The technique of reducing fat through the use of ultrasound is one of the options available today to get rid of fat in specific areas that are hard to get rid through exercise and diet. Areas such as the abdomen, the sides, the back or the hips are areas that generate frustration; because getting rid of fat on them is almost impossible if we are not helped by an external treatment.
Ultrasound destroys the fatty cells and does not affect any other structure such as nerves, blood vessels, etc. Other techniques, for instance, could damage nerves, hence producing a loss of sensation for either a long period of time or permanently
The ultrasound waves are specifically targeted on the fatty cells, thus breaking the cells. At the same time, the machine produces heat which quickly melts the released fat, and then the fat is absorbed by the lymphatic system and the blood vessels, before being discharged by the kidneys and finally eliminated through urine. For better results, the patient needs to drink large amounts of water.
How many treatments are required?
The number varies from patient to patient, but it can be between 6 to 12 treatments. However, there are patients who might require more.
How long are the treatments?
Each area to be treated takes 30 minutes per session.
Is it painful?
No, but sometimes, during the treatment, you can feel some heat, which can be decreased if the technician doing the treatment moves the machine faster on your skin.
What can I expect after I have received the treatment?
The improvement will be seen gradually as the weeks go by. Sometimes some bruising might appear; these might last a few days.
What are the contraindications for this treatment?
There are few, but they are very important. This treatment should not be done on persons who:
- Have metal prosthesis in the areas that are going to be treated (the metal might become hot and injure the patient)
- Take anticoagulants
- Are pregnant
- Are breastfeeding.
It is very important to stress that this treatment serves to reduce the fat located between the skin and the muscle. However, it will not decrease visceral fat, meaning the fat that is located between the abdominal organs; that fat can only be eliminated by diet and cardiovascular exercise.