WHAT IS CELLULITE?
It isn’t fair, but women suffer from cellulite at a much greater incidence than men and it is most commonly found in the hip and buttock regions. Up to 85% of women complain of some degree of cellulite that worsens as they age. This is due to the higher number of fat cells stored in female fatty tissue and the aging process that breaks down and loosens connective tissue that would normally contain these fat cells. This leads to an imbalance of the deposition of fat and the breakdown of fat, and causes these large fat cells to create a bulging of the skin.
(Knobloch, et.al, BMC Women’s Health, (2010) 10:29 , http//www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6874/10/29)
NEW EFFECTIVE TREATMENT AVAILABLE
Historically, treatments available have been limited to ones that provided only temporary effects (and for many were not very effective at all). Now there is a new treatment available to help reduce or eliminate your cellulite problems, using scienti cally- supported application of high energy sound waves, which is not painful and does not require either injections or surgery. This treatment is called Acoustic Compression and is commonly referred to as Extracorporeal Shockwave Treatment (ESWT).
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Consider the cause of cellulite as discussed above and how you would reverse the cause of the problem for a long-term solution. Acoustic Compression has been shown to strengthen the connective tissue in the fat layer below the skin to better contain the fat cells being deposited in this fat layer. It is the bulging of these fat cells beyond its connective tissue (restraining tissue) constraints that manifests as the skin dimpling that is commonly referred to as cellulite.
HOW WELL DOES IT WORK?
Very well! To avoid misleading anyone about the anticipated results from this procedure, let’s look at examples from the published scienti c evidence. These are results actually obtained during a research study on the effects of Acoustic Compression for Cellulite. (Dermatol Ther (Heidelb) (2013) 3:143-155). As referenced below in pictures, these results were obtained after 6 sessions of Acoustic Compression treatment followed by a 3-month period to assess the effects of the newly healed, stronger, and less dimpled tissue. More treatment may produce continued improvement, but this study was limited to studying the effects of 6 weekly sessions followed by a three-month waiting period.
Improvement of the Cellulite Severity Score from 15 to 7 in a female patient suffering from cellulite before and 3 months after six sessions of focused extracorporeal shockwave therapy (0.35 mJ/mm2)
Improvement of the Cellulite Severity Score from 12 to 2 in a female patient suffering from cellulite before and 3 months after six sessions of focused extracorporeal shockwave therapy (0.35 mJ/mm2)
Improvement of the Cellulite Severity Score from 10 to 6 in a female patient suffering from cellulite before and 3 months after six sessions of focused extracorporeal shockwave therapy (0.35 mJ/mm2)
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING TREATMENT VISITS?
First and foremost, results are anticipated from these effective treatments, but allow three months after the seventh treatment ends before assessing your particular results. No reputable health care provider would guarantee individual results, but at Relief Medical Group, Inc., we use the same protocols and energy levels that were used in these studies, so it is reasonable to expect a similar result in patients that share similar characteristics as those in the this study. We use a seven-visit protocol instead of six visits, since the evidence on Acoustic Compression shows that the results are dose-dependent (the more the better, to a point), and other studies on this subject obtained good results with up to eight visits.
HOW MUCH WILL THE CONSULTATION COST TO SEE IF I AM GOOD CANDIDATE FOR ADDRESSING MY CELLULITE THROUGH ACOUSTIC COMPRESSION?
Nothing. The initial consultation is done at no charge. If you are a good candidate, we will design an individualized treatment program consisting of seven weekly visits, and provide a follow-up visit after three months to assess the results.