How does ultrasound cavitation work to treat cellulite?

Heather Campbell
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How does ultrasound cavitation work to treat cellulite?

How does ultrasound cavitation work to treat cellulite?

There are several tempting techniques to fight cellulite. You have quite a choice between mesotherapy, electrolipolysis and ultrasound.

Ultrasound cavitation is not invasive like surgery, but can still treat cellulite by bombarding the skin with acoustic waves which destroy the fat in the skin cells. However, ultrasound cavitation is only effective against cellulite close to the surface since the waves have limited range.

Scroll on to learn more about this effective anti-cellulite treatment, the two main techniques used, the advantages, and the limitations of the treatment.

How does ultrasound cavitation work to treat cellulite? Introduction

Ultrasound, used in medicine, has proven to be a very effective way to tackle cellulite.

It only targets adipose cellulite, i.e. cellulite on the surface of the skin.

In case of fibrous cellulite, the action of ultrasound does not penetrate enough to be effective.

Ultrasound, which is only an acoustic wave, is bombarded against the skin and destroys the fat contained in the cells.

Two ultrasound techniques

Two ultrasound techniques obtain good results: morpholiposculpture and medisculpture.

For morpholiposculpture, salt water injections are performed in the areas affected by cellulite, within the fat cells.

The ultrasound then drains the water and fats and allows them to circulate.

As for medisculpture, a device heats the areas to be treated, sends ultrasounds, and then performs injections.

The fat cells are destroyed. The main advantage of medisculpture is that it can be practiced on the whole body.

The advantages of ultrasound to fight cellulite

Ultrasound has been used for decades in medicine, especially for diagnostic purposes in medical imaging.

They do not have a negative impact on your health and therefore are interesting for aesthetic medicine since they carry little risk.

Many cellulite techniques require the use of active ingredients, whereas ultrasound techniques only require salt water.

Salt water is naturally eliminated by the body.

Another advantage of ultrasound is that it is absolutely painless.

An application of an anesthetic cream removes any discomfort that the injection may cause.

Due to the injections, some redness may appear after an ultrasound session, but it disappears quickly.

The limits of the treatment

Ultrasound seems to be the ideal solution to fight cellulite, but it can’t work miracles.

It can only attack cellulite located on the surface of the skin.

If you have orange peel skin, the cellulite is deeper and so it can’t help.

If you have sensitive skin, tell the doctor so as to avoid any risk of redness.

Although ultrasound is a popular treatment, it is to be avoided in case of pregnancy, skin conditions and cancer treatment.

Finally, to optimize your ultrasound anti-cellulite sessions, do a little sport to sculpt your body and drink a lot of water to help drain fat.

Slimming with ultrasound

The principle is quite simple: Destroy fatty deposits using the appropriate waves in a non-invasive manner.

Ultrasounds are waves often used in medical imaging (during an ultrasound, for example).

These high intensity vibrations (around 40 kHz) are applied to eliminate adipocytes, which will then be eliminated via the liver.

This is in fact the part where lipolysis comes in.

The technique is used to work on volumes and slim specific areas (saddlebags, thighs, arms, knees…).

It is particularly used on cellulite because ultrasound cannot penetrate deep under the skin.

Related: Ladies, read our other article for more tips on how to make your legs more alluring: How can I make my legs more attractive? 10 Tips for the ladies

How does ultrasound cavitation work to treat cellulite? Conclusion

Ultrasound is a non invasive, safe way of breaking skin-deep cellulite which is then flushed away naturally.

Should you try it or not? Why not? Risks are minimal.

However, we must not forget that:

  • no method is miraculous,
  • the indications concern limited areas (it is not adapted to a generalized overweight), and
  • all specialists insist on the necessity of a joint physical activity and a balanced diet.

For recipe ideas against cellulite, we gladly refer you to our other article Best shakes and smoothies to bust cellulite: 9 Great recipes

About Heather Campbell

As a dietitian, my field of specialization is science-based nutritional advice but more importantly, it is my goal to share capturing and inspiring stories, examples and solutions which can help plus-size individuals overcome their specific difficulties. Read More