Praise From Board Certified Plastic Surgeons:

“I will certainly keep you in mind if I have future surgery patients that may necessitate postoperative lymphatic drainage near you.”

– Kristina Tansavatdi, MD

Tansavatdi Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, Westlake Village, CA

Praise from My Clients:

Lipo 360 and Brazilian Butt Lift
Kathleen is heaven send! I saw her for the first time when I returned to see my Doctor for the 2 weeks post-op visit in San Diego.  I found her on YouTube while researching after care for lipo 360. So since I was going to be in the area I booked an appt.  I was so swollen, skin was tight basically I was in so much pain couldn’t even stand up straight.  By the time she was finished I was a new women!!!! I seriously came back to life!! I came home and I found another gal who also focuses on Lymphatic massages but I was disappointed so I flew back to San Diego for the second time just to see her and again I walked out feeling so much better.   I’m trying to see her every week, tho I wish I could see her twice a week to speed up recovery. I absolutely love her.  She takes the time to hear all about your aches yet there’s no need cuz the girl knows her stuff just by looking at your body she knows what you need.
Thank you Kathleen! you are amazing.
Gabriela, in a review posted on Yelp
Liposuction and Brazilian Butt Lift
Kathleen is knowledgeable, informative, supportive and an overall cool person. She’s an author who gave me insights to swelling, healing and post-operative care. She is gracious and giving with her knowledge, informing you of what’s happening with your body at all different stages of recovery, providing different tips and tricks to mitigate pain and promote healing along the way.

I’ve finished maybe 8 treatments (give or take) and she was the MVP in my recovery. Her support made me at ease with the constant changes I was enduring and was a helpful aid in trusting the process of recovery. During each visit she listened and informed me on the stage of healing I was experiencing and what to expect or looks out for based on her experiences.

I got the impression that she has an incredibly diverse client-base and her non-judgmental character and open mind enforced how that could easily be true. She caters specifically to your needs and provided a comfortable, relaxing and safe space that is also happens to be conveniently located not far from the closest freeway.

I appreciated that she provided educated feedback and walked away feeling confident in her informed reassurance. As much as her kindness, supportive and funny nature is well worth the 5 five stars alone, I also achieved incredible results after each visit. My swelling noticeably went down each time, leading to less pain and resulted in better results, more quickly.

Tiara, in a review posted on Yelp 

Liposuction for Lipedema

“Kathleen was extremely knowledgeable and gentle during my lipedema MLD session. I Cannot recommend her highly enough!”

Michelle K. from North Carolina, on vacation in San Diego in between receiving liposuction treatments for her lipedema in Beverly Hills, CA. in May 2017.

Hematoma After Facelift

“A week after my facelift, I got a hematoma and had significant swelling and stiffness – very uncomfortable – while the surgeon said it would resolve – the day to day unpleasant / uncomfortableness caused me to seek relief.

After the first massage – I had better range of motion and physically and mentally felt like I’d reached a turning point. The following week I saw good improvements, where previously it seemed like my body was just going to stay swollen and puffy for a long time.

I finally started to feel like myself again.

The massage was relaxing, for sure, but unlike sports massage that I’d had.

I was skeptical about the drainage when I left, but that night my body definitely was processing fluid as I was up every few hours to pee. So, skepticism unfounded – and relief realized.”

Judy from San Diego, after a facelift in 2018.

Facelift and Liposuction

“Kathleen is a true healer in every way! She helped me tremendously with my therapy post surgery. She is very knowledgeable and thorough in every way along with being very kind and friendly to work with. I highly recommend her!”

Maggie from San Diego, recovering from liposuction on arms and legs and a face and neck lift in December 2017.

Facelift and Necklift

“I have found Kathleen to be a knowledgeable and compassionate professional and feel my sessions with her have hastened my healing process. I especially appreciate that she is willing to come to my home. But most of all her process and technique just felt GOOD! Thank you for helping me through this difficult time”

Hilarie M., recovering from facelift, necklift and fat transfer in February 2018

Swelling After Facelift

“Kathleen Lisson’s lymphatic massage has been incredibly helpful to me after my cosmetic surgery. My doctor told me I was on the extreme scale of swelling, and I did all the ice-heat-ice regimens, which brought some relief, but Kathleen’s treatment increased my drainage and relieved the discomfort for several days at a time.

