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Cellulite

Endermologie as a Cellulite Reduction Treatment

On this page, Dr. Loftus will explain how cellulite is different from other fat, why it is not amenable to liposuction, and options in treating it.

Cellulite: What is it and Why do I Have It?

Cellulite is a common but unattractive dimpling and puckering of skin. Cellulite is caused by a combination of fibrous bands and superficial fat. When superficial fat compartments become distended with fat, fibrous bands tether the skin, and cause dimpling at the points of attachment. Cellulite only occurs in areas where fibrous bands are present, such as the buttocks and thighs. Currently no definitive treatment for cellulite exists, but some have found improvement through body lift or endermologie.

Endermologie

Endermologie is a non-surgical procedure that theoretically stimulates breakdown of fat and cellulite. In it, a technician uses a machine to apply gentle pressure and suction to your skin. Sessions last 40 minutes and are conducted one to two times per week until a point of diminishing improvement is reached (about 15-20 sessions). Thereafter, monthly sessions are required to maintain the result.

Advantages of Endermologie

Endermologie is generally affordable. Each treatment costs $50-70. The average cost to achieve plateau is between $1,200 and $2,000. Maintenance is then $50-70 per month. There is no pain and no recovery time. In addition to improved cellulite, you may see an improvement in body contour and skin tone.

Disadvantages of Endermologie

Even though the price is low compared to liposuction, it is still expensive if you consider that you may not achieve dramatic results. The final result depends on several factors and is not guaranteed. One factor is the experience of the technician who performs the procedure. When the application of pressure and suction is not adequate, little improvement is seen. Another important factor is diet and exercise. If you are not actively engaging in successful diet and exercise, then you will see little improvement. This has led plastic surgeons to speculate that much of the improvement seen is due solely to diet and exercise. Finally, maintenance sessions can be costly at $1,200 per year, particularly when considering that your results will not last indefinitely. Within three to five years, you will return to your pre-endermologie state despite strict adherence to maintenance sessions, diet, and exercise. You must then resume weekly sessions to re-achieve your previous plateau.

Does Endermologie Really Work?

Many plastic surgeons criticize endermologie because they feel the results seen through endermologie are no better than the results of diet and exercise alone. Lack of studies explaining why endermologie works and proving its effectiveness contributes to skepticism. Other plastic surgeons are convinced that diet and exercise alone do not account for the changes they have seen. Clearly, plastic surgeons have not reached a consensus on endermologie.

Body Lift

To see whether this operation will give you the improvement you seek, place your hands on the top of your outer thighs, and lift your thigh skin upward and you look in the mirror. You are most likely to see improvement in your cellulite as well as your shape. You will see the most dramatic improvement in your upper thighs, and less improvement near your knees. If the improvement you seek is achieved with this maneuver, then a body lift may be for you.

Laser Removal of Cellulite

Some doctors have claimed through their advertisements that lasers can treat cellulite. Do not be deceived by these ads, as no such treatments are considered effective at this time.

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About Dr. Loftus


Dr. Loftus is a female plastic surgeon who is considered a national authority on plastic surgery, having appeared on numerous talk shows as an expert. Her book has become a best-selling book on plastic surgery and has earned her the reputation as a vocal advocate of patient safety, satisfaction, and education in plastic surgery. No wonder her patients have such great things to say about her…
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