Acoustic wave therapy is an effective, safe and non-invasive treatment which can help in the reduction of cellulite.
Cellulite is a condition which causes lumps and dimples to appear on the surface of the skin. The skin can be described as having an “orange-peel” or “cottage-cheese” appearance when compared to ‘normal’ skin.
Cellulite is not a medical condition that requires treatment but rather a harmless condition which affects the aesthetics of an individual. It can affect both men and women although is much more common in females.
Cellulite is caused by pockets of enlarged subcutaneous fat cells pushing against the connective tissue compartments of the skin. These connective tissue compartments are comprised mainly of a substance called collagen, which is a tough and elastic substance providing stength and elasticity to the skin.
The pressure caused by the build-up of the enlarged fat cells causes the collagen fibres in these skin compartments to weaken, affecting the structure and elasticity of the skin.
The combination of the enlarged fat cells and the weakening of the connective tissues causes a ‘puckering’ or ‘dimpling’ effect on the skin’s surface.
There any many factors which contribute to the build-up of cellulite however genetics are thought to be the most important factor, as your genetic make-up determines the structure and texture of your skin.
Hormonal changes are also thought to be significant causative factor, which is why women tend to be more susceptible – particularly after puberty and around the menopause.
Other factors include a poor diet, smoking, ageing and an inactive lifestyle. Weight-gain can make cellulite more noticeable however it is not thought to be a direct cause as cellulite can be evident in slim and lean people.
Acoustic Wave Therapy (AWT) is essentially the term used for Shockwave Therapy in the field of aesthetics. Shockwave Therapy was initially used in the field of musculoskeletal medicine however its usage in the field of medical aesthetics has expanded in recent years.
AWT works by holding a handheld device on the surface of the skin, which sends acoustic sound waves into the body. These sounds waves penetrate the tissues underneath the skin, stimulating fat breakdown, collagen synthesis and lymphatic drainage, leading to a firming of the skin and a reduction of cellulite.
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