What Is Cellulite Cavitation?

Rachael Cullins

Cellulite cavitation is a non-surgical alternative to reducing the appearance of cellulite. The procedure involves dissolving underlying fat with ultrasound treatments performed on the exterior of the body. In 2011, the procedure is a relatively new method for cellulite treatment and is not performed as often as liposuction or other more established alternatives.

Cellulite creams that contain retinol may be effective after two to three months of usage.
Cellulite creams that contain retinol may be effective after two to three months of usage.

Ultrasonic cellulite cavitation was developed in Italy. The method has not yet developed a large following or number of providers in the United States, although similar non-surgical procedures are relatively common. Salons provide the service in Italy, China, Australia and other countries around the world. The procedure is generally quicker and less expensive than more invasive surgical options for cellulite treatment.

Wearing slimming undergarments can help minimize the appearance of cellulite.
Wearing slimming undergarments can help minimize the appearance of cellulite.

Cellulite is a condition of the skin and underlying tissue that causes an outward appearance of lumps and bumps. Women are most prone to cellulite and often experience it on areas of the body that are prone to excess fat accumulation, such as the buttocks and thighs. Cellulite is caused by reduced blood circulation in certain areas of the body, leading to swollen fat tissue and stagnant lymphatic fluids. The buildup of these fats and fluids leads to a bumpy, dimpled appearance on the outside skin.

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Cellulite cavitation involves ultrasound treatments to help dissolve underlying fat on the exterior of the body.
Cellulite cavitation involves ultrasound treatments to help dissolve underlying fat on the exterior of the body.

During cellulite cavitation, ultrasound waves break up fat cells and their contents. The fat cells and fluid are then released from the body through urine. The ultrasound method used for the treatment is not painful, and a treatment session typically lasts between 30 and 60 minutes. Cellulite cavitation has been shown to greatly improve skin texture and to decrease the appearance of cellulite, though individual results may vary.

The procedure is non-surgical and has few side effects, and few patients experience pain during treatment. Most places that perform cellulite cavitation recommend a series of at least four sessions to decrease the appearance of fat and cellulite as much as possible. The exact number of treatments needed may depend upon the severity of the cellulite problem.

There are numerous alternatives to cellulite cavitation. Some practitioners use small incisions to break up cellulite tissue. Liposuction is a commonly utilized procedure, as is lipodissolve, which relies on injections. Other methods involve the use of electrodes, heavy massage, acoustic waves, lasers, and infrared lights. Many special creams and gels are marketed as effective for reducing cellulite, but these have not proven to be as effective as the methods used by surgeons and other qualified professionals.

Ultrasound waves are used during cellulite cavitation.
Ultrasound waves are used during cellulite cavitation.

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