Cavitation v Fat Freezing (Cryolipolysis)
What is Cavitation?
Ultrasonic Cavitation is a weight-loss treatment for reducing areas of fat deposits. Achieved by low-frequency sound waves it is a simple way of flushing fat from the body instead of surgery.
By targeting specific areas of the body with these low-frequency sound waves pressure is built up inside the fat cells which then causes them to break apart, releasing the contents into the body to disperse naturally. Through gentle heat and vibration, the fat cells liquify and release their contents.
Because our fat cells do not multiply and our fat cell count remains relatively stable, the treatment is permanent and will not need to be repeated once the desired shape has been achieved.
The treatment involves no surgery and no anaesthesia; there is no hospital stay, no time off from work and no recovery time. Clients see immediate results and will continue to see results in the reduction of fat for up to 72 hours following the treatment.
The most common areas to treat are the buttocks, abdomen, love handles, male chest, upper arms, inner thighs and the chin area. It is especially effective in the removal of cellulite. Results do vary as each patient is different and some clients will slim down more dramatically than others.
How does Cavitation work?
Treatments are typically limited to 20 minutes per segment, with a maximum of 2 segments treated per session. Five to seven days are generally required to make sure that all the released fats, membrane and toxins that may have been contained inside the fat cells are released through the lymphatic system.
Six to twelve sessions in localised areas may remove up to 12 cm of fat.
Is Cavitation similar to Liposuction?
There are similar results, but the Cavitation procedure takes longer but is non-invasive and works with your body’s natural elimination and detoxification processes. Fat is removed gently without harming the vascular system and without postoperative symptoms such as scarring and pain.
Does it hurt?
Most clients consider the procedure painless and comfortable. During the treatment, there can be some gentle heat and some reddening, but it does not cause pain. Some people report there is a slight discomfort due to the specific low-frequency ultrasound noise, but it is harmless.
Is it safe?
Cavitation is safe. It’s a non-surgical procedure, without anaesthesia, non-invasive and allows you to carry on with your normal activities before and after the sessions.
What is Cryolipolysis – or Fat Freezing?
Cryolipolysis uses cooling processes to provide a non-invasive localised fat reduction in problematic areas of the body.
Cryolipolysis is suitable for contouring areas such as the abdomen, love handles, arms, back, knees and inner thighs. The cooling technique will penetrate to around 2 cm below the skin’s surface and is a highly effective way to treat and reduce fat.
Does fat freezing hurt?
Fat freezing and Cavitation are both non-invasive and, no anaesthetic is required. The treatment offers a significant and lasting reduction of localised fat deposits in a pain-free procedure. There are no side effects and no scars.
What are the differences between Cavitation and fat freezing?
Both of these treatments are non-invasive, have no side effects and are effective in the disruption of cells to remove fat deposits in targeted areas.
The main differences are in the methods used. Cavitation uses ultrasound while Cryolipolysis operates using controlled low temperatures focused on the problematic area.
It is thought that Cavitation results are faster whereas with fat freezing results may take longer to be achieved and generally are only noticeable about a month after the start of the treatment with final results after 6 months.
To achieve similar effects in the same area, Cavitation requires a greater number of sessions compared to Cryolipolysis.
Can the two treatments be combined?
Salons and clinics are seeing the benefits of combining several treatments including Cryolipolysis, Cavitation, radiofrequency and even mesotherapy for cellulite fighting, skin firming and body slimming treatments. A combination of treatments works well for tightening the skin around the problem areas.
Are there alternative treatments?
Other surgical treatments are Bodytite, liposculpture, liposuction and vaser lipo but these surgical treatments involve more downtime.
What do the treatments cost?
Costs vary, as you would expect, but at A New You, Cryolipolysis treatments range from £500 an area and Cavitation treatment is from around £200 per area. (Costs at time of writing, April 2019). You can read more about SF Lip Med or call in for a consultation and we can discuss the best options for you.