Cellulite is a condition that affects many people, but is especially common in women. The appearance of cellulite is that of dimpled skin or an “orange peel” appearance, and it can detract from the otherwise pleasing contours of the body. The cause of cellulite is a build-up of fat cells beneath the skin. The connective tissue in these areas is thicker, and oriented differently in women, which contributes to the appearance of cellulite.  While many treatments are available, most are only temporary solutions. ZWave uses high-energy radial shockwaves to target the underlying causes of cellulite. This treatment helps to break down fat cells, stimulate collagen production, and improve elasticity. As a result, patients can see a significant improvement in the firmness and smoothness of their skin. Best of all, ZWave is a non-invasive procedure with no downtime. That means you can return to your busy life without worrying about cellulite.
Now, patients in Raleigh, NC, can experience the effects of ZWave for themselves. Double-board certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Amber Allen offers this and many other treatments that create stunning results for the face and body. Dr. Allen believes we should all look and feel our best, so there is no reason to deal with unsightly cellulite. Learn about this groundbreaking procedure and many others that will leave you looking stunning from head to toe. Call Allen Aesthetic Surgery today at (919) 676-5052, or fill out our online inquiry form to receive a return call.
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- 1 All About Cellulite
- 2 What is Zwave?
- 3 What are the Benefits of Zwave for Cellulite?
- 4 Candidates for Cellulite Treatment
- 5 Personal Consultation with Dr. Allen
- 6 Preparing for Your Zwave Procedure
- 7 What are the Results of Zwave Treatment for Cellulite?
- 8 Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
- 9 What is the Cost of Zwave Treatment in Raleigh, NC?
- 10 References
All About Cellulite
Cellulite is characterized by dimpled skin, typically on the stomach, thighs, and buttocks. Many people have cellulite, but it is more predominant in females.  While cellulite is not a medical condition, it can be a source of embarrassment for many. Several treatment options for cellulite are available, including creams and massages; however, these methods are often ineffective. Cellulite occurs when fat cells become trapped in pockets of connective tissue. As the fat cells enlarge, they push against the skin, causing it to bulge.  The connective tissue also thickens and contracts, making the dimpling effect more pronounced. Several factors can contribute to cellulite formation, including:
- Lifestyle choices
Unfortunately, there is no sure way to prevent cellulite from forming. However, there are advanced therapies like ZWave that can help to reduce its appearance.
What is Zwave?
Zwave is a treatment option for cellulite that is non-invasive and effective. Using high-energy radial shockwaves, Zwave targets and reduces the appearance of cellulite and increases the skin’s overall smoothness and youthfulness. The Zwave acoustic (sound) waves are applied to the skin via a handheld wand, which helps break down fat cells, stimulate collagen production, and improve naturally lost elasticity as we age. 
Shockwaves travel faster than the speed of sound.  When these supersonic waves come in contact with the skin, they create pressure released in short pulses. This pressure helps break up the fibrous bands connected to the skin and underlying tissue, which causes the appearance of cellulite. While there is no cure for cellulite, high-energy radial shockwave therapy can help to reduce its appearance and improve your skin’s overall quality. 
What are the Benefits of Zwave for Cellulite?
When you use ZWave for cellulite, you will benefit from:
- Reduced cellulite dimpling in the buttock, thighs, and stomach
- Increased lymphatic circulation
- Increased blood flow
- Increased collagen production
After treatment, your skin will appear smoother and more youthful because of the increased collagen production.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a protein found in the skin, bones, and connective tissues. It is the most abundant protein in the human body and makes up about 75% of the skin’s dry weight.  Collagen fibers provide strength and structure to the skin, helping it to resist stretching and sagging. The collagen molecule comprises three chains of amino acids that are twisted together to form a triple helix.  This dense structure gives collagen strength – the human body is the most incredible architect!
However, as we age, our bodies produce less collagen, leading to wrinkles and other signs of aging. Fortunately, there are many ways to boost collagen production. By increasing collagen levels, we can help to keep our skin looking youthful and radiant.
