The Skinny on Ultrasound Cavitation for Fat Loss


Text by: Jevrice Mariano

Despite the convenience cavitation presents, there are some things patients must know before deciding to have the treatment done. For this section, we will shine a light on the facts regarding ultrasound cavitation for weight loss.

  1. MYTH: You can walk into the clinic and easily undergo ultrasound cavitation from your trusted aesthetician. 
    FACT: A physician’s advice is needed before having ultrasound cavitation for fat loss. Even if the process is relatively short, it is your physician’s duty to walk you through the steps and what you can expect from the session(s).
  2. MYTH: Ultrasound cavitation for fat loss is risky and not recommended by authorities.
    FACT: Ultrasound cavitation for fat loss process is non-invasive and non-surgical, so it is relatively safe. In the Philippines, aesthetic centers and derm clinics have started using it sometime in 2010. It has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration since 2007 but has been in development since the late 1980’s. Adipose (fat) is the only cell affected in the process, leaving the surrounding tissues intact.
  3. MYTH: Because the treatment is non-invasive, one can undergo cavitation every day.
    FACT: At most, one can have the next treatment after three days. The treated body parts need some time to recover. Mild swelling and discomfort in the treated area may be expected. Doctors advice application of cold packs for 10-15 minutes every hour for the next four hours when this happens.
  4. MYTH: Ultrasound cavitation is a substitute for exercise.
    FACT: Though the procedure is very fitting, it is not magic. Doctors recommend that the patients maintain an appropriate workout routine to support the weight loss. Exercise, a healthy diet and lifestyle are highly recommended to keep the unwanted weight off and maintain the wonderful results.

Cavitation is not for the following:

  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Those with heart pacemakers
  • Patients who have compromised liver function, bleeding tendencies, epilepsy, acute illness, cancer and inflamed body parts

Tip: After the treatment, the patient must engage in cardiovascular exercises for half an hour and refrain from alcoholic beverages in the next 48 hours.

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