Endermologie is a non-invasive technique for diminishing visible cellulite. Cellulite often manifests itself as a dimpling of the skin; it has come to be described as a cottage cheese-like effect, and often occurs even in those who are very fit. Weight loss often does not impact cellulite, and liposuction procedures cannot adequately treat the skin’s top layer where cellulite resides.
Origins of the Technique
Cosmetic plastic surgeons in France created the endermologie technique, and the procedure has been granted a patent in the United States. Endermologie employs special rollers over dimpled areas affected by collagen. Patients report the rollers feel similar to deep tissue massage. While the rollers move over the skin, suction redistributes skin and treats dimpling. Endermologie patients typically require about 14 to 28 45-minute treatments to get results. They will also require monthly follow-up treatments to keep their skin looking smooth.
Who are the Best Candidates?
Endermologie achieves the best results on physically fit candidates between the ages of 30 to 45. Non-exercisers will probably experience only fleeting results, and those beyond 30 pounds overweight may not benefit at all. In addition to maintaining a regular exercise routine, drinking a large amount of water on the day you receive endermologie should help you achieve a better outcome. Doctors often instruct patients to drink eight glasses of water before they undergo the procedure, and to continue drinking eight glasses of water daily after the course of treatment is over.
Treated areas may become bruised or sore, but other than this, the side effects of the Endermologie procedure are quite minimal. Many patients actually enjoy the massage-like feel of Endermologie, and because of this, do not mind the short period of soreness that sometimes follows.
Cost of Endermologie
If you are wondering about the cost of the Endermologie procedure, it is important to add up the multiple sessions to obtain an approximate figure. One Endermologie treatment session generally will cost the patient around $90. With the usual minimum number of session running around 14 visits and including the monthly follow-up treatments, your Endermologie procedure will probably cost you somewhere slightly under $2,000.
This cost compares favorably to liposuction costs, and without the need to take time off work for recovery. Keeping up with monthly maintenance sessions is essential. Without these, Endermologie's effect on cellulite diminishes over time. Depending on whether your problem is really cellulite, or whether it is skin-related, Thermage may also be an option for improving your appearance.
If you are interested in cellulite reduction, please schedule an Endermologie consultation with a local plastic surgeon today.