Ultrasonic cavitation is a cosmetic procedure used to break down fat deposits in the body. It is a safe alternative to surgical options such as liposuction. It is performed with an ultrasonic cavitation machine that uses radio waves to break down fat cells that are absorbed into the body via the lymphatic system. It claims to function as an effective and minimally invasive alternative to liposuction.
Ultrasonic Cavitation Before And After
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What Is Ultrasonic Cavitation
Ultrasonic cavitation differs from other similar treatments such as liposuction in that it does not require an incision. This means that recovery is much easier. It also means that the results are more visible sooner on.
The procedure is designed to target small areas of fat to improve the contour of your body. Ideal candidates for an ultrasound cavitation should have good overall health, should not smoke and should have a realistic expectation as the target weight.
It is not a treatment for people who are trying to lose a lot of weight. If you are considering an ultrasound cavitation yourself, read on to learn everything you need to know about the procedure, side effects, recovery time and more.
Ultrasonic Cavitation Machine
Ultrasonic cavitation is based on ultrasound technology to break down fat cells using an ultrasonic machine. Ultrasonic waves are sent through the skin layers and cause disturbing vibrations. Some fat cells break off, while others disappear from the skin layers. After a few days, the fat cells are absorbed by the lymphatic system, which drains waste from the body.
Does Ultrasonic Cavitation Work?
It is difficult to say exactly how effective this treatment is, but recent research is promising. A small study in 2019 tested the effectiveness of ultrasound cavitation on 50 women who were considered overweight. Half of the women ate a low-calorie diet and the other half had a radiofrequency ultrasound of their body contours before the procedure. After 5 weeks, the women showed a reduction in body fat mass.
Not only did they lose more weight than the other groups, but they lost body fat. After treatment, the body fat area was reduced by one to three centimetres at the end of the study. Participants noticed a reduction in body fat mass after all three treatments.
What To Expect
The procedure is quite straightforward, fast and very easy to get in and out of.
On the day of your appointment, your clinician will ask you to change into a paper gown or underwear, depending on the area of your body in which you are treated. They will then sterilize the area with alcohol. With a portable ultrasound device, they go in and target an area of your body. During the procedure you will feel a warm feeling and hear the hum of the ultrasound cavitation machine. The treatment can last between 40 minutes and one hour.
Ultrasonic cavitation should not be used solely as a weight loss treatment. However, it can reduce the body’s fat deposits, which are harder to get rid of with exercise. This can improve body shape and contours and reduce girth. It is also good at reducing cellulite.
Rapid weight loss after other treatments can lead to sagging skin, including loose skin from previous weight loss efforts. Due to the firming effect of ultrasound cavitation on skin and muscle tissue, it makes for a better alternative to rapid treatments. The results depend on the state of the eliminated fat, including whether it is as dense as it once was. You can expect a fat loss of 1-2 inches after the first treatment and a loss of up to 2 additional inches in subsequent treatments. The results are immediately visible, but the entire process takes several days, and peak results are visible within 72 hours of treatment.
Ultrasonic Cavitation Risks
Ideal candidates for this treatment are those who are in good health but have areas of stubborn fat that are difficult to get rid of with exercise or diet alone. However, with every procedure there may be some added risks, in this case the risks are mainly with people who have preexisting condition.
Conditions that can be influenced by ultrasound cavitation include:
- recent surgeries
- current infections
- infectious diseases
- a weakened lymphatic system
- serious health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, epilepsy, hypertension, hemophilia or tuberculosis.
Patients should not be pregnant or breastfeeding or take anticoagulants, have pacemakers or other metal implants. If you are not sure if you are a good candidate for this procedure, consult your doctor.
Ultrasonic Cavitation Side Effects
Ultrasonic cavitation is a relatively safe procedure with few risks. Side effects are rare. It is a quick non-invasive procedure that does not require a lot of technical expertise, but it is wise to find an experienced provider to ensure the best results and to avoid risks (read more above).
It is painless and most people describe it as calming and relaxing. It carries some possible side effects, such as formation of lumps, bumps, ridges or indentations in the treated area. Some patients may experience slight bruising or redness, but these usually resolve themselves. If you have any concerns about possible side effects, discuss them with your doctor. Find an experienced provider who uses the latest equipment to ensure your safety.