Endermologie® is like performing gymnastics on your skin and underlying tissue; suction and motorized rollers massage your skin, thus exercising it. The roller’s heads’ gentle suction mobilizes your connective tissue and the rollers help to increase circulation, thus facilitating the exchange of fluids. Endermologie® closes the gap between the two forces that originally created the dimples appearance, thus fighting the appearance of cellulite.
The Endermologie® device is unique because of the patented action of the treatment head that combines gentle suction with two active rollers, creating a symmetrical skin fold. The skin is lifted by gentle suction while the rollers treat the skin fold. Various manoeuvers are applies on the back, then the buttocks, thighs, legs and finally on the abdomen for a 35 minute total body treatment. Your individualized Endermologie® treatment will focus on your cellulite ridden areas.
In the late 1970s, Louis Paul Guitay (LPG) suffered muscle and skin damage as a result of a motor vehicle accident. The scarring that resulted was treated by therapeutic massage to soften this tissue and to restore muscle function. These massage sessions, which lasted three to four hours a day, consisted of rigorous routines of manually rolling the skin in order to regain elasticity. Guitay was unsatisfied with these massages because the therapy was time consuming, labour intensive and the outcome varied widely based on the skill of the individual therapist. As a result, Guitay designed the Endermologie® system, which used a mechanical method to produce the same effect as the manual massage. This mechanical system allowed the therapy to be performed quicker and in a more consistent fashion.
Soon after these machines were used to treat trauma and burn scars similar to those suffered by Guitay. During his therapeutic use, physicians quickly noticed its ability to reduce the appearance of cellulite and fat distribution in patients. The manner which this is accomplished is theorized to be by stretching of the vertical connective tissues and stimulation of lymphatic flow as a result of extreme pressure difference and the rolling motion as dictated by the technique.
This positive pressure from rollers combines with the negative pressure from suction is believed to cause sub-lethal damage to the subcutaneous fat cells. As these damaged fat cells heal, they rebuild in such a way that results in an improved contour of the skin and better distribution of subcutaneous fat. Though the fat layers is altered, this mechanical forces does not affect the overlying skin, bones or muscles.
The cosmetic use of Endermologie® has been widespread in Europe, Japan and South America for the past decade. Recent approvals of the system and machine in the United States has allowed for the use of LPG Endermologie® system in helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite and distribution of fat in the subcutaneous plane. Other physicians have also found the Endermologie® system to produce a measurable difference in circumference measurements regardless of weight change in the same time frame.
This body contouring system has been used by others in conjunction with liposuction. This combination of techniques may help shorten the recovery period of liposuction and allow the results of liposuction to be more predictable.