Ultrasound Cavitation for Fat Reduction

28 June 2022
Dr. Raoul Novelli
Reviewed by Dr. Raoul Novelli
Written by Anastasia Lesnikova

    Are you left continually frustrated with your weight loss journey? From early morning gym classes, strict diet plans and additional supplements, you may feel like all the time and effort you invest is not producing the results you deserve. The relentless battle to stay in shape can have a detrimental effect on our mental health, especially when our stubborn body remains. However, you are not alone. On average, between 1 and 2 people in every 5 are desperate to lose their excess body fat. 

    The main two causes of our excess fat are general overindulgence and having a significantly imbalanced diet. In their most extreme cases, the extra fat that we carry as a result can lead to obesity and other serious health conditions. While we are happy to jump into the unknown of diet pills, additional supplements and extreme meal plans that we stumble across on the internet, many people are yet to discover the incredible results of non-invasive aesthetic procedures. There is no need to gamble against the odds, non-surgical treatments can remove your unwanted body fat without putting you under the knife.

    Ultrasound Cavitation is one of these revolutionary treatments that provides an alternative to body liposuction. It allows everyone the chance to combat their excess fat to achieve their ideal body shape. Read on to discover how this non-invasive, pain-free procedure is changing the face of fat reduction aesthetics. 

    All You Need to Know About Ultrasound Cavitation for Fat Reduction
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    Ultrasound Cavitation: What Is Non-Surgical, Ultrasonic Fat Reduction?

    Offering a safer and less-invasive procedure than traditional forms of liposuction, ultrasound cavitation allows for excess fat cells to be broken down using advanced ultrasound technology. Without piercing or breaking the skin’s surface, ultrasound waves can pass down the skin, targeting the fat cells below. Due to the revelations of this treatment, ultrasound cavitation has received safe approval from the FDA

    Over a course of non-surgical sessions, ultrasonic waves can be emitted by applying vibrations and pressure directly to cellulite and localised fat cells, causing them to break down and liquidise. Once in a liquid state, the body can naturally remove the fat cells through its lymphatic system. The broken-down fat is carried towards the liver, before being excreted as waste through urine.  

    With no incisions, this fat reduction treatment offers a safer and more effective option for those who are looking for a helping hand toward their weight loss goals. Moreover, there is no recovery with more experiencing no downtime after their procedure. 

    Please note that ultrasound cavitation is not to be confused with lipo-cavitation. Lipo cavitation still requires incisions; whereas, ultrasound cavitation is non-invasive in its entirety. 

    The Science Behind Ultrasonic Cavitation

    Our understanding of ultrasound waves has made significant progress. Through revolutionary body contouring devices, it is possible to achieve a range of aesthetic treatments through the power of ultrasonic radio waves. Whether you are a part of the 90% of women or 10% of men who are battling with their cellulite, or you are looking to reduce your stubborn fat, ultrasound cavitation achieves both. 

    Ultrasound cavitation devices emit a range of low-frequency radio waves and ultrasonic waves into the skin at a frequency of 1MHz. The vibrations these waves create travel deep down into the dermis, producing bubbles around fat deposits. The waves cause a constant cycle of compression and expansion that cause micro-bubbles to form. Due to the vibrations from the ultrasound waves, these bubbles constantly move, colliding, enlarging and imploding into each other. These bubbles put pressure on the invidious fat cells, causing them to change from a solid to a liquid under this intense force. 

    At the point the fat deposit transforms and breaks down, the liquid fat is drained away through the lymphatic and interstitial system. It is during this process that the fat deposits also change from glycerol into free fatty acids. Glycerol is reused and metabolised within the liver, and the remaining fatty acids are excreted in the urine. To eliminate the toxins and fatty liquids created by the cavitation process more efficiently, ultrasound cavitation is best paired with a session of lymphatic drainage afterwards. The device’s Transion and Linfogei modules are designed to eliminate these toxins to accentuate the slimming effect.

    Your Ultrasonic Cavitation Session: What To Expect

    You may be surprised to hear that ultrasound cavitation is an extremely routine procedure. There is no need for a general anaesthetic or any numbing cream. For the treatment, you will need a conductive gel to create a bond between the skin and an ultrasound handle. This gel prevents any additional air space developing between the handle and the skin, reducing friction when the handle is passed across the skin.

