A new cellulite treatment works like a pain-free jackhammer.
A technology that was once used to remove kidney stones and later found to ease muscle and joint pain is now smoothing cellulite. Female athletes showed a marked improvement in the appearance of their thighs after several treatments with Acoustic Wave Therapy, a deep-tissue vibration device that works like a tiny jackhammer and targets the bunched-up fibrous walls that form cellulite. “It breaks fiber by shattering it with vibration,” says Bill J. Johnson, a doctor who uses the method at his Innovations MedSpa in Dallas. “If you have great muscle tone but you still have dimpling, you’re the ideal candidate.” Recommended treatment is twice a week for four weeks (at a cost of about $1,500), with follow-ups every six months.