Acoustic Wave Therapy for Cellulite

Dr. Johnson discusses the discovery of Acoustic Wave Therapy Dallas as a treatment for cellulite.

Acoustic Wave Therapy (AWT) represents a unique approach to cellulite treatment. AWT uses pressure waves that impact both of the major causes of cellulite: fibrous septae and protrusion of fat into the lower dermis. The acoustic wave therapy produces a pressure wave that passes through skin and fat to impact the fibrous septae. The pressure breaks up the collagen of the septae and releases the skin, allowing a smoother surface.

How does acoustic wave therapy reduce cellulite?

Cellulite is the changes in skin texture that result in an “orange peel” or “mattress” appearance to the skin. Cellulite is much more common in women. Studies show 85-98% of women have some cellulite. Men and women organize their fat differently. In men, the connective tissue fibers that organize and support fat run primarily parallel to the skin. This means that men have minimal pulling down of the skin by fat deposits, and therefore smoother skin. Unfortunately for women, their fat is organized perpendicular to the skin. This results in a pulling down of the skin by the connective tissue support structure and an uneven surface. AWT uses pressure waves to disrupt the collagen pulling the skin down. This allows relaxation of the bands pulling down the skin and a smoother surface. In addition, new collagen is formed that helps reduce fat protruding underneath the skin. We recommend 4-6 treatments initially. Each treatment takes 30-45 minutes depending on the area treated. Since cellulite recurs in many patients over time, 1-2 repeat treatments once a year are often recommended.