Ultrasonic cavitation has become increasingly popular over the years, and for good reason! It is a painless way to tackle fat and cellulite and produces pretty amazing weight-loss results. Additionally, it is completely non-invasive, unlike liposuction.
But how exactly does it work? Put simply, ultrasonic cavitation is a weight-loss treatment that uses low-frequency sound waves to burst fat cells. And this may result in lost inches on the treated areas and a slimmer figure. But what exactly is ultrasonic cavitation? And how does it work?
What You Need To Know?
1. What is Ultrasonic Cavitation?
Cavitation is a non-invasive fat reduction treatment that uses ultrasound technology to reduce fat cells in targeted parts of the body. Basically, it’s a simple procedure that relies on sound waves to flush fat from the body instead of intensive surgery. Additionally, it’s a non-invasive procedure which means no needles or surgery.
Not to mention it has zero recovery time and is completely painless – often taking less than an hour. The session usually feels like a massage with a handheld device, and you can see a reduction of 1-4 cm’s with every session in the treated area.
2. How Does It Work?
During an ultrasonic cavitation procedure, machines target specific body areas with low-frequency sound waves and, in some cases, light suction. This process heats and vibrates the layer of fat cells below the skin’s surface. The pressure eventually causes the fat cells to liquefy and release their contents into the bloodstream.
Proponents of the procedure believe that the body is then able to process these fatty acids through its proverbial waste-disposal plant: the lymphatic system. The ultrasonic device is similar to that used in pregnancy scans, and it’s also applied with a specially designed cream.
3. The Benefits
One of the best parts about ultrasonic cavitation is that it’s safe, non-surgical, and requires no recovery time. That’s
what makes it such a great fat reduction treatment for those who don’t want to have a surgical procedure. Not to mention, it’s extremely effective! Here are some results you can expect to see after ultrasonic cavitation:
- Tightened skin and reduced cellulite (due to the production of new collagen and elastin fibers).
- Reduced circumference in the treated area (due to fat-cell release).
- An overall contoured appearance (due to a combination of the benefits listed above).
Not a weight loss treatment
Ultrasonic cavitation is a circumferential reduction procedure. This means that you won’t be able to measure your success by how much fatty tissue you’ve lost, but instead by how many inches you’ve shrunk in your treatment area. In other words, it won’t provide the same fat removal power as liposuction, but it might help you slim down those love handles or upper arms.
Generally speaking, circumferential reduction is enough for people who just want to smooth, tighten, and tone a specific body area.
What to expect from your ultrasonic cavitation treatment
For best results, most patients require between 10 and 12 treatments in-office treatments, but many see up to one to 2 inches (5 cm) of circumference reduction after only five treatments. Each treatment session lasts for around 30 to 50 minutes.
To get the most out of your treatments, doctors recommend drinking water, maintaining a healthy diet, and exercising regularly in-between sessions. In fact, it’s important that patients drink at least 3 pints (1.5 L) of water before and after ultrasonic cavitation treatments in order to help the body expel the fatty acids.
You will probably be instructed to follow a low-calorie, low-carb diet for at least a day before the procedure, which will help you better burn fatty acid during the treatment and just after.
For many patients, a solution that offers long-term results is worth the extra money and time. Doctors who perform ultrasound liposuction say that the fat cells treated with low-frequency sound waves won’t return, so they do provide a permanent effect. Still, it’s important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise to keep the fat off.
Anyone with a pacemaker, a cardiac or vascular disease, or another serious condition may not be eligible from this treatment. Due to the potential for metabolic harm in the cavitation process, people with diabetes should avoid ultrasonic cavitation.
Leaving it to the professionals
Seeking out advice from an experienced medical practitioner is the only way to ensure that you undergo the procedure that’s best suited to your needs. The first step in your body contouring journey should be to find a board-certified plastic surgeon that you can trust.
1.Does CoolSculpting actually work on your stomach?
It’s understandable that you want to stick to a non-invasive procedure. As it stands, CoolSculpting is the only FDA-approved non-surgical fat reduction treatment. It is used to eliminate body fat and can be used on many parts of the body, including the upper and lower abdomen.
The CoolSculpting procedure makes use of technology known as Cryolipolysis, which works by freezing and killing fat cells. Fat cells have a higher freezing point than your other body tissue, which means the CoolSculpting machine can specifically target fat cells without damaging the nerves, skin, and blood vessels surrounding the treatment area.
Many people experience good results removing stubborn fat from their abdomen and reshaping their love handles using CoolSculpting. In my experience, you can expect to lose about 20% of the fat in the treatment area. It’s also worth noting that you won’t see the results immediately as it takes some time for the body to process and eliminate the dead fat cells. This may take a few months, but the results can be permanent provided you’re able to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle in the years following your CoolSculpting treatment. Unlike more invasive surgical procedures, there's almost no downtime involved with CoolSculpting, so you can resume your regular activities the same day.
