The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of electrotherapy in Aesthetic Medicine to correct the distinctive female fat accumulation and to study possible changes of the body composition. The study comprehended 12 healthy women, either of normal weight or with varying degrees of corpulence (BMI = 26.3 ± 3.7 kg/m2; min 20.2 max 34.1 kg/m2), aged between 18 and 44 yrs. They were evaluated by anthropometry and bioimpedance. Weight and bioimpedance data were collected before the treatment (T0), at the end of the treatment (T1) and 4 hrs later (T5); at the end of the test urine output and weight were checked again. Electrotherapy, by a MAFAR MF1 device, caused more weight loss (about 300 g) and increased urine output than controls. Locally there was a significant decrease of the median thigh circumference (R thigh -0.5 ± 0.4 cm p <0.05; L thigh -0.5 ± 0.6 cm p <0.10). The treatment also causes changes of the impedance data (relevant increase of the resistance both at T0-T1 and at T0-T5),due to loss of extracellular water. Electrotherapy is thus effective in decreasing local oedema in women with localized fat and is therefore effective, although not directly, in localized lymphoedema. This study has demonstrated the absence, at least in the acute phase, of a severe side effect, namely of changes of the amount of intracellular water.
|Translated title of the contribution||Acute effects of electrotherapy of the lower limbs on weight, urine output and bioimpedance in young women|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Rivista Italiana di Chirurgia Plastica|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
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