“After finishing my plastic surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine, I was very confident in my surgery technique,” explains local plastic surgeon, Erica Bartlett MD. “However, I discovered there was little to no information on how to manage a patient’s recovery post-procedure. A colleague recommended I talk to Delmie DePuma-Aparicio. Delmie opened my eyes to the world of lymphatic massage.”

Delmie is a Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapy (LDT) certified therapist and owner of True Recovery Lymphatic Massage. Lymphatic massage opens up the lymph nodes, allowing healing lymph fluid to flow freely throughout the body. Dr. Bartlett says, “Before I knew of lymphatic massage, my post-surgery liposuction patients were swollen and bruised for a long time. They experienced irregularities, including internal fibrosis or deep scarring under the skin. It would take up to a year for the swelling, bruising, and irregularities to go away. Sometimes the irregularities were permanent… and I just assumed that happened to all good surgeons occasionally. With lymphatic massage, the swelling is better sooner and the bruises and fibrosis heal faster. It’s similar after a tummy tuck. Without lymphatic massage, some patients experienced considerable swelling for up to a year. In most cases, lymphatic massage cuts that time down to three months. Delmie has elevated my plastic surgery results from good to great!”

“True Recovery is a one-stop-shop for post-plastic surgery patients,” continues Dr. Bartlett. “A patient home outside the surgical office. In addition to providing valuable lymphatic massage technique, Delmie has access to boards to control swelling, and she fits patients with the correct compression undergarments. It’s exactly what you need, and you didn’t even know you needed it! I’ve been referring patients to Delmie for more than two years. Delmie has a good touch, she treats people well, and my patients are happy because they’re achieving great results.”

As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Bartlett’s focus is helping 30, 40, and 50-year-old females feel like real women. “I produce natural, realistic results to give a woman her confidence back,” explains Dr. Bartlett. “I’m not going to make someone something they’re not. I want every patient to be their best self.” For more information about Dr. Bartlett, visit

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