DOES HIFEM TECHNOLOGY WORK?

Does HIFEM Body Contouring Technology Work?

The non-invasive HIFEM (high intensity focused electromagnetic) body contouring technology induces 20,000 supramaximal muscle contractions in 30 minutes. What exactly does that mean? This technology is able to affect the muscle in a way that you couldn’t do voluntarily. When you do a crunch or a squat, you’re activating about 50 percent of that muscle group every three to five seconds. This is activating 100 percent of the muscle 20,000 times in a 30-minute period.

While describing HIFEM body contouring technology to inquiring clients, our technicians let them know that the benefits may sound too good to be true, but the truth is that it really does work and we have seen amazing results from our clients.

If a client is still hesitant, our technicians would remind them that not only will they see a great improvement in their muscle tone, but they may find working out easier, better, stronger, and longer. This may help them reach their fitness goals even faster than they could without the help of HIFEM body contouring technology.

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Benefits of HIFEM Body Contouring Technology

  • Muscle is developed while fat is also burned
  • Procedure takes only 30 minutes of in-clinic time
  • Only 4 to 6 sessions is required
  • Appropriately spaced treatments give the procedures time to build on each other and produce longer-lasting results

The idea of lying still for 30 minutes and getting the definition and fat-burning effect of 20,000 crunches does indeed sound too good to be true, but you cannot argue with facts. According to the reliable sources, HIFEM is able to create about 16 percent muscle development on the area it was used on after four treatments spaced two weeks apart.

HIFEM body contouring technology works because you’re dramatically increasing the metabolic rate of what’s going on around the muscle and with the “hyper-contraction of the muscle, the fatty acids in the muscle cells leak out. Hence, you’ll see a 15 percent fat burn on top of the muscle building. Unlike CoolSculpting or SculpSure treatments, in which you are targeting the fat directly, the fat-burning caused by HIFEM is more of a residual effect from what the device is doing to your muscles.

HIFEM body contouring technology can certainly emphasize definition all on its own, but the best results will come from a combination of HIFEM treatments, a healthy diet, and a consistent exercise regimen. Basically, if the patient is already in great shape, then HIFEM alone could theoretically be all they need to achieve an even more toned physique. But if they have more of an average body type, like most people within a normal BMI range, then HIFEM will be great to enhance the definition in their abdominal area, but we would also recommend that they adopt a lifestyle of eating healthy and exercising regularly in order to get a more noticeable and longer-lasting outcome.

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How to Prepare for Your HIFEM Body Contouring Treatments

Wondering whether you are an “ideal” candidate for HIFEM? We recommend it for anyone who is health-conscious and who exercises but is looking for that extra definition that their SoulCycle classes just aren’t delivering—the icing on the cake, so to speak. If you’re deciding between HIFEM and something like CoolSculpting or SculpSure, we suggest that the right choice depends on your goal.

If you’re more concerned with getting rid of fat, then CoolSculpting or SculpSure might be the way to go, and then you could follow up with HIFEM for toning and muscle definition. But we must caution that, while HIFEM body contouring can help reduce fat, its main function involves building muscle. Therefore, the less fat you have in the treatment location, the more visible results you will yield.

Because HIFEM body contouring is a non-invasive procedure, patients won’t need to fast or undergo rest time prior to their appointments. Just show up to your appointment, and that’s it!

What to Expect During an HIFEM Procedure

The actual HIFEM body contouring treatment is painless. The device straps on over your stomach area (or leg, arms, or butt area), and then our technician turns up the power. We say that they’ll usually start at a lower power level and then work their way up, because going directly to 80 percent or 100 percent can hyper-stress the muscle. This risk is why you probably won’t find an HIFEM device at your local Equinox anytime soon; you’ll need a trained technician who knows how to safely handle the device.

The contractions occur a few seconds apart and feel a little strange—like super-intense vibrations that reach your very core. This experience may feel slightly uncomfortable during your first treatment but will get better and easier with each additional session. After a few contractions, the machine will switch over to a tapping motion to help break up the lactic acid that’s being released by your muscles.

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Possible Side Effects

HIFEM body contouring technology brands itself as a low-stress experience, and for the average patient, there won’t be any significant side effects during or after the procedure. HIFEM is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment with little risk, and there have been no serious adverse events recorded by using HIFEM. Also, the safety of the device has been supported by numerous studies. However, as with many treatments, there are patients who should avoid HIFEM or don’t make the ideal candidates for this type of procedure.

