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Shockwave Therapy to treat Cellulite

Forschungsergebnis vom 08.10.2013

Pablo Naranjo García discusses cellulite treatment of a unique instance with high energy radial shockwave therapy from Zimmer Medizinsysteme (ZWave®).

Abstract

In this case study of an unique instance, effects of noninvasive generated shock waves onto the skin and the underlying fat tissue of a cellulite afflicted, 52-year-old woman were investigated. The treatment was applied at the lateral thighs ones a week for a period of ten weeks. Diagnostic high-resolution ultrasound (Esaote 25 Gold® device with 15-18MHz linear probe), thermography (Thermo-Cell® device) and photos (Canon® camera) where performed before and after treatment. Changes in subcutaneous fat could be demonstrated by ultrasonography and thermography.

Introduction

Cellulite is a very common topographical alteration in which the skin acquires an orange peel or mattress appearance. In this condition, alterations occur to the adipose tissue and microcirculation that result from blood and lymphatic disturbances causing fibrosclerosis of the connective tissue. It is considered a non-inflammatory, degenerative phenomenon that provokes alterations to the hypodermis producing irregular undulations on the skin overlying affected areas. Cellulite is certainly not a serious condition from the medical point of view, but it does represent the most widespread and least tolerated aesthetic complaint among women. The condition is very well known through intense publicity campaigns in the mass media and the cosmetics industry targeted at increasing the market for cosmetic creams, electro-medical equipment, pills, and therapeutic fantasies that often lack a scientific basis though they sometimes improve the aesthetic aspect of the problem. A few treatments ensured by some evidence-based support are available today, such as mechanical therapy with suction, bipolar radio-frequency, carboxytherapy, mesotherapy, recommendation of exercise and weight loss, etc. Shock waves applied locally to the skin with cellulite may be an effective noninvasive therapy to be combined with any of the other treatments.

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Pablo Naranjo García discusses cellulite treatment of a unique instance with high energy radial shockwave therapy from Zimmer Medizinsysteme (ZWave®).

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