Lymphatic Drainage treatment approach for facial post plastic surgeries and procedures (Face and neck) - An Advanced MLD Course

This 18-hour course will educate therapists on the most common rejuvenating facial procedures and plastic surgeries, including pathophysiology involving plastic surgery, MLD treatment sequences, and contraindications related to post plastic surgery procedures to the face, head and neck. The course is taught in a hybrid format with 6 hours online webinar instruction, followed by 12 hours of hands-on live instruction in a 2-day weekend.

Class Topics

  • Lymphatic system anatomy for the face, head, and neck
  • Lymphatic pathways in face, head, and neck
  • Phases of wound healing
  • Sun exposure consequences and skin CA
  • Cosmetic Procedures for Aging Skin (treatment options)
  • Dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, vitamin C, chemical peels
  • Facial fillers
  • Botox injections treatments
  • Introduction to facial surgery, what is facial plastic surgery
  • Aesthetic facial surgery (cosmetic surgery)
  • Difference between reconstructive and cosmetic facial surgery
  • Different types of facial plastic surgeries
  • Chin, cheek, or jaw reshaping (facial implants or soft tissue augmentation)
  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  • Rhytidectomy (Facelift), forehead lift, brow lift, neck
  • Cleft lip and palate repair and congenital facial anomalies, deviated septum (Septoplasty)
  • Lips surgery
  • Rhinoplasty (nose surgery)
  • Otoplasty (ear surgery)
  • Hair transplants (follicular Unit Extraction, follicular Unit Transplant))
  • Autologous Fat transfer in face and neck (fat grafting)
  • Side effects and complications to common treatments
  • Contraindications and precautions
  • Manual lymphatic drainage protocols for face and neck surgeries
  • Demonstration and practice of sequences for all facial procedures and surgeries

Course Format

This 18-hour course is delivered in a hybrid format including, live webinar and in-person class. Students will complete 6 hours online in two 3-hour live webinar days. Therapists will then be able to join any scheduled 2-day (12 hours) in-person class for the hands-on portion of the course.


This course is open to manual lymph drainage certified therapists, (certified through ACOLS or equivalent). CLT therapists working with post op patients are welcome.

The Academy of Lymphatic Studies is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 4063. This live activity is offered at 13.5 CEUs, advanced, OT service delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Upcoming Advanced and Refresher Courses

Name Date City State  
Webinar Part 1 Advanced MLD for Post Plastic Surgeries of the Head and Neck 6-9pm EST each day Oct 04, 2023 Webinar Register
Advanced MLD for Post Plastic Surgeries of the Head and Neck Oct 21, 2023 Baltimore MD Register

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