Cavitation contouring is a cosmetic treatment in which a non-surgical procedure is used to reduce or remove unwanted body fat as well as skin folds and creases. These non-invasive treatments use radio-frequency technology that works to break apart fat cells.
Radio-frequency creates ultrasound waves that are then emitted into the deeper layers of your skin. This causes a disruptive vibration that breaks apart fat cells. All remaining contents including fatty acids, glycerol, and water are then dispersed from the dermal layers of your skin.
Once you receive your first cavitation treatment, you will instantly notice tightening of the skin which is a result of reducing excessive subcutaneous fat deposits and the reduction of blood flow to the subcutaneous tissues (such as those that surround the muscles).
After a few days following your treatment, all remaining fatty contents are absorbed by your lymphatic system and drained as waste from your body through urination and light exercise.
Does Cavitation Work?
According to Healthline, a small study conducted in 2019 tested the effectiveness of ultrasonic cavitation for 50 women who were considered medically overweight. Half of the women simply followed a low-calorie diet, while the other half combined the low-calorie diet with radio-frequency cavitation procedures. Five weeks following the beginning of this trial, the women who had been given cavitation treatments demonstrated a reduction in stored body fat. Though they didn’t lose more weight than the other group, they simply lost body fat.
At The Shape Shop, we use radio-frequency cavitation devices, in combination with Strawberry Laser, for various procedures to achieve maximum body contouring results!
"In a study that used 50 women to discover the effectiveness of cavitation treatments, the half that did receive these treatments lost more body fat than those who followed a low-calorie diet alone"
Which Body Areas Can You Treat with Cavitation?
Radio-frequency cavitation can be used on many areas of the body. These areas include thighs, abdomen, love handles, back, arms, chest (male), chin, and around the eyes. At The Shape Shop, we combine cavitation with Strawberry Laser for various procedures to enhance results. These procedures include the StrawberryLift® Chin Lift, the Strawberry Eye Lift, and our Vacuu Pro Butt Lift when used with a Strawberry abdomen treatment. Our cavitation devices are also used independently and for cellulite treatments. You and your laser technician will discuss an approach that best suits your body contouring goals prior to each appointment.
Do Cavitation Treatments Have Any Negative Side Effects?
Our radio-frequency cavitation devices use low frequency sound waves that can destroy fat without causing damage to any other tissue or organs. Though it is completely safe, you may notice a few minor side effects. Side effects may include headache, minor bruising, or ringing in the ears during procedure. Patients who don't drink enough water before and after treatments may experience headaches due to dehydration. It is very important to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and to flush out all removed fatty contents. Minor bruising may occur if the patient has very sensitive skin. Patients may experience ringing in the ears while receiving the cavitation treatment which is completely normal.
What Post-Treatment Steps Can I Take to Achieve Maximum Results with Cavitation?
It is always advised to drink plenty of water before and after treatments. Women should drink at least 3 liters of water per day, and men should consume 4 liters of water per day. Your technician will ask that you fast for one hour prior to your treatment and for two hours following your treatment. This allows your body to solely focus on removing the toxins that are removed during your treatment. Committing to light activity is also highly recommended. Whether you jog for 20 minutes, clean the house for an hour, or walk your dogs for 30 minutes, staying active after receiving cavitation treatments will amplify your results and help flush out all of the removed fatty contents.