Can we finally treat visceral fat? A recent study says, YES!

Non-invasive visceral fat reduction

A recent study, published in February 2021, revealed that HIFEM technology effectively reduced visceral abdominal fat by 14%.  The scientists treated subjects with EmSculpt, a high-intensity focused electromagnetic device which produced supramaximal muscle contractions.  The subjects each received 8 treatments at 2-3 days apart.


Though the study’s authors cited the need for additional studies, in our opinion this is a huge breakthrough for the non-invasive body contouring world!


Abdomen:  Subcutaneous Fat vs Visceral Fat

During our many years of serving as non-invasive body contouring providers, abdominal fat has been - by far - the most common complaint we’ve heard about and treated in both men and women alike.  But experienced body contouring providers know that a ‘fat belly’ must be assessed carefully.  Abdominal fat can be tricky to treat because it can be caused by subcutaneous fat or visceral fat or both.  Why is that significant?


What is the difference between subcutaneous and visceral fat?


  • Subcutaneous fat is unsightly, though in most cases, not dangerous.

It is located between your skin and your muscle.

It’s the “pinchable” fat.

This fat is not easily reduced by diet and exercise.

* This fat can be effectively reduced with non-invasive body contouring technology, as well as with surgical interventions like liposuction.


  • Visceral fat is dangerous, in addition to being unsightly.

-It is located underneath your muscle, and inside your abdominal cavity, and wrapped around your internal organs.

-It produces a “hard belly,” though a pinchable layer of subcutaneous fat often overlies the hard belly surface.

-This fat responds well to diet and exercise.

-This fat is dangerous in that it raises the risk of several serious diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, and stroke - and can even interfere with the hormones that regulate your appetite and weight.

*This fat cannot be reduced with non-invasive body contouring technologies or surgical intervention.


No FDA Cleared Treatment for Visceral Fat - until now?

Until now, we’ve had no option, non-invasive or surgical, to help clients with visceral fat - besides recommending diet and exercise.  If further studies result in similar conclusions, and EmSculpt receives FDA Clearance for treatment of visceral fat, we have a non-invasive body contouring solution for visceral fat, one that we’ve personally been waiting on for 16+ years!


Check out the study abstract published in the March 2021 edition of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. 


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