Cellulite is a term that refers to a change in topography of the human skin. Cellulite is most commonly observed in post-pubescent females. The change in skin topography is seen in the formation of skin dimples and skin nodules, which occurs mainly in the lower limbs, abdomen, and the pelvic region of the female body. The primary cause of cellulite is believed to be a result of the herniation of fatty tissues within the body, particularly of subcutaneous tissues. This can ultimately result in skin that resembles an orange peel or cottage cheese.
While most cases of cellulite occur in post-pubescent females, cellulite can occasionally affect men as well. It is seen most often in men who suffer from Klinefelter’s Syndrome or have undergone estrogen therapy to treat prostate cancer.Various factors influence the onset and severity of cellulite. These factors include changes in metabolism as a result of extreme dieting, hormonal and genetic influences, and the lifestyle of a person. Of these, hormonal factors seem to have quite a strong influence on the occurrence of cellulite. Some of the hormones that have been determined to be a prime cause of cellulite are estrogen (strongest impact), insulin, prolactin, adrenaline, nor-adrenaline, and thyroid. Diet also plays a role in the onset and severity of cellulite. A properly balanced diet combined with physical exercise may help to reduce cellulite. A person with a stressful lifestyle may be more likely to suffer from cellulite, which can worsen if not addressed early on. Last but not least, it has been observed that genetic factors can influence cellulite development. Some reports have shown that a polymorphism in the ACE enzyme and the HIF1a genes can strongly influence the onset of cellulite. Cellulite is considered to be quite undesirable and most women would like to reduce its appearance in some way.
Fortunately, many treatment options are available, and cellulite can even be completely eliminated if it is treated from its initial stages. Today, a number of therapies are available to reduce cellulite. Most of these therapies are based on the concept of dermatological re-sculpture. The process involves toning the skin and subcutaneous tissues, thereby imparting an entirely new look for the skin. Endermologie® treatments can re-sculpt the skin and reduce cellulite via a process known as mechano-stimulation. This scientifically proven process involves a mechanical stimulation to the surface of the skin which initiates a natural, physiological response to tighten the skin. Endermologie® was developed by French scientists and is provided by the company LPG. The first Endermologie® device, the Cellu M6, was developed in 1986. Modifications have been made to improve the device over the years and it is still in use today. Endermologie® provides certain techniques for re-sculpting the skin, including Lipomassage and Endermolift.
Lipomassage is designed for people who have not been able to shed stubborn fat in certain areas or reduce cellulite despite exercise and dieting efforts. Eliminating this stubborn fat via mechano-stimulation can reduce the appearance of cellulite and impart a fresh, young look to skin. The process is performed using the ultra-modern Ergodrive head, which is equipped with LPG-patented motorized rollers, and involves three different types of rolling actions to eliminate fat deposits and revitalize blood and lymphatic circulation.
Endermolift provides a more youthful complexion by reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles and firming the skin. The LPG-patented lift-heads massage the delicate facial tissue with micropulsations to stimulate and revitalize skin. Endermolift provides a good solution for people who aren’t looking for an invasive procedure, but want to benefit from the advanced technologies available today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why is cellulite commonly seen in women and not men?
Women have a differently structured layer of fat beneath the skin, which results in more frequent cellulite formation than is seen in men.
- How does Endermologie® work?
The Cellu M6 lifts and rolls the skin, thereby stimulating venous and lymphatic systems to eliminate fat and toxins. This action results in firmer and younger looking skin.
- How many sessions are needed? How long does each session last?
It usually takes about eight sessions to see the desired results. Each session typically lasts for 35 to 40 minutes.
- How long will the results last?
Results vary from individual to individual, but typically last for one to two months, if the individual exercises regularly and follows a healthy diet.
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