What do you think of --- (a company)'s cellulite treatment machine?
I am sorry, but I do not offer cellulite machine treatment options. I do not like what I have seen nor the documentation of its effectiveness in the literature. Cellulite is the effect of tiny deep bridges connecting the surface skin to deeper structures, tethering it between bulging tissue. The tether points can be exaggerated or emphasized by lighting. They look worse on motion.
I have personally seen some terrible results from that particular machine. I just looked online at the manufacturer's website and was amazed. They had before and after treatment pictures. The results might have looked miraculous to the lay person but to a trained eye there was a major problem. Surface irregularities can look exaggerated with spot highlight lighting. Shadows are emphasized. Soften the light source, make it more diffuse, change the direction of the lighting, and without treatment all of a sudden the shadows go away. Changing background can also affect the appearance of the results. That is why on standard photographs ethical doctors standardize lighting and backgrounds as much as possible. These "before" and "after" pictures had obvious different lighting, different shadows, and some even had different backgrounds. For a major company to put up such material to prove that their technique works is simply unconscionable at the worst and naive at the best. Still pictures only tell part of the story. How tissues move can be even more critical. For a really effective treatment for cellulite, the results should look better on a video of the part moving.
Unfortunately, many are not that aware of lighting issues to pick up bad hype marketing.
Let us look at something somewhat similar. Cellulite can be a component of the stomach skin. This is not a pure example of cellulite since redundant skin, stretch marks, and loose fascia deeper layers are the primary deformity for this form of sculpture. The documentation however is similar. Standard Pictures for Tummy Tuck
are the starting point. Note the even lighting on the many examples on my site. Even more critical however are the Tummy Tuck Videos
. These movies better show tether points, how tissues bounce, and move. If someone really wanted to demonstrate how effective their cellulite treatment was, using such documentation techniques might win me over or show others why to have the therapy. Movies for tummy tucks also can show bruising, healing, and recovery after surgery.
For cellulite effectiveness, I would like to see the residual benefits say at 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month, 6 months, 1 year and longer. That may not be practical for a solo practitioner like myself seeing patients from around the world. How are we going to get that person back to demonstrate the pictures: not very practical. Sometimes I am rewarded by a patients returning long term celebrating their sculpture with us. However, for a major manufacturer advocating their product, I would think resources should be there to achieve such documentation. In my opinion, they certainly charge enough for their products. (No I do not own one nor ever have.)
The moral of the story is, check carefully before spending your money.
Hope this helps,
Michael Bermant, MDLearn More About Plastic Surgery