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Is Ultrasound Cavitation Safe & Effective?

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Ultrasound cavitation has only recently become a common procedure people use instead of liposuction in order to get rid of fat in certain areas of their body. This is a non-invasive procedure during which ultrasound energy is applied locally to the targeted place where a person wants fat to be removed. The part ‘ultrasound’ in the name of this procedure means that cyclic sound pressure is applied, with frequencies that a human ear cannot hear (above 20kHz). Basically, the simplest definition of ‘ultrasound cavitation’ is that it is a procedure in which sound pressure of high frequency is locally applied to targeted areas of the body in order to break down fatty tissues.

During this procedure deep fat tissues are broken down and later expelled from the body through the lymphatic and urinary systems. Except for getting rid of fat, ultrasound cavitation is also used for getting rid of (or at least reducing) cellulite, which most women above the age of 20 usually have to deal with, no matter their weight.

Is it effective?

When it comes to the effectiveness of this procedure, how you will perceive the answer depends on your opinion and lifestyle. One treatment will not take away piles of fat nor will you be able to maintain the ‘new’ body if you continue eating an unhealthy diet. If you are obese, or drastically overweight, ultrasound cavitation will not be effective when it comes to fat removal, because of the already mentioned reason – it does not remove significant amounts of fat. Therefore, it cannot be considered effective in this case, nor does it pay off financially to undergo this treatment. On the other hand, it has shown to be successful when applied to localized areas of stubborn fat in persons that don’t struggle so much with their overall weight, but have, for instance, fat on their inner thighs while the rest of their body looks fit. The people who underwent this treatment had success with this procedure and have experienced its benefits.

It is important to note that the success is the highest when the procedure is done continually and moderately.


The success and effectiveness of ultrasound cavitation depends on the patient’s way of life, as well as of their metabolism. In cases where patients follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly, this treatment is very successful, while if they neglect exercising and eat unhealthy foods, ultrasound cavitation isn’t as beneficial.

But, is it safe?

As for the safety of ultrasound cavitation, according to the Ultrasonic Clinic, it is completely safe and non-intrusive, and there is no pain during the procedure, and therefore there is no need for anesthetics or taking a day off work. They also claim that it doesn’t involve any radiation and that there are no risks. During this procedure, specific ultrasound energy levels are used, due to which only fat cells are damaged, while organs stay intact. Until now, there haven’t been any reports of side effects of this treatment, except some mild redness and discomfort which is easily tolerable, an increased need for water (thirst) and nausea, which passes right after you drink some water. All of these side effects pass very quickly.

However, for ultrasound cavitation to be risk-free, you need to follow the pre and post treatment instructions. These include:

  • Not sun tanning just before the treatment (because then your skin may be damaged and you may experience pain during and after the procedure).
  • Not having a shower right after the treatment.
  • Drinking lots of water before and after (improves the chances of success).

Who should avoid this procedure?

Ultrasound cavitation is not recommended for pregnant women, even though there is no conclusive evidence whether or not it puts the fetus in danger. According to Physicians Weight Loss Centers in Northeast Philadelphia, the sound waves released during the procedure may very likely damage the hearing of the unborn child, and have a negative effect on the child’s immune system. Also, as mother’s milk takes the necessary nutrients from her body, it may be dangerous to undergo ultrasound cavitation because toxins may end up in the mother’s milk and then enter the body of the baby while nursing.

This procedure is also not recommended and not performed on persons under the age of 18, because those persons still have changing hormones and their fat deposits are also unstable, while their body is still growing and developing. So, if you are underage, you need to wait until you turn 18 to be a suitable candidate for this treatment.

All in all, this procedure can be considered effective and safe, but IF and only IF you take care of yourself and your nutrition, if you are moderately physically active, not pregnant or nursing a baby, and are older than 18.