Plastic Surgeon Christopher K. Patronella, MD has known Delmie DePuma-Aparicio, owner of local True Recovery Lymphatic Massage, since 2008. Dr. Patronella says, “Delmie worked in my office for five years as a lymphatic massage therapist, accelerating the recovery of my patients after surgery.”

How does lymphatic massage work? It opens up the lymph system that may have become blocked during the plastic surgery. When the lymph system is blocked, the body is not getting the vital lymph fluid it needs to heal itself. Increased swelling and bruising is likely, and the body becomes more susceptible to infection. Lymphatic massage opens up the lymph nodes, allowing the lymph fluid to flow freely throughout the body…healing the body.

“Lymphatic massage is very effective in reducing the swelling after both facelifts and any kind of body contouring,” explains Dr. Patronella. “After a body contouring procedure, lymphatic massage also improves areas of tenderness and lumpiness. I still refer my patients to Delmie and True Recovery Lymphatic Massage for plastic surgery recovery. She has a tremendous skill set and an incredible touch. Delmie’s very passionate about what she does, and she’s fantastic with patients. They really like her!”

Dr. Patronella has been in practice for three decades. “I love what I do,” continues Dr. Patronella. “I’m very grateful to be able to change a person’s physical condition. But it’s not just aesthetics, people change psychologically and emotionally as well. I see it over and over again. Procedures like our mommy makeovers boost confidence, improve intimate relationships, and enhance a woman’s sense of well-being. It’s a powerful event in someone’s life.”

Delmie says, “I’ve learned so much from Dr. Patronella. He’s my mentor and a dear friend. I thank him for continuing to trust me with his patients. Dr. Patronella has also done several plastic surgery procedures for me…I won’t go to anyone else!”

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This post originally appeared on the “Up Close Magazine” website.