Shockwaves for cellulite

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Written on 20th September 2017
by Cellulite Institute editorial staff

Shock wave therapy for cellulite

Shockwave are used in aesthetics to treat cellulite. They are specifically used to reduce the orange peel effect of the skin. This treatment is one of the new, non-invasive treatments that are increasingly being used in the aesthetics field.

It use sound waves that act on localised adiposity of:

  • abdomen
  • arms
  • hips
  • buttocks
  • interior and exterior thighs

At the same time, shockwave for cellulite enable an improvement in:

  • skin elasticity
  • muscle tone

Shockwave enable:

  • adjusting penetration depth exactly
  • focusing energy directly

Shockwave for cellulite: before aesthetics

In medicine, shockwave have been used to break up the stones of various organs.

Their application has also been successful in musculoskeletal rehabilitation in the presence of inflammation and soft tissue calcification.

Shockwave for cellulite: biological effects 

Let’s see why they are used:

  • anti-inflammatory effect
  • increased vascularisation
  • activation of angiogenesis
  • calcareous crushing
  • bone reformation
  • treatment of chronic tendinitis

Other fields of application are the subject of research.

Shockwave for cellulite: dermatology and medical aesthetics

This treatment have been used in aesthetic medicine for the treatment of “orange peel” skin and loss of skin tone. The purpose of the treatment is to improve the firmness of skin tissues and skin elasticity, attenuating imperfections and stimulating connective tissue.

In aesthetic medicine they are also used for:

  • accelerating healing processes
  • scars
  • improving skin elasticity
  • firming muscle and connective tissue
  • wrinkles
  • stretch marks after pregnancy

Shockwave for cellulite: who is the ideal candidate?

It can be performed at all ages and on those with cellulite.

What are shockwave for cellulite? 

Shockwave are high-power sound waves. Production and passage to the affected areas takes place through a handpiece that passes over the area thanks to the use of a gel. The waves can produce high-energy electromechanical or electrohydraulic “shocks”.

Shockwave are sound waves which, through alternating pressure, produce greater blood flow and improved circulation. A mechanical massage that stimulates increased vascularisation and increased blood flow in the affected area.

Shockwave for cellulite: the treatment 

How do shockwave act against cellulite? Through application of shockwave, tissue repair is achieved and the tissue damage caused by the cellulite is repaired.

The technique is painless, fast and easy to combine with other treatments.

The result is smooth, firm skin.

A conductive gel is applied to the area to be treated. Thanks to a handpiece, the shockwave are emitted directly on the skin, with a stimulating effect on the connective tissue down to the deep dermal layers, improving vascularisation and reducing venous stasis and oedema.

There is a consequent beneficial effect on water retention and it is suitable for all cases of oedematous cellulite.

You feel a vibration that acts for:

  • reactivating circulation
  • drainage
  • stimulating fat metabolism
  • stimulating the production of new collagen, and improving elasticity, with the result of obtaining smooth and rejuvenated skin.

Contraindications of shockwave for cellulite

Contraindications for treatment should not be underestimated and are:

  • pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • kidney disease or damage
  • high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides
  • areas with lipoma (benign tumours of adipose tissue)
  • epilepsy
  • metal prostheses
  • pacemakers
  • tumours
  • bruising
  • corticosteroid therapy
  • diseases of various etiologies
  • open wounds/surgical wounds
  • coagulation disorders/use of anti-coagulants
  • infection

Shockwave for cellulite: results 

The results are:

  • reduction of swelling
  • improved microcirculation
  • greater tissue oxygenation
  • improvement of the appearance of skin affected by cellulite
  • collagen regeneration with toned and rejuvenated skin

The results are immediately visible.

How many sessions does it take to see results?

This depends on each single case, but as many as 12 sessions may be required.

Sessions last about 45 minutes.

Which areas are treated?

The areas that can be treated are:

  • areas with cellulite
  • arms
  • thighs
  • legs
  • buttocks

Why does cellulite form? The main causes of cellulite are:

  • weight gain
  • lymphatic system dysfunctions
  • hormonal fluctuations
  • genetics
  • pregnancy
  • insufficient metabolism
  • slowed microcirculation
  • lifestyle: food you eat, smoke, lack of vitamins and minerals, increased toxins, lack of physical exercise

Aesthetics and dermatological disorders such as cellulite, scars or oedema can be treated. Shockwave for cellulite have few side effects.

Shockwave for cellulite is one of the safest treatment options for cellulite; the skin becomes more uniform and compact, orange peel appearance is reduced and blood flow increases.


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