In the Late 1970’s, Louis Paul Guitay (LPG) suffered muscle and skin damage as a result of a motor vehicle accident. The scarring that resulted was treated by therapeutic massage to soften the tissue and restore muscle function. These massage sessions, which lasted 3 to 4 hours a day, consisted of rigorous routines of manually rolling the skin in order to regain elasticity.
Guitay was dissatisfied with these massages because the therapy was time consuming, labor intensive, and the outcome varied widely based on the skill of the individual therapist. As a result, Guitay designed the Endermologie system, which used a mechanical method to produce the same effect as the manual massages. This mechanical system allowed the therapy to be performed quicker and in a more consistent fashion.
Soon after, these machines were used to treat trauma and burn scars similar to those suffered by Guitay. During this therapeutic use, physicians quickly noticed its ability to reduce the appearance of cellulite and alter fat distribution in patients. The manner in which this is accomplished is by the stretching of the vertical connective tissues and improvement in circulation.
The use of Endermologie has been widespread in Europe, Japan and South America for more than a decade. Endermologie has been approved by the FDA to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, and in the toning and smoothing of the skin. This method can produce a noticeable difference in circumference measurements. Endermologie can be used in conjunction with or as an alternative to liposuction.
For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions about Endermologie.