Swollen, Bloated, and Puffy with Kathleen Lisson

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About this Episode

Lymphatic massage expert Kathleen Lisson explains the important role of your ~800 lymph nodes in post-op recovery. If the lymphatic system is disrupted or overwhelmed, which can occur with plastic surgery, lymphatic massage, or manual lymphatic drainage is often recommended to help with healing and recovery.

The lymphatic system is how your body processes and eliminates waste. Your immune system is part of the lymphatic system, so when a bacteria or virus enters your body, the lymphatic system produces immune cells to fight it.

Manual lymphatic drainage isn’t so much a massage as it is a gentle skin stretching movement that opens up the initial lymphatic capillary and encourages the interstitial fluid to enter into the lymphatic system where waste products, fluids, and bacterias are transported away and eliminated naturally.

Don’t miss Kathleen’s essential advice for anyone having plastic surgery. If you’re not in San Diego, you’ll want to hear her suggestions for getting your treatment covered by insurance and finding a qualified lymphatic massage therapist in your area.


Meet Kathleen Lisson, lymphedema therapist, board certified massage therapist, and author.

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Kathleen’s Books:

Southern California Plastic Surgery Cookbook

Plastic Surgery Recovery Handbook

Swollen, Bloated, and Puffy
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