Every year, people spend millions of pounds on cellulite treatments. Ninety percent of women over the age of 20 will deal with cellulite, and most women will do almost anything to get rid of their ‘cottage cheese’ legs or ‘orange peel’ bottom. But whatever you want to compare the appearance of cellulite to, the fact is that over the counter treatments like creams and wraps simply don’t work. With that being said, there are many new treatments for cellulite that are starting to come to light. One of them is known as ionithermie. Let’s take a closer look and see if this treatment is worth the time and money.
What is ionithermie cellulite treatment?
Ionithermie was invented in 1979 by Oliver Fouche, a biochemist in France. It is a cosmetic treatment that is said to reduce the appearance of cellulite by detoxifying the body at a cellular level.
How does it work?
There are five different elements that ionithermie is made up of: faraday stimulation, galvanic stimulation, conductive thermal aroma clay, micronized algae, and biotechniques rand products. The clay and algae are applied to the target area, and a handheld device is used transmit low-level electrical stimuli through them.
It works in several different ways by:
- Introducing all-natural products into the fatty tissue layers of the skin
- Causing gentle electro-stimulation to the underlying muscles (helps to tone and sculpt),
- Increasing the number of capillaries in the skin (for better circulation).
- The overall end result is said to be slimming and detoxification, ultimately resulting in firmer skin and a reduction in the appearance of cellulite.
What other benefits are there?
Ionithermie treatments are claimed to:
- reduce the appearance of cellulite
- firm and tone muscles
- lose 2-20cm during initial treatment
- improve skin texture
- detoxify the body
- re-mineralize the body
- increase energy levels
- boost metabolism
- reduce fluid retention
- improve blood and lymph circulation
- provide relief for lower back and joint pain
How long is a session? How many are needed?
There are two parts to ionithermie treatment: the in-salon treatment and the use of homecare products. In-salon ionithermie treatment sessions generally last about 30 minutes, but this may vary depending on the size of the area to be treated.
The number of treatments necessary will depend largely on the condition of the patient and their desired results. Basic detoxification will require anywhere from 5-10 in-salon treatments. Moderate detoxication will require 10-15 treatments, and severe cases may require 15-20 treatments.
What should you expect during a session?
- You specialist will go over a medical history and any health concerns.
- Your skin will be prepared using all-natural products.
- The area of skin to be treated will be covered with warm clay.
- A handheld machine will be used over the treatment area for 30-40 minutes.
- The clay will be removed and your skin will be moisturized.
What steps need to be taken before or after treatment?
There are no special measures that should be taken before treatment, although you do need to advise your specialist of any health issues or allergies that you may have. Those with an allergic to iodine should not undergo ionithermie treatment.
After your treatment, it is important to drink plenty of water to aid in the detoxification process. You should also be sure to use the homecare products suggested by your specialist, and you should follow a healthy diet and exercise plan.
Is it painful or dangerous?
Ionithermie treatment is not considered to be dangerous, except to those with an allergy to iodine. The treatment is not painful, though it may leave a mild irritation afterwards. There are no known bad side effects.
Where can I get ionithermie treatment?
Ionithermie is non-invasive and non-surgical. It is offered in some salons and clinics.
Does it work?
In 2001, clinical testing was done in Europe which showed that ionithermie was effective in reducing the size of specific areas of the body, improving skin tone, and reducing the appearance of cellulite. Further studies in the United States in 2006 validated these claims. The long-term effectiveness of such treatments are up for debate. The results of ionithermie are said to be long-term, but without a proper exercise and diet routine it is likely that the results will not be permanent.