The most advanced treatment for cellulite

A nonsurgical body contour treatment for cellulite, Cellupulse interest and popularity is sparked by its strong scientific background and supportive research. Unfortunately, as most of us women already know, cellulite creams are expensive bottles of empty promises. While liposuction can diminish fat deposits deep in the subcutaneous fat, its effect on the more superficial fat (cellulite) is disappointing.

For smart women who want to do their own research on cellulite treatment options, we welcome you to a website that will take you on a journey through the scientific literature. We will discuss the science behind Cellupulse, the most advanced and highly effective treatment against cellulite. We will have an evidence-based assessment of popular treatment methods such as cellulite creams, velasmooth, smoothshapes, endermologie, etc. . You will also be provided with the names of the specific authors, studies and medical journals, should you wish to review the unbiased information yourself.

Well-Established Technology

Use of Acoustic waves, known as shock waves, is well-established technology that has been used in medicine for over 20 years to treat a variety of pathological conditions in the human body. (Shock waves are not electroconvulsive therapy or "shock treatment" that has been used in the brain.)

This type of wave technology is used in high-energy form to treat kidney stones without making an incision. It is utilized in low-energy form to treat orthopedic conditions including painful tendons and ligaments without surgery. Recent studies demonstrate promising results at reducing fat and cellulite in the thighs, buttocks, arms and abdominal area.

Much attention and research has been dedicated to determine why and how this technology has been so successful. Research studies have demonstrated that this type of wave application stimulates several biochemical responses.

There is an increase in growth factors (biochemical messengers) in the tissue that is treated with this type of targeted energy.These messengers stimulate the tissue to develop improved blood supply (circulation) to the treated area. This allows the tissue to repair and rejuvenate.

The type of tissue that has been primarily studied and evaluated (tendons and ligaments) is made up of collagen. One component of cellulite known as septae (the connective tissue supporting the fat cells) is also made up of collagen.

How It Works

Before Cellupulse:

Enlarged fat cells bulge upwards towards the skin surface, giving the skin the typical orange peel appearance. The inelastic vertical connective tissue fibers do not stretch along with the surrounding adipose tissue, which leads to the undesirable dimpling. Local blood circulation is significantly reduced.

During Cellupulse:

Acoustic waves are introduced into the body. The connective tissue relaxes, and the firmness of the epidermis increases. Blood circulation in the tissue is significantly enhanced. Collagen production is stimulated, strengthening the dermis and epidermis.

After Cellupulse: 

The results of EPAT® are improved firmness and restored natural elasticity of the skin and connective tissue along with a visible and long-lasting improvement in skin texture.

What are Acoustic Waves?

Acoustic waves known as shock waves have been used in medicine to treat a variety of pathologic conditions in the human body without making an incision. This technology is proven to be successful in treating a multitude of orthopedic conditions throughout the body, primarily including painful ligaments and tendons. During treatments for painful hip conditions in women athletes it was accidentally discovered to effectively treat cellulite. Women were reporting smoother and toner skin with reduced cellulite on the side that was undergoing shock wave treatment.

Better Skin Structure, Contour and Tone

Acoustic wave therapy (Cellupulse) impacts the major causes of cellulite: fibrous septae and protrusion of fat into the lower dermis. This also allows for improved circulation and lymphatic drainage in addition to addressing the primary pathology.

The pressure wave or shock wave of cellupulse passes through the skin and fat to impact the fibrous septae. Improved elasticity of the previously hardened connective tissue restores the tissue to a supple, smooth texture.

Neovascularization (the natural or organic process whereby the body tissue develops new capillaries,) ensures better exchanges to the connective tissue (addressing the root cause of the problem).

The improved exchange allows for new collagen fibrils, which thickens the dermal layer of the skin leading to noticeable improvement in skin texture.

What Causes Cellulite?

Cellulite is nearly universal in all women past the age of puberty, irrespective of race and ethnic background. We are a nation obsessed with cellulite. We splash pictures of celebrity cellulite across every gossip magazine and search the internet for celebrity cellulite secrets, cellulite home remedies, cellulite exercises and “natural” ways to get rid of cellulite. 

Sadly, cellulite is natural if you are a woman. It affects 85-98% of us, no matter how thin or fit we may be.

The connective tissue supporting the fat just below the skin is designed differently in women compared to men. In men, the connective tissue fibers are primarily parallel to the skin. Thus, men have minimal pulling down of the skin by the fat deposits.

Women’s fat is organized perpendicular to the skin. When we age, the connective tissue supporting the fat hardens and contracts. The contraction of the hardened tissue pulls the fat into abnormal positions leading to the dimpled appearance that characterizes cellulite.

The hardened connective tissue is the primary cause of cellulite. It not only forces the fat into abnormal positions, but additionally leads to blockage of the small blood vessels and lymphatics that normally drain fluid from the area and supply fresh, oxygenated blood.

The build up of fluids and lack of fresh oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood (improved circulation) is the underlying cause that many cellulite treatments try to address. Endermologie, for example, is a hand-held device that employs massage and skin kneading to the affected areas. The skin is pulled and kneaded between 2 rollers in an effort to promote lymphatic drainage.

