Cavitation After Tummy Tuck

Achieving the best possible cosmetic results with a tummy tuck is important not only for improved appearance but also because it can have a profound impact on lifestyle. The procedure removes excess fat and skin while tightening underlying abdominal muscles, which may help you stand taller, improve posture and even relieve lower back pain.

Cavitation is one of several surgical options available to women who choose this procedure. Cavitation involves inserting a needle into each of the six pack muscles (rectus abdominis) through tiny incisions made along the bikini line to release built-up gases that create pockets between muscle fibers. The result may be better muscle definition with less folding when you lie flat on your back or down onto your side.

In this guide, we review the aspects of Cavitation after tummy tuck, ultrasonic cavitation for fibrosis, what happens if you do cavitation every day, and when to start cavitation after lipo.

Cavitation after tummy tuck

While this surgery is highly effective, results are going to vary. After surgery, you might be quite surprised that you do not immediately have the body of your dreams.

You may develop small bulges of fat that give your skin an uneven or lumpy appearance. Or you may have symmetry differences or loose skin.

Ultrasonic Cavitation after liposuction is a highly effective procedures to help fine tune your look after surgery. Cavitation is designed to help reduce the fat bulges and pockets that remain after lipo to smooth and sculpt your body. This non-surgical and non-invasive fat removal procedure can help you create a more toned appearance to finally achieve your esthetic goals.

Most physicians recommend a series of Ultrasonic Cavitation in conjunction with Lymphatic Drainage to help you achieve optimal results.

  • Reduces circumference in the treated areas.
  • Body contouring.
  • Blasts visceral fat.
  • Contour symmetry post-surgery.
  • Reduces lumpiness and fat deposits post lipo.

Please follow these instructions prior to your treatment: 

  • Avoid alcoholic beverages 48 hours before and after treatment. Alcohol dehydrates the body, and it is critical that you stay hydrated throughout your treatment.
  • Do not eat for 2 hours before treatment.

Please follow these instructions after your treatment: 

  • For 72 hours following treatment drink a LOT of water. We recommend you consume 1/2 of your body weight in ounces every day for three days. Example: if you weigh 150 lbs, you should drink 75 oz of water. If you weigh 200 lbs, you should drink 100 oz.
  • Wear your faja.
  • Do not eat for 2 hours after treatment.
  • If your physician has cleared you to exercise, get a minimum of 30 minutes cardio after treatment.
  • Eat foods that will help your flush toxins from your body.
  • HIGHLY recommended that you do the infrared Solo-Carbon Sauna treatment following ultrasonic cavitation as this will maximize your results.
  • If any tenderness or redness occurs after treatment, gently ice the area up to 15 minutes.
  • For optimal Post-Surgical results continue with your Lymphatic Drainage sessions
  • Pregnant
  • Nursing (must pump and dump for at least 72 hours)
  • Cancer or chemotherapy with in the last 6 months
  • Acute inflammation

At The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, we believe in providing our patients with total care. That includes making sure that their recovery is as quick and comfortable as possible. Things like bruising and swelling are to be expected, but the degree of bruising and swelling that occurs can be controlled. Other common issues that can occur during the recovery period can also be controlled with proper post-operative care. These issues include:

  • Fibrosis (the buildup, thickening, and scarring of connective tissue)
  • Keloid scar formation
  • Hypertrophic scar formation

Ultrasound-assisted lymphatic massage therapy provides our patients with the post-operative care they need. The device’s ultrasound energy improves the function of the immune system and nervous system while reducing swelling, pain, and bruising. It also stimulates blood and lymphatic circulation in the body. Stimulating lymphatic circulation helps to avoid fibrosis by preventing fluid from building up around the surgical area. This makes ultrasound-assisted lymphatic therapy an excellent post-operative treatment for liposuction.

