Acoustic Wave Therapy
Acoustic wave therapy is a non-invasive therapy treatment that helps reduce cellulite and sun damage by manipulating connective tissue that is deep under the skin’s surface. The process uses a handheld device that mechanically sculpts and pulls the underlying skin tissues, using a series of vibrating pulses. The handheld device sends high pressure waves that help stimulate the skin and bring blood to the surface. The frequency increases, and by doing so, manipulates and massages the connective tissues with pressure that is intense.
During the acoustic wave process, the skin is pulled up and the tissues of the skin are manipulated in such a way that the accumulation of fat cells are released. Later, the body releases these fat cells during normal body processes.
Cellulite is a condition of skin that occurs mostly with women; however some men are in need of this therapy, too. Women are more predisposed to this condition to men because of hormone and childbearing issues.
Also, dimpled skin, as it is often referred to, has a link to genetics, hormones and lifestyle choices. Cellulite begins to form when lipids accumulate inside fat cells. This then leads to stiffening of the body’s tissues and soon the skin begins to shorten, pulling the skin taut. When this happens, clusters of fat cells become larger, pulling the skin up. When this happens, the skin becomes dimpled.
Areas of the body that can be treated with acoustic wave therapy are: thighs, buttocks, knees, abdomen, arms and love handles.
According to Derma Network, an online resource for cosmetic dermatology, the acoustic wave process “mechanically vibrates connective tissue in specifically affected areas of the body, improving appearance by manipulating the connective tissue.”
This procedure usually takes only 30 minutes and in most cases, promises noticeable results after a few treatments. Doctors often recommend 6 to 12 additional treatments, based upon realistic expectations of the patient. And treatments are painless, with no recovery time needed. Acoustic wave therapy is designed for those patients who follow a healthy diet and exercise routine and who are not able to tone their body.
In the past, this procedure has been used to help patients who suffered from poor circulation or bad joints. It was found that the vibration and systematic movements of the procedure helped stimulate the body’s pain and anti-inflammatory response.
Acoustic wave therapy procedures usually cost around $750 but can go higher, according to the number of therapy sessions and areas covered. It is highly recommend to speak with your physician and insurance company to see if coverage for this procedure can be accomplished.
It is important to know that in addition to this procedure, maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly will help heal the skin and maintain desired results.
The Bottom Line
So, when cellulite becomes a cosmetic or health problem for anyone, be it man or woman, acoustic wave therapy provide effective and satisfying results and for many, a real morale booster.
*Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.