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  • Writer's pictureMarley Hall

Fat Reduction and Skin Tightening Through Ultrasonic Cavitation and Radiofrequency

by Marley Hall

Many of us experience shifts in our body composition and skin elasticity as the years pass by. Stubborn areas of fat become difficult to shift, and skin starts to loosen more than we’d like. Not everyone wants to take drastic measures like going under the knife through cosmetic surgery, and that’s where modern technology has come to the rescue. Non-invasive treatments like cavitation and radiofrequency can make a world of difference, avoiding long and sometimes painful recovery times.

Cavitation and radiofrequency are simply non-invasive cosmetic procedures designed to target stubborn fat and rejuvenate your skin. Let's break down what each treatment involves:


Cavitation uses low frequency ultrasound technology to target and liquidise fat cells beneath the skin by apply pressure to the fat cell membrane. The process creates tiny bubbles in the fat tissue, which eventually burst, breaking down the fat into a liquid form that your body can naturally eliminate. It's an excellent choice for spot-reducing fat in areas like the abdomen, thighs, and arms.

A trained technician will apply a gel to the treatment area and use a handheld device to deliver ultrasound waves. The procedure is generally painless and may take around 30-60 minutes per session. You’ll feel the skin warming up and may experience a temporary buzzing in your ears whilst its being carried out.

Most people describe cavitation as a comfortable treatment with minimal discomfort. Some warmth or tingling sensations might be felt, but there's typically no downtime, allowing you to resume your daily activities immediately.


Radiofrequency (RF) therapy involves the use of controlled radio waves to heat the skin's deeper layers, stimulating collagen production and tightening loose or saggy skin. This is an effective way to reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture. It can also be used for fat reduction as it can heat to high temperatures, melting the fat beneath the skin. The melted fat cells eventually die off and leave the body through the lymphatic system

During an RF session, a technician will glide a handheld device over the treatment area, gently heating the skin. A full treatment session typically takes around 30-45 minutes.

Clients usually report a pleasant warming sensation during the procedure. There's minimal discomfort or downtime associated with RF treatments.

With both cavitation and radiofrequency, 6-10 sessions may be required to obtain good results for fat reduction and skin tightening on the body. Less are required for the face.


Numerous studies support the effectiveness of cavitation and radiofrequency treatments. For example, a study published in the "Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology" (2017) found that radiofrequency treatments significantly improved skin tightening and elasticity in postmenopausal women.

Remember that individual results may vary, and it's essential to consult with a qualified practitioner to determine the right treatment plan for your unique needs.

In conclusion, cavitation and radiofrequency are safe and effective options for all, particularly women navigating the changes of menopause and perimenopause. With minimal discomfort and no downtime, these treatments can help you achieve the body and skin you desire.

To speak to a qualified practitioner about cavitation and radiofrequency treatments in Surrey, visit

Marley Hall is a UK registered, award winning midwife, educator and author from Surrey.

She is also a mother of 5. Since qualifying in 2009, she worked extensively within the

NHS, caring for women from a wide range of backgrounds during pregnancy, birth and


Marley now works as a private independent midwife in and around London. She also runs an aesthetic clinic providing cosmetic treatments in Surrey.

Marley is one of the founding members of NowBaby Live, and works to provide evidence

based antenatal education to people all over the world. She is passionate about

ensuring women and their partners are given informed choice and uses social media

to educate a vat number of expectant parents. Her debut book Midwife Marley’s

Guide for Everyone: Pregnancy, Birth & The Fourth Trimester was released in March 2022

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