Preventing fluid buildup makes it easier for nutrients to pass through tissues, which will help to speed up the recovery process. The treatment also produces a relaxing effect on the muscles, which reduces muscles tension and nerve pain. At The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, we recommend that patients receive ultrasound-assisted lymphatic massage therapy after they undergo breast augmentation or liposuction. The treatments typically take 30 minutes to perform, and the number of treatments needed will vary depending on the type of surgery that the patient has undergone. If you want to make sure your recovery goes as smoothly as possible, contact The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule a consultation. We can provide you with the outstanding care you need.

What Does Lymphatic Massage Do?

Lymphatic massages have many uses. It was first developed to reduce swelling and fluid accumulation after surgery, especially in the arms following a mastectomy for breast cancer.

Improving circulation and reducing post-surgical swelling allows for faster healing and less strain on the body’s internal organs, as well as veins and arteries.

The lymph system, along with the body’s circulatory system, is responsible for moving fluid through tissues and around the body. Surgery can put additional strain on these systems during healing. Lymphatic massage helps the body work more efficiently and can reduce swelling and improve healing time for a smoother and more comfortable recovery.

Ultrasonic Cavitation Before And After

Dr. Jones recommends his lymphatic massage in Atlanta to help the body achieve an ideal recovery after surgery, especially for body contouring procedures. Our licensed massage therapist offers gentle, hands-on lymphatic massage to aid with the following:

  • Post tummy tuck–for a softer, less noticeable scar and less scar tissue and improved shape
  • Post liposuction–to improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of lumpiness, and minimize bruising, to improve shape, minimize firmness
  • Post rhinoplasty–for less facial swelling and faster healing time

What is Cavitation?

Cavitation is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that utilizes the power of ultrasound therapy to break up fat cells around the body, including the abdomen, back, thighs, and upper arms.

It is an effective option for patients who do not wish to undergo traditional liposuction, and for most patients who undergo multiple treatments, the results are permanent.

Lymphatic Massage Combined with Cavitation

Lymphatic massage, along with cavitation, is an effective adjuvant therapy that can improve healing time, reduce scarring and bruising, and smooth out lumpiness to help you recover from your surgical procedure.

After any surgery, the body is stimulated to begin the healing process. As lymphatic massage with cavitation is comfortable and safe, it also uses cutting edge technology to enhance the body’s natural healing abilities to create a synergistic approach to wellness and restoration.

Who is a Candidate for Cavitation Therapy?

Cavitation cannot be performed on patients in their first trimester of pregnancy, those with certain types of heart problems or a pacemaker, and those with certain types of metal implants. Further, cavitation is open to patients of all skin types and leaves no scarring. When scheduling your surgery, ask Dr. Jones if our best in Atlanta Cavitation is right for you.

How Much Does Lymphatic Massage & Cavitation Cost?

After meeting with Dr. Jones and determining your post-surgical needs, he can recommend a treatment course that will optimize recovery and wellness. Afterward, you will meet with a member of our team, who can provide a cost breakdown, including surgery, anesthesia, and recovery.

ultrasonic cavitation for fibrosis

Many body sculpting services are intended to solve problems, and the most common problem we have is excessive fat. Our lifestyles and the foods we eat simply make us fatter. There is no surprise that the vast majority of body sculpting services are there to help us reduce fat.

Many Ways To Skin The Fat

There is no shortage of services and ways to reduce fat: diets, exercise, surgeries and a myriad of other fat reducing procedures. What you decide to do depends on your budget and what you need to have done. Sometimes, all you need is one procedure and problem solved. However, many of our problems with fat require more than one type of procedure. This is because our bodies are complicated organisms and changes tend not to be simple.

For example, losing fat seems like a simple straightforward thing. And it is. But, we don’t just want to lose fat, we want to look good. That is the whole purpose of losing fat.

When we lose a lot of fat, we can end up with loose skin and lumpy areas where the fat was stubborn and did not want to come off. So, when we lose a lot of fat in our efforts to look good, we need to follow up and address the loose skin and lumpy, stubborn fat left over. Not always, but quite often.

