What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is the change in skin texture that results in an “orange peel” appearance. Cellulite is much more common in women, as men and women organize their fat differently. In men, the connective tissue fibers that organize and support fat run primarily parallel to the skin. This means that men have minimal pulling down of the skin by the connective tissue, or septae, and therefore smoother skin. Unfortunately for women, their connective tissue, or septae, is organized perpendicular to the skin. When the septae calcify, becoming shorter and stiffer over time, it results in a pulling down of the skin and creates an uneven surface.

Cellulite is one of the nuisances that mainly affect women. Studies show 90% of women of all ages have some degree of cellulite.

Recent studies have revealed three major causes of cellulite:

  1. The first cause of cellulite is the hardening and as the result, the shortening of the septae, which is the vertical connective tissue for the skin. The shortening of the septae results in most of the dimpled appearance that characterizes cellulite.
  2. The contracted septae also leads to a blockage of the blood vessels and lymphatic system. The blood vessel blockage further hardens the septae and prevents the lymphatic system from removing toxins sufficiently.  These blockages further lead to thick, swollen appearing skin.
  3. The third major cause of cellulite is protrusion of fat cells into the lower part of the skin known as the dermis. This protrusion results in the worsening of the dimpled appearance.

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Three Stages of Cellulite

Stage 1: There is no cellulite visible when standing, however, when you pinch the skin between your thumb and fingers in an area commonly affected by cellulite, you will see light dimples or an orange peel appearance.

Stage 2: There is visible cellulite while standing, but it is not visible while lying down.

Stage 3: There is visible cellulite while standing and lying down. It feels rough and bumpy to the touch.

Please reference the video below to learn more about cellulite:

Other Therapies

How does Acoustic Wave Therapy compare with other cellulite treatments such as Mesotherapy, Endermologie, Hypoxi, Laser Cellulite Treatments, RF Cellulite Treatments and Ultrasound Cellulite Treatments, like Ultrashape and Fat–Zap.

Acoustic Wave Therapy is a completely non-invasive treatment that treats the problems of cellulite on multiple levels. This is why it’s producing such impressive results and was created by Storz Medical, part of the Karl Storz group, who have been supplying doctors and hospitals since 1945 and is a medical solution backed by over 60 years of research and development.

Mesotherapy is an invasive process whereby a solution is injected into the skin with a series of needles.

Endermologie involves vacuum roller massage and was the gold standard for cellulite treatment since it was invented around twenty years ago, but science and technology have since come a long way.

Hypoxi is not strictly a treatment process that is administered by a technician, but involves the client in relatively strenuous exercise.

We are not experts on these treatments, but understand that all Laser Cellulite treatments, RF Cellulite Treatments, Ultrasound Cellulite Treatments, like Ultrashape and Fat-Zap are all heat based treatments that involve necrosis (the death of living cells). If you are considering one of these treatments, ask your esthetician if any necrosis is involved.

You may also wish to ask about penetration depths as we can categorically state that Acoustic Wave Therapy has an effective depth of 6mm while all Laser Cellulite Treatments, RF Cellulite Treatments, Ultrasound Cellulite Treatments, like Ultrashape and Fat-Zap have effective penetration depths of around only 3mm.

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