Acoustic Wave Therapy (AWT) in Cellulite Treatment

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Acoustic Wave Therapy is a technique common to medicine for many years for use in the treatment of problems such as kidney stones.  As technology has advanced, this has allowed for this technique to also be used as a cellulite reduction therapy. This therapy works by using deep acoustic waves generated by a handheld device. These waves exert a pressure which spreads through the skin layers causing stimulation resulting in effects that reduce the cellulite present.  The treatment is used to target areas such as the stomach, thighs, buttocks or arms.

Acoustic Wave Therapy is considered to be a safe and pain free treatment for cellulite. Anaesthetic is not required so you are able to go to the clinic then get straight back to everyday life as soon as the treatment has been delivered. 

How does Acoustic Wave Therapy reduce cellulite?

One of the main benefits to this technique is the vast improvement in the natural elasticity of the skin. The acoustic waves cause stimulation of the lower layers of the skin via an inflammatory response. Inflammation is usually considered to be a bad thing but the process of healing is promoted when it occurs. Chemicals that are highly important in proliferation, which is simply the production of new cells, are released. The cells are influenced to begin producing more collagen to be added to the layers of the skin. Collagen is one of the connective tissue fibres involved in the structuring of the skin so increasing the amount present will lead to better control of the fat cells which helps with reducing cellulite symptoms. In addition to this, the existing connective tissue is corrected by stretching hence adding to the end result. The skin’s texture is improved as is the architecture of the skin itself.

Another primary target that this technique focuses on is to improve the circulation within the skin, as this may help to reduce the detrimental appearance of cellulite. A high metabolic exchange is essential in targeting this as it allows for the optimum amount of fat to be burned, thus aiding in cellulite reduction. To maintain the necessary levels of metabolic exchange for this to take place, it is vital that there is an excellent flow of blood throughout the skin. The treatment ensures the occurrence of this by increasing the amount of new capillaries that are produced within the skin itself. This allows a greater amount of blood to flow through the tissue, and is a process known as vascularisation.

How many treatments of Acoustic Wave Therapy are required?

Each session of this treatment lasts for 30 minutes and the amount of treatments you would require varies dependant on the severity of your cellulite. On average, between 6 to 10 treatments are required for optimum results. A good proportion of people who opt for this treatment see positive results around six weeks into their treatment with some even seeing a slight improvement after the sixth session. However, if you are among those individuals who suffer from the most severe cases of cellulite, additional treatment programmes may be required for you to see satisfactory results from the treatment.

The price of the treatment, as with many other forms of treatment, is highly variable dependant on where you are treated, with most clinics charging approximately £60- £70 a session. Some clinics in central London may charge up to £200 per treatment session. Many clinics offering this form of therapy may offer discounts for people who book multiple sessions at once. It is advisable to shop around for the best deal as the treatment can vary in price from place to place.

It is possible to combine acoustic wave therapy with other forms of treatments to see if that achieves a better result for you. It is very common for people that have acoustic wave therapy to follow up at home using cellulite creams on a regular basis to maintain the great results this treatment can provide.  Some people may experience some minor bruising although this is very rare and even if it does occur, it is a small price to pay for a potentially life changing procedure. 

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