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Lymphatic Drainage Massage: What to Know About Cellulite Treatment

What It Is Cellulite?

Cellulite is a common condition that affects many women. Although it can impact your confidence, it is important to understand that various approaches exist to managing it. While there is no quick fix for cellulite, consistent treatments can help reduce its appearance over time. It is essential to remember that there is no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed of having cellulite. Instead, focusing on positive actions to help manage it and improve self-confidence is better.

Two approaches can be used to get rid of cellulite in Toronto: local removal or a holistic approach. Local cellulite treatment involves a skin-tightening and fat-removal procedure using radiofrequency technology. The holistic approach involves lymphatic drainage massage to 

  1. reduce body swelling,
  2. build collagen,
  3. improve circulation,  
  4. prevent new dimples from appearing.

Radiofrequency (RF) skin tightening is a treatment that can help reduce cellulite in specific body areas. If you are young and have cellulite on your legs or thighs, you can achieve significant reduction with six RF skin tightening treatments. It is important to follow the treatment schedule, usually once or twice a week, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle and drinking plenty of water. 

Based on my experience, about 8% of clients seeking cellulite reduction are suitable for RF treatment. The majority of clients looking for cellulite reduction may benefit more from lymphatic drainage cellulite treatment. If you are even slightly overweight or experience the feeling of heavy legs at the end of the day, if your stomach appears and feels bloated, or if you are going through menopause, the second option will be the best for you.

It is quite challenging to eliminate cellulite, but a treatment called lymphatic drainage massage Starvac can be helpful. Starvac is a globally recognized brand providing cellulite removal solutions since 1967 and is still owned by the same family. MedVSpa has been using the Starvac lymphatic drainage massage system for more than ten years, updating its systems as Starvac releases new products. MedVSpa has two Starvac Original and one Starvac DX Twin, and the team uses them differently on various clients depending on the cellulite type and the cellulite stage they are experiencing, but very often simultaneously during the day.


  • Olena Angelowska is a medical esthetician with over 20 years of experience working in Canada, Emirates, Morocco, and Russia. She specializes in cellulite removal and skin tightening for individuals of different ethnicities.

What Is Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

Starvac Lymphatic Drainage is a non-invasive procedure approved by Health Canada. It uses a device that combines deep tissue massage with suction and vibrating rollers to reduce cellulite by breaking up fatty deposits, increasing circulation, improving lymphatic drainage, and stimulating collagen production. The massage is performed all over the body, focusing on reducing cellulite on the legs, thighs, arms, and buttocks. It can also be performed on the arms for skin tightening purposes.

Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage Massage

  • Reduces the appearance of cellulite
  • Reduces swelling and inflammation
  • Decreases fluid retention

Massage therapy has many benefits that can help improve overall skin health. One of the most notable benefits is reducing the appearance of cellulite, which can improve confidence and self-esteem. Additionally, massage therapy can help improve skin quality by breaking up fatty deposits, increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating collagen production. It can allow you to achieve smoother, healthier-looking skin and feel more comfortable in your skin.

How to Prepare for Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

"When preparing for lymphatic drainage, it is crucial to stay well hydrated because the massage movements help your body get rid of toxins with the fluid. Therefore, drink plenty of water, at least a litre an hour before the massage," advises Angelowska. If you experience swelling, be prepared for bruising after the treatment. While it is uncommon to experience bruising, the bruises will be singular and should disappear within a few days.

What to Expect During Lymphatic Drainage Massage Treatment

One of the benefits of this treatment is that it does not cause any pain. However, you may experience some discomfort if you have swollen legs or cellulite on your legs. According to Angelowska, it feels similar to a massage. The massage may be uncomfortable for specific body areas, indicating a lack of microcirculation and fibrotic cellulite. The suction and movement patterns will be adjusted based on your comfort level. After 3-4 sessions, the treatment is completely comfortable and relaxing.
The procedure typically takes about an hour, and unlike endermology LPG, no suits are required.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage vs. Other Cellulite Treatments

Radiofrequency is a well-known technology used to reduce cellulite. It reduces cellulite on the thighs and buttocks by shrinking fat cells and tightening the skin. Lymphatic drainage massage using Starvac is effective in treating cellulite throughout the body and can also prevent the appearance of new dimples. It helps to remove swelling, improves microcirculation, and promotes collagen growth. Therefore, lymphatic drainage massage using Starvac is the best choice for reducing cellulite. RF skin tightening is an additional treatment for skin tightening after losing a few sizes.

Potential Side Effects

Common side effects of Lymphatic drainage massage include bruising after the procedure. To minimize them, avoid medications or supplements that contribute to bleeding. Drink at least a litre of water before the treatment and one more litre after.

The Cost

According to Starvac clinical trials, lymphatic drainage massages in Toronto usually cost $150-$200 per session and require 15-20 treatments.


After completing 15 Starvac sessions, most clients experience a significant difference in their overall well-being. They report feeling more energetic, sleeping better, and reduced appetite. Starvac is particularly effective for shedding a few extra pounds gained during holidays or reducing leg swelling after a long flight. 
Many clients are so pleased with the results that they wish to continue with lymphatic drainage. At MedVSpa, we offer a Lymphatic Drainage membership with the option of one, two, or four maintenance sessions per month.

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Frequently Asked Questions


1.How Much Does a Lymphatic Drainage Massage Cost Toronto?

One lymphatic drainage massage session in Toronto costs approximately $200, though the price may vary depending on the number of treatments. MedVSpa only offers full-body Starvac massages.

2.Is it Good to Get Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

A lymphatic drainage massage may benefit you if you experience cellulite, heavy legs, stomach bloating, or swelling.

3.Who Shouldn't Do Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

To ensure your safety and well-being, we kindly request that you inform us if you have a history of cancer or if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding. Please note that having cancer is not suitable for lymph drainage Starvac treatment. We will need to delay your Starvac session until it is safe to proceed after delivery. Our top priority is your health, and we appreciate your understanding.

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