Science & Research

Treatment for Cellulite

“Cellulite is a multifactorial condition that is present in 80% to 90% of postpubertal women and is one of the most intolerable esthetic imperfections. There are several theories on the pathophysiology of cellulite, and a number of different therapeutic regimens have been developed, from topical treatments to mechanical or energy-based devices. In this brief review, we summarize the scientific landscape to determine the clinical evidence with regard to the safety and efficacy of cellulite treatment options. Clinical protocols and the author’s experience using a combination of internal and external procedures are also discussed. Studies using laser and light modalities along with radiofrequency have shown improvements in cellulite and a good safety profile, but acoustic wave therapy,  however, specific acoustic wave has demonstrated the most beneficial results in cellulite reduction. Although there is paucity of scientific evidence for treatments that improve cellulite, future emerging options and their combination may pave the way to eradicate this primarily cosmetic esthetic concern.”

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Acoustic Wave Treatment For Cellulite-A New Approach

“The improvement of cellulite at the treated side was rated by patients with 27,3% at week 4 and 12, by the therapist with 34,1% at week 4 and 31,2% at week 12 after the last treatment The blinded investigator could verify an improvement of cellulite in an increasing number of patients with increasing time interval after treatment. No side effects were seen. Conclusion: Radial acoustic waves are effective and safe to treat cellulite. The effect of treatment begins delayed and is first seen after 5 treatments. The improvement of cellulite increases continual up to 3 months.”

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Use of Acoustic Wave Therapy (AWT) in the Treatment of Cellulite

“Adequate weight and body fat data was collected on 102 patients. Thigh circumference data was collected on 72 patients. Patient satisfaction surveys have been completed by 19 patients to date. All patients contributing data had before and after pictures taken. Average weight loss was small, 0.19 lbs (0.08 kg), and fell short of statistical significance, p=0.21. Similarly percentage body fat using lower body electrical impedance was small at 0.02% a non-significant change with p=0.45. Thigh circumference decrease was significant at 0.45 cm, p=0.025. Patients rated their posterior thigh treatment at 84% of perfect and anterior thigh treatment at 52% of perfect. Only 11% of responders (2 patients) disagreed that they were more confident in revealing clothing. Sixty eight percent of responders were more comfortable in revealing clothing and 74% were more comfortable with there body. Only 11% (2 patients) disagreed that they were more confident in their body. Seventy three percent of responders stated the treated area was closer to the appearance they desired. Only 11% of responders (2 patients) responded that the area was not closer to the appearance they desired. Before and after pictures reveal moderate to substantial improvement in the appearance of cellulite. Continued improvement in cellulite appearance was seen for up to 4 weeks past the end of treatment (maximum duration of follow-up).”

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Does Acoustic Wave Therapy Help with Cellulite Reduction?

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Efficacy of Low-Level Laser Therapy for Body Contouring and Spot Fat Reduction

“Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is commonly used in medical applications, but scientific studies of its efficacy and the mechanism by which it causes loss of fat from fat cells for body contouring are lacking. This study examined the effectiveness and mechanism by which 635– 680 nm LLLT acts as a non-invasive body contouring intervention method.”

“LLLT achieved safe and significant girth loss sustained over repeated treatments and cumulative over 4 weeks of eight treatments. The girth loss from the waist gave clinically and statistically significant cosmetic improvement.”

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Low-level Laser Therapy for Weight Reduction: A Randomized Pilot Study

“Providing 12 LLLT treatments over the course of 6 weeks twice per week is effective for reducing body weight, BMI, body fat mass, and percent body fat as well as improving body satisfaction, body appreciation, and overall quality of life. At end of treatment, 30% of participants who were overweight (BMI of 25.0 to 29.9 kg/m2) in the twice-weekly group lost greater than 3% of baseline weight. More research should be conducted to determine if additional improvements in body anthropometric measurements can be achieved by adding other non-burdensome components to the LLLT intervention such as behavioral counseling.”

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