Doctors have a new way to tackle the unsightly problem of cellulite. It's a tool that uses acoustic waves to produce a noticeable cosmetic result.
Technology that's been used to break up kidney stones and treat soft tissue sports injuries is now aimed at smoothing out nagging cellulite.
"So when female athletes were being treated for their soft tissue injuries, they were reporting that they were getting improvements in their cellulite," said Dermatologist Dr. Kimberly Finder.
Dr. Finder is the first in San Antonio to use what's called "Cellupulse" technology.
The idea is simple. Thousands of pulses of energy penetrating to an inch deepsoften up the harden connective tissue that can cause bulging pockets of cellulite. It's not an overnight fix.
"Over a period of time, it's not an instant change, there will be an improvement in the appearance to the cellulite because we're altering the basic problem," said Dr. Finder.
Cellupulse consists of eight treatments over four weeks of less than 30 minutes a session.
Doctors who like it say the results are more predictable than previous cellulite treatments.
Dr. Finder has used Cellupulse on a handful of patients over the past month, with good early success.
"I've been very happy and impressed with what I'm seeing. So I think it was worth taking that leap and adding it to our repertoire of what we can offer patients," explained Dr. Finder.
Dr. Finder says it may take up to three months for patients to see the full results of Cellupulse. Patients may need maintenance sessions in nine months to a year
The cost ranges from $450 to $2,000.