Acoustic Wave Therapy (AWT) is a new treatment that uses electronic waves to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Cellulite is that orange peel look that’s often seen on the thighs and buttocks. It’s extremely common in women—some studies suggest that up to 98% of women have some degree of cellulite on their body. Cellulite is less common in men, but still occurs. Diet and exercise will definitely help to lessen cellulite, but some cellulite doesn’t respond to even the healthiest lifestyle.
There are two major causes of cellulite: fibrous septae and fat protrusion in the lower layers of the skin. Fibrous septae is the material that connects the dermis to the tissue underneath. When collagen in the fibrous septae builds up, it can create tiny dimples on the surface of the skin.
Acoustic Wave Therapy was originally developed in the 1990s to treat pain associated with stiff joints and poor circulation. The doctors administering the treatment noticed a significant improvement in the cellulite of their patients. Acoustic Wave Therapy went on to be studied in Switzerland, where it was proven that the electronic waves broke down the fibrous septae and fat protrusion.
Acoustic Wave Therapy is a completely non-invasive procedure. That means that there are no needles or incisions involved and the treatment takes place above the skin. The electronic waves in Acoustic Wave Therapy are submitted through special paddles that are placed on problem areas. The waves then travel through the dermis and into the fibrous septae, breaking up the collagen. It also breaks up the fat nodules within the layers of the skin. The result is smoother skin that’s free of dimpling and uneven texture.
Acoustic Wave Therapy Costs
The average cost of an Acoustic Wave Therapy session is about $200. Of course, the exact price depends on the individual provider and your geographical location.
Will Insurance Cover Acoustic Wave Therapy
Acoustic Wave Therapy is not usually covered by insurance providers due to its cosmetic nature.
How Many Acoustic Wave Therapy Sessions Do I Need?
Multiple sessions (about six is average) are highly recommended for maximum results. Most patients saw results after three or four. Many providers offer money-saving packaged bundles.
Acoustic Wave Therapy Risks and Side Effects
Acoustic Wave Therapy is a safe procedure with limited risks and side effects. Some patients reported minor redness and bruising from the treatment that healed within a few days.
Acoustic Wave Therapy Recovery Time
There’s no downtime associated with Acoustic Wave Therapy, so most patients can return your normal activity following the treatment. If you experience bruising, you may want to stay at home and rest for the next day or two.
How Long Does Acoustic Wave Therapy Last?
After an initial round of Acoustic Wave Therapy, some patients found that additional maintenance sessions helped keep the cellulite at bay.
Scheduling Your Acoustic Wave Therapy SessionIf you’re looking for an effective and permanent solution to your cellulite, Acoustic Wave Therapy may be your answer. To find out more about Acoustic Wave Therapy, let us schedule a free consultation with a qualified skincare specialist in your area.