    While the handheld ultrasound device is passed across your target area, your clinician will control the frequency. The procedure is known for being painless and non-invasive, it is common for patients to comment on feeling a warm, tingling sensation as the device passes across the surface of their skin. It is also normal to hear a buzzing while the device is in use. 

    Depending on your intended treatment area and the extent of your cellulite and fat deposits, treatment can range from 40 minutes to an hour, lasting longer for some patients. It is possible to apply a specially-designed body lotion with strong lipolytic properties to enhance the results.

    The Results of Ultrasonic Cavitation: What Can You Expect?

    Ultrasonic cavitation is able to provide an instant improvement in some patients; however, your peak results are approximately seen 72 hours (several days) after your treatment session. Of course, results will vary from patient to patient and depend on a range of factors, including how severe the cellulite and excess fat is, how long it has existed and how dense it is. 

    After your initial ultrasound cavitation session, it is possible to see a loss of between 1 to 3 inches of fat, with an additional loss of up to 2 inches with every additional treatment.

    Before and after results of ultrasound cavitation
    Before and after 10 Lipoline treatments

    Ultrasound Cavitation And Patient Suitability

    After seeing the incredible possibilities of this non-invasive fat loss treatment, you may be asking, am I suitable for ultrasound cavitation? The most important thing to understand is that this treatment is most effective when it is used alongside healthy eating and exercising.

    Ultrasonic cavitation helps to tackle stubborn areas of cellulite while targeting fat deposits known as adipose fat. This type of fat is stored within the body and, consequently, is difficult to reduce by exercising or dieting alone. The ultrasound waves enable your body’s stores of fat to be reduced, helping to slim down a silhouette, reducing the circumference of your targeted parts of the body and adding more definition to your body shape. 

    When paired with regular exercise and a balanced diet, you will be able to sustain these results. The combination of both after a course of ultrasound cavitation procedures will help to further control your body weight, keeping off any excess fat. 

    Am I Suitable For Ultrasound Cavitation?

    The most appropriate patients for this fat reduction treatment are those with a steady BMI (Body Mass Index) reading and fat storage (adiposity) around their abdomen. Those who are not suitable for this procedure include:

    • Pregnant women
    • Women who are breastfeeding
    • People with a skin fold below 2 cm
    • Those with a history of malignancy
    • People with pacemakers
    • People with metal implants
    • Those suffering from coagulation disorders 
    • People taking blood clotting medication
    • Diabetics
    • Those suffering from serious medical conditions such as osteoporosis and oncological disorders

    The HI-Line Lipo Device

    Ultrasonic shock wave machines that produce the frequency of ultrasound waves include the Hi-Line Lipo device. This state-of-the-art technology allows you to operate and adjust the five core capabilities using remote Wi-Fi control. These functions include: 

    • Transion
    • Isogei
    • Microgei
    • Linfogei
    • Lipoline - The module producing the incredible results of ultrasound cavitation.

    Lipoline is an innovative ultrasound cavitation module that actively reduces body fat. This device can visibly reduce cellulite and adipose tissue, while reducing the circumference of targeted body parts and improving blood oxygenation and circulation. The module is also able to  stimulate the body’s natural production of fibroblasts, elastin and collagen. It works by producing ultrasound waves at a frequency of 1 MHz to produce cavitation, whilst creating a mechanical and thermal effect.

    The energy from the ultrasound waves is absorbed by the surrounding tissue helping to stimulate local circulation, as well as the disposal of toxins via the lymphatic system. The mechanical effect helps to produce movement and displacement within particles of cellulite, from repeated sessions this movement reduces their nodular appearance and adhesion from one to another. The thermal effect created by lipoline’s ultrasonic waves subject fat cells to high temperatures, causing them to liquidise from the pressure of heating. 

    Which Body Parts Can Ultrasound Cavitation Target?

    The five core functions of the HI-Line Lipo ultrasonic cavitation devices are most effective on areas of the body that are prone to localised fat. Therefore, ultrasonic fat reduction is recommended on the:

    • Abdomen
    • Upper Arms
    • Flanks
    • Hips
    • Thighs 
    • Buttocks

    It is important to note that areas of the body which have significantly less support and are bonier are not suitable. For example, ultrasound cavitation cannot be performed on the face or neck.

