Zimmer (Z-Wave): Shock-Wave Therapy

What is the Zimmer Z Wave?

The Zimmer Z Wave constitutes the latest development in the treatment of cellulite. It uses soft pulse technology to enhance patient comfort. Mild, consistent sound wave therapy is delivered to the treatment area over a series of treatment sessions.

What is Zimmer Z-Wave?

The Z Wave is FDA cleared for the temporary reduction of the appearance of cellulite. Typical patient treatment time is 3-4 minutes per body zone. Patients may notice visible results after only 2-3 sessions. You may also use the Z Wave as an adjunct in Cryolipolysis™ treatments to enhance body contouring results.


What is the procedure for Zimmer Z-Wave?

If you’re a good candidate for Zimmer Z-Wave, we will schedule your first cellulite treatment. For 10-30 minutes, your Zimmer Z-Wave treatment will break up your unwanted cellulite and smooth out the appearance of your skin


When do you see results from Zimmer Z-Wave?

Patients may notice visible results after only 2-3 sessions. 


How long do results from Zimmer Z-Wave last?

Regular refresher sessions, exercise and a balanced nutrition, will ensure long-lasting results.


Is Zimmer Z-Wave treatment painful?

No, quite the contrary. Many patients say this treatment feels similar to a relaxing massage.


What are the Pros and Cons of Zimmer Z-Wave?


  • It may be both faster and more effective than manual massage after a fat-reduction procedure. 
  • Some doctors say the combination of CoolSculpting and ZWave improves the reduction of fat in a single treatment session by more than 10%, to up to 35%. 
  • It’s noninvasive, with no downtime (though if it’s used following surgical liposuction, you will have some downtime from that). 
  • It may be more comfortable than manual massage for both the patient and the staff, says Dr. Melda Isaac, a dermatologist in Washington, D.C., in a RealSelf Q&A.  
  • Doctors on RealSelf say that ZWave can be effective at smoothing cellulite and improving stretch marks, though maintenance treatments are needed.  


  • Doctors are split on the benefits of ZWave, and some say that manual massage is just as effective after CoolSculpting. 
  • You’ll have some discomfort with the treatment. 
  • If you’re using ZWave alone to treat cellulite or stretch marks, you may need up to 10 treatments to see optimal results.

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