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What is vacuum therapy?

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Vacuum therapy is a noninvasive massaging technique that helps to lift your skin via a mechanical device equipped with suction cups.

While it originally entered the market during the 1970s as a way to help treat burn scars, this treatment has evolved into a nonsurgical butt lift method. Some studiesTrusted Source have also looked into the therapy as a way to close up skin ulcers.

Vacuum therapy is also known as vacuotherapy and depressomassage. Aside from purportedly offering similar effects to those of a surgical butt lift, the procedure is also sometimes used to mimic a traditional breast lift.

Certain forms of vacuum therapy are also used for the treatment of cellulite.

One such therapy is known as Endermologie, which was the first FDA-approved treatment of its kind. It works by reducing swelling in the affected skin to help decrease the look of cellulite dimples. However, Endermologie doesn’t have the same lifting effects that traditional vacuum therapy is said to have.

Does vacuum therapy work to lift and sculpt the buttocks?

At its core, vacuum therapy offers deep massaging effects. The procedure may work for buttock toning by:

  • decreasing muscle tension
  • increasing lymphatic flow to remove toxins and water retention
  • exfoliating the skin, thereby making it smoother and more toned in appearance
  • stimulating the middle layers of skin for increased toning effects
  • decreasing the appearance of cellulite

When performed for several sessions on a weekly basis, you may notice that your skin is tighter and more toned. This can provide the appearance of a butt lift.

What the research says

There’s very little scientific literature to support vacuum therapy as a viable alternative to a surgical butt lift. Some experts have even suggested that the effects are minimal and temporary at best.

Sometimes the procedure is recommended as a follow-up to more invasive surgeries, including liposuction.

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