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MLD can reduce symptoms of swelling after a Facelift or Orthopedic Surgery
I will certainly keep you in mind if I have future surgery patients that may necessitate postoperative lymphatic drainage near you.
- Kristina Tansavatdi, MD
Tansavatdi Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, Westlake Village, CA
Praise from My Clients:
Liposuction for Lipedema
"Kathleen was extremely knowledgeable and gentle during my lipedema MLD session. I Cannot recommend her highly enough!
Michelle K. from North Carolina, on vacation in San Diego in between receiving liposuction treatments for her lipedema in Beverly Hills, CA. in May 2017.
Hematoma After Facelift
“A week after my facelift, I got a hematoma and had significant swelling and stiffness - very uncomfortable - while the surgeon said it would resolve - the day to day unpleasant / uncomfortableness caused me to seek relief.
After the first massage - I had better range of motion and physically and mentally felt like I’d reached a turning point. The following week I saw good improvements, where previously it seemed like my body was just going to stay swollen and puffy for a long time.
I finally started to feel like myself again.
The massage was relaxing, for sure, but unlike sports massage that I’d had.
I was skeptical about the drainage when I left, but that night my body definitely was processing fluid as I was up every few hours to pee. So, skepticism unfounded - and relief realized.”
Judy from San Diego, after a facelift in 2018.
Facelift and Liposuction
Kathleen is a true healer in every way! She helped me tremendously with my therapy post surgery. She is very knowledgeable and thorough in every way along with being very kind and friendly to work with. I highly recommend her!
Maggie from San Diego, recovering from liposuction on arms and legs and a face and neck lift in December 2017.
Facelift and Necklift
"I have found Kathleen to be a knowledgeable and compassionate professional and feel my sessions with her have hastened my healing process. I especially appreciate that she is willing to come to my home. But most of all her process and technique just felt GOOD! Thank you for helping me through this difficult time"
Hilarie M., recovering from facelift, necklift and fat transfer in February 2018
Swelling After Facelift
Kathleen Lisson’s lymphatic massage has been incredibly helpful to me after my cosmetic surgery. My doctor told me I was on the extreme scale of swelling, and I did all the ice-heat-ice regimens, which brought some relief, but Kathleen’s treatment increased my drainage and relieved the discomfort for several days at a time.
For the first month, I was having her come to me house twice a week, then I eased into once a week. I also appreciated how friendly she was to my dog. I would highly recommend her services.
Michelle from Del Mar, recovering from facelift in March 2018
A wonderful experience! Very professional... everything was explained and understood. After undergoing facial plastic surgery (revision) I noticed my swelling was greater than in the past. Now I have new hope! Try it ... you will love Kathleen!
Sharon F., recovering from a facelift February 2017.
Tummy Tuck & Liposuction
I highly recommend Kathleen. I have seen her twice so far and have greatly benefited. She is very knowledgable, soft-spoken and soothing. Her technique has helped me along in my recovery greatly, I definitely plan of referring her to any loved one.
Rebeca B. from Santee, recovering from abdominoplasty and liposuction October 2016.
Swelling Reduction for Lipedema
"I have never had such a good MLD, been peeing ever since! l even had to get out of the pod CVAC today to pee! wow, your a 'REAL' MLD therapist, and an Author as well, WOW!"
- Lynette from San Clemente, who has lipedema (September 2018).
Swelling has gone down significantly, although not 100%. The main thing I noticed is that the area surrounding the scar was not as tender after the massage and continues to decrease every day.
Heather O., from San Diego, a month after the birth of her first child.
Scar Massage after Mastectomy
“Kathleen has helped me tremendously in relieving my chronic shoulder post-surgery pain. She also helped to ease the pain from my surgery scars which has greatly increased my range of motion and overall comfort level throughout the day. She is amazing in her healing art and I would highly recommend her to anyone!”
AK - recovering from bilateral mastectomy as part of gender affirming surgery
Orthopedic Surgery after
"I was fortunate enough to have been treated at home with a lymphatic massage last week. I wish I would have known about what this was in the early stages of my recovery. The purpose of lymphatic massage is to stimulate the lymph and interstitial fluid to flow where it’s supposed to go normally. The lymphatic system does not have a pump like the cardiac system. Thus, it relies on muscle movement and contraction, pressure changes, and physical stimulation like massage. This specific type of massage decreases swelling after surgery, improves your immune system, flushes out toxins, and helps with pain. It’s very gentle and relaxing, AND it was done in the comfort of my living room! I had never heard of this type of massage before, and if you know anyone recovering after surgery, I highly recommend trying this out."
Marissa Labate, Surgical ICU Nurse, San Diego
Read about Marissa's story on her blog Lipstick and Lifesaving
Swelling after a
Horse - related Accident
"After a horse accident landed me in the trauma ER and serious injuries caused serious swelling, MLD massage worked liked magic with immediate visible results, under the experienced and gentle hands of Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Board Certified Massage Therapist Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT of Solace Massage & Mindfulness."
- Nikki Bridges
Read the interview here and the entire article for more tips on beauty products to use after trauma.
I booked my appointment for MLD with Kathleen while visiting San Diego. I have lymphedema in my thigh and after airplane travel, extra walking in the heat, and some vacation food indulgences my thigh was swollen and heavy.
When Kathleen showed up at my hotel on time with her massage table and friendly smile, I immediately felt comfortable with her. She asked all the questions that showed me she knew her stuff, and listened carefully to my answers. The MLD was excellent and some of the best I've had. The results were a leg that felt light, relieved, and back to its normal size.
Many of my clients have the same desire - to reduce swelling and that 'heavy, tight' feeling after surgery and get back to spending quality time with their children and families.
As a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, I also help clients with a lymphedema diagnosis, providing maintenance MLD lymphatic massage to provide better control over lymphedema.
Do you or someone you love have Lipedema? I am the author of Lipedema Treatment Guide and provide lymphatic massage before and after liposuction for lipedema in San Diego.
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Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Massage and Mindfulness Services:
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) Massage
for all genders
Lymphedema and Lipedema swelling reduction and maintenance MLD massage
Post-plastic surgery swelling and discomfort
Post-orthopedic surgery swelling and discomfort
Post-Cesarean Section swelling and sensitivity
Cancer-aware massage for those with a metastatic cancer diagnosis and training in post-mastectomy scar massage.
Certified to teach Peggy Huddleston's Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster workshop
At 2180 Garnet Ave. #1i in San Diego:
$100 for a 50 minute in-office session
$150 for a 80 minute in-office session
Services provided in the comfort of your home:
$150 for a 50 minute in -home session in the City of San Diego
$175 for a 50 minute in-home session outside of the City of San Diego
Cash, check, credit accepted
24 hour cancellation policy
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It can be nerve racking and difficult to find the right CLT and I am so grateful that I was able to find her on my vacation. What a gift! I would whole heartedly recommend anyone who lives in or is visiting San Diego to book an appointment with her. When I am back in San Diego, I will definitely see her again.
- Jessi Raymond, cancer survivor with stage 2 lymphedema on vacation in San Diego from her home near Seattle. Follow Jessi at @movingmylymph on Instagram