Lumpy After Liposuction

Liposuction is a popular procedure to reduce fat; however, it is not perfect. Liposuction removes significant amounts of fat in some cases, and one of the side effects is lumpiness.Many doctors advise using ultrasonic cavitation to smooth out the lumpiness after liposuction. In fact, some of our most recent clients have signed up for ultrasonic cavitation because their doctors advised it to them following their liposuction procedures. If you have lumpiness after liposuction, you may want to try ultrasonic cavitation.

Liposuction Aftercare Services

We generally recommend radio-frequency skin tightening after liposuction to tighten loose skin. Now we are seeing some clients come in who want ultrasonic cavitation after liposuction. Ultrasound cavitation can be very effective when used to treat those lumpy areas because it treats specific areas of fat deposits.

Liposuction, RF Skin Tightening, and Ultrasonic Cavitation can be effective when used together or as stand alone treatments.* At Bellissimo You, we can set you up with a course of laser lipo, ultrasonic cavitation, and radio-frequency skin tightening that can work wonders and leave you looking and feeling great.

what happens if you do cavitation every day

How many treatments will I need? To see maximum results, a course of 8 treatments is recommended, per body area. These treatments should be done twice per week at regular intervals.

Which areas of the body can be treated? The laser lipo procedure can be performed on calves, knees, thighs, buttocks, stomach, arms. Laser lipo is a multi-pad system that makes treatment fast and efficient. Typical treatment times are 20-40 minutes.

What inch loss could I achieve from this treatment? Depending on your size, this will vary from person to person, but your dedication to the treatment will greatly improve the results. A healthy diet needs to be adhered to and an exercise program is important to follow to enable the released fat to be used up as energy. This should be done the same day as your i-lipo treatment.

Does it hurt? Laser lipo is a low level LED Light and most people feel very little when it is used on them. Laser lipo is a comfortable, relaxing treatment where the typical sensation felt is just a slight warmth where the pads are in contact with your skin. The process is extremely relaxing. The most you’ll feel is a slightly warm sensation in the treatment area. In fact, you could bring a book or your iPod and completely chill out.

Is it suitable for men and women? The laser lipo treatment works equally well for both.

Can everyone have the treatment? There are a few medical conditions that would stop us from performing the treatment. Your laser lipo therapist will go through a full health and medical questionnaire with you before your first treatment to ensure you are suitable. This will also include a detailed description of the treatment and a time for any questions you may have.

How long will the results last? Booster treatments are not necessarily needed with the laser lipo, as long as your weight, diet and exercise are maintained. One treatment performed now and again is a good incentive to keep you in control.

How safe is Laser Lipo? It is completely safe; Laser Lipo low level LED light technology has been studied and used for over 30 years for many biomedical purposes, including wound healing, pain relief and inflammation. Don’t forget either that this is not lipo ‘suction’ or ’Smart lipo’, and therefore has none of the associated risks and problems involved.

Which areas of the body can be treated?Virtually anywhere there is excess fat such as:

Where does the fat go? Laser Lipo treatments result in the liquefaction of fats. The liquefied fat is then drained away by the lymphatic system which is responsible for removing wastes from the body. From here, they’re delivered to the skeletal muscles where – through exercise – they’re burned to CO2 and ultimately eliminated from the body as we breathe out.

What happens to the Glycerol that is released with the fat?Glycerol is sent to the liver for gluconeogenesis, a fancy word for ‘sugar making’.

What happens after each treatment? One can resume normal activities immediately, as Laser Lipo is completely non-invasive with no down-time whatsoever. However, some form of exercise is necessary to burn of the drained fat (fuel) as energy.

What results can one expect from the Laser Lipo treatment? Measurable loss should always be noticed after the first treatment alone because Laser Lipo works very quickly. Both male and female clients have found that those hard to reduce trouble spots can be treated quite significantly within just a few treatments. Although results can vary depending on the size of the individual, the area to be treated, etc.

How many treatments are needed? This all depends on certain factors such as the area to be treated, your size, what you want to achieve. 8 sessions usually recommended.

Ultrasonic Cavitation FAQ’s:

Can I lose weight with Ultrasound Cavitation?

