Is Endermologie® a Viable Cellulite Treatment?
The world of cellulite treatments can a convoluted maze to the newcomer. It seems as if everyone has some type of product or procedure to promote that will help you get rid of cellulite. How can you separate the fake from the authentic? How do you even know if any of these treatments or procedures are going to work? It takes a good history of documented testing for a cellulite treatment to pass muster, especially in the eyes of the FDA and other watchdog-type organizations. Lotions, potions, and solutions-in-a-bottle date back to the days of the snake oil salesmen, so it's important to have some type of measurement of effectiveness before a cellulite treatment can make valid claims.
Enter Endermologie®. Sorry for the gigantic "®" after each mention of the word "Endermologie®", but it's necessary to keep myself out of legal trouble. An alternate spelling is "endermology", but we'll stick to the one with the "®" behind it, if for nothing else than the fact that it looks more official (LOL). Endermologie® is basically a machine-assisted procedure conducted by a certified endermologist (what a coincidence) that provides a type of skin therapy to help aid in reducing the appearance of cellulite. The technique was developed by French plastic surgeons in the 1980's, and was initially used to treat scar tissue. This burgeoning scar treatment proved to be successful, and later expanded to be used for more cosmetic purposes, i.e., cellulite reduction.
How is Endermologie® Used to Treat Cellulite?
Endermologie® is administered with the help of an Endermologie® machine. The treatment is entirely non-invasive (no surgery required), but rather uses motorized rollers on the surface of the skin. The rollers literally fold and unfold the skin at regular intervals and provide an effect that's similar to a deep tissue massage. While the machine is operating, a display screen provides real-time data on different aspects of the procedure, such as thickness of the tissue & improvements or changes in the condition of the tissue. This aids in helping the endermologist determine the effectiveness of the procedure.
This treatment is performed primarily as a means to create a smoother look in the areas of the skin that are affected by cellulite. There are minimal side effects to the procedure, the main ones being possible soreness and/or bruises in the treated areas. Again, since the effects of the treatment have often been compared to that of a deep tissue massage, anyone that has ever experienced a deep tissue massage can tell you that it can be a temporary discomfort with a hope for a longer-term benefit.
But even the longer-term benefit doesn't last forever. After extensive study, the FDA has approved the claim that Endermologie® can produce only a temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite. Endermologie® treatments must occur on a regular basis for sustained results to be seen. Anywhere from 14 to 28 total treatments are needed for optimal results, with the treatments occurring on a weekly basis, or even twice a week. Each treatment session lasts approximately 30 minutes (give or take). Some treatments employ isometric exercises as well, with the patient performing different movements to isolate certain muscle groups for greater stimulation of the fat cells.
Benefits of Endermologie®
As stated in my post about cellulite reduction, one of the main contributing factors to cellulite development is poor lymphatic drainage. The benefits of the Endermologie® procedure is the effect it has on "shaking up" those sedentary fat cells. Through the machine-assisted process of folding and unfolding the skin by way of a gentle suction motion, the fat cells are stimulated, loosening up the congestion of lymphatic fluid and in effect helping to "flush" the system of toxins and waste. Most patients report feeling invigorated and relaxed once the treatment is finished. It normally takes about 6 treatments to see any noticeable difference in the skin's appearance, and gradual improvements will be seen if a consistent treatment schedule is maintained. Endermologists also highly recommend drinking plenteous amounts of water to the tune of eight 8-ounce glasses of water both before and after each treatment session.
It is commonly reported that the results of Endomologie® are more marked in people who already maintain a healthy lifestyle through proper diet and regular exercise. This is not to say that people who live a more sedentary lifestyle cannot benefit from Endermologie®, but it is always better to have more cards stacked in your favor through maintaining a health-conscious lifestyle.
Cost of Endermologie®
Of course, one of the most obvious questions about using Endermologie® as a cellulite treatment is "How much is this going to cost?" The average going rate for a treatment session is between $50-70 dollars. To achieve the optimum level of effectiveness, it will take between $1,200-2,000 worth of treatment sessions (about 15-20 sessions total). Once you have hit the "plateau" (optimal effectiveness level), monthly maintenance procedures (1 session per month) are recommended to maintain the level of cellulite reduction that you have achieved.
Hopefully this post has given you a good "primer" on one of the most prominent cellulite treatments, Endermologie®. Use this information as a guideline to form your own opinions about the next step you need to take. Cheers for now...