What is cellulite?
Cellulite describes a condition that occurs mainly in women (up to 90%), although may occur in men as well, where the skin surface of the lower limbs, more frequently the thighs, hips and buttocks, but also abdomen and pelvic region becomes dimpled after puberty, due to fat accumulation in the subcutaneous tissue. It is known casually as “cottage cheese” or “orange peel” skin. It is not specific to overweight women although increased fatty tissue load will deteriorate the condition.
What is the reason of cellulite formation?
All skin tissue contains collagen and elastin fibers. The collagen is a fibrous protein that gives skin its specific structure and strength. That same collagen forms a series of fat-storing compartments (septae) within the skin which, when functioning normally, provide structural support and insulation. However, further to several hormonal processes occurring after puberty, if those compartments become over-full and rigid, the septae can’t keep the excess fat anymore. The septae bend or break and the fat bulges out towards the surface of the skin, developing non- esthetic lumps on the skin. Rapid weight loss and gain, poor hydration are also contributing factors, while genetics are probably the most significant factor of all.
Is there a way to prevent cellulite?
There is no way to prevent the development of cellulite, however maintaining a healthy life style such as regular sportive activity, having a balanced nutrition and keeping a high hydration level at all times will help to ameliorate the existing cellulite appearance.
What is Slimspec?
Slimspec is a professional system specially designed for cellulite and body firming treatments based on Acoustic Radial Waves Therapy (ARWT). Slimspec treatments can be performed on the cellulite affected areas such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, or buttocks.
What is Acoustic Waves Therapy?
Acoustic Radial Waves are unfocused low pressure acoustic waves created by an electromagnetic ballistic mechanism. The waves are penetrating the tissue affecting a large treatment area simultaneously. The Acoustic Radial waves have a very similar biological effect to extracorporeal shockwaves, which are well known in the Urology field (extracorporeal lithotripsy), Cardiology (extracorporeal shockwave for myocardial revascularization-ESMR) and Orthopedics (ESWT). The Acoustic Radial soft wave, usually used in Physiotherapy treatments, Pain Management and Sport Medicine, was successfully adapted to the clinical requirements of cellulite therapy.
What are the medical indications of the Acoustic Radial Wave Therapy?
Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs, Tennis Elbow, Bursitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Trigger Point Therapy, Jumpers Knee, Osteoarthritis etc.
How does Slimspec work?
The treatment generates an instant reaction of a butterfly-like effect. The body responds to the Acoustic Radial wave by increasing metabolic activity around the site of the treated area. This stimulates and accelerates the neovascularization process and induces the formation of the collagen fibers in the skin connective tissue. The tissue drainage becomes more effective so the fluids and the toxins retained within the fat cells are being released and drained by the lymphatic system.
How does the impact of the pressure wave help to tighten skin? What is the impact of an Acoustic Radial wave on collagen formation?
The pressure wave through deep massage reduces the tissue oedema which is one of the initial phenomena of the Cellulite. Reduction of oedema causes less puffiness of the skin. In addition, due to the oedema, there is an elevation of toxins in the skin tissue which induces degeneration of collagen fibers that hold the fatty chambers. By reducing the toxins, through reduction of oedema, there is less damage to the collagen fibers, thus, less degeneration and tighter holding of the skin. Moreover, there is evidence of enhanced collagen synthesis as a result of Acoustic Radial wave treatment.
Which are the benefits of Slimspec treatment?
- Gradual smoothening of skin’s surface with a noticeable reduction in cellulite
- Increased firmness and lifting of the skin
- Circumferential reduction of 1 – 3 cm
How many treatments are needed for significant cellulite reduction?
The recommended protocol is twice per week for 6 weeks and one maintenance treatment each 3 months thereafter. The Slimspec treatments are comfortable and relaxing, with each treatment lasting approximately 20 minutes. Once the treatment is over, the patient can return to normal activities without delay.
What can you expect with Slimspec cellulite reduction treatment?
After the patient initial evaluation, the professional caregiver should convey agree with the patient upon realistic expectations of the treatment, according to the cellulite level at the starting point, Body Mass Index (BMI)and general skin condition. Although individual results may differ, within six weeks most treated patients will observe a significant improvement of cellulite condition and the skin will improve its elasticity and firmness. At 3- and 6- month follow-ups, the skin elasticity will be completely restored.
How much does Slimspec treatment cost?
The cost of Slimspec treatments varies per person. Slimspec treatment price is based on: patient response to the treatment, degree of cellulite and BMI level.
Is Slimspec treatment safe?
Yes, the treatment is safe and there are no reported side effects. Being unfocused, the amount of wave energy decreases proportional to the penetration depth, so no harm is being induced to any internal organ.
Can Slimspec be used for the treatment of pacemaker patients? How high in the upper abdomen can we treat without posing a problem in patients with heart condition?
There is no reason to refrain from treating a patient with cellulite due to the existence of a pacemaker. The electromagnetic effect on the pacemaker does not damage its function, but rather the theoretical direct mechanical insult to the pacemaker or its electrodes, should the Slimspec hit directly on it. Therefore it’s important to keep away from the pacemaker and electrode and to know in advance their exact location in order to keep things safe.
Does the ballistic pressure from the Acoustic Radial wave "push" the Slimcream into the skin?
By deeply massaging the Slimcream into the skin, Slimspec assists in enhancing the affectivity of the active ingredients of the cream e.g. Caffeine, Horse Chestnut etc.