Shockwave therapy for cellulite.
A suitable treatment for cellulite has been sought for many years. This paper discusses the use of shockwaves to treat cellulite . It was demonstrated that the use of shockwaves significantly reduced the circumference of the thigh and the skin became firme r and smoother.
In people with cellulite weakness in the connective tissue fibres leads to the occurrence of septa in the subcutaneous fatty tissue, predominantly in the thighs, arms, hips, buttocks and abdomen, resulting in the formation of dimples in the skin’s surface. It occurs almost exclusively in women, as men have a different connective tissue network in fatty tissue. Cellulite can occur even in younger adults in cases of excess weight and/or weak connective
tissue, and with advancing age these changes can be found to varying degrees in 80 to 90 percent of all women.
A new treatment method is radial shockwave therapy (RSWT). Radial shockwaves are highenergy sound waves that are generated pneumatically outside the body. They are coupled over the skin surface close to the pain zone in human tissues and radiate radially (spherically) from this point outwards. This radial distribution means the treatment is perceived as particularly gentle. After the treatment the tissue around the pain zone reacts to the sound waves with an increase in metabolic activity, which as a result tightens the epidermis. The acoustic waves also stimulate blood flow, neovascularisation and the production of collagen. The improved metabolism and circulation accelerate the removal of lymph fluid.
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