Ultrasonic Cavitation is not a method of weight loss. It is designed to reshape and sculpt the body and remove localized stubborn fat or cellulite. Ultrasonic Cavitation treatments work best when combined with a low fat and low carbohydrate diet and regular exercise and these will help you to lose weight.

How many treatments can I have?

We recommend you have a course of 6 and a maximum of 12 treatments before having a break of 4 weeks to allow your body to recover. You should allow 72 hours between treatments.

How soon can I see a result of cavitation?

Most clients will have a noticeable reduction in their measurements after the very first treatment, some have recorded 5 inches, however the average is a 2 inch loss. The process of fat removal continues for up to 7 days after each treatment so it isn’t unusual to see a further decrease a day or two after your initial treatment.

Is the fat reduction permanent?

Yes, the fat cells are fractured, broken down and the cells are drained away through the liver and passed as waste from the body.

The service is tailored to the individual but generally including consultation and measurement, you can expect to be with us between 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes.

How long should I wait after childbirth to have cavitation treatments?

You must wait a minimum of 3 months after normal birth of your baby or a minimum of 6 months after C section. It is best to get GP approval post childbirth prior to commencing Ultrasonic Cavitation.

Do I have to rest afterwards?

No, the great thing about this treatment is that you can go about your day as normal. We strongly advise you to increase your water intake to at least a half gallon a day to help with the fat removal.

What would happen if I had cavitation during my period?

Ultrasound increases blood flow and you would feel uncomfortable.

Yes, it is our policy to not provide this service to anyone under the age of 18.

Can I have more than one area treated if I pay?

Following the treatment, the body has to work to remove the excess fat that is now passing through the lymphatic system to the liver. For this reason, treating multiple areas is not advisable and may not be effective. We follow the rule of no more than 30 minutes of Ultrasonic Cavitation every 72 hours. Those 30 minutes however, can be split between opposite sides of the body, i.e. 15 minutes on the left thigh and 15 minutes on the right thigh.

What if I don’t see results straight away?

It is important to remember that everyone is different and your body will work according to your unique metabolism. You will see reduction during a course of treatments which is why we recommend a course of 6 or more to get great results.

What can I do at home to help with treatments?

Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol after your service. Try and increase your heart rate by taking some exercise for the best results, even by doing some household chores, and avoid too many carbohydrates.

Will people know that I’ve had help to get my new figure?

It is completely up to you if you tell people that you have had Ultrasonic Cavitation, however the treatment is non-invasive so there are no scars and you won’t have to take time off work to recover. We are fully committed to ensure your privacy is maintained at all times.

When to Start Cavitation After Tummy Tuck

One of the most popular body sculpting practices after liposuction is Ultrasonic Cavitation. It is designed to help reduce the fat pockets that can remain after lipo that can’t be addressed through exercise or diet.

Ultrasound Cavitation After Lipo

Getting cavitation done after lipo is one of many possible procedures that can help finish your look after surgery if manual therapy (massage done with the hands) fails to get the results you were looking for with lipo.

Remember that it takes months for you to see your final result, so don’t rush into cavitation right away. It can actually cause damage if done too soon. It is advisable to wait at least 12 weeks post op to begin cavitation if that is the correct therapy for your issue.

The reason or this is that cavitation is a procedure that causes damage (by destroying fat cells). While that sounds good, you need to consider that liposuction (or a tummy tuck or other similar procedure) is a type of trauma. The body needs to heal to a certain point before causing more trauma (cavitation). If you don’t give the body enough time to reduce the inflammation that liposuction caused, the cavitation will restart the inflammatory process. The inflammatory cascade is how healing happens. Inflammatory molecules call on the body to send “supplies” to build new tissue.

If you are post op, the last thing you want is for the body to start building a lot of new tissue. Those crazy stories about post op fibrosis on Instagram and Tik Tok? Ask those people if they got cavitation/radio frequency immediately post-op. because a lot of places advertise it as appropriate for immediate post-op care, but they don’t understand the physiology behind why that is a bad idea. Please hold off until 3 months minimum so you don’t cause even more problems.

