Pilot Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of a Novel, Bioelectric Muscle Activation Device for Muscle Toning and Fat Reduction
October 2021 | Volume 20 | Issue 10 | Original Article | 1096 | Copyright © October 2021
Published online September 30, 2021
William LoVerme MDa, Glen Calderhead MSc PhDb
aNewton Wellesley Hospital, Wellesley, MA
bL’ACADEMIE Seoul, Korea
Subjects and Methods: Twenty-nine subjects were treated in an IRB-approved study to assess improvement in abdominal muscle strength, tone, and appearance following a regimen of four 30-minute treatments. Clinical photography, weight, abdominal circumference, and ultrasound images were recorded at baseline and 30 days post-final treatment.
Results: Twenty-nine subjects completed a subjective questionnaire. Of these subjects, 14 were very satisfied, 13 were satisfied, 1 was neutral, and 1 was dissatisfied. In addition, ninety-seven percent (97%) would recommend the treatment. A tingling sensation and pressure were commonly reported during treatment with minimal discomfort. Independent randomized expert photography grading correctly identified the treated versus the baseline images with a concordance rating of >90%. Ultrasound imaging showed an increase in abdominal muscle thickness with a decrease in the abdominal fat layer for most patients.
Conclusions: The data showed that the bioelectric muscle activation device produced an observable reduction in abdominal contour, which is consistent with ultrasound measurements and blinded expert grading. Based on the results of this pilot study, further studies with larger populations are warranted.
J Drugs Dermatol. 2021;20(10):1096-1104. doi:10.36849/JDD.0100