AWT for cellulite and fat reduction: not "statistically significant", meaning "it doesn't work"
- A recently published study on the effectiveness of acoustic wave therapy (AWT) concluded that the application of either the radial and planar form of this technology reduced fat but the change was not statistically significant, i.e. it was so small it could be a statistical error. Non-statistical changes usually refer to a change of 1-2%, which basically mean that the treatment practically does not work.
- This finding correlates well to the results of our extensive assessment of acoustic wave therapy almost 10 years ago.
- That was long before this technology became famous after a misleading PR marketing campaign by "a leading medi-spa" here in London, that specialises in selling miracles to it's customers.
- After a month of applying the treatment on several of our customers (for several sessions each), the results were "nil". Being honest to our clientele, after the trial, we returned the machines and continued providing our normal treatments (we tried two different AWT machines, one planar and one radial, both the best in the industry).
- Unfortunately, uninformed people still try to use a technology designed to treat hard tissues (bones, tendons and ligaments), in order to treat the softest tissues of all, fat and cellulite. It beggars belief...
- Journal: Dermatologic Surgery
- Paper: A Randomized, Controlled Clinical Study to Investigate the Safety and Efficacy of Acoustic Wave Therapy in Body Contouring.
- Abstract: BACKGROUND: There is an increased demand for the reduction of localized adipose tissue by noninvasive methods. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the safety and efficacy of noninvasive lipolysis of excess adiposities overlying the lateral thigh region using acoustic wave therapy (AWT). This study incorporates 2 mechanical waves with varying properties in the same session: radial and planar AWT. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The treatment was performed using AWT on the lateral thigh areas of 15 female patients. The study was performed using the planar and radial pulse handpieces, with 8 sessions performed within 4 weeks. Follow-up visits were performed 1, 4, and 12 weeks after the last treatment. RESULTS: Reduction in both thigh circumference and subcutaneous fat layer thickness, measured through ultrasound, was observed. CONCLUSION: This study demonstrates that AWT is safe and efficacious for the treatment of localized adiposities in the saddlebag area. However, the results obtained were not statistically significant. Larger studies will be needed to further assess the effects of AWT on thigh circumference reduction. Furthermore, the authors also found an improvement in the appearance of both cellulite and skin firmness after the treatments.
- Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25742559