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Endermologie® Cellulite Treatment

Cellulite is a skin condition that effects more than 90% of women. It appears to be directly related to hormonal variations and tends to worsen with age. As a result of impairment of the microcirculation, cellulite becomes a vicious cycle involving fluid retention, enlargement of fat cells, and alteration of connective tissue.

Clinically, cellulite is the result of enlarged female fat lobules beneath the skin which gives it the dimpled appearance. Women have two opposing forces which create this “orange peel” look: fluid retention with enlarged fat cells pushing up on the skin, and vertical connective tissue pulling down on the skin.

Cellulite is a complex problem, and therefore it must be addressed from the subcutaneous layer to act on fluid retention. Although both diet and exercise affect deep fat, they fail to act on the underlying cause of cellulite located in the superficial layer of fat. Even women who follow healthy eating habits and exercise regularly, may still have cellulite.

Since its patent in Europe in 1982 and introduction to the United States in 1996, Endermologie® has satisfactorily demonstrated to the FDA that it does, in fact, temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite and reduce circumferential body measurements in cellulite treated areas.

Endermologie® is a non-invasive body contouring treatment which is performed by a trained technician who uses a device that combines a rolling process with variable and mobile external aspiration, or as Dr. Rasmussen commonly refers to the device as, her “rolling and sucking machine”. Generally, 35 minute sessions are recommended. This continuing process improves blood flow, which in turn increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. It also improves venous and lymphatic drainage, which allow for the removal of significant toxic and metabolic wastes from the tissues.

As with any “anti-aging” program, the results of Endermologie® on cellulite are temporary and the upkeep and maintenance are an on-going process (like healthy eating habits and regular exercise…or regular appointments to the hairdresser or manicurist!). Based on Dr. Rasmussen’s experience, treatments for cellulite are recommended once or twice weekly for 15 sessions, followed by regular maintenance sessions no less than every 3 weeks. Many Europeans consider Endermologie® a part of their routine maintenance to an increased sense of well-being and therefore schedule weekly treatments.

Dr. Rasmussen uses Endermologie® not only for the improvement of the appearance of cellulite, but she also finds it extremely beneficial postoperatively in conjunction with standard surgical procedures such as liposuction and lipectomy (such as abdominoplasty). Even the results of postoperative facial cosmetic surgical procedures such as facelift are enhanced with treatments. Visible scar tissue and contour irregularities, as well as persistent swelling or lymphedema are minimized by enhancing the resorption of stagnant blood and fluids within the tissues.

Beyond the aesthetic benefits of Endermologie®, it has also been FDA approved to relax muscles locally, relieve muscle spasms, and relieve minor aches and pains. Some athletes are now using it as part of their training programs.