Endermology is a physical process of reducing cellulite massage techniques using a mechanized vacuum. This technique was imagined and developed after more than 20 years in France by Louis-Paul Guitay (LPG ®) which was originally used to treat post combustion scars, thus becoming more elastic and thinner. Subsequently were observed beneficial effects on cellulite and is used in aesthetic treatments.
Is composed of a handheld device, consisting of a terminal hole vacuum suction pump and two rollers that are mobile and that role on the body, mobilizing the manual on a different area of treatment and producing an intense and deep massage of tissue simultaneously with sequential or continuous suctioning it.
The tissue this technique produces a structural and mechanical stimulation of fibers connecting the skin component that causes beneficial changes to their biochemical and structural.
The mechanisms of LPG endermology are:
- direct tissue action
- stimulates the fibroblasts which increase the synthesis of structural fibers. Structural fibers and connection quality, elasticity, plasticity and strength depends in very large measure the activity of fibroblasts. Experimental studies in pigs whose skin is closest in structure to the human showed that after the endermology treatment the collagen fiber content in skin increases by 27-130%, depending on their age and location of the treated areas.
- has beneficial effects on the adipocyte lipolysis phenomena, namely the use of adipocyte fat as an energy source for the current needs of the body and therefore reducing overall body fat. The main mechanism through which these influences are produced is increasing the amount of blood that infuse the skin structures. Adipocytes have connections with autonomic nerve fibers that regulate lipolytic activity. Beta-blockers inhibit lipolytic activity that is gaining favor adipocyte volume with consequent accumulation of fat.
- after just 15 sessions of endermology there is a noticeable skin rejuvenation . This translates into increasing the amount of collagen in the dermis, the epidermis is toned and there is an increase in the thickness, the skin becoming more elastic and resistant.
- blood circulation and lymphatic action
- blood circulation is accelerated after each session of endermology. Increase blood perfusion lasts 4-5 times longer after each session.
- venous return and this is accentuated after each session of endermology, 2-3 times and lasts about 6 hours.
- lymphatic circulation is accelerated up to 3 times and lasts 3 hours after each session of endermology.
Body movements and each segment are coordinated by specific sensory information gathered by receptors found in the skin. Their repeated stimulation will increase the accuracy of the information collected and transmitted by the nerve centers, improving coordination of movements and sensations.
The treatment itself should contain 10-20 endermology sessions. A session lasts 35-45 minutes and their frequency, at least at the beginning of treatment, should be 2-3 per week.
Each session must consist of two essential parts, namely:
- massage of the whole body or so-called "heat massage"
- actual therapeutic massage focused on the problem areas.
- the second sequence of each endermology session may be distinct or be interlocked.
Heat is carried throughout the body by applying several endermology techniques with the role of mild stimulation of blood circulation and lymphatic average. It is incorrect to apply only the endermology massage to certain areas of the body. Total circulatory stimulation must be enabled in order for the the blood oxygenation and purification to be full.
Massage therapy itself includes special maneuvers with a role in modeling and redistribution . One treatment session should treat just the problem area (thighs, buttocks, abdomen etc.)
If we are dealing with a more extensive cellulitis we have 2 options:
- either increase the treatment sessions but no more than 45 minutes and try to cover two problem areas. Three sessions per week are indicated, the maximum total number of sessions being 20. Alternating areas to be treated is needed so as to obtain maximum yield. The treatment program of up to 20 sessions can be followed by monthly maintenance sessions.
- treatment centers that already have experience can provide complex remodeling programs. Experience is important in this field as in any other, the technique itself has its limits but juggling the frequency and duration of treatment sessions and other programs available, usually incorporated in the same unit (such as program against skin drooping or lymphatic drainage, relaxation massage or toning), we get very good results. Endermology, in the hands of an experienced therapist, has an undeniable value in the fight against cellulite.
Other uses of endermology:
- is the only "fitness" for the skin, a very effective method of stimulating the skin's elasticity. There is a special protocol for drooping skin, treatment sessions are not as frequent as for cellulite and the treatment must be sustained.
- effective lymphatic drainage, endermology lymphatic drainage practically almost completely replaces the old method of manual lymph drainage.
- nonsurgical facelift and modeling areas with excess adiposity or fallen skin on the face and neck.
- modeling immature scars. Generally scars show an active phase in their evolution, in which organizational processes are active, usually lasting 6-12 months. It can sometimes take more than two years. In the scars evolutionary phase, scars are red and modify their consistency, volume, dimensions and permanent structure. It is the ideal time to intervene through specific physicochemical techniques. The next evolutionary stage starts once the scar inhibiting process reshuffles. Scar of mature stage turn whitish. In this phase we can not be actively intervene on the scars.
- endermology massage associated with liposuction is highly effective. Endermology contributes greatly to obtaining superior results. Massage sessions are aimed strictly at problem areas, treatment can start 2 weeks after surgery and it is performed only by trained medical personnel. Edema and ecchymosis (bruising) inherent in such interventions disappear much faster and a much improved uniformity is achieved.
- endermology can be used to prevent or treat capsular contracture interventions and may be associated with breast implants. It is helpful for any patient who has had a breast augmentation surgery with breast implants to have endermology sessions immediately after the surgery.
Good results depend also on the use of correct equipment, the quality of staff training is also of major importance. An accurate clinical diagnosis is certainly required for the best therapeutic approach in any pathology. To do this it is helpful to consult a doctor.
Although the treatment is very effective , however 1% of the patients do not achieve the desired results !