Extreme Beauty: Endermologie
Each fortnight Extreme Beauty investigates what's new and cutting edge in the battle to remain young and beautiful. This week, in a vainglorious effort to beat the bulge we at Independent Woman sample the delights of Endermologie, a treatment which sucks, rolls and smoothes skin to speed up the breakdown of fat cells.
What is it ?
Endermologie is a technique that focuses on specific areas like the saddlebags, tummy and love handles. Used to reduce the inches by speeding up the breakdown of fat the treatment is said to give quick and significant results for cellulite reduction.
How does it work?
The treatment manipulates the skin in order to stimulate blood and lymph circulation and increase the production of collagen. By working deep within skin tissue, fat cells that push between the fibrous connective tissues to cause cellulite receive deep massage which breaks down fat, smoothes the skins surface and improves elasticity.
Er ...sounds professional?
Yup. The treatment is carried out by trained nurses using what appears to be a large hoover for sucking up the fat before feeding skin into large rollers to provide a pressure massage to affected areas.
Is it painful?
Not at first, but as I write this from the comfort of a soft bed I think an afternoon spent playing Rugby League with the Brisbane Broncos might have been a more gentle option.
In beauty, as in life, nothing comes for free and if you want to restore collagen function, drain the lymphatic system and stretch those skin fibres quickly, an afternoon of tea and cake won't get things moving. Employing the mechanical option may leave you feeling a little sore, but it does get results.
How does it feel?
It feels like your skin is being sucked up and ironed. Although the treatment wasn't painful you can really feel those flabby bits being rolled up and smoothed out.
Who loves it?
Celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson swears by it and, with clients that include Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey and Gwen Stefani, he should know a thing or two. On this side of the Atlantic there's the indomitable Colleen McLoughlin who is said to have used the treatment to iron out the baby bumps.
The benefits - real or imagined?
Real. Although eight treatments are recommended for visual results, after one session the muscles in my stomach felt like I had spent the day doing sit ups.
There's a rumour that Endermologie works miracles on all the bits we would rather hide but the truth is more of a grey area. Although it may sound like a magic wand for the wobblies it only really works as part of a sensible diet and regular exercise.
If paying a chunk load of money to have your bottom hoovered and ironed by trained nurses weren't extreme enough, there's also the small matter of having to wear an oversized white lycra bodystocking while you go about it.
Where do I go?
The treatment is priced at €500 for six sessions and is available from Dublin's Renew Aesthetic Clinic. Call 01- 6619261 to book.