Millions of Americans deal with cellulite, and it’s something that can put a serious damper on your favorite activities, from going to the pool to working out at the gym. Even if you’re happy with your weight or body shape, the lumpy and uneven nature cellulite is something that most people want to smooth out.
Acoustic Wave Therapy is a groundbreaking treatment for cellulite that was surprisingly discovered by accident. If you’ve heard of this state-of-the-art approach, but have questions about what it is and how it works, this guide can help.
Dr. Bill Johnson and the highly skilled team at Innovations Medical were among the first practitioners in the United States to explore the potential of Acoustic Wave Therapy as a cosmetic treatment. More than 90% of patients have seen positive results, with an average of half a centimeter of diameter in the thighs without weight loss due to increased smoothness.
Acoustic Wave Therapy Explained
Acoustic Wave Therapy uses a device that creates sound pressure waves which affect the tissues that are responsible for causing cellulite.
Cellulite is actually caused by fibrous cords that connect the skin to the muscle layers below. As fat accumulates, it can push up against the skin while the connective tissue pulls down. This creates the uneven dimpling, or orange peel texture, we associate with cellulite.
Acoustic Wave Therapy was first used as a pain treatment. When women suffering from hamstring injuries received this treatment and noticed their cellulite was disappearing as their injuries improved, doctors began to study its effectiveness as a cosmetic therapy with positive results.
How Does Acoustic Acoustic Wave Therapy Work?
Acoustic Wave Therapy works by breaking up both the collagen connective tissue which pulls the skin down and collagen underneath the fat which is pushing it up. This recruits new, healthier collagen growth which smooths out the skin.
What to Expect: A Step-by-Step Guide to Acoustic Wave Therapy
Acoustic Wave Therapy is a quick, painless session that takes about 30 to 45 minutes depending on the treatment area. An Acoustic Wave Therapy device generates sound waves that are focused through a wand applicator with a membrane. Procedures to treat cellulite generally take the following steps:
- First, the provider will palpate the area
- Next, gel will be applied to the area of treatment which will help transmit the sound waves through the skin and fat
- The acoustic wave therapy applicator will be slowly and gently moved over the treatment area to evenly distribute the acoustic waves
Innovations Medical performs this procedure on an outpatient basis at our state-of-the-art Dallas and Fort Worth centers.
Acoustic Wave Therapy Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the most common questions our patients ask about Acoustic Wave Therapy.
Does Acoustic Wave Therapy Only Help Cellulite?
Acoustic Wave Therapy was originally developed as a pain management treatment due to its ability to help break up bundles of tissue and promote growth of new nerves and blood vessels. Acoustic Wave Therapy has also been shown to be effective in a range of other potential applications, including erectile dysfunction.
Who Can Benefit from Acoustic Wave Therapy?
For cellulite reduction, Acoustic Wave Therapy can benefit nearly any patient who is dealing with cellulite and uneven skin texture. Our team will be happy to perform a consultation to help you decide if this treatment is right for you.
What Is the Recovery Like?
Acoustic Wave Therapy is a noninvasive procedure performed on an outpatient basis. No recovery is necessary. Patients can generally return to normal activities and workn with no downtime.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of sessions can vary for each patient depending on the treatment area and the amount of cellulite present. We typically recommend an initial series of four to six Acoustic Wave Therapy sessions. It is possible for cellulite to recur over time and many patients benefit from an additional one to two followup sessions per year.
Does Acoustic Wave Therapy Hurt?
Acoustic Wave Therapy is a painless treatment. While Acoustic Wave Therapy machines can make loud noises during sessions due to the nature of creating soundwaves, the application itself does not cause pain for patients undergoing cosmetic therapy.
How Much Does Acoustic Wave Therapy Cost?
Cost for Acoustic Wave Therapy varies depending on the treatment area, amount of cellulite, and number of sessions needed. At Innovations Medical, we offer flexible scheduling and financing options to meet a wide range of budgets.
Contact Innovations Medical for Acoustic Wave Therapy
If you’re looking for smoother skin with less cellulite, Innovations Medical is here for you. Our skilled professionals help you decide which treatment is best for you – keeping you informed and confident in the next steps. We’ve been helping our patients look and feel their best since 2005, and even our most advanced procedures are often minimally invasive.