Face and Body
Radiofrequency (RF) energy treatment is technology for non-surgical tightening of the early signs of loose or sagging skin; ideal for those people who either don’t want, or don’t believe they are old enough to have a surgical procedure. RF treatment generates energy that penetrates the skin layers to selectively heat the skin tissue. The heating caused by the RF waves result in an immediate contraction of collagen fibres. At the same time, new collagen is produced, resulting in a tighter, firmer appearance of the skin. 6 to 8 treatments recommended. Pure RF energy alone (such as the Accent™, Pelleve™, Thermage™ and Tripollar™ devices) is primarily used to treat skin laxity by facial tightening, and is best suited to patients with mild to moderate sagging of facial tissues, usually those in their mid 30s to 50s, with any skin color. It is commonly used to treat the forehead, under the eyes, cheeks, mid-face, jaw line, neck, arms , tummy, bottom, hips and thighs. Based on current RF technologies, most people should see at least a mild improvement in their skin tightness, with minimal risks and downtime compared to surgery.
How it works?
As we age, our skin loses elasticity and firmness as connective tissue (such as old friend collagen) begins to break down. Wrinkles, sagging and skin thinning all occur as a result of this cellular loss, which also emphasize certain fat deposits under the skin and make cellulite appear more prominent. RF uses waves of different frequencies to create heat which penetrates several levels of fat and skin cells. A device that looks a bit like a shower head or ultrasound device is placed on the skin and is used to target problem areas for 15 to 45 minutes. When the waves reach tissue where collagen fibres are embedded, the heating process causes them to quickly contract and tightens the layers of skin. At the same time, the increase in temperature is supposed to boost the metabolism of fibroblasts (which basically means it almost magically seems to speed up collagen and elastin renewal), resulting in a smoother and younger looking complexion. When fat cells are painlessly heated during cellulite treatment, metabolism is speeded up and it’s said that liquid fat is released from the cells. After the fat is liquefied, the cells shrink and cellulite is less visible through the skin. And with little to no real recovery period (any redness usually disappears within 24 hours), you’ll be glowing in no time!
Is it for me?
If you are self conscious about some cellulite, localised fat or excess skin following pregnancy and weight loss, and don’t like the idea of surgery then RF treatment may be for you. If you would like to improve the appearance of your skin without resorting to invasive treatments and like to see immediate results, then claims that almost all patients see a difference after their first session will act as further encouragement to give it a go. However, if you have been fitted with a pacemaker or have a metal plate/pin in the area in which you wish to be treated, then you cannot undergo RF treatment. If you suffer from severe heart disease, muscular or connective tissue disorders or are currently pregnant/breastfeeding, then unfortunately you should also avoid the therapy.
Is There A Recovery Time After The Radio Frequency Treatment?
Radio frequency skin tightening is mainly popular due to its high efficacy and no recovery time. Your skin may remain slightly red for 30 to 60 minutes after the procedure. It may also feel somewhat dry for 24 to 48 hours after the treatment, but clients may return to their normal daily routine immediately.
Non-invasive ultrasonic-cavitation treatments are designed to contour the body and reduce fat. During 30- to 45-minute treatments, technicians direct low-frequency ultrasound waves at specific areas. The energy works to liquefy fat cells for natural disposal by the body. Minimum 6 to 8 sessions may be needed for best results.
Cavitation Ultrasound Questions & Answers
Ultrasound- Cavitation Body Shaping is an aesthetic treatment. Using leading edge ultrasonic- cavitation technology it converts fat cells into liquid which can then be naturally drained by the body’s own filtration system. The treatment can be followed by a lymphatic drainage with Pressotherapy, body wrapping, and manual massage therapy. These are very effective at eliminating liquids.
How it works?
The ultrasound-cavitation filed creates bubbles in the liquid that surround the fat cells, which gradually grow, and implode. As the membranes of fat cells do not have the structural capacity to withstand the vibrations, the effect of ultrasonic cavitation easily breaks them, while sparing the vascular, nervous and muscular tissue.
What happens to the released fat?
After disruption and emulsification of the fat cells liquid, which makes up the fat cells, in the form of triglycerides, is released into the interstitial fluid between the cells. This fluid is then metabolized to glycerol and free fatty acids. Water-soluble glycerol is absorbed by the circulatory system and used as the energy source, whereas the insoluble free fatty acids are transported to the liver and processed as fatty acids from food.
What is the treatment like?
