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Shockwave for Cellulite

If you have dreaded cellulite that won’t budge, no matter what you try, then Skin Tech Clinic can help with Shockwave.

Our award-winning, latest 3D Lipo Shockwave technology helps you visibly and drastically smooth out your cellulite with a course of treatments. In some cases, it is completely eliminated in that area. The shockwave energy is very focused and the pressure encourages the breakdown of hard fibrous cellulite.

Shockwave Cellulite

How does it work?

Shockwave originated from the medical field where it was pioneered to break down kidney stones. Recent studies have shown that acoustic waves may stimulate the metabolic process and improve connective tissue elasticity. It works in four ways:

  1. The mechanical effect of the shockwave means that the connective tissue in the area is mobilised and flexed and so will loosen but also strengthen as shown in the diagram below. Elastin also becomes denser and so this improves skin flexibility and firmness.
  2. Shockwave increases blood flow to the area due to the high pressure of the treatment. This increased blood flow increases the size of the existing blood vessels as well as encouraging the creation of new ones (Neovascularisation). Better blood flow increases nutrients and oxygen to the area and so has long-term benefits in many ways.
  3. The vibration from the shockwave transfers to the muscles, resulting in the muscles resisting and contracting creating a toning effect similar to that of a power plate.
  4. helps lymphatic drainage for removal of broken down fats to drain away in the lymph to be processed out of the body.
Cellulite Skin

Cellulite is much more common in women due to the difference in the way our collagen and elastin fibres are structured.

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Lifestyle factors that affect cellulite

If you have cellulite – no doubt you’ve noticed it gets worse over time.  It rarely gets better unless you make huge lifestyle changes, such as:

  • Eating plenty of raw fruits and vegetables,
  • Dry body brushing,
  • Drinking lots of water,
  • Vigorous exercise,
  • Not being sedentary,
  • Not eating sugar
  • Not drinking too much caffeine
  • Not being overweight.

A combination of all these would certainly help over time and you should do what you can to help your body in these positive ways.

What does it feel like?

A pulsating strong massage from the device applicator head – see photo.

It has been described as not painful but only occasionally uncomfortable.

Are there any side effects?

The area will look red due to increased blood flow.

Occasionally there may be bruising but these bruises will be very small.

When will I see results?

Results are seen immediately and improve over the next 2-3 weeks.  These treatments build on themselves and you will see improvements each time.

Are the results permanent?

Results will be permanent or long-lasting as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercise.

It is good to see shockwave therapy as part of a bigger picture, where you are committed to becoming healthier, have good diet, don’t drink regularly to excess and take some regular exercise as well as ensuring your body is well hydrated to ensure cellulite is kept at bay but you can have more than one course of treatments in the year.

Is Shockwave suitable for me?

Most people can be treated with Shockwave therapy but we always recommend you have a consultation with a trained and experienced practitioner to discuss your concerns, expectations and medical background.

It is important you feel confident that you have chosen a treatment that is right for you.

You may have other areas of concern such as loose skin or cellulite, which we can also work on.  This will be discussed at consultation to make sure all your concerns are being treated.


If you have any of the following medical conditions, we would not be able to offer you shockwave therapy:

  • Pregnant or breast-feeding
  • Heart conditions or Pacemaker
  • Have or ever had Thrombosis or Thrombophlebitis
  • Have or ever had cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Auto-Immune conditions
  • Heavy water retention
  • Metal implant in the area.
  • Auto-immune conditions
  • Inflammation or infection of the area
  • Coagulation disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cortisone Therapy

Care advice

Drink 2 litres of water a day

Follow a healthy lifestyle

Exercise for 30 mins 2-3 times a week.

Before & After

4 treatments of cavitation celluilte reduction


We offer shockwave therapy either as a stand-alone treatment for eliminating cellulite or most commonly alongside inch loss Ultrasound Cavitation.

The following price table shows cellulite treatment prices for shockwave therapy only.

For Prices with cavitation with inch loss – please see Ultrasound cavitation page where shockwave is included in the price.

Treatment Price
10 mins cellulite treatment only (small area such as saddle bags) £50
20 mins cellulite only treatment £75
30 mins £100
6-10 sessions recommended – 1-2 times weekly
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Procedure Time
Procedure Time
10-30 minutes if used alone.
Duration of Results
Back to Work
Seen in – 1-3 weeks
Side Effects
Side Effects
Swelling, some small mild bruises may or may not appear.
Duration of Results
Duration of Results
Permanent with healthy lifestyle
Time Until Next Treatment
Next Treatment
2-3+ days. A course of 6-10 is recommended
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