Candidates for Cellulite Treatment
Zwave treatment is a popular choice for those looking to reduce the appearance of cellulite. But who is a good candidate for this treatment? Generally, healthy individuals with moderate cellulite are good candidates for Zwave treatment. The treatment is not recommended for those with severe cellulite or health conditions that could make the treatment risky, such as:
- People with heart conditions or pacemakers
- Pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding
- People with prior cosmetic procedures in the treatment area
If you are considering Zwave treatment for cellulite, set up a consultation with Dr. Allen and her knowledgeable staff. We can help ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. If we determine that Zwave treatment is not suitable for you at this time, Allen Aesthetic Surgery will try to find a treatment that will help you achieve your aesthetic goals. We offer many solutions to combat aging and increase the overall beauty of patients in Raliegh, NC, and the surrounding area. So give us a call today!
Personal Consultation with Dr. Allen
A consultation with Dr. Allen allows you to speak directly with a knowledgeable cosmetic surgeon who can answer all your questions about this cutting-edge cellulite treatment. Dr. Allen wants you to feel comfortable in her hands, so she takes the time to listen to your cosmetic goals and answer your questions about this or any of the treatments offered at Allen Aesthetic Surgery. After your conversation, she will take note of your medical history and perform an examination of the area. If you are determined to be a good candidate, you will leave your consultation with a treatment plan, and you can look forward to a future with less cellulite! Schedule a consultation with Allen Aesthetic Surgery today to learn more about how Zwave can help address your moderate cellulite. You can schedule your 45-60 minute consultation ($75) by calling our Raleigh office at (919) 676-5052.
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Preparing for Your Zwave Procedure
The staff at Allen Aesthetic Surgery will help check you in on the day of your procedure. There is no need to feel nervous; most recipients experience no discomfort during their Zwave treatment. To prepare for your ZWave procedure, you will need to remove any clothing or jewelry that might be in the way of the device. You will also need to remove any lotions or oils from your skin. Next, we will clean the treatment area with an antiseptic solution and apply a gel to help the device move more smoothly over your skin. The device will then be placed on your skin and activated. You may feel a pulsing sensation as the waves pass through your body. The entire treatment session will last for about 10 minutes. Afterward, you can return to your normal activities. There is no downtime associated with ZWave treatment!
What are the Results of Zwave Treatment for Cellulite?
ZWave can provide long-lasting results paired with a healthy lifestyle and continued treatments. After the first two to three treatments, you will see noticeably smoother and tighter skin in the treatment area. You should schedule a series of treatments spaced a week or two apart for best results. Optimal results can be seen after six to twelve treatments. Dr. Allen will discuss the frequency you can expect to schedule touch-up maintenance sessions. Every person is different, so Dr. Allen will discuss your treatment timetable and the specifics of your case during your consultation.
No Downtime with Zwave Treatment
Although there is no downtime associated with ZWave treatment, you may experience temporary redness, swelling, and bruising. To minimize these side effects, follow the instructions of Dr. Allen. In addition, it is advised to avoid sun exposure and apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. These simple guidelines will help ensure you get the most out of your ZWave treatment.
Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
Once you see noticeable improvements in the appearance of cellulite on your thighs, buttock, and stomach, you may be ready to explore other aesthetic treatments. Allen Aesthetic Surgery offers a range of cosmetic procedures like Liposuction and Fat Transfer to volumize and fill out the body’s contours. Additionally, we offer many beautiful methods of creating a more youthful appearance on the face, including Fat Injection, Skin Rejuvenation, and much more. Dr. Allen has the solution for what vexes you! Check out our full menu of services and schedule an appointment when you are ready to learn more.
What is the Cost of Zwave Treatment in Raleigh, NC?
The cost of Zwave treatment is determined by the number of areas treated. Additionally, your price may change as you schedule the number of sessions that will bring optimal results. You will better understand the cost of treatment once you have completed an initial consultation. Then, our staff can provide a breakdown of your expected treatment costs. So don’t delay; banish cellulite today! Call (919) 676-5052 or fill out our online inquiry form to receive a return call.
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