Ultrasound in fat reduction uses ultrasonic waves to liquefy fats in a specific region. Typically, two types of treatment. An internal (ultrasound-assisted liposuction) and an external type which is an ultrasound-assisted fat reduction. The external method is a non-invasive fat reduction treatment that uses sonic waves to break down fat in the body. Using a paddle-like instrument to emit ultrasonic vibrations outside the body and through the skin, fat is broken down and eliminated.
However, the vibrations used can potentially disrupt a patient’s nervous system resulting in a loss of sensation. External ultrasonic waves can also result in bruising and skin necrosis and best to consult a trained and certified doctor for the best suitable treatment.
Treatment names include: Ultrashape, EMSculpt
Before the procedure, you may need to stop taking certain medications, herbs, and supplements. Restricting certain food and limit alcohol consumption. You would need to undergo various laboratory tests. Antibiotics may be administered before the surgery.
You may be given either local or general anesthesia depending on the areas being treated. The area of treatment will be marked. To begin, the site is sterilized and the machine will be used. A transducer is typically used in a continuous circular motion to apply the energy.
After the procedure, antibiotics may be prescribed. Do not engage in strenuous or high-impact activity for at least 14 days. Do wear your compression garment continuously for up to 4 weeks. Walking and light exercise may be requested. Some patients are able to return to normal work on the day itself
Results are progressive and may take several weeks to months to show. Maintaining a good stable weight can help. Keep up with an active lifestyle and healthy diet intake.
Some risk includes:
-Loss of sensation
-disruption of the nervous system due to vibrations