Facial Oedema (Swelling)

Lymphatic capillaries
Lymphatic capillaries. Image by CFCF under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license.

Facial oedema, commonly known as “facial swelling” or “facial edema”, can occur for a number of reasons, but it is usually associated with some sort of injury to the lymphatic system. The symptoms create an overall swollen look on the face, but it can be more localised in some individuals. Although symptoms may vary from individual to individual, there is usually the same underlying cause.

The main goal of any treatment option is to focus on the root cause of the facial swelling. If this is due to a minor issue such as a sluggish immune response, then our therapies will definitely reduce swelling and let your inner beauty shine through.

Microdermabrasion has proven to be beneficial in reducing facial swelling. Another one of the more common treatments provided at Victorian Cosmetic Dermal Clinics is low-intensity laser therapy (LILT).

What about Skin Care?

Cosmedix Detox Facial Mask
Those with naturally poor lymphatic drainage can often have a ‘toxic’ skin, and can be prone to acne, congestion or enlarged pores. Detox Facial Mask uses activated charcoal and kaolin clay to help draw out impurities from the pores, while diatomaceous earth effectively cleanses away pollutants for a visibly brighter, less agitated-looking complexion. Detox is the perfect mask for those with sensitive skin and large congested pores.

Cosmedix Purity Solution
While Cosmedix Purity Solution is fantastic at removing facial makeups and sunscreen, this Deep Cleansing Oil can also be used to manually massage and help drain facial swelling. It is suitable for all skin types, including those who suffer with oily skin. ­­­­Oil binds to oil, so Cosmedix Purity Solution works to gently break down dirt, excess oil and impurities while nourishing the skin with vitamins. We recommend applying the oil neat onto dry skin with dry hands. Use a gentle pressure and massage outwards towards facial lymph nodes. When finished, Emulsify with water and rinse clean.

Preferred Treatment Approaches for Facial Oedema

At Victorian Cosmetic Dermal Clinics our registered cosmetic nurses and clinicians can perform the precise treatment necessary to treat any facial lymphoedema, which are effective in conjunction with standard medical treatments. This minimises and removes most fluid puffiness from the face and neck region in general.

LILT actually removes fluid under the skin so as to reduce puffiness and inflammation, improving the look and the feel of the skin. The best aspect of this safe and effective skin treatment is that it can be carried out on any general skin tone and texture. The results show dramatic improvements that are long-lasting even in situations such as post surgery, to help reduce inflammation and swelling of the skin.

While Microdermabrasion is primarily used for exfoliation, treatment includes a suction mechanism which removes dulling dead skin cells, unblocks pores, relieves clogging and congestion but this vacuum mechanism also works to improve Lymphatic Drainage. Specific gliding techniques are used and combined with vacuum pressure to increase the flow and natural detoxification of the lymphatic system aiding in systemic toxin and pathogen removal. When lymph flow is obstructed or slow, lymph can accumulate in the tissues, resulting in swelling, irritation or discomfort, puffiness and a dull complexion. Lymph drainage using Microdermabrasion is highly recommended for acne, congestions, and those with facial swelling or oedema. This treatment can be performed either alongside Exfoliation using the diamond coated tip, or for irritated skins, using a smooth coated tip solely used for Lymphatic drainage. With regular Microdermabrasion treatment, the symptoms of a congested lymphatic system can be dramatically reduced, improving facial oedema and the skin’s overall appearance.

If you are interested in learning more on how to improve the look and feel of your facial skin, and you have an issue with swollen facial skin, we encourage you to contact us today for your initial consultation.

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