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Cellulite treatment with a Trib-Tool.

Cellulite is an un-welcome accumulation of fluids (fats and water) in the hypodermis attached to the underside of the dermis (the skin); this is especially troublesome on female legs and buttocks. It is believed to be associated with a combination of factors such as genetics, deterioration of metabolism and vascular functions with ageing, or perhaps to insufficient exercise, or diet.

It results in a roughness of the skin commonly described as an orange peel effect. The reason these accumulations are more visible in females than males is attributed to a slightly different arrangement within the female septea. This is the collagen fibre network that couples the underside of the skin with the connective tissues of the facia. The female septae have more pronounced vertical collagen fibres than males, which allows adipose deposits to accumulate in vertical columns that tend to push the skin surface outwards between restraining fibres to create roughness.

Whilst there is no known cure, various massage treatments can reduce the visible effect. These include applying lotions that are massaged in and plump-up the skin making it temporarily appear smoother. Mechanical treatments are claimed to be effective that suck the skin up between rollers which squeezes the fluids from the hypodermis. Other machines use pressure-shock waves that pass into the hypodermis and release adipose fluids from the tiny sacks lodged between the vertically oriented septea. These methods are said to stimulate blood flow and lymphatic drainage to remove released adipose fluids. The equipment for applying these methods is expensive and is mainly limited to salon use.  


The Tribtech method uses the inexpensive patented hand held rubbing surface mounted on a tool shown above. The left side top diagram above taken from a recent patent application illustrates how the tool is used and on the top right is a photograph of an actual tool. The lower picture shows the cellulite treatment surface mounted on a body brush.

The rubbing surface has a grippy resilient nature that provides pronounced stick/slip behaviour that vibrates the skin, sending shock-waves into the affected tissues to release adipose material as it is pressed and rubbed against skin. For this vibratory behaviour the skin should be wetted with clean warm water. The benifits of this include both lateral massage (stretching and squeezing) combined with inward pummelling because each time the tool slips it releases a pressure shock wave that penetrates the hypodermis.

This unusual combination of forces stress the tiny sacks holding adipose fluids lodged between the septea and progressively reduces them while stimulating vascular functions to remove the released fluids. The tool also simultaneously deep cleans and exfoliates the skin surface.

This tool, when used regularly in the shower or bath over a period of several months will reduce the adipose deposits attached to the hypodermis and elongate the collagen fibres forming the septa, both of these features provide long term reduction of the dreaded orange peel effect.

If used in a bath with soapy water the tool behaves as a deep cleaning exfoliator.

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The TribTech name derives from  "tribos" - Greek for 'rubbing'. 'TribTech' is a trade name used by Ball Burnishing Machine Tools Ltd. Registered Office 12 Brookmans Av. Hatfield, Herts. AL9 7QJ. United Kingdom;  Company Reg. No. 1408807, VAT Reg. No. 421 6210 04; a knowledge based company that develops, patents and licenses technology based on aspects of  tribology, the science of surfaces. All rights reserved by Ball Burnishing Machine Tools Ltd. Last modified: 29th Sept 2016 copyright 1999/2016. The information and data provided herein should be considered generally representative for the tools and technologies described. In all cases users should carefully evaluate the tools and technologies to determine their suitability for a particular purpose. Be aware this site uses cookies, your continued use implies you accept these.