treatment, Mr Inglefield would carry out any further treatment to ameliorate this, at no additional surgical fee to you, the patient. (Hospital and Anaesthetist Fees may apply).
If you are unsatisfied with the results of your treatment after a suitable amount of time has been allowed for healing and maturation of the treatment within the first year, no additional fees will be required.
However, Mr Inglefield is unlikely to waive his fee if any of the following pertain
- The patient ignored the post-operative instructions.
- The patient failed to attend for the agreed postoperative examinations.
- The patient sustained physical injury out of our control.
Am I a suitable candidate for Lymphatic Drainage?
MLD treatments are suitable for most people, and can be used for relaxation to medical issues with the lymphatic system. We use this therapy at LTS for pre and post treatment recovery. Lymphatic drainage is a highly specialised massage technique which is designed to achieve and maintain proper functioning of the lymph system. There are several different methods of lymphatic drainage – Chikly, Leduc, Casley-smith and the more frequently used and best known, Vodder. Our specialist, Lynsey is qualified in Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) techniques.
What are the benefits of Lymphatic Drainage?
Lymphatic drainage can prove beneficial in a number of ways:
- Immune system stimulation
- Reduction in oedema (swelling)
- Regeneration of tissues (e.g., from burns and pre & post surgical scarring)
- Reduction of symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
- Pain relief
- Deep relaxation to aid insomnia, depression and stress
- Treatment and control of lymphoedema
- Removal of toxins and dead cells
- Concentration of the lymph fluid
- Filtration and purification of lymph fluid
- Production of lymphocytes (immune cells)
Lymphatic drainage for pre and post treatment Lymphatic drainage can encourage tissue regeneration, so reducing the formation and severity of scars which can be unsightly and sometimes painful. Treatment can be as soon as 24 hrs after surgery, with consent from the doctor and no contraindications. After surgery, lymphatic pathways will be distinctly different – studies show that it takes between seven and ten days for natural functioning of the lymphatic vessels to be re-established. Probably the most significant benefit of applying lymphatic drainage after surgery is to prevent or alleviate oedema or swelling. Swelling can cause pain and encourage infection.
What equipment do you use?
The therapist uses just her hands to gentle move the skin, no lotions or creams are used, the treatment should fill relaxing and enjoyable.
What are the post treatment instructions?
Relax and drink plenty of water, you may feel slightly lethargic due to the sedately effect of MLD, due to the removal of toxins, excess fluid and waste products you may have an increase in thirst and find that you urinate more often.
How many treatments do I need?
Pre-surgery: 1-3 treatments recommended. Benefits may include:
- Preparation of tissue for surgery
- Reduction in oedema and swelling- may allow surgery sooner
- Stimulation of immune system
Post-surgery: As soon as 24hrs after surgery. Benefits may include:
- Reduction in post-surgical oedema
- Encourages lymphatic ‘re-routes’
- Reduction in pain
- Body tissue detoxification to help reverse build-up of toxins that are secondary to effects of medication
- Fluid circulation stimulation
- Immune system stimulation and prevention of post-surgical infections
- Improvement in skin regeneration and wound healing to optimises the scarring process
Are there any contraindications?
You should not have treatments if you have any infections, uncontrolled heart or blood pressure problems, or are under the influence of alcohol.A full medical history is required before proceeding with treatment.
– Written on November 14, 2018
I am a Trans man (F2M), and I decided to come to the London Transgender Clinic for Top Surgery after being continuously messed about by the NHS! Even though I’d seen the ITV programme Transformation Street, I didn’t really know what to expect! I have had some bad experiences from the medical fraternity so I entered the clinic with baited breathe!
I needn’t have worried! Everyone that I encountered was so kind and caring. I was treated with total dignity at all times.
As any transgender person will tell you, one of the worst things is having to expose your body to other people…..and the staff here are clearly aware of this! There’s was never any unnecessary expose.
When I met and spoke with Mr Inglefield for the first time he was kind and patient with me….but he clearly knew where I was coming from and what my needs were. He explained everything to me beforehand and also on the day of the surgery. This man is a total Genius!! He has soooo saved my life with his skills!
My nurse, Phyllis, was there for me before, during and after surgery – always at the end of the phone if I needed her…..Brilliant!!!
When I returned to the clinic to have my dressings removed and changed Nurses Natalie and Laura were there. They were so kind, as this was the first time I could see the results of the surgery. They were just as excited as I was!
Everything was carried out in a relaxed, but professional manner at all times. And I must add, the clinic is absolutely, spotlessly clean…..as are all the staff. The ladies are all very well presented and smell gorgeous! (If I’m allowed to say that!)
As part of my surgical package, I received MLD – I’d never heard of it! Manual Lymphatic Drainage – a sort of massage. But this is oh so gentle! Lindsey carried this out pre and post operatively. She was so kind to me the first time as I did not want to expose my breasts and she always kept me covered up! Post op, I didn’t care!!! I was dubious about having this done, but I can happily say it worked!! It did make me feel better after the surgery!
Whenever I’ve had to call the clinic, whoever answers the phone, are always very polite. They always clearly explain everything. And when I’ve visited, there’s always a bright smiley face to greet you at reception!! During the summer, cups of ice cold water were readily available, and upon my visit yesterday (12th Nov 2018), Hannah made me a lovely cup of coffee!!
So, if you are Trans, and looking for medical intervention, this clinic should definitely be your first and only port of call!!
Thank you all so very, very much!!