Cellulite is a very common, harmless skin condition that causes lumpy, dimpled flesh on the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen. This is caused by collections of fat pushing against the connective tissue beneath the skin.
Both men and women can have cellulite, but it’s much more common in women. Up to 90 per cent of women have cellulite following puberty, whereas less than 10 per cent of men have it. Contributing factors include a high-fat diet, physical inactivity, smoking, drinking, pregnancy, and the postpartum period.
Shockwave Therapy for Cellulite Reduction
Several modalities have been explored to reduce cellulite, with varying degrees of success. Treatments can include:
Creams and lotions
This requires 8-12 treatments, twice per week. Sessions last approximately 30-60 minutes.
Shockwave therapy for cellulite has been clinically proven to be effective without the need for drugs or surgery. This is done with the shockwave acoustic device. The waves stimulate fat breakdown in cells. It enhances the elasticity and connective tissue fibres and improves skin tone. By reducing the fat and tightening the skin it results in the disappearance of the orange peel or mattress appearance in cellulite.
Further, shockwave therapy stimulates blood flow and cellular metabolism as well as lymphatic drainage and self-regeneration processes. Shockwave therapy also improves skin elasticity because it stimulates fibroblasts, which enhances collagen and elastin production.
Combining Exercise With Shockwave Therapy for Cellulite
Because exercise develops muscle mass, increases blood flow, and burns fat, it can help improve the appearance of cellulite. And as studies show, exercise can be combined with shockwave therapy for cellulite to maximize results.