HIFEM should not be used by anyone who has metal or electronics (like pacemakers, copper IUDs, etc.) in their bodies, as these could interfere with the magnetic waves. HIFEM should also be avoided during pregnancy, but it can be used after pregnancy help tone the abdomen.

The Cost

Many clinics charge between $750 and $1000 for each of your initial four sessions. From there, you can purchase packages to keep up with your HIFEM results. Truth be told, at that price point, the treatment is not all that attainable for most people. If are already spending hundreds on a gym membership or workout classes, HIFEM could be the one thing that helps you overcome your workout plateau and, therefore, a worthy investment. At Body Contouring Clinic, our current special is 40% off for new clients, which works out to only $1,497 for four sessions ($374.25/session). That is a great deal, and we welcome all newbies to this new technology to give it a try.

After The Procedure

The day after first procedure, stomach area may feel slightly sore, like it would after a particularly intense Pilates class. You may go back for three more treatments spaced a few days apart and wait for your sculpted abs to make their appearance. Two weeks may go by, and you still may have nothing in terms of visible results. What happens, however, is that you finally can achieve Crow Pose during a Y7 yoga class.

Yoga is pretty much the only form of exercise that some may enjoy, but still the practice may be sporadic. So imagine if you attempted Crow Pose—a move where you lean forward on your hands, lift your legs up and rest your knees on your back elbows—and were actually able to balance on your hands for a good 10 seconds. You will surely be shocked.

Your biggest referral sources can be SoulCycle instructors, nutritionists, and professional trainer-type patients. There’s nothing more frustrating than hitting a workout plateau. A lot of patients feel that their whole core is stronger after doing HIFEM, and they’re able to reach the next level of their fitness journey.

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Does It Work? YES, but have Patience: 2 Months Post Treatment Results

After a few more weeks pass, you may not see any sort of visible result from HIFEM. You may even chalk this up to the fact that you weren’t the ideal patient. Because if you have more fat around your stomach area and you don’t exercise all the time, then perhaps you shouldn’t expect the visible results that are promised? But don’t lose hope, soon you will look in the mirror and literally do a double take. Can it be? Can those be faint outlines of muscle definition you are seeing in your stomach area? Can they be… abs? Getting more of an hourglass figure will become visible.

The designer jeans that you usually only wear once a year because they’re so constricting in the waist area now will be more comfortable; there will be a noticeable difference in the difficulty level in buttoning the top button. You will feel more confident in your swimsuit, wearing a cropped top, and being naked. It’s not like you will suddenly wake up with a rock-hard six-pack, but the change will be undeniable. HIFEM body contouring technology will work, and your stomach area will be tighter and more
toned than it will ever be in your life.

Here is one clinical study with 2 months post treatment results: “Analysis of the same MRI slices verified by tissue artefacts showed a statistically significant (all P < 0.0001) average 18.6% reduction of adipose tissue thickness, 15.4% increase in rectus abdominis muscle thickness, and 10.4% reduction in rectus abdominus separation
(diastasis recti) as measured from the medial border of the muscle 2 months post- treatment.

Lasers Surg. Med. 51:40-46, 2019. © 2018 The Authors. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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The Key Takeaway

We should emphasize that, while HIFEM body contouring is effective, it is not a miracle cure to weight loss. You’ll ideally be eating healthy and working out along with the treatment, and if you do that, the combination of a nutritious lifestyle and HIFEM will give you the best results. With all that said, you will surely be impressed that even with your limited workouts and deep love for pasta dinners, you will still be able to see results. You will surely wonder after the treatment, Was all of the fat in my stomach area replaced by abs that could cut steel? Not even close. But will your stomach area feel and look leaner, tighter, and just all-around more toned? Definitely, Yes!

If you’re like most and don’t work out often, but still try to live a healthy lifestyle and just want something to help with sculpting in the stomach or butt area, then we can attest to the fact that the treatment is worth the money, because you will likely see results. At the end of the day, this is a revolutionary treatment that will only become more commonplace as more people try it and hear about it. This is going to do for the body what Botox did for the face in the ’90s Frank. It’s really going to change the game for medical and cosmetic applications. The body is the new face.

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