Cellulite is an unsightly cosmetic condition that creates a ‘dimpling’ effect on the skin, resembling cottage cheese or orange peel. While it can be found all over the body, but it most commonly appears on the thighs, lower abdominal region, and buttocks of women. It has no adverse health effects, but for many women it can have a negative psychological effect and reduce their self-confidence. There are many ‘treatments’ for cellulite out there, but there is only one that is actually FDA approved – endermologie.

What is endermologie?

Originally, endermologie was not used to treat cellulite. It was developed by a scientist named Louis-Paul Guitay in the 1980s as a way to treat burns and loosen scar tissue. Nowadays, it is being used by masseurs, beauticians, dermatologists, and the like to improve the appearance of cellulite (although it is not claimed to provide a complete ‘cure’). It has also been said to improve circulation and skin tone, as well as an aid in the relief of minor muscle aches.

How does it work?

Endermologie is a non-surgical and non-invasive approach to cellulite reduction which uses a motorized device with controlled suction and adjustable rollers. During the treatment, a hand-held massaging device is used to knead and suction the skin. This is said to improve circulation within the skin, thereby increasing metabolic exchange and decreasing the appearance of cellulite. The process is also said to boost the metabolism and increase fat removal in the targeted areas.

Who can undergo endermologie treatment?

As long as you are in generally good health, you should be a good candidate for endermologie treatment. Those who have any infections or skin disease on the affected area, or women who are pregnant or breast feeding, may be advised against such treatments.

How long is a session? How many are needed?

Depending on the size of the affected area, treatments generally last between 35-60 minutes. Professionals suggest one to two sessions per week, with up to 14 sessions for maximum results.

What should you expect during a treatment session?

The specialist administering the treatment should take a note of your medical history.
The benefits and risks of treatment should be discussed.
The head of the endermologie machine is ‘hoovered’ over the affected area for the length of treatment.
Steps to take before or after treatment

During endermologie, the lymph system will be stimulated. To counter this, you should drink at least two litres of water to dispel any released toxins. Those completing treatment will be free to return to work immediately after.

Is it painful or dangerous?

No, while some people do report a mild discomfort during treatments, most people find the session extremely relaxing. Most practitioners will ask you to wear a pair of nylon stockings during the treatment and this will help to decrease the amount of friction to the skin.

Where can I get endermologie treatment?

Endermologie treatments are non-invasive and non-surgical and therefore do not need to be performed by medical professionals. You can have them done at a local salon or clinic by someone suitably trained.

Does it work?

Endermologie treatments can produce quite noticeable improvements in the appearance of cellulite. But duration of the treatment’s effectiveness varies from person to person, and long term treatment is necessary to maintain the results.

Other benefits associated with endermologie include relaxation, improved circulation, and a reduction in aches and pains.  Many athletes use this treatment to soften tissue and improve flexibility, or to speed up the process of recovery after an intense workout.

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