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Ultrasonic Cavitation (Cavi-Lipo) vs CoolSculpting

When it comes to the different treatments available it is easy to get a little lost in terms of understanding what’s available. This is especially the case when different treatment types can target a similar body area and achieve similar results, but in different ways. Two such treatments are Ultrasonic Cavitation and CoolSculpting. Here we explain how the two procedures work and what they can accomplish.

Ultrasonic Cavitation for Fat Removal

Ultrasonic cavitation (cavi-lipo) is sometimes referred to as an alternative way of traditional liposuction, however, it’s not exactly the same because liposuction is a surgical procedure and requires a plastic surgeon to perform the treatment.  Cavitation treatment is another form of a noninvasive procedure that’s used for fat removal. For this specific procedure, it’s the low-frequency, ultrasonic waves that break down your fat cells into smaller compounds known as fatty acids. Once your fat cells are in the form of fatty acids, your body is able to excrete them – unlike fat cells that love to stick around!

Ultrasonic cavitation is FDA approved, it works by targeting specific parts of your body (abdomen, upper arms, thighs, hips). It’s the heat and vibration that causes the adipose tissue to break down and eventually be released into the bloodstream which are then excreted by the body through the lymphatic system. This procedure is not a weight loss treatment, the results you’ll see will be more of a circumferential reduction, in other words, you can’t know how much fat tissue you’ve lost, but you’ll notice by inches of how much fat you’ve lost in that targeted area.

Who Should Have Ultrasonic Cavitation?

Ultrasonic cavitation is generally meant for people that want skin tightening or simply for body contouring. For best results, the number of treatments for fat cavitation is between 8-12, however, it does vary from patient to patient depending on their age, weight, and treatment area they’re interested in. There is no downtime for this procedure and it’s also pain-free. An important note to remember is that ultrasonic cavitation does not abolish fat cells; it basically releases its content into bloodstream, this also means that the fat cells are still able to store fat over time. The best way to keep the results long-term is to have a balanced diet and keep an eye-out on the intake of calories.

Help Reduce Fat Deposits With CoolSculpting

What about CoolSculpting? CoolSculpting is another type of noninvasive fat reduction procedure that reduces fat cells. This procedure is highly recommended by dermatologists because it decreases body fat by 20%. One of the main differences from ultrasonic cavitation is that CoolSculpting is based on cryolipolysis – using cold temperatures to freeze and eliminate the fat cells. This procedure is mostly used to treat areas that have been unresponsive to diet and exercise; those areas of stubborn fat!

coolsculpting applicators

CoolSculpting can be used for different problem areas of the body – love handles, submental area, inner and outer thighs, tummy and upper arms. The CoolSculpting device uses different applicators (depends on the area being treated) which are applied to the targeted area; once applied, you’ll begin to feel the intense cold. During the procedure, its common to feel a sensation of pulling/pinching, however, after the procedure the areas being treated require a 2-minute massage which basically breaks up frozen deep tissue, helping your body absorb the damaged fat cells – this step is crucial; and can improve the results by up to 78%!

Quick Recovery Time With CoolSculpting

There’s little to no recovery time after the procedure is done, you can perform your normal daily routine right after the treatment. If you experience numbness, bruising, or soreness after the procedure don’t be alarmed, its completely normal and these side effects will go away in a few weeks. Results are typically seen after 2-3 months as your body is working to eliminate the targeted fat cells. The number of sessions vary from person to person and of course it also depends on the specific type of goal the patient is looking for. However, a single session is more than enough and the results should last indefinitely; once the fat cells of the treated area are killed off, they won’t return! Though if you gain weight then there’s a chance that you’ll also gain fat in the areas that were treated previously. Always try and maintain a balanced diet, regardless of what type of fat freezing or fat reduction treatment you plan on doing.

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If you’re frustrated with your appearance, there’s finally a noninvasive treatment that can help. Contact us online today or call our NYC based office 212-535-3088 to learn more about the range of fat removal and body sculpting treatments that may be right for you.

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