Acoustic Shockwave Therapy

The acoustic shockwave treatment delivers pain free, high-energy radial soundwaves that stimulate collagen formation, as well as an increase in both lymphatic drainage and blood circulation. With a series of six to ten treatments, patients can expect to see a one-grade improvement in the appearance of their cellulite. In addition, the system is frequently used as an adjunctive therapy to improve the results of body contouring, liposuction / non-invasive lipolysis, cellulite reduction, scar tissue relief and other aesthetic procedures.

There is no pain during or after treatment, and outcomes can be observed after even one treatment.

“My scar was tethering my skin down to my muscle, and after one treatment, the skin was free!”

– Mary, 37 year old female from San Diego, CA

Acoustic Shockwave Therapy FAQs:

What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave Therapy, also known as Acoustic Wave Therapy (AWT), sends pressure waves to to the lower layers of skin tissue through a series of pulses.

The pressure waves help boost collagen production and relax stiff connective-tissue fibers.

What is it used for?

Shockwave Therapy can be used for a variety of treatments such as:

  • Treat urinary incontinence / leakage
  • Treat cellulite and musculoskeletal pain
  • Promote smoother results after liposuction or other procedures
  • Treat female sexual arousal disorder

What are some benefits to Shockwave Therapy?

  • Non-surgical, non-invasive treatment and doesn’t require any downtime.
  • Typically pain-free, and can be adjusted if you feel uncomfortable.
  • Quick. Each sessions lasts roughly 30 minutes.
  • Results may last up to a year.

What is Shockwave Therapy for Urinary Incontinence / Leakage?

Shockwave therapy works as an urinary incontinence / leakage treatment by decreasing bladder overactivity, eliminating urinary incontinence, and improving stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms.

Does shockwave help with cellulite?

In a 2019 shockwave cellulite study, researchers found a significant reduction in cellulite in both the buttocks and posterior thighs even three months after the treatments.

How does shockwave therapy work on cellulite?

It weakens fibrous tissues right under the surface of the skin
It reduces swelling caused by poor lymph fluid flow throughout the skin
It may influence the stem cells found in fat tissue to regenerate healthier, more youthful skin
It improves blood circulation to support new, healthier cells.

How effective is it?

A 2017 review of 12 articles revealed that acoustic shockwaves provided significant effects on the biological tissue, which led to the “restructuring of skin properties and subcutaneous tissue,” thus improving the aspects of cellulite and localized fat. Read more here.

Results may vary. Please consult with us before booking an appointment.

Scientific Studies

“Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Ameliorates the Overactive Bladder: A Prospective Pilot Study” by Yung-Chin Lee, Shu-Mien Chuang, and more.

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“The Effect of Low Intensity Extracorporeal Low Energy Shockwave Therapy on Stress Urinary Incontinence and Overactivity Bladder” by Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital.

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“Therapeutic effects of Low intensity extracorporeal low energy shockwave therapy (LiESWT) on stress urinary incontinence” by Cheng-Yu Long, Kun-Ling Lin, and more.

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Facial Tightening Effects, Following Focused and Radial Acoustic Wave Therapy Assessment, Using a Three‐Dimensional Digital Imaging
Kimura K., Tanaka Y.
Lasers Surg Med. 2020 Nov 19.
PMID: 33211338
Facial treatment with acoustic wave therapy for improvement of facial skin texture, pores and wrinkles
Adatto MA; Adatto-Neilson RM.
J Cosmet Dermatol. 2020;00:1–5.
PMID: 32090488
Effects of the extracorporeal shock wave therapy on the skin: an experimental study
de Lima Morais TM, Meyer PF, de Vasconcellos LS, E Silva JC, E Andrade IF, de Farias VAF, da Silva IC, Araújo RMFG, da Silva RMV, Pacheco EF, Soares CD.
Springer-Verlag London Ltd., part of Springer Nature 2018
PMID: 30109536 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Acoustic wave therapy for cellulite, body shaping and fat reduction.
Hexsel, D; Camozzato, FO; Silva, AF; Siega, C.
J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2017 Jun;19(3):165-173.
PMID: 27997260 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Extracorporeal Acoustic Wave Therapy and Multiple Symmetric Lipomatosis
Carlotta Scarpa, MD, PhD; Vincenzo Vindigni, MD, PhD; Franco Bassetto, MD.
Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2015 Jun; 3(6): e430.
PMCID: PMC4494500 [Indexed for MEDLINE]
A randomized, controlled clinical study to investigate the safety and efficacy of acoustic wave therapy in body contouring.
Nassar, AH; Dorizas, AS; Shafai, A; Sadick, NS.
Dermatol Surg. 2015 Mar;41(3):366-70.
PMID: 25742559 [Indexed for MEDLINE]
Cellulite and focused extracorporeal shockwave therapy for non-invasive body contouring: a randomized trial.
Knobloch, K; Joest, B; Krämer, R; Vogt, PM.
Dermatol Ther (Heidelb). 2013 Dec;3(2):143-55.
PMID: 24297647 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Placebo controlled, prospectively randomized, double-blinded study for the investigation of the effectiveness and safety of the acoustic wave therapy (AWT(®)) for cellulite treatment.
Russe-Wilflingseder, K; Russe, E; Vester, JC; Haller, G; Novak, P; Krotz, A.
J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2013 Jun;15(3):155-62.
PMID: 23688206 [Indexed for MEDLINE]
Body shaping with acoustic wave therapy AWT(®)/EPAT(®): randomized, controlled study on 14 subjects.
Adatto, MA; Adatto-Neilson, R; Novak, P; Krotz, A; Haller, G.
J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2011 Dec;13(6):291-6.
PMID: 21981441 [Indexed for MEDLINE]
Controlled, randomized study evaluating the effects of treating cellulite with AWT/EPAT.
Adatto, M; Adatto-Neilson, R; Servant, JJ; Vester, J; Novak, P; Krotz, A.
J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2010 Aug;12(4):176-82.
PMID: 20590369 [Indexed for MEDLINE]
Improvement in skin elasticity in the treatment of cellulite and connective tissue weakness by means of extracorporeal pulse activation therapy.
Christ, C; Brenke, R; Sattler, G; Siems, W; Novak, P; Daser, A.
Aesthet Surg J. 2008 Sep-Oct;28(5):538-44.
PMID: 19083577 [Indexed for MEDLINE]
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy ameliorates hindlimb ischemia in rabbits.
Oi, K; Fukumoto, Y; Ito, K; Uwatoku, T; Abe, K; Hizume, T; Shimokawa, H.
Tohoku J Exp Med. 2008 Feb;214(2):151-8.
PMID: 18285673 [Indexed for MEDLINE]
Extracorporeal shock waves: from lithotripsy to anti-inflammatory action by NO production.
Mariotto, S; Cavalieri, E; Amelio, E; Ciampa, AR; de Prati, AC; Marlinghaus, E; Russo, S; Suzuki, H.
Nitric Oxide. 2005 Mar;12(2):89-96.
PMID: 15740982 [Indexed for MEDLINE]
Anti-fibrosclerotic effects of shock wave therapy in lipedema and cellulite.
Siems, W; Grune, T; Voss, P; Brenke, R.
Biofactors. 2005;24(1-4):275-82.
PMID: 16403988 [Indexed for MEDLINE]


With over 20 years of experience, our team of certified medical providers and talented aestheticians pride themselves on delivering natural-looking aesthetic results with a concierge level of client care.

We are located in 3333 Camino del Rio South, Ste 205B, San Diego, CA 92108

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