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  • With bikini and short shorts season nearing, the 95% of women who have cellulite may have a small prayer in the form of acousic sound wave therapy.  A few doctors are now using acoustic wave therapy device to smooth out the dimpling effects of cellulite.

    Wave therapy is a new treatment that works by by delivering acoustic sound pulses to the treatment area. An acoustic sound device sends the sound waves through the skin and fat to impact the affected areas. These acoustic pulses induce vibration in the connective tissue of the treatment area. This process ultimately leads to increased vascularization and the creation of a new, thickened band of collagen in the upper and mid portions of the skin.  The result is smoother texture in formerly dimply cellulite areas.

    Dr. Calvin Tsao told ABC that he has noticed results with acoustic wave therapy in the form of improved texture, elasticity, and firmer skin. “It increases blood flow,” said Dr. Tsao. “The way that we use it for cellulite is we increase blood flow to that subcutaneous tissue and then that loosens up the connective tissue layers and the skin loosens up and you get rid of some of the dimpling.”

    Noticeable improvement typically occurs between the third and fourth treatment. Patients are typically treated twice a week for three weeks, with sessions requiring less than a half hour. Patients may wish to have a maintenance session every three months after completing the program.

    But Dr. Larry Hollier, a plastic surgeon at the Baylor Center for Aesthetic Surgery, is skeptical about this new treatment. “I think everybody wants something for nothing,” said Dr. Hollier. “With respect to acoustic wave therapy, I’m not saying that there’s nothing there, but I think most often, the expectations are way beyond what the technology can deliver.”

    For those of you who will not be having the treatment, you may just want to try standing near a speaker blasting out your favorite tune and see what happens.

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