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Does ultrasonic cavitation work?

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Ultrasonic cavitation is effective when used to shape areas with localized fat and cellulite: thighs, abdomen, buttocks, hip flanks, arms and legs, states Physicians Weight Loss Center. Ultrasonic cavitation is not a method to lose weight.

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Ultrasonic cavitation treatment is an aesthetic treatment for body shaping. This process creates vibrations in the liquid that surrounds fat cells. The vibrations break down the membranes of the fat cells, causing them to implode. This procedure does not disturb the surrounding vascular, nervous and muscular tissue, states Veda Health Services for Physicians Weight Loss Center.

Fat is then released into the interstitial fluid between the cells where it is metabolized to glycerol and free fatty acids. It is then absorbed by the circulatory system.

The cavitation process is safe and painless for both men and women, says Physicians Weight Loss Center. A treatment usually lasts from 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the treated area and the thickness of the fat layer.

Side effects may include a buzzing or ringing sound in the ears for up to one day, oily stools, and for urine to have an unusual smell as excess waste leaves the body. It is important to keep water intake high before and after treatment, says Physicians Weight Loss Center.

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