Radio Frequency and Fat Cavitation

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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.

The procedure starts with circumference measurement of the target body area, applies the ultrasonic device directly to specific areas of the skin after a gel is applied, continues with circular movements of the applicator over the treatment site, for a Combo session a Radio Frequency hand piece is used which is slowly rotated over the targeted area, transmitting radio waves to the skin heating it 40 to 50 degrees Celsius without burning the skin surface. The heat causes contraction of the collagen fibers to immediately tighten the skin. Then finalized with another circumference measurement. The duration of treatment session normally takes around 15-30 minutes each depending on the size of the area and the thickness of the fat layer Results can sometimes be noticed after the first treatment with more improvement noticed within a few days. 6 - 12 sessions at 72 hour intervals are recommended in order to achieve an ideal result, but further treatments may be needed to attain your desired figure.

Ultrasound Cavitation is a non-surgical, natural phenomenon based on low-frequency ultrasound. The ultrasound field when applied to the targeted area creates bubbles in the liquid that surrounds fat cells, which gradually grow and implode. Membranes of fat cells do not have the structural capacity to withstand the vibrations so the effect of cavitation easily breaks them, while sparing the vascular, nervous and muscular tissue.

Ultrasound Cavitation causes an emulsification of the solid fat substances, releasing the triglyceride fluid, which is easy to eliminate through the lymphatic system. After disruption and emulsification of fat cells, liquid which makes up the fat cells, in the form of triglycerides, is released into the fluid between the cells. This fluid is then metabolized. Water soluble glycerol is absorbed by the circulatory system and used as an energy source, whereas the insoluble, free fatty acids are transported to the liver and processed as fatty acids from food.


The ultrasound-cavitation filed creates bubbles in the liquid that surround the fat cells, which gradually grow, and implode. As the membranes of fat cells do not have the structural capacity to withstand the vibrations, the effect of ultrasonic cavitation easily breaks them, while sparing the vascular, nervous and muscular tissue.

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.


RF is an effective way to improve skin tightness and elasticity, reduce wrinkles and cellulite, boosting the overall condition on areas of the body such as the face, chin, upper arm, abdomen, thighs, bra line or buttocks. The technique induces tissue remolding and production of new collagen and elastin. The process provides an alternative to facelift and other cosmetic services. RF can be used on clients who have had botox, dermal fillers, laser treatments. Clients must wait at least one week before any treatments are performed.
Radio Frequency (RF) systems utilise a handpiece that is slowly rotated over the treatment area. The handpiece transmits radio waves through the upper layers of the skin to the dermis, heating it to between 39-45°c while the epidermis remains undamaged and unaffected.

The act of applying this heat to the dermis triggers three excellent benefits:

  1. Tissue retraction – The heat causes local contraction of the collagen fibres, which immediately tightens the skin to reveal a lifted, tighter and more youthful appearance.

  2.  New collagen formation – Heating the dermis stimulates production of new collagen which is essential in the battle against signs of ageing. Increased collagen equals plumper, firmer skin with a greater level of elasticity.

  3. Improved circulation – RF also improves the blood and lymphatic flow. This helps induce a better oxygen supply and greater toxin clearance to further reduce the signs and effects of ageing.
Most people feel the treatment is painless and comfortable. Some people may feel slight discomfort due to the specific noise spreading inside the body, but causes no, harm and disappears as soon as the applicator is moved away from body. You may also experience warmth during the treatment. If on the slim chance it gets too warm you can request, immediately some extra ultrasound gel to be applied.
Cavitation and RF is a painless treatment. Mild redness may appear occasionally but will be highly unlikely to cause any actual pain. The heat from the hand pieces felt during the treatment is perfectly tolerable.
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.
The ultrasound cavitation causes an emulsification of fat, it rupture fat cell membrane, thereby releasing its fat content, converting it into a substance easy to eliminate through sweat gland, liver sausage circulation, lymphatic system which eventually eliminate through urine.

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.
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.
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.
A full assessment during the pre-treatment 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.

People who are generally healthy are safe to have the treatment
People with cardiac and vascular diseases, diabetes, acute illness, comprised liver function, severe bleeding tendencies, pacemaker carriers and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid undergoing the procedure
Your Therapist with discuss this with you when you have your initial consultation over the phone as several conditions can exclude patients from therapy.

You will NOT be able to start Ultra Cavitation treatment before consulting your doctor, if any of the below apply:

• During menstruation (applies only to treatment of the abdomen)
• Skin infections and diseases
• Acute fever
• Thyroid disease and other hormonal disorders
• Any other chronic diseases
• Heart diseases or pacemakers
• Allergy to applied materials (eg ceramic)
• Severe high blood pressure or circulation problems
• Cancer
• Deep vein thrombosis, varicose veins,
• Epilepsy
• Hemorrhagic disease, trauma, vascular rupture
• Pregnant or breastfeeding
• Infectious diseases
• Inflammation of the veins, phlebitis
• Intrauterine device avoid abdomen
• Liver or kidney disease
• Wounds, sores
• Treatment with anti-inflammatories, anticoagulants, antibiotics
• Metal Coil Fitted (tummy area treatments only, new plastic coil is fine)
• Currently Pregnant
• Under 18

