Facial Lymphatic Drainage (FLD): functions and benefits

Many people know the benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage when performed on the body. But, do you know it can be used on the face? Facial lymphatic drainage (FLD) is becoming so popular because of its multiple benefits for your skin, appearance and your general wellbeing. 

What is the main function of  Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)?

Your  lymphatic system is a fundamental part of the immune system. Your lymphatic system is in charge of collecting and eliminating the excess fluid, toxins and waste of your body. Using a network of hundreds of lymph nodes, it drains the lymph (a fluid that carries the waste and toxins, but also white cells). Then, the lymph returns to your bloodstream to be eliminated. 

When there’s any kind of obstruction in your lymphatic system, fluid starts to build up. But don’t worry, the functions of your lymphatic system can be improved with MLD!

What is facial lymphatic drainage (FLD)?

Facial lymphatic drainage is a type of massage. It uses softer and slower pumping movements. The soft pressures are directed towards the lymph nodes to eliminate toxins, fluids and waste naturally.

First, the lymph is moved from the face down to the deep lymph nodes of the neck. Then, it is  drained to the thoracic area. 

15 Benefits of facial lymphatic drainage (FLD)

There are many and different kind of benefits of FLD, let’s know some of them:

  1. Improve the quality of your skin.
  2. Reduces acne and oily skin symptoms.
  3. It is a natural facelift (it makes you look younger).
  4. Reduce stress and anxiety.
  5. Eliminate toxins and fluids making your face look thinner.
  6. Improve blood flow.
  7. Make your face muscles stronger.
  8. Reduce dark circles.
  9. Reduce wrinkles.
  10. Your skin tone may look uniform.
  11. Improve the circulation of nutrients.
  12. Help in cell renewal.
  13. Reduce edema.
  14. Improve the appearance of scars (treats fibrosis).
  15. Reduce fatigue signs.

When not having a FLD

Lymphatic drainage is used as a treatment for certain medical conditions (edema or swelling issues). In addition, it has many benefits when we talk about beauty.

Facial Lymphatic drainage is safe. However, ask your GP  first if you have:

  • High risk of blood clots.
  • Congestive heart failure.
  • An active lymphatic infection.
  • Cancer.
  • Unknown swelling condition.

We hope this information is useful, in our next blog we will answer the FAQ about FLD.  If you need advice or have any questions about our treatments, please contact us. You can find us in Mill Hill Broadway and Islington. We are always happy to help. If you like this blog, please share!




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