The 411 on this body contouring treatment
The weather is mild and we’re brimming with excitement, which can only mean one thing: the warm season is finally here! It is then that we shed our layers of fabric, only to realize that winter has left a layer of reserve fat stuck to our skin. We then become sensitive to images of perfectly sculpted bodies, and to all the miracle reshaping promises.
But wait a minute! Health being our number one concern, we decided to explore the world of lipomassage. And to help us see more clearly, we called on Daniele Henkel. President and Founder of Daniele Henkel Inc., this grand dame of the wonderful world of beauty has a wellness message she would like to spread. Here goes!
Before we begin, let’s define lipomassage. It is a non-surgical mechanical stimulation procedure that acts on fat and sagging skin in order to refine and reshape the body. The treatment is performed in clinic, with a machine called LPG. The latter mechanically stimulates the skin in a non-invasive and targeted way.
How did this technology come about?
“It was invented for burn victims, and remains at surgeons’ disposal for pre- and post-surgical care, given that mechanizing the cells stimulates blood circulation, and makes the skin suppler, softer and more flexible. Moreover, this is the only procedure scientifically proven to promote weight loss and to reduce cellulite.”
How does the shaping effect take place?
“The body is not a block of cement, but is more like wood; it’s a living thing. As we get older, our metabolism slows down, so we have to stimulate it to counter sagging skin. We mechanically work beyond the surface to boost the body’s circulatory processes (blood that nourishes our entire body) and lymphs (which purify toxins). We don’t overheat or burn the skin; we simply non-invasively tell the cells to get to work! By combining this treatment with a balanced diet and taking small steps to remain active, like taking a walk in the park and parking the car a little farther from our destination, we sculpt our body. It isn’t a miracle cure, but the results are absolutely delightful! We notice them right away and, for two days, we feel our blood circulation activating itself.”
Apart from esthetic benefits, what are other advantages proffered by this type of treatment?
“Lipomassage relieves those who suffer from diabetes (which affects blood circulation) and fybromyalgia (a disorder which attacks connective tissue), among others. By acting on nerve centers, muscles and blood circulation, it also helps hyperactive children relax. Lipomassage is the only technology in the world that works on the entire body to relieve tension. During the treatment, we enjoy complete relaxation. What’s more, when the brain and the body are in peaceful mode, we get better results.”
Does this treatment pose any health risks?
“There are almost no contraindications to lipomassage. However, the treatment is not recommended for those who suffer from arthritis, to prevent further inflammation. Unless one is in remission, people afflicted with cancer should also abstain. Pregnant women can undergo the treatment on the neck, shoulders and legs to relieve pain. However, they should avoid the rest of the body given that the latter is already under significant stress.”
How much should we expect to pay?
“Depending on the individual, a shock treatment can include approximately 20 sessions. Sessions then occur on a monthly basis. Sessions spread over many months can cost between $2500 and $3500. A session costs between $120 and $150. Note that lipomassage is the only mechanical body treatment that can be reimbursed by some insurance providers.”
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