At Dr. Scott’s, we are happy to offer Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), for the treatment 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.
Cellulite begins to show up as we age, partly due to the decrease in collagen production and loss of elasticity in the skin. Once collagen levels drop, internal collagen fibers loosen and the underlying framework which supports the skin begins to loosen (sag), as well.
Cellulite is the result of enlarged fat cells that become lodged under the skin. When the fat cells get bigger and get trapped under the skin, the skin begins to bulge outward, which is why the skin takes on that dimpled, bumpy effect. It also restricts blood flow.
Cellulite does not discriminate. Anyone of any size, weight, gender or age can develop cellulite. There are other factors such as a sedentary lifestyle, age, smoking, hormonal changes and genetics that can increase the appearance and onset of cellulite.
According to statistics, it’s believed that over 85% of post-adolescent women have cellulite.
“At least 90% of women have cellulite, but it’s probably closer to 100%.” Says – Dr. Gregory LaTrenta, Board-Certified Skin Care Specialist
After a series of S-Wave 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) or Extracorporeal Acoustic Wave Therapy, is an out-patient treatment used to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Shockwave 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 a 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 that 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. One study, published on PubMed.gov, states that “More than 90% of the subjects would undergo the treatment again and 89% were satisfied with the results. No serious adverse events were reported”.
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 sessions are recommended, usually twice per week).
- The cost per treatment session varies depending upon the treatment facility, area(s) to be treated; type of device/shocks required and desired results.
- Package Pricing is available