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Manual Lymphatic Drainage in Manchester

Manual Lymphatic Drainage, abbreviated to MLD, is a gentle massage technique performed by specialists to apply precise pressure to the body’s tissues in order to remove excess waste and fluid.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage in Manchester

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage
mr shivram singh consultant cosmetic surgeon

Medically reviewed by Mr Shivram Singh MBBS, FRCSI, FRCS (Plast), Medical Director & Lead, 

Medical Advisory Committee for Manchester Private Hospital

Last Reviewed September 8th 2022

What Is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

Manual Lymphatic Drainage, abbreviated to MLD, is a gentle massage technique performed by specialists to apply precise pressure to the body’s tissues in order to remove excess waste and fluid.

The natural massage technique is commonly used after liposuction procedures, but also as a method of control for lymphoedema and lipoedema – chronic conditions related to swelling and build up of fluid and fat cells.

As part of the body’s natural circulatory system, the lymphatic system gets rid of excess waste, toxins and fluid. However, sometimes the body’s mechanism is compromised or disrupted, resulting in an abnormal performance and build up (swelling).


Following procedures such as liposuction, our body naturally produces fluid around the area of trauma to heal and protect it. But from time to time our natural lymphatic system can struggle with the large volume of fluid and may not drain it was quickly as it would like. Additionally, excess fluid can sometimes cause hardness and lumpy areas in the body.

The specialised Manual Lymphatic Drainage technique applies rhythmical pressure points to problematic areas of fluid and waste build up in order to help the lymphatic system perform its job more effectively.

MLD not only removes excess waste from your body, but can also be relaxing as well as reduce pain receptor signals between the body’s tissues and the brain.

Multiple sessions are performed on different areas of the body depending on the area being treated.

Why Choose MLD?

MLD can drain fluids from the body following liposuction as well as part of a treatment plan for both chronic lymphoedema and lipoedema.

If Manual Lymphatic Drainage is performed to help lymphoedema and lipoedema, regular sessions may provide better results as both conditions are usually long term and not able to be fully treated.

There are many advantages of choosing MLD massage and with the right, qualified practitioner can produce brilliant, effective results. Patients across Manchester and the rest of the UK are choosing MLD in order to:

– Reduce the visibility of stretch marks
– Detox the body’s tissues
– Improve chronic conditions
– Relax the body
– Heal damaged ligaments
– Help with post cosmetic surgery recovery
– Ease chronic conditions such as arthritis and sinusitis
– Improve metabolic rate
– Reduce water retention
– Speeds up illness recovery
– Improve scar tissue appearance
– Reduce visibility of cellulite
– Increase circulation and blood flow

Different MLD specialists can use different techniques depending on the target area. Techniques include; scoop, rotary, stationary and pump.

MLD Results

The aim of Manual Lymphatic Drainage is to unblock the lymphatic channels within the body, detox the overall lymphatic system and provide a general sensation of health and wellbeing.

Any patient who has undergone a treatment of liposuction, including Vaser, MLD can assist with the aftercare and recovery to stop lumps forming under the skin, which provides an uneven contour.

MLD can also help with reducing post surgery symptoms such as swelling, pain and bruising.

Alleviating symptoms of cosmetic surgery can not only speed up the healing process but make it more tolerable. The build up of fluid can sometimes be unsightly and bring feelings of anxiety, which can also be reduced with effective MLD massage.

Unblocking obstructed lymph vessels can improve the lymph flow so that the body can transport excess waste from the body. Some patients also report a feeling of heaviness during a fluid build up that is eliminated with effective treatment.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Aftercare

Following a MLD massage treatment, patients sometimes find that they are very thirsty and may wish to replenish and quench their thirst with water.

After your massage, you should aim to drink plenty of fluids daily to continue flushing through your lymphatic system and be as active as possible.

Exercising and being active promotes healthy lymph flow and muscle movement keeps the lymphatic vessels moving efficiently.

Reduce or avoid your caffeine and alcohol intake, avoid smoking and eat only light meals for a few hours post treatment.

Why Us For MLD?

At the Manchester Private Hospital, we have qualified and experienced MLD massage specialists who perform various techniques on patients throughout the North West and North Wales.

We use a combination of gentle and firm precise movements combined with breathing techniques to promote the drainage of lymph nodes located near the surface of the skin and deep within the body.

Our highly skilled and personable staff have years of experience using MLD for chronic conditions, post surgery recovery, detoxing the body and strengthening the immune system.

Book Your Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage With Confidence

If you feel you may benefit from MLD massage or are wondering whether you are an ideal candidate for treatment, contact our friendly team on 0161 507 8822 to arrange a consultation.

We are able to assess all patients in a clinical environment with state of the art facilities at our Manchester based hospital.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  How Long Does MLD Massage Take?

Treatment times vary depending on the target area and reason for treatment. Typically MLD massage lasts between 20-60 minutes.

  What Is SLD?

SLD is Simple Lymphatic Drainage and is a home based technique that your massage therapist may be able to show you if they think it will be beneficial.

  Does It Hurt?

Pain or discomfort is not something patients report after MLD. Depending on the target area it feels like pressure and small tugs on your skin. Techniques are gentle and rhythmic.

  Can Anyone Have A MLD Massage?