Some spas also offer “cellulite massage” in an effort to improve lymphatic drainage and circulation. These cellulite treatments may indeed offer a small, temporary improvement in the appearance and may be an effective adjunctive treatment to an anti-cellulite program, but they fail to address the primary cause of cellulite- the hardened septae, or connective tissue supporting the fat.

Hardened connective tissue pulls the skin down at the anchor points. Lymphatic flow is impeded by hardened tissue, causing more fluid to accumulate in the tissue. The nutrient-rich blood that is typically delivered to the connective tissue by capillaries is also impeded, disallowing the connective tissue the ability to repair itself and therefore causing further hardening and contracting.

Why does cellulite occur primarily in women?

The subcutaneous fat in women is less reinforced by connective tissue, and thus more prone to herniation (dimpling) when the connective tissue hardens and contracts. Additionally the dermal layer of the skin is thinner in women, allowing the dimpling appearance to be even more noticeable. Nearly all post-pubertal women (>90%) have cellulite, irrespective of body weight.


What is unique about acoustic wave treatment?

(C.L.S. Client after Cellupulse treatment to thighs.)

Nearly all other anti-cellulite therapies incorporate some type of deep kneading or massage in order to decrease the build up of lymphatic fluid. This temporarily improves the appearance, but it does not address the primary cause of cellulite, thus the fluid quickly re-accumulates.

Acoustic wave treatment (cellupulse) is truly unique because it treats the primary cause of cellulite (the hardened connective tissue), which ultimately improves not only the circulation to the tissue, but also improves the lymphatic drainage, reducing the accumulated fluid within the tissue. This allows for long lasting results. Cellupulse also increases the collagen in the dermal layer, allowing for a more supple, youthful appearance and tone. Clinical trials demonstrate 110% improvement in skin elasticity.

Additional positive effects on the tissue include:

  • Fat-splitting phospholipases on the fat cell membrane are activated, decreasing some of the content of the fat cells in the superficial fat layer.
  • Increase in collagen fibrils in the dermal layer (increase in dermal thickness and elasticity).

What appearance changes can I expect from Cellupulse cellulite treatment?

  1. Skin tightening. Better skin structure and contour (clinical trials show 110% improvement in skin elasticity).
  2. Smoother appearance. The dimpled cellulite areas will become more smooth as the connective tissue support is stimulated and collagen formation is activated.
  3. Body slimming and improved tone. Stimulation of lipolysis, increased blood flow and improved lymphatic drainage leads to reduced circumference of treated area and a more tone appearance.

Are there any side effects from Cellupulse cellulite treatment?

Acoustic wave technology has been used in medicine for over 20 years (in many other areas of the body) and has been proven to have a high level of safety. It is a noninvasive procedure (there is no incision) and there is no heat generated.

The only side effect or complaint of patients and test subjects is some small discomfort during the procedure that immediately subsides after treatment.

Some individuals will feel more comfortable if they take 1 or 2 tylenol approximately 20 minutes prior to the session. Advil, ibuprofen, aleve and aspirin are not recommended during your treatment period as this may lead to temporary bruising at the treatment site.

What is the cost of Cellupulse cellulite treatment?

The cost will depend on the treatment site and number of sessions. Cost also varies depending on what state you are in. Typical cost is anywhere from $200-300 per session per treatment site, but various packages are available that will ultimately cost approx $1800 total for the first treatment site and $1200 for the second treatment site.

How many treatment sessions are required with Cellupulse?

For the best results, 6-8 treatment sessions should be completed. This will vary depending on the individual and the treatment site. Typically this is accomplished over one month or approximately twice per week.

How long does a Cellupulse treatment session take?

Again this will vary depending on the area being treated. Some women will want both the front of the thigh and the back of the thigh plus the buttocks treated all in one session, which takes slightly longer than individuals who are treating a smaller surface area such as the upper arms. Typically sessions will take 20 minutes or less- this includes prep time and clean up time (It is necessary to apply a gel to the treated area so that the waves can transfer from the device through the body).

Cosmetic Laser Solutions in North Scottsdale offers an at-home treatment option. A medical assistant will come to your home and provide you with a treatment session. There is an extra charge for this service, but it is well worth it for busy women. The medical assistant is very nice and professional. She is available during some after hours and weekends.

When can I expect to see results Cellupulse?

Typically individuals will begin to notice improvement about midway through treatment (after the 3rd or 4th treatment). Appearance of skin improvement will continue with the additional treatments. Here is an important fact that has been noted in the studies- The appearance will continue to improve over the next 3 months after all the treatment sessions have been completed.

Is Cellupulse treatment permanent?

The treatment is very promising and long lasting, but few things in the human body are truly permanent. Our tissue is dynamic and is unfortunately always changing and aging. The current recommendation is to have a “touch-up” session to maintain your new appearance approximately once every 6-12 months. This means only 1 or 2 treatment sessions once or twice a year (not the full 6-8 treatment sessions again).

The most beneficial habits to have in order to preserve the desired appearance include staying well hydrated, regular exercise and maintaining close to normal body weight.

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