For the first month, I was having her come to my house twice a week, then I eased into once a week. I also appreciated how friendly she was to my dog. I would highly recommend her services.”

Michelle from Del Mar, recovering from facelift in March 2018

Revision Facelift

“A wonderful experience! Very professional… everything was explained and understood. After undergoing facial plastic surgery (revision) I noticed my swelling was greater than in the past. Now I have new hope! Try it … you will love Kathleen!”

Sharon F., recovering from a facelift February 2017.

Tummy Tuck & Liposuction

“I highly recommend Kathleen. I have seen her twice so far and have greatly benefited. She is very knowledgeable, soft-spoken and soothing. Her technique has helped me along in my recovery greatly, I definitely plan of referring her to any loved one.”

Rebeca B. from Santee, recovering from abdominoplasty and liposuction October 2016.

Swelling Reduction for Lipedema

“I have never had such a good MLD, been peeing ever since! l even had to get out of the pod CVAC today to pee! wow, your a ‘REAL’ MLD therapist, and an Author as well, WOW!”

– Lynette from San Clemente, who has lipedema (September 2018).


“Swelling has gone down significantly, although not 100%. The main thing I noticed is that the area surrounding the scar was not as tender after the massage and continues to decrease every day.”

Heather O., from San Diego, a month after the birth of her first child.

Scar Massage after Mastectomy

“Kathleen has helped me tremendously in relieving my chronic shoulder post-surgery pain. She also helped to ease the pain from my surgery scars which has greatly increased my range of motion and overall comfort level throughout the day. She is amazing in her healing art and I would highly recommend her to anyone!”

AK – recovering from bilateral mastectomy as part of gender affirming surgery

Orthopedic Surgery after Hiking Accident

“I was fortunate enough to have been treated at home with a lymphatic massage last week. I wish I would have known about what this was in the early stages of my recovery. The purpose of lymphatic massage is to stimulate the lymph and interstitial fluid to flow where it’s supposed to go normally. The lymphatic system does not have a pump like the cardiac system. Thus, it relies on muscle movement and contraction, pressure changes, and physical stimulation like massage. This specific type of massage decreases swelling after surgery, improves your immune system, flushes out toxins, and helps with pain. It’s very gentle and relaxing, AND it was done in the comfort of my living room! I had never heard of this type of massage before, and if you know anyone recovering after surgery, I highly recommend trying this out.”

Marissa Labate, Surgical ICU Nurse, San Diego

Read about Marissa’s story on her blog Lipstick and Lifesaving

Swelling after a horse – related Accident

“After a horse accident landed me in the trauma ER and serious injuries caused serious swelling, MLD massage worked liked magic with immediate visible results, under the experienced and gentle hands of Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Board Certified Massage Therapist Kathleen Lisson, CMT, CLT of Solace Massage & Mindfulness.”

– Nikki Bridges

Read the interview here and the entire article for more tips on beauty products to use after trauma.

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“I booked my appointment for MLD with Kathleen while visiting San Diego. I have lymphedema in my thigh and after airplane travel, extra walking in the heat, and some vacation food indulgences my thigh was swollen and heavy.

When Kathleen showed up at my hotel on time with her massage table and friendly smile, I immediately felt comfortable with her. She asked all the questions that showed me she knew her stuff and listened carefully to my answers. The MLD was excellent and some of the best I’ve had. The results were a leg that felt light, relieved, and back to its normal size.

It can be nerve-racking and difficult to find the right CLT and I am so grateful that I was able to find her on my vacation. What a gift! I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone who lives in or is visiting San Diego to book an appointment with her. When I am back in San Diego, I will definitely see her again.”

– Jessi Raymond, cancer survivor with stage 2 lymphedema on vacation in San Diego from her home near Seattle. Follow Jessi at @movingmylymph on Instagram

Male Liposuction
“Everything is going great. I feel wonderful. The hardness and lumpiness has definitely decreased about 60%, which is outstanding. The insert that you gave me makes my stomach look like a large honeycomb when I take it off. However, it is keeping my stomach flat when I’m sitting. Consequently, I have no complaints. Thank you for the follow up. Your the best! “
Alonzo from Hawaii on vacation in San Diego after Liposuction March 2019