Our muscles burn fat permanently, even when we sleep! The new StimSure® system takes advantage of precisely this metabolic process: the non-invasive system uses electromagnetic muscle stimulation to build and strengthen the abdominal, upper arm, gluteal and thigh muscles.
The StimSure® device’s special applicators generate an electromagnetic field that stimulates the body muscles’ motoneurons, triggering up to 24,000 muscle contractions during a 20 to 30-minute treatment. These contractions have the same effect as muscle contractions caused by the body’s natural movements or as part of targeted muscle training, for example in a gym. The result: the efficient growth of the muscle fibres strengthens muscles. This strengthening results in turn from stimulated fat burning, as the number of mitochondria in the muscle cells responsible for the body’s energy production also increases. One kilogram of muscle mass consumes about three times as many calories as one kilogram of fat. So, anyone who builds up or strengthens muscles increases their daily balance as a result – for a defined body and a natural, lasting result.
This is a non-invasive system for body contouring by building and strengthening the abdominal, gluteal and thigh muscles. The StimSure® device’s special applicators generate an electromagnetic field that stimulates the muscles in the treatment, triggering up to 24,000 muscle contractions during a session.
StimSure® is suitable for building and strengthening the muscles in the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. The treatment is basically suitable for men and women alike. However, it is not intended for obese people and is therefore not suitable for weight reduction.
There are no specific restrictions as such before treatment with StimSure®. Important notice: No metallic materials (for example piercings) may be on or in the body in the treatment area.
For the treatment, the StimSure® device’s applicator is fixed to the abdomen using a special strap. Two applicators are used in parallel around the thighs and buttocks. The treatment program is then selected by our body contouring expert and the 20 to 30-minute treatment can begin. You do not have to undress completely for the treatment. The device can be used over light clothing (underwear) without any problems.
One session with the StimSure® only takes about 20 to 30 minutes. We recommend a course of six to eight treatments with two sessions per week for the best results.
A recovery period is not required after a session with the StimSure®. Temporary aching muscles or muscle cramps may occur, as with classic sore muscles.
The treatment has a positive effect on building up and strengthening the abdominal, gluteal and thigh muscles. This strengthening is also beneficial for the body’s general fat burning: the mitochondria located in the muscle cells are responsible for energy production in our body by converting fats and carbohydrates into energy. By strengthening the muscles thanks to StimSure®, the number of mitochondria also increases – for stimulated metabolic processes and a naturally defined body.
Non-invasive body contouring with StimSure® is a very safe procedure that is certified in Europe with the CE mark for muscle atrophy. Aching muscles and temporary muscle cramps may occur after the treatment. Occasional skin redness may also occur in the treated area. In female patients, the stimulation may bring on menstruation early.
“Even if “all roads lead to Rome” proverbially, building up muscle mass in body contouring increasingly seems to be the ultimate way to achieve a shapely appearance. In an interview with Qualified Ectrophologist Sarah Schretzmair we talked about the extent to which electromagnetic muscle stimulation can be helpful in aesthetic practice and why an increase in muscle mass also contributes to reducing fatty tissue.”
The energy per unit of time that an organism needs to maintain the balance of its physiological body functions (homeostasis) as well as basic functions such as breathing, heartbeat, temperature regulation or digestion is called the resting energy expenditure (REE). Other factors that influence our basal metabolic rate are not only our age, gender and height and weight, but also the existing muscle mass. These have to be maintained both during the training itself and at rest. In our muscles we oxidise or “burn” fatty acids (FS) that are transported from the blood into the muscles. They are either stored there as intramuscular triacylglycerol (IMTAG) or transported into the mitochondria. Added to this, there’s our total daily energy expenditure, which is the sum of all our activities.
One kilogram of muscle mass consumes about three times as many calories as one kilogram of fat. The metabolic rate of muscles is about 10 to 15 kcal / kg per day, the literature often quotes 13 kcal / kg. These estimates were made by measuring specific oxygen concentrations, first done by Elia in 1992.
Our muscle tissue accounts for approximately 20% of our total daily energy expenditure (TDEE). The contribution of our fatty tissue, on the other hand, is only about 5%, if we assume a person with about 20% body fat. With an increase in muscle mass, the number of mitochondria also increases at the same time and therefore our daily balance too. However, our muscle mass is regressive in adulthood, so we lose approximately 1% of muscle mass per year from around the age of 30, which tends to slow down our metabolism. To maintain muscle mass, it is therefore important to pay special attention to appropriate training, especially with increasing age.
Localised, particularly persistent fat deposits can of course still be best tackled with targeted measures such as laser lipolysis using the SculpSure® system. In terms of a holistic approach though, muscles have become even more exciting than fatty tissue. According to the latest scientific knowledge, it can be assumed that trained people’s improved ability to burn fat is not due to the adipocytes’ ability to release fatty acids. According to the literature, both the breakdown of fat for the release of fatty acids (lipolysis) and their release from the adipocytes do not necessarily differ between trained and untrained people (cf. Horowitz and Klein, 2000). This difference is more likely to be due to differences in the muscles’ ability to absorb and use fatty acids.
This is to be assumed. Measures that improve fat burning are, on the one hand, to improve fatty acid transport and therefore the availability of fatty acids for the muscles and mitochondria, and, on the other hand, to improve the ability to oxidise fatty acids. According to Shaw, Clark and Wagenmakers (2010) training can lead to changes in the intramuscular lipid droplets which contain IMTAGS.
According to studies by Horowitz and Klein in 2000, an increased release of fatty acids into the muscle is also made possible by increasing the number of capillaries around the muscle through training.
Afterwards too. The increased calorie consumption after the actual training is generally referred to as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption and is due to the physiologically necessary regeneration of the muscle cells as well as the glycogen exchange with the muscle. From a scientific point of view, excess post-exercise oxygen consumption means an increased metabolic rate. According to Ormsbee et al. in 2009, an increased excess post-exercise oxygen consumption or increased fat oxidation rate is observed, especially after high intensity training and strength endurance training, such as HIIT or Tabata.
Yes, it can be assumed that a muscle-stimulating treatment will also result in the patient using additional energy to return the contracting muscle cells to their pre-training level. However, more precise correlations between electromagnetic stimulation and EPOC still require intensive research.
Seriously restricting your calories for your daily intake, the basal metabolic rate is about 1,500 kcal per day, is not a recommended method for weight reduction from a nutritional point of view. The metabolism usually slows down as a consequence of a radical reduction in calories (cf. Hill. 2004, Bernardot and Thompson, 1999). For fat to be burned by the muscles in the long term, the recommended approach is rather to promote long-term muscle building using weight training and electromagnetic stimulation. Thanks to StimSure®, this is now also possible in the aesthetic practice.