How is Works
Powerful sound waves are used to stimulate microcirculation within the fat layer, increasing the metabolic function of the area.
Free fatty acids and glycerol are released from the fat cells and sit in the intercellular space. Natural metabolic systems then remove these waste products from the body.
At the same time the sound waves stimulate connective tissue giving the skin a firmer tone and reducing dimples on the skin’s surface.
*Disclaimer: Results vary from person to person due to family history, age and different skin types.
Cellulite Treatment Options
Because the appearance of cellulite can make you feel self-conscious and unhappy about your physical appearance, or makes you look even older than your age, there have been several different treatment options.
Some of the cellulite-busting treatment options include:
• Camouflaging affected areas
• Body wraps (herbal, seaweed, mud, coffee)
• Body lotions, lifting/smoothing creams
• Compression gear (support hose, body shapers/slimmers)
• Hydration (drinking more water to plump skin)
• Laser, red or blue light therapy
While some of these methods may improve the appearance of the skin, none are “cures” for removing cellulite.
Certainly, exercising 15-30 minutes per day, drinking lots of water to keep the skin hydrated and using topical lotions to keep the outer layer of skin moisturized can help the skin to look better.
However, the problem with most if not all of these methods is that they do not attack and work on reducing cellulite from a deep cellular level.
For example, the creams, especially those containing retinol, can help the skin stay smooth and soft, but typically cannot be absorbed deeply enough to do any real inside work. Also, while liposuction can help remove stubborn fat pockets from the body, it does very little to treat cellulite.
Unfortunately, none of these methods offer long-term, dramatic results for reducing or eliminating the look of cellulite.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for Reduction of Cellulite
The good news is that according to case studies, it has been medically proven that a treatment therapy known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) has been shown to reduce and improve the appearance of cellulite.
This treatment option was originally used to treat chronic pain in joints, muscles and other painful injuries. Those suffering from these chronically painful injuries received ESWT and most reported that after only a few treatments, there was marked improvement in mobility, healing and pain management.
After further testing, ESWT has shown exciting evidence towards demonstrating real, measurable improvement in the treatment of cellulite reduction.
After a series of treatments, the positive results from ESWT may help:
• Reduce the production and look of cellulite
• Break down enlarged fat cells
• Restore connective tissue
• Improve muscle tone
• Improve skin elasticity
• Promote lymphatic drainage (elimination of toxins/waste)
• Improve blood flow/circulation
• Promote increased production of collagen
• Reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars
• Tighten, firm and smooth out loose skin
How ESWT Works
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), also commonly referred to as Shockwave Therapy, Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy (EPAT) and Extracorporeal Acoustic Wave Therapy, is an out-patient treatment used to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Shock Therapy refers to the energetic, acoustic waves which create vibrations that positively impact the underlying connective tissue, cells and ultimately, the skin itself.
The term “extracorporeal” refers to the method by which the shock waves are transmitted through the skin. In this case, the shock waves are delivered externally through a pad and into the skin.
Along with treating cellulite, the therapy will also help to stimulate collagen production, rejuvenate connective tissue, improve elasticity of the skin and give skin an overall firmer, smoother and tighter appearance.
What is really happening during the ESWT process is that shock waves cause micro tears in the connective tissues while breaking down the fatty deposits (cellulite). When the minor tearing (injury) occurs, the body automatically increases the amount of collagen to the affected area as a means of healing.
When the collagen goes to work and restores/heals tendons and tissue, the treated/injured tendons and tissue are replaced with a denser, rejuvenated frame (collagen fibers) and from there, firmer and tighter tendons and tissue. From the outside, the visible result is lifted, firmer, smoother skin.
The shock waves are transmitted via handheld treatment device which delivers a series of acoustic (similar to sound) waves directly into the deep connective tissue of the affected area. Acoustic waves generate strong, energized pulses which send vibrations directly to the skin and tissue.
By using a handheld device, “shock” (or radial/acoustic pressure) waves target enlarged fat cells and break them down.
The procedure starts by covering the area to be treated with an antiseptic gel (much like the gel used during an ultrasound).
The handheld device is moved in either a grid-like pattern both vertically and horizontally across the treatment area. Another method is to move the device in a series of wavy (or “snake”) lines in the treatment area in both a vertical and horizontal direction.
Based on individual evaluation and desired results, the appropriate pressure, number of shocks and intensity of shocks will be determined by the clinician.
The tip or head of the shockwave therapy device treats the entire area. By applying the correct amount of pressure and executing a number of shocks at frequent intervals, the underlying tissue can be regenerated once the enlarged fat cells (cellulite) are broken down.
The level of pain during or just after completion of the treatment may be moderate, but typically passes in 48 hours or less. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help reduce the level of pain or discomfort until it passes.
A success rate for achieving noticeable improvement in smoother, firmer skin with less visible cellulite is as high as 75% or more for patients treated. The results have been documented in extensive scientific case studies.
The Skinny on ESWT
To sum up the benefits of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy:
• ESWT is a safe, non-invasive, FDA-approved form of treatment for the reduction of cellulite and other improved body benefits.
• Various parts of the body can be treated effectively.
• Although there is no downtime after a treatment, it is recommended to take it easy for approximately 48 hours afterwards.
• A typical ESWT session takes about 30 minutes or less.
• Noticeable results can be achieved in just a few sessions (8-10 treatments are recommended).
• The cost per treatment session varies depending upon the treatment facility, area(s) to be treated; type of device/shocks required and desired results.
Although not a permanent solution or cure and requires several treatments to achieve the desired effect and maintenance of the skin, over 78% of patients have experienced excellent results in the appearance of their skin and effective treatment of cellulite.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy gives patients a safe, non-invasive option to treat the unattractive look of cellulite. This therapy is a medically-proven and effective means of achieving real and dramatic results.