Skin Procedures Treatment of Cellulite

Cellulite Treatment (Endermologie)

Cellulite Treatment

  • Best Candidates:
    People who are seeking to improve their appearance by reducing cellulite
  • Length of Procedure:
    30 to 45 minutes
  • Inpatient/Outpatient:
  • Anesthesia:
  • Results:
  • Procedures in 2015:
    30,810 (source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons)

Almost 90% of women eventually develop cellulite — the "orange peel" or "cottage cheese" look typically found on the hips, thighs and buttocks. Endermologie is a relaxing, non-invasive procedure that uses Lipomassage to break up pockets of fat that cause cellulite and restore a smoother, more youthful tone to the skin. Reducing cellulite can dramatically improve your appearance and give the skin a more healthy look.

The procedure information contained in this article will give you a good introduction to Endermologie for cellulite treatment. Schedule a consultation with a qualified laser professional to receive an examination and discuss your options for cellulite reduction.

Cellulite Treatment Overview

Endermologie is a non-invasive procedure that is proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Using a technique called Lipomassage or roller massage therapy, suction and massaging action are used to break up the hardened pockets of fat that cause cellulite, eliminate toxins trapped in fat cells and redistribute the skin to smooth dimpling. Endermologie is the only non-surgical procedure approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cellulite reduction.

Endermologie is performed as a series of treatments that take from 30 to 45 minutes each. Results can usually be seen after six sessions and ongoing sessions (one or two per month) are recommended to maintain results. Anesthesia is not required and the procedure is usually performed on a massage table in your doctor's office or other outpatient setting.

Reducing cellulite can dramatically improve the appearance of your skin, slim your figure and provide a boost to your self-esteem. Endermologie works to improves the tone of the skin, making it appear less dimply and more soft, smooth and firm. You will probably feel much more comfortable wearing shorts, tanktops, swimwear and other clothing that exposes the areas affected by cellulite.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is a visible dimpling or lumpiness of the skin, often referred to as a "cottage cheese" or "orange peel" look. It appears to some extent in nearly 90% of women, sometimes as early as the teenage years. Women are more prone to cellulite because of the greater stores of fat naturally present in the female body. In women, cellulite can appear on the hips, thighs, buttocks, arms, stomach and other areas of the body. Men rarely develop cellulite, but it can appear on a man's stomach. Being overweight does not cause cellulite, which is just as common in thin people.

Cellulite forms when fat cells swell and protrude through strands of connective tissue. This process is caused by accumulations of toxins in the fat cells and weakening of the connective tissues because of poor blood and lymph circulation. The connective tissue then thickens around the fat cells (in a process called fibrosis) and forms hardened pockets of fat, which cause the skin to take on the familiar dimpled, lumpy appearance of cellulite.

Many factors can contribute to the development of cellulite, including heredity, aging, hormones, hydration, diet, exercise and medications. Aging can cause the condition to worsen as the connective tissue loosens and the affects of hardened fat deposits on the skin become more pronounced.

How Endermologie is Performed

During an Endermologie session, a device consisting of two motorized rollers and controlled suction is moved across the skin. The treatment lifts, kneads and stretches the skin and underlying tissues with a deep, firm massage (Lipomassage) that most people find to be pleasurable and relaxing.

This massaging action mobilizes the deep tissues and stimulates the metabolism of the fat cells and connective tissue. Pockets of hardened fat are broken up and fibrosis that has formed around the fat cells is softened. Toxins that cause the fat cells to swell are eliminated because of increased blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. Connective tissues are strengthened by an increase in the the production of collagen and elastin.

Lipomassage can also relieve muscle stiffness and reduce the appearance of stretch marks, scar tissue and loose skin.


Best Candidates

The best candidates for Endermologie are in good health and want to enhance the appearance of their hips, thighs, buttocks, stomach or any other body area on which cellulite is present.

Generally, the best candidates for Endermologie:

  • Are in good physical and psychological health.
  • Are well-informed about treatment options and have realistic expectations.
  • Want to improve their appearance by reducing cellulite and improving skin tone.
  • Would benefit psychologically and emotionally from smoother, more youthful skin and a slimmer figure.

Many people who have had liposuction consider Endermologie to treat skin rippling. Liposuction does not reduce cellulite and can actually makes its appearance worse by removing fat that supports the affected skin.

If you believe that you may be a good candidate for Endermologie, a qualified plastic surgeon can evaluate your circumstances, explain anything about the procedure you don't understand, answer all of your questions and help you decide if the procedure is right for you.


Cellulite Treatment Risks

Endermologie for cellulite treatment is virtually risk-free. As a non-invasive procedure, no surgery, incisions, injections, anesthesia or medications are involved. People who bruise easily may experience some mild bruising. The deviced used for Lipomassage can be individually adjusted to the comfort level of each patient.


Cellulite Treatment Costs

The cost of Endermologie can vary depending on the region of the country and other factors. Lipomassage treatments usually cost from $100 to $150 per session. Since multiple, ongoing treatments are required to maintain results in treating cellulite, most providers offer packages of regularly-scheduled sessions at a discount.

You should be provided with complete information on costs and financing options at the initial consultation with your doctor. As it is considered to be a cosmetic procedure, the cost of Endermologie is usually not covered by health insurance.


Cellulite Treatment Consultation

If you decide that you might benefit from cellulite treatment (Endermologie), the first step is to locate a qualified plastic surgeon and schedule a consultation. At the consultation, the doctor will take a complete medical history and examine the areas of the body affected by cellulite. He or she should carefully listen to the goals you have for your appearance and explain the different options that are available.

As the consultation concludes, you may wish to schedule your Lipomassage sessions, take some time to think or seek a second opinion. If you decide to proceed, your surgeon should give you the full details of the procedure, including the benefits, risks and costs. He or she will probably ask you to begin drinking eight glasses of water per day to maximize results.


Cellulite Treatment Recovery

Endermologie is a non-surgical procedure that requires no recovery time, allowing patients to resume everyday activities immediately following a Lipomassage session. Minor bruising is possible in people with sensitive skin.

The best results for diminishing cellulite are achieved by combining Endermologie with plenty of exercise and a healthy diet. Patients are also advised to maintain skin hydration by drinking eight glasses of water daily.