Post Surgical MLD

The benefits of having MLD following surgery can include:

- A reduction in post-surgical oedema (tissue swelling)

- Pain relief thanks to MLD's analgesic effect

- Speeding up the absorption of residual anaesthetics in the body

- Minimised bruising levels

Reduction in the development of seroma & fibrotic tissue

- Immune system stimulation to help ward off post-surgical infection

- Wound healing improvement through increased circulation to help minimise scarring

- Skin regeneration stimulation

- Recovery from the "post-surgical slump" caused by increased levels of adrenaline & other stress-response hormones in the body

How soon after surgery can I have MLD?

With the consent of your medical professionals and in the case of no post-surgical complications, MLD can be performed as soon as 24 hours after surgery. Basically, the sooner you start MLD, the better its effects are likely to be. Many people choose to start MLD on Day 2 or 3 after an operation as this is when they might typically feel more stable as the immediate effects of their surgical medications have abated somewhat.

How many post-surgical MLD treatments will I need?


It depends on the type of surgery you have had and how much of your body is involved in the healing process.


Many surgeons now prescribe an MLD treatment schedule for their patients on discharge from hospital, eg for extensive liposuction this might be: daily in the first few days, every other day in the second & third week, weekly for a further 2 weeks and then once a month for maintenance up to 5 months, or eg after a hip or knee replacement, this might be 3 times a week for 3 weeks.


Where an MLD schedule has not been medically prescribed, the therapist will suggest what she believes will be optimal for your situation based on her experience with similar cases. Feel free to get in touch to ask about this prior to booking an appointment, as it is a good idea to understand how many visits you're likely to need, and to get them scheduled in, before your first visit.

How does the Consultation/Booking process work?

If you wish to book MLD for post-surgical care, it is best to contact the therapist (Nina) ahead of your surgery and before making any appointments via the booking system, in order to outline your requirements, check her availability for your intended period of convalescence and to ask any questions you might have. If you think you may need treatment at home before being mobile enough to visit the clinic, you will need to obtain a separate quote for any off site appointments.

When planning to have a number of appointments in close succession, it is best to book these in at the same time as the therapist operates more or less to capacity and availability cannot be guaranteed to suit your schedule at short notice after your 1st visit.

After booking, you will be sent a Post-Surgical Health Form to complete online, which will supplement what you may have already told the therapist about your surgery. Please do this as soon and in as much detail as possible, it enables the therapist to begin planning your treatment schedule with sufficient time to contact you for further clarification if necessary.

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Prices (for treatments at the practice)

MLD 1st appointments: £80 (70mins) 

A 70 min appointment is required for all 1st MLD appointments at Richmond Park Therapies.

MLD subsequent appointments: £70 (60mins) OR £80 (70mins)

Most subsequent & maintenance MLD appointments last 60 mins. If you are using MLD for deep-relaxation, have a complex medical case, or have had cosmetic surgery/liposuction to several body areas at the same time however, you will require 70 mins for follow-up appointments. In each of these cases, please call/email before booking to check, also see more info on Post-Surgical MLD.

MLD Packages:

a) 10 appointments (1st 70 mins + 9 subsequent 60 mins): £675

b) 10 appointments (10 x 70 mins): £760

Packages & off site appointments are not available via the booking system & should be booked either by phone or email. It is possible to combine off-site treatment with a Package purchase, but there will be additional fees for the offsite work applicable.

Terms & Conditions for MLD packages & multiple appointments:

When booking more than one MLD appointment, you will need to transfer a holding fee at the time of booking them, this includes Packages if you do not intend to pay in full amount immediately. The holding fee will be used to pay for your final appointment (unless there have been deductions for no-shows, late cancellations etc) or will be deducted from the package price when you complete full payment.

For MLD Package's you will need to have paid the full cost of the entire package by bank transfer at least 24 hours before your 1st appointment. 

Packages cannot be taken out retrospectively and must be requested and confirmed by email prior to booking your first appointment.

Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT2         9am-6pm: 07791 966278