About Ultrasonic Cavitation
Ultrasonic cavitation, or ultrasound cavitation, is a cosmetic procedure that’s used to break apart fat deposits in your body. The treatment claims to work as an effective, less invasive alternative to liposuction.
There are very few risks associated with this procedure, but that doesn’t mean that there are no side effects.
Bruising and pain are common short-term side effects, and some people have loose skin or dimples and waves in their skin after healing from this treatment.
Ultrasonic cavitation is advertised as being extremely convenient because recovery is minimal and side effects are rare.
The most time-consuming part of the process might be finding and consulting with a licensed, trained provider who has experience doing the treatment.
Ultrasonic cavitation is generally far less expensive than traditional liposuction. Costs vary according to the area you’re getting treated and whether you need repeated treatment sessions, national average is around $250–$350 per treatment. At Simply Amazing Spa we charge per 4 session package of treatment at only $499 for 4 sessions or $999 for 10 sessions and we recommend doing 2 sessions or more treatments per week.
This treatment varies in effectiveness, and more clinical trials are needed to have a clear understanding of how well it works. RF cavitation is a great non-surgical alternative to liposuction.
What is ultrasonic cavitation treatment?
Ultrasonic cavitation, also called ultrasonic lipolysis, is a body contouring treatment that is used to remove fat deposits under your skin.
This procedure is a safer alternative to surgical options, like liposuction. The treatment uses ultrasonic radio waves to break apart fat cells, which are then absorbed into your body by your lymphatic system.
Ultrasonic cavitation is different than other similar treatments, like ultrasound liposuction, because it doesn’t require any incisions. This means recovery is easier. It also means that results might be less noticeable.
The ideal candidate for ultrasonic cavitation:
Ultrasonic cavitation is meant to target small areas of fat and help contour your body. It isn’t a treatment for people who are trying to lose a lot of weight.
The verdict is still out on how well ultrasound cavitation works. There’s promising evidence to suggest that this is an effective body contouring treatment.
If you’re considering this treatment for yourself, keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the costs, side effects, procedure, recovery time, and more.
How does ultrasonic cavitation work?
Ultrasonic cavitation relies on ultrasound technology to break apart fat cells.
Ultrasound waves are sent deep into the layers of your skin, causing a disruptive vibration. Fat cells then break apart from each other and are dislodged from your dermal layers.
After a few days, the fat cells are absorbed by your lymphatic system and drained as waste from your body.
It’s difficult to tell how effective this treatment is, but recent research is promising.
A study in 2019 (source heralthline) tested the effectiveness of ultrasonic cavitation for 50 women who were considered medically overweight. Half of the women simply followed a low-calorie diet, while the other half had the low-calorie diet with radiofrequency and ultrasound body contouring procedures. After 5 weeks, the women who had been given ultrasonic cavitation showed a reduction in body fat mass. Interestingly, they didn’t lose more weight than the other group — they simply lost body fat.
Another study followed 30 individuals who were all given ultrasonic cavitation body contouring treatment. Participants all saw a reduction in body fat mass after three treatments. The treated body fat area was reduced in size by one to three centimeters at the conclusion of the study. This study also showed that study participants didn’t lose weight – they just lost fat.
What happens during an ultrasonic cavitation session?
The procedure for ultrasonic cavitation is pretty straightforward.
On the day of your appointment, your doctor may ask you to undress in private and put on a paper gown, depending on the area of your body that you’re treating.
Your doctor may sterilize the area of your treatment using alcohol. Using a handheld ultrasound device, they’ll slowly go over the target area of your body.
You may feel a warm sensation during the procedure and hear a buzzing from the ultrasound machine. Treatments typically take between 40 minutes to an hour.
Targeted areas for ultrasonic cavitation
T his treatment is most effective at reducing fat in “fibrotic” places in your body, which include the back and chest area.
Ultrasonic cavitation is also frequently performed on the:
Ultrasonic cavitation side effects
Ultrasonic cavitation is considered a low-risk treatment for most people. Common side effects include:
In some cases, the skin won’t absorb the fat evenly after it breaks down. Lumps, bumps, and valleys on your skin can appear after ultrasonic cavitation treatment.
These skin irregularities may be resolved by follow-up treatments.
What to expect after ultrasonic cavitation
After ultrasonic cavitation, you should be able to stand up and drive yourself home.
Pain and bruising are usually minimal. You’ll be instructed to hydrate as much as possible after the procedure to help your body flush the fatty cells through your lymphatic system.
But don’t expect to see results right away. Right after your appointment, your body might feel puffy or swollen. It takes time for your body to break down and dissolve the fat cells that have been dislodged.
You may also require repeated treatments to see visible results. Most candidates for this treatment see their final result within 6 to 12 weeks. On average, treatment requires 1 to 3 visits for visible results.
Results of this treatment are permanent, as long as you maintain a healthy diet and exercise. If you have a sedentary lifestyle, fat deposits may return to areas that have been treated.
Minimum of 4 to 8 sessions less then 7 days apart are advised for good results.