Here on the Fountain of Youth Plastic Surgery Blog, we recently published this blog, entitled, ‘Six Myths about Cellulite Debunked.” To recap, the six myths we debunked were:


  1. Cellulite is an abnormal condition that only affects a small, unlucky portion of the population;
  2. Thin women do not have cellulite;
  3. Cellulite is chunks of fat;
  4. Men don’t get cellulite;
  5. Losing weight will cure all your cellulite; and
  6. There is nothing your plastic surgeon/dermatologist can do to help reduce the appearance of your cellulite.

This instant blog will discuss Endermologie—a cosmetic medicine procedure that helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. Dr. Harrell offers this popular, non-surgical procedure at his medical practice at Fountain of Youth Plastic Surgery in Tampa Bay, FL.

Endermologie Cellulite Treatment

Endermologie was first developed in the 1980s as a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure to treat burn victims with scars. The burn patients began to notice that their Endermologie treatments also reduced the appearance of cellulite on their bodies.

So how does Endermologie work? Endermologie is a type of negative pressure massage. The Endermologie treatment head has two motorized rollers, which roll and unroll on the tissue folds that have cellulite, kneading and massing the tissue. In between the two rollers is a suction chamber that applies aspiration to the tissue folds, which increases blood supply to the treatment area. This procedure causes the skin and subcutaneous fat cell layer to mobilize and restore blood circulation.

Additionally, Endermologie causes improved lymphatic drainage, which gets ride of metabolic toxins in the tissues. Increased oxygen and nutrients also catalyze the body’s normal fat elimination process and the fat cells start to shrink in size. The connective tissue walls get get stretched, encouraging fibrous tissue cells to create higher quality collage and elastin, which tones and firms the body.[1]

In the US, Endermologie was the first FDA-approved mechanical treatment for cellulite. While the FDA claims that Endermologie helps reduces cellulite, it is important to note that it does not permanently reduce cellulite.

Typically, the average number of treatments is 2 (one-hour sessions) per week, with at least 48 hours between treatments. Many people see changes within 5 or 6 treatments, but 16 is the recommended number of treatments. After the 16 treatments, monthly maintenance treatments are highly recommended.[2] For best results with Endermologie treatments, it is recommended that your combine consistent cardiovascular exercise and resistance-training with your Endermologie treatments. Regular exercise is important during Endermologie treatments because it stimulates the lymphatic system and increases blood circulation. Without exercise, your fat cells are vulnerable to swelling with trapped toxins, which may in turn create more cellulite.

Non-surgical cellulite treatments such as Endermologie are very popular at Fountain of Youth Plastic Surgery in Tampa Bay, FL. In addition to Endermologie, Dr. Harrell also offers Triactive, a non-surgical cosmetic medicine treatment that helps reduce the appearance of cellulite (to learn more about Triactive, check out a soon to be published blog on this procedure).

Florida weather lends itself to wearing shorts and bathing suits—and many patients are understandably self-conscious about their cellulite. To learn more about Endermologie as well as other popular procedures offered at our office, such as breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, liposuction, mommy makeovers, and facelifts, call us toll-free at (800) 781-0818 today to schedule your consultation or contact us online here.