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Dermatology Research and Practice
Volume 2012, Article ID 834280, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/834280
Clinical Study

Intensive Treatment of Cellulite Based on Physiopathological Principles

1Department of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Medical School of São Jose do Rio Preto (FAMERP), Avenida Constituição 1306, 15025-120 São Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil
2Medicine School of São Jose do Rio Preto and Godoy Clinic, 15025-120 São Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil

Received 9 December 2011; Revised 18 February 2012; Accepted 3 March 2012

Academic Editor: Lajos Kemeny

Copyright © 2012 José Maria Pereira de Godoy et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Aim. The aim of this paper is to report a novel intensive therapy of gynoid lipodystrophy (cellulite) based on a new hypothesis. Methods. Were evaluated in 10 patients with ages ranging between 25 and 59 years (mean 35.6 years) grade IV cellulite identified by clinical evaluation. Before initiating treatment, perimetry was performed at 5 cm intervals along both thighs, at the gluteal fold, 5, 10, and 15 cm above the gluteal fold, at the navel, and 5 cm above the navel. The patients were submitted to a 4-hour daily treatment session that consisted of manual and mechanical lymph drainage and cervical stimulation by the Godoy & Godoy technique adapted for the treatment of cellulite. After 10 sessions over two weeks, the patients were again evaluated. The paired t-test was utilized for statistical analysis with an alpha error of 5% (P value < 0.05). A reduction was identified at all of the measurement points (paired t-test; P value < 0.0001). Results. The mean reductions varied between 4.0 and 5.7 cm at the measurement points but reductions of more than 10 cm in perimeter were achieved in some patients. Conclusion. This technique involving lymphatic system stimulation is efficacious in the treatment of cellulite.