Cancer: Cancer cells travel via the lymphatic system, as does waste produced by Ultrasound Cavitation. A treatment presents an unacceptable risk of helping to move cancer cells.
Cold or flu symptoms or fever: Ultrasound Cavitation releases toxins from the body via the lymphatic system, and treatments can exacerbate flu symptoms which also leave the body the same way.
Swollen lymph nodes: Treatments cannot be performed in areas where lymph nodes are swollen, infected, or not draining properly.
Oedema or localized swelling of limbs indicates poor lymphatic flow. Treatments are not designed to alleviate oedema and may in fact exacerbate the condition.
Active Infections & Immunosuppression: These factors compromise the healing ability of the body, and Ultrasound Cavitation should not be attempted until the infection or deficiency is cleared.
Liver, Kidney, or Heart Disease: Compromises the ability of the body to recover from treatments.
Severe hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes mellitus, or poor circulation of blood and lymph.
Pregnancy: Sound waves generated by the treatment will very likely harm an unborn child’s hearing and may also result in compromising its immune system.
Breastfeeding: As mother’s milk draws nutrients from the body, there is an unacceptable degree of risk that toxins may pass into the milk and therefore be ingested by a nursing child.
Lymph nodes and joints cannot be treated with cavitation.
The face and neck cannot be treated with cavitation however RF can be.
Menstruation: During a period, the abdomen cannot be treated however other areas can be.
Metallic Implants: People who have metal implanted anywhere in their bodies, such as bone pins or pace makers cannot receive a treatment.
Skin allergies or inflammation: Areas with obvious signs of inflammation cannot be treated.
Minors: Due to the changing hormonal and fat deposits in the growing body during puberty, we do not treat clients under 18 years of age with Ultrasound Cavitation or Radio Frequency.
Yes.  This is a nonsurgical procedure that is non-invasive and requires no recovery time.

Ultra Cavitation is a safe, nonsurgical procedure without anesthesia, it is non-invasive ,no cutting, no scars and no downtime should be experienced after the treatment. Due to specific ultrasound parameters of energy levels ensure selective damage to fat cells only and do not interfere with any other organs. There is no report of side effects for these treatments. However some people may experience transient redness, excessive thirst, and nausea immediately after the treatment which always resolves by drinking water. They are all short-term effects that will disappear shortly.
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.
The cavitation treatment yields immediate and long lasting results. Ultra cavitation is a very effective procedure that requires only 6-12 treatments per area . Most clients experience noticeable circumference reduction after a single session with increasing results after each visit. The results may vary with different tissue structure, treatment area, age, metabolism, medications, and changes in hormones. Proper diet and increased physical activity will certainly improve and help to maintain the results.
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.
Ultrasound Cavitation: 6-12 sessions spaced 72 hours apart for the first 3 sessions, then once a week.

Skin Tightening: 6-12 sessions spaced 48 hours apart for the first 3 sessions, then once a week.

After the initial treatments are completed, maintenance treatments consist of one session each month for 4 months followed by one treatment every 4 months
The fat is eliminated from the body approximately 3 – 5 days following the treatment, therefore an interval of one week is recommended.
Between 8 – 12 treatments is recommended, however, you should experience significant results from the third session onwards.
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.
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.
Try to avoid doing anything that will irritate your skin immediately before treatment. This includes tanning (natural or artificial). It would be more likely to suffer pain from the addition of heat to the already damaged skin; however an established tan would be fine.

Do not have hot shower , bath or sauna right after the Ultrasound treatment.

We recommend a low calorie diet with protein in each meal and drink at least a glass of warm water (not carbonated, sparkling water, pop, coffee) before and after the session. Drinking plenty of water and having exercise such as brisk walk, biking or other aerobic activities for at least 3 days after the treatment to stimulate the lymphatic activity as elimination of the fat continues through the Lymphatic System for 72 hrs. Follow by a suitable exercise routine. Cavitation will be best performed under high hydration conditions, avoid taking any caffeine or diuretics 2 days before therapy. Drink a lot of water will help to improve your metabolism and increase urine output -- lipid metabolites release out of your body.

A lymph-draining massage is also encouraged to improve the circulation and lymphatic system, which helps to drain fluids.

For best results you should refrain from any alcohol consumption for 48 hours after the treatment. Alcohol consumption during this period may prevent your liver from removing the deactivated fat cells from your body (as the liver will assign priority to removing the alcohol from your blood).

Maintain an un-stressful life style also helps the body flush out the fat more efficiently.

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.
Essentially, Ultrasound Fat Cavitation is designed to destabilize and break down fat into carbohydrates and waste material. If not followed by exercise and plenty of water, the destabilized fat will reform and resettle.
Think of the process in simple terms. Fat and sound waves. If you put a tub of butter in the microwave and heat it, the butter destabilizes into liquid. If you leave it to sit however, it solidifies again.

The same applies to this treatment, and that’s why cardiovascular exercise and water are vital.

Cardio afterwards serves two purposes; to burn off the released carbohydrates, and to encourage the contraction and expansion of lymphatic vessels to channel out waste. Meanwhile, the water acts to thin that waste and to hasten its removal from the body through the urine.
The Ultrasonic Cavitation has the similar result as liposuction. It removes cellulite and excess fat. preventing this from recurring in the treated areas, without damaging the vascular system. The procedure is painless and is very inexpensive compared to the thousands of dollars you could spend on liposuction.

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