The cavitation treatment does not require any special pre-treatment. It starts with circumference measurement of the target body area .The duration of treatment session normally takes around 20 – 45 minutes, depending on the size of the area and the thickness of the fat layer.
Is Cavitation Ultrasound a safe treatment?
Yes, we will complete a medical questionnaire with you to make sure it is safe for you to undergo this kind of treatment. It is a nonsurgical procedure without anaesthesia, it is non-invasive (no cutting, leaves no scars or need post-operative course) and it allows for a full social life both before and after the sessions.
Is Cavitation Ultrasound painful?
No, cavitation is a completely painless treatment.
Can these treatments be performed on male and females?
Yes, of course.
Which are the areas where treatment is more effective?
All those areas with localized fat and cellulite: thighs, abdomen, buttocks, hip flanks, arms and legs.
Is it possible to lose weight with Cavitation Ultrasound?
Cavitation Ultrasound is NOT a method to lose weight but rather to shape the body. The treatment is used to reduce stubborn fatty pockets that just won’t go away with diet and exercise and to improve the appearance of cellulites.
Must you follow any guidelines before or after undergoing Cavitation Ultrasound?
We recommend a low calorie diet and to drink at least 1.0-1.5 litres of water before and after the session. After the session we recommend to do Pressoterapy (Lymphatic drainage) or a small amount of cardio (brisk walk/jog). Drinking water and half an hour of cardio is a necessary part in order to eliminate the fat.
What are the side effects of Cavitation Ultrasound?
You can go about your normal activities right away. You may continue to experience a residual buzzing or ringing sound in your ears for up to 24 hours. Skin trauma is rare, however the area treated may retain warmth for a few hours afterwards. It is not uncommon for stool movements to be oily in the days that follow, or for urine to have an unusual smell as excess waste leaves the body. It is absolutely vital to keep water intake high during the days following treatment to help flush your system.
What might prevent me having a Cavitation Ultrasound?
Cancer: Cancer cells travel via the lymphatic system, as does waste produced by Ultrasound Cavitation. A treatment presents an unacceptable risk of helping to move cancer cells. Cold or flu symptoms or fever: Ultrasound Cavitation releases toxins from the body via the lymphatic system, and treatments can exacerbate flu symptoms, which also leave the body the same way.
Swollen lymph nodes: Treatments cannot be performed in areas where lymph nodes are swollen, infected, or not draining properly. Oedema: Oedema or localised swelling of limbs indicates poor lymphatic flow. Treatments are not designed to alleviate oedema and may in fact exacerbate the condition.
Active Infections & Immunosuppression: These factors compromise the healing ability of the body, and Ultrasound Cavitation should not be attempted until the infection or deficiency is cleared. Liver, Kidney, or Heart Disease: Compromises the ability of the body to recover from treatments.
Severe hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, diabetes mellitus, or poor circulation of blood and lymph.
Pregnancy: Sound waves generated by the treatment will very likely harm an unborn child’s hearing and may also result in compromising its immune system.
Breastfeeding: As mother’s milk draws nutrients from the body, there is an unacceptable degree of risk that toxins may pass into the milk and therefore be ingested by a nursing child.
Lymph nodes and joints cannot be treated with cavitation.
The face and neck cannot be treated with cavitation however Radio Frequency RF can be.
Menstruation: During a period, the abdomen cannot be treated however other areas can be.
Metallic Implants: People who have metal implanted anywhere in their bodies, such as bone pins or pace makers cannot receive a treatment. Skin allergies or inflammation: Areas with obvious signs of inflammation cannot be treated.
Minors: Due to the changing hormonal and fat deposits in the growing body during puberty, we do not treat clients under 18 years of age with Cavitation or Radio Frequency.
What after-care will optimise my results from a Cavitation Ultrasound treatment?
Essentially, Ultrasound Fat Cavitation is designed to destabilise and break down fat into carbohydrates and waste material. If not followed by exercise and plenty of water, the destabilised fat will reform and resettle. Think of the process in simple terms. Fat and sound waves. If you put a tub of butter in the microwave and heat it, the butter destabilises into liquid. If you leave it to sit however, it solidifies again. The same applies to this treatment, and that’s why cardiovascular exercise and water are vital. Pressoterapy or cardio afterwards serves two purposes; to burn off the released carbohydrates, and to encourage the contraction and expansion of lymphatic vessels to channel out waste. Meanwhile, the water acts to thin that waste and to hasten its removal from the body through the urine.