Are You Lumpy After Your Lipo?

If you have had lipo, it is possible that you have a few spots that didn’t turn out to be perfect. There may be small pockets of fat that your surgeon missed. Lipo is an art – not an exact science, so this happens occasionally despite the skill of your surgeon. This is why many doctors recommend following up with cavitation as part of your surgical aftercare.

Just remember – doing cavitation too soon after lipo can actually cause more problems than it helps. Be sure you are at least 3 months out from surgery before making an appointment for cavitation.

Ultrasound Cavitation FAQ

Sometimes cavitation is enough, but it is possible that you might need Radio Frequency to help tighten the skin as well. This is because when the fat is gone, it tends to be looser, and nobody wants sagging skin. This isn’t necessary for everyone, because it depends on how much fat you are losing and the elasticity of the skin. (Hint: the younger and fitter you are, the less likely you are to need RF skin tightening.)

Yes! At Pain & Swelling Solutions you can do a combination of RF and Cavitation, or you can get them as stand-alone treatments. You may also add either service to an existing Lymphatic Massage. During your first session, we will discuss your goals and problem areas and craft the best solution to resolve those issues, leaving you looking and feeling great!

Ultrasonic Cavitation is a highly specialized therapy that reduces fat volume and tones the body. Cavitation uses the cutting-edge technology of ultrasound to burst fat cells. This can help you to lose inches on the areas that are treated, giving you a much smoother, smaller, contoured shape. The benefits of cavitation are that it is effective at targeting trouble spots, but it does not require any downtime.

You can achieve “volume reduction” of fatty tissues and “toning of the body.” It is important to note that cavitation is not a weight reduction technique. It is intended to target tough spots of fat.

Cavitation is a completely non-invasive therapy that uses ultrasound to burst fat cells. The contents of the fat cells are then taken up by the lymphatic system and returned to the blood stream, where the body can use the fat for energy.

Ultrasound is a very low frequency sound wave that can’t be heard by people. The energy of the sound wave is transmitted through the skin and targets fat cells. The fat cells begin to vibrate due to the sound wave.

Bubbles (or cavities) are formed between the fat cells, and a bit of heat is made from the friction of the cells. The fat cells eventually end up dumping out their contents, causing them to reduce in size. The lymphatic system carries the contents away.

Yes, it works, but it is important to keep in mind that the changes are not as dramatic as are often seen on Instagram. The photos posted have often been manipulated. Cavitation does not produce the same results as you would get through surgery. Cavitation is best used to target areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. Results vary from one person to the next due to the individual’s metabolism, age, tissue structure, hormonal changes, and the area treated.

To get the best results from cavitation, you have to help it along. It is important to follow specific aftercare guidelines to get the most out of your therapy. Read more about this in the aftercare information.

Most clients see a difference in 3 sessions, but some people are able to see results immediately. Optimal results are usually achieved between 8-12 sessions. Since people vary greatly in age and weight and different areas of the body respond differently to the therapy, some people require more or less sessions than others.

Results occur gradually over a period of weeks, with a reduction of up to about 4 inches being common in 12 treatments.

If you are already coming for Lymphatic Massage, you can add on a 1/2 hour or hour cavitation session to your lymphatic massage session.

If you are only coming for Ultrasound Cavitation or Radio Frequency Skin Tightening, the minimum time is 1-hour, and you can get up to 2 areas of the body done in that hour session.

Upper abdomen, lower abdomen, 1 arm, 1 thigh, 1 flank each count as one area. So, in a one-hour session, you could have your full abdomen, or both legs, or both arms, or both flanks done.

Many people ask this question, and it’s a fair question. Sure, it’s possible to use the cavitation head over larger areas of the body in a single hour. However, for the therapy to be effective, no more than one area can be covered per half hour. Otherwise, the therapy’s effect is so minimal, that it’s not worth doing. It’s like pouring water in orange juice. It may still be orange juice, but the end product is not very good.

Additionally, the body has to process all of the fat that is released, so, it is important not to overload the body with too much fat at once.

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