How to reduce localized fat has become one of the most attractive treatments in a cosmetic practice. Regardless of the surgical treatments performed by plastic surgeons, there are two treatments that have revolutionized body shaping. Today, we will discuss one of them: the use of ultrasound to melt away fat. Ultrasound breaks fat cells without affecting the other areas of the body such as nerves, arteries or veins; it is a highly selective method. I will try to explain, in a very clear way, how it works. It is important to clarify that fat cells, or adipocytes, are huge cells. Nothing compared to the size of the rest of the cells in our body. Now, let´s imagine these cells as a large group of buildings in an area of the city, they are surrounded by small houses and stores (those would be the rest of the structures surrounding the fat); ultrasound, through sound waves, acts as an earthquake of high magnitude earthquake that would destroy those large buildings but would leave untouched the surrounding houses and small stores. Once those cells are destroyed, the fat is free and it is absorbed by the blood, which will then be filtered by the kidneys and will be eliminated from our body through urine.
The treatment does not require any prior preparation. You will only feel the massage that comes from the hand-held machine and some very tolerable heat. At no time will you experience pain. The treatment lasts 20 minutes for each area that you want to treat. We always ask that our patients to drink up to 3 litres of water per day in order to get rid of as much fat as possible. In some cases, bruises may appear a few days after the treatment.
We recommend making an appointment every week or every two weeks, because it is a cumulative effect. The number of sessions required varies from person to person depending on the amount of fat that needs to be eliminated; it can be anywhere between 4 to 12 sessions. There are contraindications for some people who are taking anticoagulants, suffer from thrombopathies, are pregnant or have metallic prostheses in the areas that are going to be treated. There are people who do not have much fat, and are only loose; for these people we prefer using radio frequency for toning as well as for muscle stimulation. But we will talk more about this technique in our next blog.