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{"id":556289065033,"title":"VibroSculpt Review: Why \"Micro-Vibrations\" Won't Burn Fat","created_at":"2022-03-11T00:15:55-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"VibroSculpt Review: Why 'Micro-Vibrations' Won't Burn Fat\",\n \"keywords\": \"vibrosculpt, vibrosculpt review, vibrosculpt reviews, does vibrosculpt really work\",\n \"description\": \"Our MD and research team reviews the health claims made by the VibroSculpt brand, and explain why we don't believe the 'micro-vibrations' and 'micro-compressions' caused by their device are likely to cause fat loss.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/vibrosculpt-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Taylor Graber MD\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/taylor-graber\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/taylor-j-graber-md-81351642\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"Content Partner\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"medicine, health, anesthesiology, iv therapy, science, drugs, pharmaceutical, medical research, scientific research, medical journals, entrepreneurship, healthcare, orthopedic surgery, biomedical engineering\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": [\n \"University of California San Diego\",\n \"Arizona University\",\n \"University of Arizona College of Medicine\"\n ]\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"contributor\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to medical devices for weight or fat loss.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eT\u003c\/span\u003ehe 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eLack of Citations for Health Claims\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/VibroSculpt_Health_Claims.png?v=1646976409\" alt=\"VibroSculpt health claims\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt’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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMost medical devices for improving skin, like the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/solawave-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSolaWave\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, at least link to a few medical trials suggesting how or why the product will have an effect.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDo Handheld Vibration Devices Burn Fat?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eVibroSculpt is described as a “micro-vibration” and “micro-compression” device on the product’s homepage. We searched \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePubMed\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is the largest database of medical trials, for both terms and found no relevant results.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe did locate \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.sciencedaily.com\/releases\/2009\/05\/090508045323.htm\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eone medical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBetter Alternatives\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMost 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recently reviewed a treatment called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/coolsculpting-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCoolsculpting\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLiposuction treatments like \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/sonobello-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSonobello\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe 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.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe strongly recommend avoiding the VibroSculpt device; it’s a total waste of money in our opinion. There appears to be zero research backing the efficacy of this product for weight or fat loss, and there appears to be zero research backing the efficacy of “micro-vibration” devices generally for weight loss.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn fact, “micro-vibration” and “micro-compression” aren’t even clinically-defined terms, and return no results in PubMed.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe find VibroSculpt overall to be an amateur and unscientific company which doesn’t even attempt to highlight research backing their bold health and aesthetic claims. Like many low-quality health device brands, they make up terms that sound scientific and cool instead of fund actual clinical research on their products.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile we don’t recommend either, there are treatment options for weight and fat loss like Sonobello and Coolsculpting which actually have research backing their efficacy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-03-11T09:14:39-05:00","updated_at":"2022-03-11T09:14:39-05:00","summary_html":"We review the health claims made by the VibroSculpt brand, and explain why we don't believe the \"micro-vibrations\" and \"micro-compressions\" caused by their device are likely to cause fat loss.","template_suffix":"","handle":"vibrosculpt-review","tags":"_related:medical-device, _related:technology, _related:weight-loss"}

VibroSculpt Review: Why "Micro-Vibrations" Won't Burn Fat

VibroSculpt Review: Why "Micro-Vibrations" Won't Burn Fat


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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

VibroSculpt 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.

Better Alternatives

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.

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Conclusion

We strongly recommend avoiding the VibroSculpt device; it’s a total waste of money in our opinion. There appears to be zero research backing the efficacy of this product for weight or fat loss, and there appears to be zero research backing the efficacy of “micro-vibration” devices generally for weight loss.

In fact, “micro-vibration” and “micro-compression” aren’t even clinically-defined terms, and return no results in PubMed.

We find VibroSculpt overall to be an amateur and unscientific company which doesn’t even attempt to highlight research backing their bold health and aesthetic claims. Like many low-quality health device brands, they make up terms that sound scientific and cool instead of fund actual clinical research on their products.

While we don’t recommend either, there are treatment options for weight and fat loss like Sonobello and Coolsculpting which actually have research backing their efficacy.





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