    Ultrasound Cavitation Device for Fat Reduction
    Vip Hi-Line Lipo device

    Positives of Non-Invasive Methods of Fat Reduction

    There are many advantages of non-invasive treatments for fat reduction, such as ultrasound cavitation. The most obvious advantage is the low risk that is associated with a non-invasive procedure. Consequently, this procedure has little to no downtime and does not cause long-lasting scarring. In fact, the ultrasonic cavitation treatment comes with minimal side effects, generally allowing all patients to focus on the significant and long-lasting results instead.

    At VIP Italia, our experience and technological development in non-invasive beauty devices spans over 50 years. We are passionate in creating high-end aesthetic products, allowing qualified professionals to offer everyone an accessible and  realistic treatment option, helping more people to achieve the body they desire. With extensive training courses on all our devices and constant innovation, our range of treatment solutions is always developing. Contact our team today to get more information on our current range.


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    How many treatments will I need?

    Your medical professional will be able to explain your treatment plan during a personal consultation, as the number of sessions will vary from patient to patient. However, on average, patients tend to agree to ten sessions, upon the recommendation of their chosen clinic.

    How long do ultrasonic cavitation sessions last?

    Again, as an ultrasound cavitation session can vary depending on the intended treatment area, it is possible for treatment appointments to range from 40 to 75 minutes.

    How long do the results of ultrasound cavitation last?

    When a course of ultrasound cavitation is paired with regular exercise and a low-calorie, balanced diet, the fat loss results can be long lasting and maintained. The fat cells and deposits that are destroyed by ultrasound cavitation will not grow back. Therefore, it is a question of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For more information on how best to preserve your results, speak to your personal clinician.

    Are the results immediate?

    Some patients will see the results of this non-invasive, fat reduction treatment instantly. However, results tend to take a couple of days to emerge depending on the individual.

    Does ultrasound cavitation hurt?

    No, sessions of ultrasound cavitation are non-surgical and, therefore, non-invasive. Patients do not experience any pain, but they have been known to describe the procedure as a tingling sensation when the ultrasonic waves are being emitted.

    Are there any side effects from ultrasound cavitation?

    Ultrasound cavitation is an FDA-approved, non-invasive procedure; therefore, it is recognised as a low-risk treatment. There are minimal side effects with this treatment, with few patients experiencing mild redness and bruising after the session. If you have any concerns, contact your chosen clinic.

    Does ultrasound cavitation result in saggy skin?

    Rapid weight loss is normally associated with saggy skin; however, despite the significant fat reduction ultrasound cavitation achieves, it also has a tightening effect on the skin. The ultrasound waves trigger the body’s natural healing process, encouraging the production of elastin and collagen in the skin. These proteins are known for their firming and tightening properties, providing the skin with a boost of structural integrity. Please note that the amount of these proteins the body produces will vary from patient to patient.

    How much does ultrasonic cavitation cost?

    The cost of an ultrasound cavitation session will vary depending on the area you wish to treat and the length of time it takes to effectively target this area. For a more detailed quotation, please contact your chosen provider and they should be able to estimate the price based on your wishes.

    How should I prepare for my ultrasound cavitation appointment?

    Before you attend your treatment, you must follow your clinician’s instructions carefully. Having provided accurate details of your medical conditions and any prescribed medicines, as well as herbal remedies, you will be provided with a personalised treatment plan. 

    Does ultrasonic cavitation effectively reduce fat?

    Yes, ultrasonic cavitation is a non-invasive procedure that gives you measurable results. Focusing on stubborn fat deposits, ultrasound technology breaks down these cells to improve the overall circumference and shape of the targeted areas.

    Can cavitation be used to target belly fat?

    Yes, this ultrasound technology works best in areas with localised fat. Such areas can be found around the:

    • Abdomen
    • Thighs
    • Hips
    • Flanks
    • Upper Arms
    What is the amount of fat that ultrasonic cavitation can remove?

    Ultrasound cavitation will vary person-to-person; however, for some people, it is possible to expect a fat loss of 1-2 inches from your first treatment. Following treatments will see a varying rate of up to a further 2 inches.

    What are the risks of ultrasonic cavitation?

    Ultrasound cavitation is an extremely low-risk procedure as the treatment is completely non-invasive. Only some people experience mild discomfort and bruises in the short term.


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