There are, however, some side effects to be aware of. Many patients experience some bloating for a few days after their CoolSculpting procedure, but this typically resolves itself within two weeks. Be sure to consult your plastic surgeon if symptoms persist.
In regard to your final question, there are a few other non-invasive treatments that can be used to remove unwanted fat from the abdomen. For example, you could use SculpSure and truSculpt, both of which, in contrast to CoolSculpting, rely on the use of heat to destroy fat cells. And there is also Liposonix, which uses ultrasound energy to target stubborn fat deposits. There are many factors dictating which modality will best suit your needs, so I urge you to see a board-certified plastic surgeon to help you make your decision.
2.Does Ultrasonic Cavitation Liposuction Work?
You’re right to be skeptical as there are many types of liposuction that come to market with lots of hype but little substance. Ultrasonic liposuction (also known as VASER Liposelection) does offer some real advantages for certain patients and certain types of fat cells.
Ultrasonic liposuction is thought to show better results than traditional liposuction when working with fibrous type fat. This kind of fat is more common on the back and sides, so the advantages of ultrasonic liposuction for body sculpting will somewhat depend on your specific situation.
In my experience ultrasonic liposuction results in a lower risk of injury to blood vessels, as well as the surrounding nerves and tissue. Whether or not it’s right for you is something that would have to be assessed during a consultation.
3.Will I have Scars From Liposuction?
Liposuction is a very popular body contouring plastic surgery which requires incisions to be made. There is no way to perform liposuction without incisions, and there is no way to make an incision without creating scar tissue.
Small liposuction cannulas (microcannulas) allow plastic surgeons to make extremely small incisions, however, and these incisions can be carefully located in discrete areas in order to make them hard to see.
Judging from the photograph you included, it looks as though this patient just recently underwent liposuction. Discoloration (dyschromia) of the tissue is normal immediately following the procedure. Over time, scars will form, and usually fade to match the color of the surrounding skin.
Liposuction is one of the world's most popular cosmetic procedures. For the majority of patients, their scars will eventually heal to the point of being inconspicuous or close to invisible.
4.How can I get rid of my side flabs after breast reduction?
It could be that you had indications of excess fat under your armpits prior to breast reduction but it wasn't noticeable due to the weight of your breasts. You should check with a few board-certified plastic surgeons to determine the best cosmetic procedures for attacking your issue and getting rid of what is generally referred to as bra bulge.
The bulge you see may be due to excess or accessory breast tissue or loose skin, or could be caused by other potential issues. Cosmetic surgery to reduce the bulge is one popular method of addressing this problem and typically includes liposuction and/or removal of excess skin in the upper arm area. There are also a few non-invasive methods available.
You mentioned that you haven't gained weight since your breast reduction, and you've likely upped your workout routine and may even have tried some online products or exercises to get rid of the excess skin exposed when you wear a tank top, sleeveless shirt, or something similar. Here's a quick overview of some of the more popular procedures.
As I mentioned earlier, liposuction is one way to treat this issue. Performed under anesthesia, liposuction uses a small tube called a cannula to drain excess fat from the area. There are several ways that the fat is broken up prior to removal. You'll need to check with the surgeons you meet with to determine which method they favor.
Another popular method for reducing armpit fat is an arm lift. This procedure involves the removal of the excess tissue and fat deposits from the armpit area. When you meet with the doctor you’ve selected to perform the surgery, together you can decide on the target area. This will help determine whether you'll need to target the armpit area alone (a mini-arm lift), have a full lift performed, or a combination of liposuction with an arm lift.
One non-invasive method for fat removal in this area is CoolSculpting. Essentially, it is a body contouring procedure that targets specific areas with freezing temperatures that destroy fat cells. Note: you will not feel the freezing -- just some slight discomfort during the procedure -- as the process works below the skin. The results of CoolSculpting are not as dramatic as other, more traditional procedures, and will likely require several follow-up visits to your plastic surgeon's office before you see the desired results. It will also take several weeks for the fat to drain from your body naturally.
5.How much does CoolSculpting cost?
CoolSculpting and liposuction are two different procedures designed to reduce unwanted fat. To determine if you are good candidate for one procedure over the other is something you will need to discuss with a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure than can be performed under general anesthesia, local anesthesia, or under sedation (e.g. IV sedation). A plastic surgeon will make tiny incisions in your skin, and using a wand (called a cannula), will break up the fat deposits and suck them out. Post-op you will have some bruising and swelling like you would with any plastic surgery. You can use ice on the treated areas and should be able to resume your normal activities in a week or so.
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that can be done without anesthesia in the plastic surgeon's office. The procedure cools unwanted fat cells in the body to induce a natural, controlled elimination of fat cells. This reduces bulges in treated areas of the body without harming surrounding tissue. As with liposuction, it takes a few weeks to see the final results. Unlike liposuction, however, you may have to return for one or two more treatments to get the results you desire. As you’d imagine, recovery time for CoolSculpting is much less than liposuction.
The question of which one is less expensive ultimately comes down to the number of CoolSculpting treatments you will require in order to reach your cosmetic goals.