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Not all dimples are cute. Acoustic wave therapy uses sound waves to tackle the collagen and fat reserves that cause cellulite, with the aim of smoothing the skin and taking years off ladies’ stomachs, arms, thighs and bottoms.Cellulite is one of the most common beauty blights and, rather unfairly, almost always only plagues the fairer sex.
The cottage cheese texture of cellulite is caused by the way fat is stored under the skin. Fat cells are held in pockets, which are divided up by connective tissue made of collagen. As time goes by, the collagen hardens and contracts, meaning that the fat appears to bulge out in lumps. The fat can also push its way into the lower layers of your skin, rather than staying beneath the skin where it belongs. This makes the lumps and bumps look even worse.
Still, if your behind is starting to look lumpier than school semolina, help is at hand. Acoustic wave therapy (AWT) is designed to knock those fat cells back into line by breaking down the hardened collagen and stimulating the production of new collagen fibres. The treatment itself involves using waves of pressure, which penetrate through the skin to shake up the fat layer underneath. It’s also thought to thicken the lower layer of your skin, giving your skin a springier, smoother texture.
AWT can be used on most problem areas such as stomach, thighs, buttocks, or arms. Your therapist will move a Star Trek style hand-held device over your wobbly bits. The device emits pressure waves, which feel like strong vibrations. It may look a bit space age, but beyond a sort of pummelling sensation, you shouldn’t feel much pain. A session will normally take around 30 minutes (about 5 minutes for each area of cellulite) and you might need 6 to 12 treatments before you’re looking noticeably more pert and peachy.
You don’t have to be fat to have cellulite. Women of all shapes and sizes can suffer from the dreaded orange peel look on their upper arms, buttocks, thighs and stomach. That said, if you want the best results, it’s good to team up your acoustic wave therapy sessions with healthy eating and exercise. Going easy on the biscuit tin will mean that there is less wobble overall, while the AWT will work to break down the surface cellulite.
Acoustic wave therapy is said to be a very safe treatment, with the only known side effect being slight bruising (this affects less than 5% of people who have the treatment).