High-Frequency Electromagnetic Muscle Stimulation (HiFEM): Effects on Muscle and Subcutaneous Fat Ti

Before and after (HiFEM) procedure.

High-Frequency Electromagnetic Muscle Stimulation is a novel procedure based on magnetic stimulation of muscle tissue that innervates motor neurons. The resulting muscle contractions stimulate body contouring, additionally, it aids incontinence in both male and female patients. HiFEM also defeats the disadvantages of electric stimulation, which causes pain and burns. With the dual effect of both fat reduction and body shaping by targeting muscle tissue, this procedure offers a completely new approach to body contouring.


Lipolysis is a biological process that let the fats in the human body break down through enzymes and water. This occurs in the adipose tissue (fatty tissues) that provides cushioning in our body. HiFEM initiates lipolysis by an intracellular cascade reaction. This procedure includes the breakdown of triglycerides into free fatty acids (FFA) and glycerol. These molecules act as the primary source of muscle and metabolism. But the excessive amount of FFAs starts accumulating intracellularly in adipocytes and leads to their dysfunction. Therefore, the contractions provided during HiFEM results in increases adipose tissue blood flow, which stimulates blood flow, and finally, adipose tissue lipolysis. 


Although this procedure is directed towards body contouring on patients, as the muscles are stimulated for thirty minutes per session, the contractions on the muscle trigger increased muscle mass. This is due to the high overload of contractions which comes down to more than 20,000 times. HiFEM causes micro-injuries that are crucial for the hypertrophic response of the muscle in the treatment area. The muscle growth results in the activation of skeletal muscle satellite cells, which is due to the trigger of muscle protein synthesis. According to the article An overview of HIFEM Technology in body contouring, there has been minimal research or findings on the neural changes resulting to HiFEM. However, besides muscular adaptation, motor neurons may cause neural adaptations resulting in increased motor unit synchronization. 


Dr. Brian Kinney, MD, a renowned plastic surgeon at Beverly Hills led clinical research on Emsclupt’s HiFEM technology and concluded that “the mechanism (of the technology) affects both muscle and fat cells.” Additionally, there has been other clinical research going on based on this novel procedure. Incredibly, this treatment doesn't hurt compared to its surgical or minimally-invasive counterparts. There is no downtime or pre/post care necessary. And results can be seen in four total treatments. 


US National Library of Medicine follows a study High Intensity Focused Electromagnetic Therapy Evaluated by Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Safety and Efficiency Study of a Dual Tissue Effect Based Non-invasive Abdominal Body Shaping discusses the MRI scans that proves that the application of HiFEM technology on the abdomen can cause simultaneous changes in the abdominal tissue. This procedure has a lipolytic reaction on fat tissue adjacent to the muscle contractions. Moreover, the MRI scans show that the visual reduction of the adipose tissue is not observed until 2 months after the treatment, and thus results in a lasting reduction in the fat. 


If you have further question`s about HiFEM technology or want to schedule a consultation, call our office at (609) 587-9944 or e-mail us at info@sleep-wellness.org  










Anuva Nabiha Anuva is a Boston University undergraduate studying neuroscience in the premedical track. She believes in the importance of mental health in the healthcare system and wants to focus on overcoming the bias against BIPOC in medical science.

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