Ultrasonic cavitation therapy is becoming one of the “revolutionary ways” to lose fat. Ultrasonic cavitation is an FDA-approved, non-invasive medical technology that uses ultrasonic waves to break down tissue. Before you get overjoyed, any reputable ultrasonic cavitation provider will be clear to tell you that it’s not a weight-loss method. Instead, it’s another tool working with diet, exercise, and just a generally healthy lifestyle to target stubborn areas of fat and improve your body tone in specific areas.
Ultrasonic cavitation is not a new technology however it’s just becoming more popular because of its greater use in the market. Most medspas have been providing the services for a while under their own names, like Cavi-Lipo or fat cavitation. Since it doesn’t have the same brand name as some of the other services like CoolScuplting or Emscuplt, it has sometimes gotten lost. The good news is that with the growth in popularity, treatment is becoming more accessible to everyone. There are even home machines for ultrasonic cavitation that you can purchase for home use.
How Ultrasonic Cavitation Therapy Works
Ultrasonic cavitation uses low-frequency sound waves to create a vibration in the targeted area. The sound waves cause micro bubbles of air to form and then expand. The microbubbles burst quickly, creating heat, water vapor (humidity), carbon dioxide, and other gases, which lead to the breakdown of body fat into its own energy source. In the days after your appointment, your body will naturally release fat cells through the lymphatic system over the following weeks.
The best results are usually seen three months after your final treatment and heavily depend on your other actions. You’ll more than likely lose inches however, if you’re concerned about loose skin, it won’t address that concern. And remember, it’s only one tool as part of your overall healthy lifestyle plan. To maintain the loss, you’ll need to continue working out and eating a low-fat, well-balanced diet.
What to Expect During Your Appointment
During an ultrasonic cavitation treatment in a provider’s office, you’ll get undressed and draped with a sheet or robe similar to a massage or other skincare service. The provider will then clean your skin and apply run the ultrasound machine over the targeted area for 15 – 30 minutes. After the treatment, you can return to your normal activities with no bruising, bleeding, scarring, or downtime. Most providers will suggest a series of several treatments spaced out to see the best results; however, every appointment should take no longer than an hour.
Is Ultrasonic Cavitation the same as Cool Sculpting?
While the non-invasive nature is similar, ultrasonic cavitation and CoolSculpting are two completely different treatments. The biggest physical difference between Ultrasonic Cavitation and CoolSculpting is the method used to kill the fat cells. With CoolSculpting treatment, the fat cells are actually being frozen, and it’s expected that you’ll have some discomfort from the procedure until your skin goes numb. Most patients don’t feel it’s unbearable, but you may experience some swelling and tenderness the days following your treatment. CoolSculpting has also been linked with cases of paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, which can leave patients with lumps after their treatment.
Another significant difference is the cost of the treatments. A series of ultrasonic cavitation treatments are usually significantly less in price than a series of CoolSculpting treatments. CoolScuplting is a brand-name treatment owned by one company, so you’re paying for much of their branding on it. The results have been similar in most studies, but ultrasonic cavitation does have fewer side effects. You’ll have to make the best choice for yourself.
The Differences Between Ultrasonic Cavitation and Liposuction
While ultrasonic cavitation might be called cavi-lipo, it doesn’t have much in common with liposuction other than they’re both used to reduce body fat. Here are the most significant differences between the two procedures.
- Price is going to jump out. Ultrasonic cavitation is going to be significantly cheaper than liposuction because it isn’t a medical procedure. It can be done in a medspa by a trained provider.
- Ultrasonic Cavitation is a non-invasive procedure with no cutting, bleeding, and very limited downtime. Liposuction is an invasive medical procedure that requires a medical doctor to make an incision into your body. Liposuction requires some form of anesthesia for pain relief, even if it’s conducted in a physician’s office or surgical center. There will be the removal of fat and blood from your body with a recovery period, swelling, and bandages.
- Ultrasonic Cavitation requires a series of treatments for the best results. At the absolute minimum, you can expect to participate in 3 sessions over a week. (More sessions will generally be recommended.) Liposuction is a one-time treatment, and while you’ll have some swelling in the initial days, you will have a good idea of your results immediately after your procedure.
Do Home Ultrasonic Cavitation Therapy Machines Work?
While I’m sure that home machines are effective in providing ultrasonic technology, I’m not sure that I’d personally try a home version of the ultrasonic cavitation machine and expect the same results. For one, I’m not trained in how to provide the optimal positioning of the machine. My other reason is that we know home machines usually aren’t as powerful as the in-office versions. Because it is such a relatively cost-effective and timely procedure in the office, I think it would be worth having the in-office experience and relaxation time that comes from having a med-spa treatment.
Is Ultrasonic Cavitation Worth It?
The research says that ultrasonic cavitation does make a difference with the inches that come off during the treatment, so I would certainly say it’s worth it. The only question to determine if it’s worth it is if you’re going to get the results you’d like. Make sure that you do your research and choose the best option for you.