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Is Shock Wave Therapy For Cellulite Amazing Or Just A Shocking Lie?
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Is Shock Wave Therapy for Cellulite Amazing Or Just A Shocking Lie?

After having my nearly lifelong concern about Cellulite put into perspective with some real data, I have gone on a search for the best treatment that can actually get Rid of Cellulite. So, when I heard about this Amazing way to get rid of cellulite called Shock Wave Therapy, I just had to take a look.

First…. Let’s take a look at the anatomy of Cellulite.

The skin is made up of several layers. First is the outermost layer, or Epidermis. Immediately under this is the dermis (corium) that houses the hair follicles, sweat glands, blood vessels, nerve receptors and connective tissue. Next we have the first of two layers of subcutaneous (below the skin) fat. This first layer is composed of chambers or lobules arranged vertically. It is within this layer that Cellulite occurs when small protrusions (papillae adiposae) protrude upwards into the dermis. This is what creates the bumpy dimpling that makes Cellulite so unattractive.

So how Amazing can this Shock Wave Treatment be? What is it? How does it work? What are the side effects? What does it cost? Does it Work? /Is it temporary or permanent? What do actually people say about their treatment?

What is it?

Shock Wave Therapy, also known as Acoustic Wave Therapy, or lithotripsy, was originally used for destruction of kidney stones, and has been in use for over 30 years in urology. It was adapted for outside the body treatment (known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy, or ESWL) for use in treatment rather than destruction.

When used for treating cellulite, it involves delivering a mechanical energy through the skin to the subcutaneous (below the surface) tissues using acoustic waves. This is said to stimulate the underlying cells, causing an improvement in the metabolism and micro circulation. It is thought that this causes improvement in lymph and blood micro circulation, having an anti-inflammatory effect.

What is the process?

The process involves a series of 6 to 12 treatments once or twice a week. An average treatment delivers 2000 pulses per 10 – 15 centimeters of treatment area. An ultra-sound gel is used and the treatment is described as a very vigorous massage. Most people tolerate the procedure well, saying it is warm but not hot.

Where traditional lithotripsy is done by physicians often in a hospital setting, most Shock Wave Treatment for Cellulite is done by non-physicians that are specially trained by the manufacturer of the equipment.

What are the Side Effects?

Side Effects can include pain and redness, plus hypersensitivity in the underlying tissue. It is contraindicated for those with phlebitis or deep vein thrombosis, cancer, or kidney or blood disorders. Post treatment does advise patients to avoid NSAIDS (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc) during the recovery period. Both before and after treatment, you must drink lots of water to wash away any toxins that are released by the process.

What does it Cost?

Upwards of $3000 for a full course of initial treatments depending on your location. Individual treatments often start at less than $100 per site (remember, these are small areas 10-15 centimeters to several inches in size). Maintenance treatments would need to be continued lifelong.

Does it Work?

There are No published studies that confirm the results of this treatment specifically for Cellulite.

Patient reviews?

This is a long term process. In all cases, people stated that the results were very incremental. Reviews are mixed, with some people raving at how successful they are and others very unhappy stating they are not worth the money spent.

Remember, Cellulite is not a disease, so there is no "cure". This all being said, it is worth weighing the risks with rewards, plus deciding how willing you are to commit to the time and expense involved to the response you are looking for.


Street Talk

Kymee  

I am with everyone here and sounds like you also, ouch and scary. Thanks for the heads up Kymee I know now where to come if someone is talking about it.

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  about 7 years ago
Robbie-  

Yikes! Shock wave's scary, unnecessary and downright expensive.

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  about 7 years ago
  

You are right! The most scary think of all is liposuction and the new version of it that adds heat. More to come!

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  about 7 years ago
Robbie-  

Yep. Heard of that stuff. Mostly BodyTite with their fancy collagen contraction terms. Anything to sell the myth. Look forward to reading your take on it.

  
  about 7 years ago
Nancykaye  

Hi.I never heard of this but I'm skinny. I think I would not use anything with bad side effects ever. If I had cellulite I'd cover it with pants.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thin people get cellulite too, as it is not really a weight issue. I have struggled with cellulite much of my life. I have tried many things, but I have to say that this one was a shocker to me too. I have found some even more shocking ones also.

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  about 7 years ago
Sherry B.  

I've never heard of this, but it does sound rather questionable to me. Plus, seeing the price just about made me fall out of my chair, lol. I guess some people are desperate to look perfect and will do anything they can even if they are just throwing their money away. Great article! Thanks for sharing :)

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  about 7 years ago
  

Me too. Having been overweight most of my life, I have often thought of doing liposuction, but after reading about it, I decided it was too dangerous and expensive. I will have an article on that later, but this one seems pretty bad too.

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  about 7 years ago
Sherry B.  

I agree with you there too. I don't think it's worth the risk either, not to mention the expense.

  
  about 7 years ago
Robbie-  

I think the word SHOCK would sent chilling vibrations down my spine just thinking about it.

  
  about 7 years ago
William6  

Great Fat loss Article. Cellulite loss has always and will continue to be a big problem for many women. I saw a demo on how this machine works on a foreign TV station. I understand the theory but aren't there cheaper alternatives to reducing cellulite?

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  about 7 years ago
  

There are a few ways, but this is not one of them. Most of the ways you will see on web are very expensive and do NOTHING for cellulite. I am putting a series of articles together on this, because women need to know the facts before they start emptying their wallets.

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  about 7 years ago

Good information! I had never heard of this system and will not be trying it out. It must be a "must" for models and stars. Have you read The Brown Fat Revolution by James R. Lyons, M.D.? He definitely does not like yellow fat, and as a plastic surgeon he has seen a lot of the "blobby, shapeless, and greasy-feeling" stuff. More grist for the mill.......Thanks for your contribution.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks for that info. Will definitely look into Lyons work.

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  about 7 years ago

Women are especially prone to cellulite, regardless of being "fat or thin". The method above seems dodgy to me - there are no cures for cellulite. I don't see the point of worrying about it. Personally it seems an awful waste of money unless you have it to throw around. If cellulite is such an issue for some people, maybe they need professional mind help, such as a psychologist or similar.

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  about 7 years ago
  

I totally agree. However, there are lots of websites promoting this kind of treatment and, in my opinion, are ripping people off. That is why I wrote the article.

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  about 7 years ago

Sounds like a high speed massage to me. To my understanding, cellulite is just overgrown fat cells that start to push out on the skin in a pattern.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Chip, I agree with you. Massage can be very enjoyable, and deep massage can be tough for many that do not have a high tolerance to pain. The Shock Wave Therapy is more expensive than massage.. Problem here is that this just does not work for cellulite. Still, there are lots of women drawn to this.

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  about 7 years ago
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