People who have illnesses such as heart problems, thyroid issues, cancer or thrombosis may not be candidates for MLD or may have to have the technique adapted by qualified practitioners.

  What Is Lymph?

Lymph is a viscous fluid and can build up – causing the body to feel sluggish if your natural system doesn’t work efficiently.

  What Areas Are Covered?

Our conveniently located hospital site in Manchester caters for patients all over the North West and North Wales, including: Liverpool, Wigan, Warrington, Chester, Leigh, Wirral, Salford, Blackburn, Wrexham, and Sheffield.

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Meet Our Surgeons

Mr Shivram Singh

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgeon​ Mr Singh is a Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Birmingham. His NHS practice includes major reconstruction following Skin and Breast cancer surgeries and trauma. He is a well established microsurgeon and regularly performs microvascular reconstruction.
Mr Shivram Singh

Ms Nabila Nasir

Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon Ms Nabila Nasir is an experienced Consultant Oncoplastic Breast surgeon at Manchester Foundation Trust. She was appointed as an NHS consultant in 2011 after completing higher surgical training in London. Ms Nasir trained in many reputable Oncoplastic Breast Units in London and South of England including the Royal Marsden. During her training, she has done MSc in evidenced based health and is a principal investigator for research trials at her trust.
Ms Nabila Nasir Breast Surgeon

Dr Kam Singh

Bsc(Hons), MRCGP, MBCAM Specialising in Cosmetic Dermatology and Lipo Sculpture Dr Kam Singh qualified at Leeds Medical school in 1990 and has been a GP for 24+ years. He developed a specialist interest in cosmetic dermatology 15 years ago. Over the past 15 years he has attended numerous training courses throughout the world and continues to work as a GP and private cosmetic practice. He is a full member of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM).
Dr Kam Singh

Mr Peter Yiannoullou

Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon MBBS BSc FRCS Mr. Yiannoullou is a specialist breast surgeon. He is a Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon at St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust, a specialist centre for reconstructive breast surgery. His practice focuses on all aspects of breast care ranging from diagnosis to surgical treatment of breast problems.
Mr Petros Yiannoullou

Mr Adeyinka (Ade) Molajo

Consultant Plastic Surgeon MBChB, BSc(Medical Science), MRCS, MBA, FRCS(Plast) Mr Adeyinka (Ade) Molajo is a UK Trained Consultant Plastic Surgeon. He is a substantive NHS Consultant specialising in breast reconstruction. He studied medicine at St Andrews (BSc Medical Science) and Manchester University (MBChB) Medical Schools.He undertook specialist plastic surgery training in Liverpool,Manchester and London. After completing the FRCS(Plast) examination he gained entry to the GMC specialist register (Plastic Surgery).
Mr Adeyinka Molajo

Mr Syed Haroon Ali Shah

Consultant Cosmetic Surgeon Mr Shah qualified as a doctor in 1991 and was trained in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Pakistan in surgery. He is also trained in laser treatment for aesthetic. Since 2009 he is working as a surgeon in Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery department of Royal Preston Hospital Preston, Lancashire UK. Previously he has worked for more than 10 years in several positions in Ireland and another 7 years in Pakistan.
Mr Syed Haroon Ali Shah

Mr Ashok Rokade

Consultant ENT & Facial Plastic Surgeon MBBS, MS (ENT), DLO, FRCS (Oto), FRCS (ORL-HNS) Mr Rokade is a Consultant Rhinologist and Facial Plastic surgeon at the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Winchester and Skull Base Surgeon at the University Hospital of Southampton NHS Trust. Mr Rokade obtained his higher surgical training in ear, nose and throat surgery in the West Midlands. He then undertook advanced clinical fellowships in Sinus, skull base and facial plastic surgery with further shadowing in internationally acclaimed centres.
Mr Ashok Rokade

Dr Shashi Bassi

MBChB DCH DRCOG MRCGP BABS Assc MBCAM FP cert Vaser / Tickle Lipo practitioner Dr Shashi Bassi qualified at the University of Leicester in 1984 and has gained more than 30 years’ of experience in the medical field. He has developed a specialist interest in aesthetics from the last 15 years and has more than 12 years’ experience in Vaser Liposuction and Tickle Liposuction. Over the past 15 years he has attended numerous training courses throughout the world and continues to work as a GP and a Vaser & Tickle Lipo practitioner.
Dr Shashi Bassi

Mr Syed Yawar

MBBS, FRCS Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon After graduation in Medicine, completed Surgical Fellowship from Royal College of Surgeon Ireland in 1995. Trained in all aspects of Plastic & Reconstructive surgery, working in reputable hospitals of Ireland till 1999. In 2000 joined a UK University Hospital as Associate Specialist in Plastic Surgery, running clinics and operating independently on aesthetic cases eg. breast reduction / mastopexy, otoplasty & various uplift procedures post bariatric surgery.
Mr Syed Yawar Mehdi

Mr Giuseppe Fiore

Surgeon with a Master in Aesthetic Surgery Mr Fiore qualified as a doctor in 1999 and has been practicing surgery for many years in different countries including Italy, United States, Mexico and UK. He is experienced Surgeon with a master in Aesthetic Surgery in Milan (Italy) and also an extensive experience in all areas of aesthetic medicine treatmentscreating a name for himself for non-surgical fluid face specialist.
Mr Giuseppe Fiore

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