Cavitation FAQs

What is it?

A relatively new technique, Ultrasound Cavitation is used predominantly for fat reduction. Cavitation is a natural phenomenon based on low frequency ultrasound and is the sculpting of the body without the need for anaesthetic.  It is a risk free procedure avoiding scars, discomfort and downtime and is seen as a safe alternative to liposuction.  The ultrasound produces a strong wave of pressure that target the fat cell membranes.  The membranes cannot stand the pressure thus disintegrating into a liquid state which is naturally eliminating, resulting in instant fat loss.

How does 3D Lipo Cavitation work?

A specially designed hand piece is applied to the target area by a fully trained therapist.  The hand piece transmits strong low level ultrasonic waves which consist of a compression – expansion method which travel in high speed cycles.  Rotating this cycle, back and forth will cause an infinite quantity of micro-cavities (micr-bubbles) to enlarge.  It is the progressive enlargement of the micro-cavities that turn to collision & implosion, producing emission of shockwaves that favour emulsification & elimination of the fat tissues in the target area (this phenomena is called ‘cavitation’). The lymphatic & urinary system easily vacuum’s this liquid from the body, resulting in fat reduction.

Where are fat cells stored?

The size of the fat cells in each person can differ greatly, regardless of size or weight but the number of fat cells are the same. Fat is primarily stored inside adipocytes as triglycerides and can be found between the muscles and the skin membrane.

What happens to the released fat?

Excess fat is released in to the interstitial space between the cells during and following the cavitation treatment.  Here it is metabolised to glycerol and fatty free acids.  Glycerol that is water-soluble is absorbed by the circulatory system and used as an energy source.  The insoluble fatty free acids are transported via the liver and kidneys and processed as if fatty acids from foods and then eliminated naturally from the body.

How long does it take?

Typically a single fat cavitation session lasts forty minutes when treating a single part of the body.  A minimum of 72 hours is required between each session so the body can finish the elimination of the fat.  For the best fat reduction results, between six and ten sessions is recommended.

What can be treated with the lipo cavitation system?

All areas with localised fat such as thighs, abdomen and the buttocks are the most appropriate to be treated.  The treatment works on Cellulite, the reduction of general fat and for skin tightening.  For Cellulite the ultra sound focuses on the superficial fat tissue.  Best results are achieved when the ultrasound is applied in conjunction with the radio frequency.

Who is suitable?

A full assessment during the pretreatment consultation will determine your suitability.  People who experience cardiac or vascular diseases, carry a pacemaker should avoid this type of procedure.  Similarly, if you are pregnant or breast feeding.  If you are in any doubt, please consult with your GP.

Is it safe?

Yes.  This is a nonsurgical procedure that is non-invasive and requires no recovery time.

Can I lose weight with Ultrasonic cavitation?

Cavitation is not designed specifically to lose weight, more so to reshape the body.  It is particularly effective in the reduction of the adiposity (love handles) that are hard to reduce through diet and exercise.  The treatment offers similar results to liposuction as it removes the cellulite and prevents it from recurring without damaging the vascular system.

What are the instant results I can expect?

Some clients have experienced up to 5cm of circumference reduction after a single session.  More significant results will be experienced after the second and third treatment.

What are the long term results I can expect with 3D Lipo Cavitation?

Gradually over a number of weeks, the body will clear down the broken down fatty tissues which will result in a volume reduction of fatty tissues.  It is not uncommon to achieve results of up to a 10 cm reduction in body mass by the end of the course of treatments.  These results will be long lasting, provided you follow a healthy diet and exercise programme.  If you over eat or consume too much alcohol, fat can easily be deposited back in to the body.


How long do I have to wait for another treatment?

The fat is eliminated from the body approximately 3 – 5 days following the treatment, therefore an interval of one week is recommended.

How many treatments will I need?

Between 8 – 12 treatments is recommended, however, you should experience significant results from the third session onwards.

Do I need to diet & exercise?

Drinking water is a necessary part of the fat elimination process so we recommend drinking 1.5 litres of water both before and after each session. A low calorie diet and regular exercise should be maintained in order to aid the body in naturally passing the fat through it’s own natural filtration system.

Are there ashy side effects to this treatment?

There are rarely any side effects, however there maybe the slight possibility of some transient redness, excessive thirst or nausea immediately after the treatment which can be resolved by simply drinking water.

What are the pre-treatment and post treatment guidelines?

Maintain a low calorie diet for a few days following the treatment to ensure the energy released is properly utilised and metabolised by the body. Drinking water is a necessary part of the treatment to facilitate the elimination of broken down fat.  After the treatment, patients are able to return to their daily activities as usual.