These days, everyone knows the importance of tackling fat and cellulite. The negative long term and short term effects of obesity have long been established. But losing weight can be hard work, particularly if you are one of those people genetically predisposed to weight gain. Dieting isn’t always effective, not many of us have the time to commit to a long term exercise programme and invasive cosmetic surgery comes with all the risks and discomfort you'd expect from such procedures.So, if you want to lose weight but are frustrated by the traditional options such as diet or exercise, why not consider trying out some of the latest in slimming technology, such as ultrasound cavitation? This is an increasingly popular and painless way to tackle fat and cellulite.
Cavitation is a treatment invented in Europe as a safer, pain-free alternative to surgery, using ultrasound to destroy fat cells in specific parts of the body. The treatment itself is straightforward and easy to undergo.A specially designed cream is applied to the area that is being targeted, and then an ultrasound device, similar to that used in pregnancy scans, is applied to the skin. The device transmits concentrated levels of ultrasonic energy that target and destroy subcutaneous fat cells in the fat cell membrane. The fat is then dispersed into surrounding cells and recycled into proteins and glycerol.
Unlike liposuction, which can leave you with pain or discomfort and require a stay in hospital and time off work, cavitation is completely non-invasive and the results are similar to those you can expect from cosmetic surgery.After the first treatment, you can expect to see a significant reduction in your waist line and the cavitation weight loss effects increase with every subsequent session, until your course of treatment is over. For optimum results, between eight and 12 treatments may be necessary.
Results can vary greatly from patient to patient. However, most proponents of ultrasonic cavitation claim that you may see three results:
1. Tightened skin and reduced cellulite (due to the production of new collagen and elastin fibers)
2. Reduced circumference in the treated area (due to fat-cell release)
3. An overall contoured appearance (due to a combination of the benefits listed above)
Ultrasonic cavitation does not destroy fat cells; rather, it empties them of their contents, which means the cells are capable of storing fat again. A balanced diet is the only way to ensure lasting results. Those who take in more calories than they burn will see their improvement start to decrease over time.
Radiofrequency (RF) energy treatment is technology for non-surgical tightening of the early signs of loose or sagging skin; ideal for those people who either don’t want, or don’t believe they are old enough to have a surgical procedure. Pure RF energy alone is primarily used to treat skin laxity by facial tightening, and is best suited to patients with mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues, usually those in their mid 30s to 50s, with any skin colour. It is commonly used to treat the forehead, under the eyes, cheeks, mid-face, jaw line, and neck. Based on current RF technologies, most people should see at least a mild improvement in their skin tightness, with minimal risks and downtime compared to surgery. Prices for radiofrequency facial tightening treatment depend on the area(s) treated and the device used.
The use of electric currents in medicine has been documented almost since electricity itself was discovered.Radiofrequency (RF) surgery has a lengthy history of use in oral, ophthalmic, plastic, and gynaecological surgery of over 70 years. Gradually, its use in the practice of dermatology, cosmetology, cardiology, neurosurgery, hepatology, and ENT procedures gained momentum and popularity. Low frequency alternating currents are also used in physiotherapy for their ability to cause contractions in muscles. RF surgery traditionally utilizes a wave of electrons to cause frictional heating of tissues to incise, excise, ablate or coagulate the targeted tissue.
However with recent developments in cryogenics (the use of extremely cold substances) and information technology, non-ablative RF energy is the newest addition to the treatment options available for the ageing face. With the introduction of cryogenics it is possible to deliver RF energy to the deep dermis and sub-dermal layers of the skin, whilst protecting the epidermis. Heating in this area, without damaging the outer layers of skin, causes microscopic changes to the tissues and collagen contraction, with subsequent collagen remodelling over the months that pass.Figures from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) indicate that non-surgical skin tightening was the seventh most common non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the U.S.A. in 2016 with nearly 526,700 treatments performed in that year.
Pure RF energy alone is primarily used to treat skin laxity by facial tightening, and is best suited to patients with mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues, usually those in their mid thirties to fifties, with any skin colour.It is commonly used to treat the forehead (lift brows and tightens forehead skin), under the eyes (thickens skin and tightens and lifts the upper cheek skin), cheeks (lifts slightly and diminishes enlarged pores), mid-face, jaw line (diminishes jowling and sagging along the jaw line), and the neck (tightens skin and diminishes wrinkling of the neck).However, if there is a significant amount of redundant or sagging skin, often seen in older patients over sixty, this procedure may not show a significant enough improvement and a traditional mid-face, face or brow lift operation may be recommended in order to remove the excess skin, therefore achieving a better result.
You should try to avoid doing anything that will irritate your skin immediately before treatment. This includes sunbathing (natural or artificial). Practitioners are unlikely to treat someone who has sun burn for example, as they would be more likely to suffer pain from the addition of heat to the already damaged skin; however an established tan would be fine.Some women find that their skin is more sensitive right before and during their menstrual cycle so if you are a woman, you might want to take this effect on pain threshold into consideration when scheduling your treatment appointment(s).
Some people experience mild redness immediately following treatment (similar to a sunburnt look), but this usually disappears quickly. Most people find that they can return to work and normal activities immediately after treatment.
As long as you are generally healthy and don’t have any skin diseases or infections in the area treated, there are few medical reasons why patients should not undergo this treatment.People with sensory disturbance to the skin may not be considered good candidates as this could make the reporting of discomfort during the procedure unreliable, leading to potential harm.Although there is no evidence that this treatment is harmful for pregnant women, you would generally be advised to wait until after you have given birth before embarking upon a course of treatment.More importantly, people with electrical devices e.g., pacemakers, or metal implants e.g., artificial metal hip joints, heart valves or dental plates, cannot be treated because RF current flowing through the body may interfere with these devices or heat up metal implants, which could be dangerous.