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Written on 20th September 2017
by Cellulite Institute editorial staff

Electrolipolysis and cellulite

Electrolipolysis for cellulite is a treatment for improving the appearance of orange peel skin. Electrolipolysis is a technique that is often used in combination with mesotherapy and consists of applying a microcurrent to the area to be treated.

This technique acts on:

  • Reducing volume
  • Cellulite
  • Localised fat

This is especially true in those cases where diet and physical exercise do not yield satisfactory results.

The areas that best respond to treatment are:

  • Thighs
  • Hips
  • Belly

The result is a reduction in body volume.

Electrolipolysis for cellulite: method

The current applied is a low-frequency microcurrent with variable intensity; the duration of the pulse is minimal. Depending on the type of electrode, it is used in various fields such as:

  • Aesthetics with plaques
  • Aesthetic medicine with needles

Electrolipolysis for cellulite: applications and number of sessions

Aesthetic electrolipolysis with plaques uses a very simple technique. The electrodes are applied to the area to be treated, creating a magnetic field.

The more the electrodes, the greater the effect obtained with increased fat burning. It is important that the electrodes do not touch each other.

The intensity of current depends on the patient’s sensitivity and can be increased gradually.

Each session lasts from 45 to 60 minutes.

The current stimulates the skin pleasantly.

Aesthetic electrolipolysis causes a localised increase in temperature which results in electrolytic and metabolic stimulation. With the change in polarity that occurs in the cells, cellular energy consumption is increased and fat hydrolysis induced.

In aesthetic electrolipolysis, the waste fats that are formed are not eliminated via urine but are retained in the treated area, so it is essential that the treatment is integrated with drainage methods to dispose of these “wastes”.

The following may be complementary techniques for aesthetic electrolipolysis:

  • Pressotherapy
  • Passive gymnastics
  • Lymphatic drainage

Electrolipolysis in aesthetic medicine with needles consists in the application of very fine needles, similar to those used in acupuncture, which are inserted into the hypertrophic adipose tissue.

A low-intensity and low-frequency energy stream is passed through these needles, generating contractions in the subcutaneous connective tissue.

These contractions cause the breakdown of fat cells or adipocytes that thus release fat from inside.

This fat will later be eliminated through urine, so it is very important to drink plenty of water during the treatment to help eliminate these fat deposits.

What are the effects of electrolipolysis for cellulite?

  • Significant increase in cellular activity
  • Cell renewal
  • Improvement in local circulation
  • Promotion of production of some hormones that are linked to the elimination of toxins and waste elements
  • Improvement in tissue tone
  • Improvement in the elasticity and firmness of the skin

Needles that vary the depth of penetration are used.

In this case, the procedure is performed in a medical clinic after a preliminary study of the area to be treated. The technique is painless so there is no need for local anaesthesia.

On average, about 6 or 10 sessions are needed on a weekly basis. The results are visible from the fourth application.

Who can perform electrolipolysis for cellulite?

Electrolipolysis should be performed by an expert doctor.

Electrolipolysis for cellulite: Results

The results depend largely on:

  • How long the cellulite has been present
  • Tissue quality

Electrolipolysis for cellulite: contraindications

Electrolipolysis is safe for those who can do it.

This technique is contraindicated in patients with:

  • Heart or kidney failure
  • Patients with pacemakers
  • Patients diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis
  • Patients with epilepsy
  • Pregnancy
  • People taking anticoagulants
  • Patients using an intrauterine coil
  • People with metal implants
  • Infections
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Cancer
  • People taking steroids, progesterone and/or beta-blockers
  • Hypertension
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Allergy in the area to be treated
  • Calcium deficiency, osteoporosis
  • In adolescents
  • People who are overweight
  • Embolism

Benefits of electrolipolysis for cellulite

What are the benefits of this treatment?

  • Destruction of localised fat
  • Toning of skin texture
  • Correction of body volumes
  • Improved circulation
  • Promotion of toxin elimination

To reduce the risk of side effects, the intensity of the treatment depends on the reactivity of the individual. The electrodes are used in a customised way.

Before and after electrolipolysis for cellulite

In order to promote an increase in cellular metabolism and improve blood circulation and calorie consumption of adipose cells, after the sessions the patient may experience:

  • An improvement in cellulite
  • Reshaping of the body

Generally, the results are more significant when the treatment is done with needles.


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