Disclaimer: None of the information in this article constitutes medical advice, and is just the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to medical devices for weight or fat loss.
The VibroSculpt is a device that claims to burn fat through vibration applied to the skin. The device rotates at a speed of 2,600 revolutions per minute (RPM), and the brand claims this can provide benefits from reduced waist circumference to flatter abs to minimized cellulite.
In this article we’ll review medical studies to determine whether these claims are likely to be legitimate, or if the VibroSculpt is just selling a dream.
Lack of Citations for Health Claims
It’s notable that VibroSculpt has no science section of their site or any citations for the bold health and aesthetic claims they make. The burden of proof is on the manufacturer to provide evidence that their medical device is effective, and VibroSculpt’s site doesn’t appear to do so at all.
We find this lack of medical citations or research to be a red flag about the company, and we recommend that consumers generally avoid products making bold health claims without making any attempt to prove those health claims.
Most medical devices for improving skin, like the SolaWave, at least link to a few medical trials suggesting how or why the product will have an effect.
Do Handheld Vibration Devices Burn Fat?
We’ve already covered the fact that the VibroScuplt itself hasn’t been proven to work, but it’s worthwhile to investigate whether there is any evidence that the class of medical devices is effective generally.
VibroSculpt is described as a “micro-vibration” and “micro-compression” device on the product’s homepage. We searched PubMed, which is the largest database of medical trials, for both terms and found no relevant results.
We did locate one medical trial suggesting that vibration plate machines found in gyms may be effective for fat loss, but these devices are totally different from a handheld “micro-vibration” device.
The clinical trial found that overweight patients who used vibration plate machines at the gym in addition to a restricted-calorie diet had superior weight loss outcomes to patients on a restricted-calorie diet alone.
We conclude from the research review that there doesn’t appear to be any evidence that handheld vibration devices are effective in burning fat, and this furthers our belief that the VibroScuplt is unlikely to provide any weight loss benefit.
Most overweight patients are aware that improved diet and exercise will help them lose weight, so we believe it will be more relevant and worthwhile to highlight research on other medical treatments for weight loss that actually have some research backing.
We recently reviewed a treatment called Coolsculpting which has significant research backing. The device destroys fat cells by exposing them to extreme cold temperatures via a handheld device, typically administered by a healthcare professional.
We don’t recommend Coolsculpting (yet) because we’d like to see more long-term safety data, but there have been several clinical trials and research reviews published in legitimate medical journals proving the efficacy of this treatment for weight loss. No major side effects were noted in the trials.
Liposuction treatments like Sonobello are also proven to be effective for cosmetic fat loss, but these treatments come with more health risks than Coolsculpting. The linked review we published highlights some of the medical studies on liposuction for fat removal and the side effects.
We want to be clear that we don’t recommend either Coolsculpting or Sonobello, and only recommend lifestyle changes for weight loss. However we felt it would be valuable to consumers considering VibroSculpt to highlight a few other treatment alternatives which actually are proven to work in medical studies.