Fat (adipose tissue) is found mostly on the outside of the body in the subcutaneous layer of skin. The degree of fat on a person depends largely on heredity and diet. Of the two, diet is the most important. The amount of fat on a person is directly related to the diet. Poor eating habits is the most often cited reason for too much fat. Putting on fat is easy. Getting it off is hard. Most people try to get rid of fat with dieting and exercise. Diet and exercise work for many people, but not all. And it is especially hard to use diet and exercise to remove fat in some difficult areas.

Luckily, there are some choices for fat reduction beyond dieting and exercising. They are useful for getting rid of fat in problematic area and if diet and exercise are simply not working. Below we look at two popular choices:  liposuction and ultrasonic cavitation.

Removing Fat

The most common way of reducing fat is exercise and eating right. A proper diet and exercise can burn fat and help regulate the accumulation of fat on the body. However, there are locations on the body where no amount of exercise of dieting (healthy dieting) can get rid of stored fat. Typically this is in the lower abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and the hip area. These localized fat deposits are extremely difficult to get rid of by diet and exercise, if not impossible. That is why people turn to other methods of fat reduction, such as liposuction and ultrasonic cavitation.


Liposuction was developed in the late 70’s in order to get rid of localized fat deposits. Liposuction works by inserting a tube into the subcutaneous layer of skin and physically sucking the fat out like a vacuum. Liposuction is an effective and popular method of fat reduction and body sculpting. It is performed on more than 250,000 people each year and is the most common cosmetic surgery in the USA.

Liposuction is very popular, but there are drawbacks. It is a surgical procedure, so a doctor performs the operation. There can be blood loss during the procedure and related complications. There is also swelling of the affected area after liposuction. Although complications are rare, people who undergo liposuction take the same risks as they do with other surgical procedures, such as he risk of infection and surgical accidents. However, liposuction is a popular procedure for removing body fat, and mostly safe.

Ultrasonic Cavitation

Ultrasonic cavitation is a non-surgical method of fat reduction using ultrasonic radio waves. The focused ultrasound breaks up the fat cells that are then sent to the liver for processing and elimination. Ultrasonic cavitation is usually performed in a series of treatments that are performed once a week. Ultrasonic cavitation is a safe and popular way to remove fat. Since it is not surgical, it can be performed by a trained technician. It is a safe and effective way to reduce fat and sculpt the body.*

Instead of cutting the skin and inserting a tube to remove fat, ultrasound is delivered using a hand held device called a ‘wand’. The wand sends focused ultrasonic energy to the treatment area to break up and destroy fat cells. Ultrasonic cavitation is a well known and proven method of fat reduction.

Ultrasonic Liposuction

There is some naming confusion because ultrasonic cavitation is sometimes called ultrasonic liposuction. However, when you read about ultrasonic liposuction, it is the same thing as ultrasonic cavitation. Sometimes you also see it called fat cavitation or lipo cavitation. When you ask about ultrasonic cavitation, no matter what term is used, make sure you are referring to the non-invasive procedure using ultrasound. These different names can be a little confusing. There should be no surgery or anaesthesia required during the procedure.

Why Choose Ultrasonic Cavitation?

Ultrasonic cavitation can be an excellent choice for body sculpting and reducing fat. It is a good choice if you are not happy with the gym and diet, yet can’t bring yourself to undergo a surgical procedure. There are many ways you can work on removing fat. In fact, most people try a variety of solutions before settling in on one they like, or they give up altogether. Give ultrasonic cavitation a try and see if it is a good fit for you.

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*Results may vary from person to person. Results are not guaranteed.

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