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Endermologie : a subdermal approach to treating cellulite

Cellulite is the dimpling appearance that occurs around the outer thighs, buttocks and other body areas where large areas of fat come into close proximity to the skin. Women are affected by cellulite more than men and one does not have to be heavy to develop this dimpled appearance called cellulite. The tendency to develop cellulite is often hereditary and not always helped by weight loss. The modern theory of cellulite is that the supporting walls underlying the skin called fibrous septae do not hold the skin together in an even manner. This uneven support under the skin results in this irregular bulging and dimpled appearance that bothers so many individuals.

Healthy Skin

Cellulite Skin

Endermologie is a French technique used to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. It is non-surgical and non-invasive. It involves the use of a motorized device with two adjustable rollers and controlled suction, which creates a symmetrical skin-fold. The skin gently folds and unfolds under the continuous action of the rollers allowing for smooth and regulated deep tissue mobilization. As the viscosity of the subcutaneous fat layer decreases, blood flow and lymphatic drainage increase, facilitating the elimination of excess fluid and metabolites, while improving overall cellular function.

The principal of the technique involves massaging the affected skin between mechanical rollers. This creates a positive pressure from the rolling at the same time as a negative pressure is applied.

Researchers have found that one to two sessions per week offers the best results. Patients undergoing these refreshing treatments often describe the feeling as being like a deep and relaxing massage. Most people see results after 5 or 6 sessions, but the full course of treatments (13-15 treatments) is required to achieve the best results. The results will vary depending on the age, lifestyle and hormonal status of the individual. The sessions are performed while the clients wear special pantyhose in most cases. This allows the apparatus to smoothly glide over the body and ensures optimal hygiene.

Results after Endermologie

Mechanisms of Treatment

The mechanism of treatment involves the following steps

  • Stretching of connective tissue.

  • Increase of blood and lymphatic flow.

  • Skin exfoliation.

  • Stimulation of collagen production.

  • Facilitation of fat metabolism


It is highly recommended that diet and exercise be modified in a way to promote a healthier lifestyle as well.

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