Dr. Kimberely Holloway” The Swelling Doctor” CLT -DPT is a Certified Lymphedema therapist that specializes in removing swelling and inflammation from the body following cosmetic surgery which include BBLs, tummy tucks and breast augmentation. Dr. Holloway received her Dr. of Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch and went on to get certified by the Dr. Vodder School International, the most extensive and GOLD STANDARD MLD training program in the world, in the specific massage technique known as Manual Lymph Drainage. Dr. Holloway has completed additional certifications in Lymphatic Drainage and Post- Op Care and MLD Therapeutic Application for the Lower Body which focuses on chronic pain and acute injuries and trauma. MLD is a gentle rhythmical massage that acts on both the lymphatic and nervous systems. It has been shown to increase lymph flow in the lymphatic channels by up to ten times normal levels – channeling the fluid into an effective drainage route. Dr Holloway has created a state-of- art program that focuses on unclogging the lymph system , improving lymph flow, removal of waste and inflammation , while also detoxing the complete body. Dr. Holloway’s integrated techniques of lymphatic and fascia work have shown to reduce healing time ,improve muscle recovery, decrease swelling throughout the body, improve bowel and gut function and reduce infection rate post surgery. Our program is a boutique experience that can be done in the comforts of your home or in the office.

About Manual Lymph Drainage

Why Should I Get Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

Almost everyone has experienced some type of activity in the course of their life that has resulted in some sort of swelling, bloating or achy pain — from surgery, to sports injuries, to standing for hours on end, to catching a cold or eating a food that just doesn’t sit well with you. Swelling is the body’s natural way of protecting and healing a healthy individual, and while it will usually diminish day-by-day and ultimately resolve itself over time, MLD can drastically speed up the healing and recovery process and greatly reduce swelling in a natural, relaxing and completely painless treatment. (In fact, MLD is so effective that patients who received lymphatic massage after surgery had completely healed within 6–12 weeks, compared to 9–18 months for patients who didn’t receive MLD massages!1)

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How Does Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage Work?

MLD reduces swelling by increasing lymphatic activity using manual rhythmic and gentle massage techniques.2 Lymphatic massage follows the direction of lymph flow with the intention of moving lymphatic fluid to lymph nodes, which then empty the excess lymphatic fluid and unwanted toxins into the bloodstream where it can be processed and absorbed by the body.

Our specialists will also combine added techniques ranging from Gua Sha to dry brushing to elasticity-improving products to also help shape the body and improve circulation for a slimmer, healthier appearance and bodily function.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage FAQ

Yes, MLD is an appropriate treatment for all people seeking treatments that range from just relaxing to actual healing.

Yes, MLD is a safe and effective way to reduce swelling and promote recovery after a surgical procedure, slim and shape a bloated body, or simply detoxify the body and mind in a relaxing manner.

The length of your MLD treatment will depend on the size and number of the areas being treated, but most sessions last approximately 30 minutes.

MLD treatments are performed by a licensed lymphatic massage and Vodder trained therapist in one of the Bucky Body Center highly curated treatment rooms.

No, MLD does not hurt. Most patients find it pleasurable and relaxing.

The number of MLD treatments needed or desired depends on individual goals and concerns. For those looking to heal post-surgery, we recommend a minimum of two MLD treatments. Those seeking MLD for overall health and aesthetic reasons can come on a routine basis for maintenance as they desire.

Since Compression Therapy utilizes a garment to reduce swelling, it is less targeted than MLD which is a more hands-on and targeted approach to healing and detoxifying. Our MLD therapists manually gather information from your body to redirect lymphatic fluid and reduce site-specific swelling while compression therapy is a more general treatment throughout the entire garment. While compression therapy can be helpful in an otherwise healthy individual, and is particularly effective after a strenuous workout or to heal or relax an overall “sore” body, MLS offers a more personalized approach to treatments. Compression therapy can be helpful when combined with MLD.

1Conference of the American Society of Lymphology. August 21-22, 1999. Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy: An Integral Component of Postoperative Care in Plastic Surgery Patients. Available at: https://haltmyswelling.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Research-Manual-Lymphatic-Drainage-An-integral-Component-of-Postoperative-Care.pdf

2Lymphatic Research and Biology. 2017 Sep;15(3):235-240. Investigating the Short-Term Effects of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Compression Garment Therapies on Lymphatic Function Using Near-Infrared Imaging. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28749744