Without a surefire way to eliminate cellulite, cosmetic physicians and their patients are turning to combination approaches, using devices, fillers and subcision. The approaches seem to be working enough to please consumers, as more than 80% of RealSelf users rate cellulite treatment as “Worth It.”
A new device to enter the cellulite treatment market is the Zimmer Z Wave. It uses soft pulse technology to deliver mild, consistent sound wave therapy over a series of treatment sessions. Results from the Z Wave FDA-cleared device include the temporary reduction of the appearance of cellulite.
Z Wave Treatment Details
Treating a body zone with the Z Wave generally takes from three to four minutes. Patients might see results after two or three sessions. With its 39 mm applicator head, the Z Wave transmits the radial shockwaves directly and precisely into the tissue. In addition to using Z Wave alone or in combination to address cosmetic concerns with cellulite, the device has been used as an adjunct to enhance CoolSculpting (Zeltiq/Allergan), liposuction and other body contouring and fat reduction treatments. The technology promotes angiogenesis, which reduces swelling, expedites lymphatic drainage and helps the body heal better and faster. Using it might result in skin tightening, according to press information.
Where the Z Wave Fits in the Cosmetic Practice
Gordon H. Sasaki, M.D., a plastic surgeon who practices in Pasadena, Calif., writes in an email to The Aesthetic Channel that he has used the Z Wave for about four years.
He uses it for non-invasive treatment of grade I cellulite; as a combined approach to achieve better adjunct results after CoolSculpting; and to treat irregularities after procedures such as liposuction, abdominoplasties and for submental irregularities after neck lifts, etc.
“The ideal patient is a patient without significant skin laxity with subdermal irregularities,” Dr. Sasaki writes.
The Z Wave is different than other devices because it is an acoustic percussive device, which is well controlled and can be tailored to the patient’s needs. That differentiates it from other sound wave percussive devices, according to the plastic surgeon.
Benefits of the Z Wave are that it is effective with minimal down time to the patient, and easy for the provider, as well as cost effective. There are minimal disposables. After a number of pulses, the hand piece will need to be replaced, he says.