Vacuum Massage (LPG)

What is Vacuum Massage?

Commonly referred to as ‘LPG’, vacuum massage is delivered by a machine which uses vacuum to gently lift the skin. This is combined with rollers and paddles in the machine which massage the lifted skin. This helps to soften and realign the collagen found in scar tissue

What is Vacuum Massage used for?

Vacuum massage helps improve the pliability of scar tissue making it feel less tight and more comfortable. It should help with any discomfort associated with scars feeling tight.

What does the treatment feel like?

Vacuum massage often feels quite light compared to the massage you do yourself. Do not worry, this is normal. It should feel as though your skin is being lifted and manipulated between the rollers or paddles.

What should I do before my appointment?

Skin needs to be clean and free of creams. Do not apply liquid silicone gel the morning before your treatment. (Sheet silicone is fine as it is easily removed). If your scar is dry you can apply moisturiser the morning of your appointment but be aware we will need to clean this off.

What will happen during the treatment?

Your therapist will start by asking you some questions about your scar, and may take some measurements, this is so we can monitor how well the treatment is working for you.

Depending on the area to be treated you will either sit or lie down. Your skin will be cleaned before treatment.

Your Therapist will give you a rough idea of how long the treatment will last as this depends on the area being treated.

Please tell your Therapist if you feel any discomfort during the vacuum massage treatment.

How often will I have Vacuum Massage treatment?

Vacuum massage is much more effective if you have regular treatment over a set amount of weeks.

It is important you attend all of the appointments given to you. Please contact us as soon as possible if you cannot make an appointment.

Are there any risks?

There are no known side effects to vacuum massage but you will be asked some questions before treatment as there are certain times it shouldn’t be used e.g if you have any current skin infections, wounds or are pregnant.

Please be aware your skin may feel dry after treatment.

What should I do after my treatment?

Return to moisturising as normal.

Return to massage as normal.

Continue wearing your pressure garments if you normally would do.

Continue applying silicone if you normally would do. 

If you normally use splints or a facemask let your Therapist know, this may need adjusting if treatment has made your skin more pliable.

Please contact your burns therapist if you have any concerns or questions.

Your appointment

Your appointments will take place in:

Burns Therapy, Therapies Department, Ground Floor, Lift Bank C

48 hours notice is required if you are unable to attend. If you do not attend without notice you may be discharged

Contact information

Burns and Plastics Therapy