Women are most commonly affected by cellulite due to the structure and anatomy of their subcutaneous septa compared to men. Particularly in women, fibrous septa are usually oriented, perpendicularly to the skin surface, creating large rectangular fat lobules.
Clinically, cellulite shows off with a surface relief alteration resulting in depression and raised areas leading to an irregular appearance, such as dimpled, orange peel, cottage cheese or mattress-like appearance of the area of interest, typically located over the thighs and buttocks but also on the legs, arms and abdomen.
Cellulite is a major aesthetic concern affecting approximately 90% of post-pubertal women worldwide. Numerous invasive and non-invasive treatments have been proposed, with variable efficacy. The objective of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a new microwaves platform, ONDA Coolwaves™ in the treatment of cellulite in the areas of the buttocks and posterior thighs.
Patients with cellulite on the buttocks and posterior thighs were enrolled in two Italian Centers. The treatment protocol consisted of 4 sessions of the ONDA Coolwaves™ at intervals of 30 days. Clinical evaluations and standardized digital photographs were performed before the first treatment, at 4 and at 8 weeks after the last treatment. To assess the severity of cellulite the cellulite severity scale was used.