Ultrasound Cavitation for Cellulite: Does it Work?

 

After puberty, roughly 90 percent of women start to develop cellulite. Known for causing dimples in the skin, cellulite typically occurs on the lower limbs, stomach, arms and bottom. It takes place when fibrous tissue in the skin allows fat to poke through toward the skin surface. This results in an orange peel or cottage cheese like texture. It was first noted in the 1920s and was referenced in Vogue magazine by the 1960s.

Ultrasound Cavitation: What is it?

One of the latest developments in the treatment of cellulite is ultrasound cavitation. Extremely effective, it can reduce cellulite and fat on the body. This technique uses machines that are able to direct high energy waves. Once these waves hit the body, they create micro bubbles that are comprised of vapor. These bubbles occur within the fat tissue and among interstitial liquid. Called the cavitation effect, this technique causes the interstitial liquid to transition between several phases. It starts to expand and contract. Before long, fat cells implode and the water and fat within them is released into the body’s tissue. This liquid and fat is then absorbed and processed out of the body by the liver. Essentially, it causes fat to be consumed and removed by the body.

This technique is effective at removing fat and reducing cellulite. It has also been used to tighten the skin and improve body physique. Since it was created, it has been used by dermatologists and medspas across the world.

Is it Safe?

Ultrasound cavitation is extremely safe. During treatment, the process is comfortable and completely painless. Once the fat is released, some patients have noticed that they feel warmer or unwell temporarily. This is due to the release of thermal energy and detoxification of the body. Even though cavitation is extremely effective, women should still eat a high fiber, healthy diet. Drinking water will help the liver to metabolize fat and ensure that the procedure is successful. In addition, diet and exercise will help ensure that the procedure is not needed again.

Although side effects are rare, the most common symptoms are swelling or redness in the treated area. These side effects normally go away within a couple of days or weeks. Some people may notice more urine after treatment due to the release of toxins and waste by the body. In addition, individuals may have drier skin following their treatment. This may last for a few days and can be reduced using lotions that contain aloe vera. In general, most people can resume their normal life as soon as the treatment is complete. If there are symptoms, individuals should always discuss their concerns with a doctor or qualified medical professional.

Is Ultrasound Cavitation Effective?

Studies have shown that ultrasound cavitation is extremely effective at reducing cellulite. It can be used to remove fat and provide body shaping. Once fat is removed, the skin starts to snap back to its original form. Ultrasound has been used to treat tissue injuries like tendonitis, muscle sprains and bursitis. It has also been shown to help with conditions like pain, motion problems, spasms and inflammation.

How Does it Work?

Using an ultrasound machine, the clinician will make strokes and circles on the part of the body affected by cellulite. Often, an anti-inflammatory gel or cream will also be used. The machine uses high frequency sound waves to target the cellulite and vibrate tissues. This penetrates deeply within the tissues and draws blood toward the area. Immediately, the tissue begins to recover and release fat. In general, this process takes only a few minutes and is completely painless.

For a complementary procedure, women can always try out slim plastering. This alternative treatment is used to improve the appearance of the skin and reduce cellulite or stretch marks. At the office, the affected area is covered in plaster. Afterward, they can go about their daily routine for four hours before they return to the office to have the plaster removed. The plaster bandages use horse chestnut, gotu kola extract, algae, pineapple enzymes and a range of ingredients to promote the removal of cellulite.

Contraindications and Frequency

Typically, individuals need six to ten treatments to achieve the best results. Between each ultrasound cavitation treatment, the individual must wait three days so that the body has time to eliminate fats. The number of sessions required depends on the treatment area and the individual’s body type. Normally, a clinician and patient will have a consultation first to determine how many treatments are necessary.

Before using any treatment, individuals have to provide their doctor or clinician with a full medical history. Pregnant women and epileptics should avoid using ultrasound cavitation. In addition, people with an infection, cancer, pacemaker or diabetes should not use this treatment. Individuals on blood thinning medicine or who have a metal implant in the treatment area should not use ultrasound cavitation.

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Expert Author : Kathy Mitchell (Consumer Health Digest)

Kathy Mitchell is a journalist and web content specialist covering a range of health topics, from breaking health news and fitness to health issues and regulation of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and nutrition.