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According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sound/pressure wave technology for the treatment of scars, cellulite and wrinkles is one of the best non-invasive options available to stimulate change at the cellular level; at the same time avoiding damage to healthy tissues.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a medical condition that develops as fat cells fill beneath the skin and elasticity decreases. This presents as mild to severe dimpling at the surface of the skin. Cellulite becomes increasingly visible as it advances and can progress at varying rates. Severe forms of cellulite can cause more significant health complications. Pressure from enlarged fat cells causes a decrease in microcirculation as well as impairing lipolysis (your body’s ability to break down fat). This exacerbates the condition and can contribute to poor circulation, local inflammation and pain as it worsens.
The Anatomy of Wrinkles & Scars
In this case, it is helpful to think of your skin as a mattress. The top layer of fabric are your skin cells. Next is the padding, which are your fat cells. Next are the springs—these are your collagen. As a mattress ages, the fabric becomes weathered, the padding thin and uneven and the springs begin to sag—much like the components in our skin.
Scars on the other hand, are most often the result of trauma, surgical or otherwise. When our body is injured, it is not uncommon to sustain damage to multiple layers of tissue. Upon healing, these layers can fuse together and create uncomfortable adhesions and pulling. Scar tissue build-up in the injury site can reduce blood flow, range of motion and cause pain. Most importantly, a scar can leave a muscle disengaged, requiring compensation from another to function.
The Sound of the Future
Almost two decades ago, European dermatologists incorporated the same sound wave technology used in the treatment of kidney stones to treat skin conditions. It had been clinically proven as an effective urological, cardiac and orthopaedic treatment and showed great potential in the treatment of dermatological conditions. These can be complex medical conditions, so treating with a well-established, advanced medical technology makes a lot of sense. Studies have shown that sound wave technology produces better long-term results than botox injections or liposuction—without any of the unpleasant side effects associated with invasive cosmetic procedures.
How the Technology Works
Pressure waves penetrate several centimeters into your body, targeting not only the skin but the layers of fascia and muscle beneath. It stimulates lymph drainage, fat break down and the formation of new blood vessels. This promotes better circulation and tissue health, stimulates collagen and elastin production and reduces subcutaneous fat thickness. The result is a smoother, revitalized complexion that is evolved from several layers beneath the skin. Treatments often produce significant improvement in smoothness, reduction in circumferences, reduced appearance of scars, cellulite and wrinkles and improved lymph drainage.
Interestingly, studies have shown promising results in the treatment of earlier stage cellulite with pressure waves for the long-term prevention of the condition. Essentially, the sooner you treat it, even if it is in early stages, the better your long-term ability to prevent its severe development. Although preventative measures are beneficial, they are not essential to results. Ideal candidates for the treatment fall between the ages of 35-55 with statistically significant improvement observed in all. In one study published in 2017, 90% of subjects would undergo treatment again and 89% were satisfied with their results.