Radiofrequency on the belly: existing treatments

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What is radiofrequency?

Radiofrequency uses electromagnetic waves to increase the temperature in the tissues of the body or face. These waves penetrate the skin and, through heat, stimulate the cells responsible for the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are essential proteins for skin health and firmness. However, their production decreases with aging, which is why many people turn to these aesthetic treatments to stimulate them. By stimulating the production of these proteins, radiofrequency promotes skin regeneration and improves its appearance. Additionally, this controlled heating process stimulates blood and lymphatic circulation, improving cellular metabolism and tissue oxygenation.


What effect does radiofrequency have on the abdomen?

Reducing belly flab

Belly sagging is very common, especially in people who have undergone significant weight changes, pregnancy, or aging. Flabbiness occurs when the skin and abdominal muscles lose their natural elasticity, resulting in a loose, wrinkled, and saggy appearance. Radiofrequency is a technique often used in the treatment of belly flab. This technology offers several benefits when it comes to improving skin firmness and can be an effective option for those wishing to regain abdominal tone. Living Clinic patients often observe a noticeable improvement in the skin after radiofrequency sessions. There are several radiofrequency treatments for flab in the abdomen, including Morpheus8, EMSCULPT NEO, EMTONE, Plus Radiofrequency, and BodyTite. All of them combine radiofrequency with other technologies and are very effective in achieving a firmer belly.

To find out which treatment is most suitable for your particular case, you should schedule a consultation at Living Clinic through the form below.


Reducing belly fat

EMSCULPT NEO is a treatment that combines radiofrequency with electromagnetic fields to promote fat loss and muscle strengthening in the abdomen. This treatment performs 20,000 contractions in a 30-minute session and provides, on average, a 30% reduction in localized fat and a 25% increase in muscle mass.

Muscle toning: EMSCULPT NEO uses high-intensity electromagnetic waves to stimulate the muscle fibers of the abdominal region. This induces supramaximal muscle contractions that are more intense than those achieved through physical exercise. As a result, muscles strengthen and tone.

Fat reduction: In addition to muscle toning, EMSCULPT NEO also causes the destruction of fat cells in the treated area. The heat generated by radiofrequency contributes to this process, causing fat cells to be naturally eliminated by the body.


What results to expect after radiofrequency treatments on the abdomen?

The results of radiofrequency treatments may vary depending on the specific treatment type, technique used, number of sessions, individual patient response, as well as the condition of the person’s skin and fat. However, in general, abdominal radiofrequency treatments can lead to several benefits, including:

  • Reduction of localized fat;
  • Improvement in skin texture;
  • Increased skin firmness;
  • Reduction of abdominal circumference;
  • Muscle toning;
  • Improving the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

Each radiofrequency treatment has specific characteristics, so it is essential to consult a Living Clinic specialist who will analyze your abdomen and recommend the treatment and number of sessions that will allow you to achieve the desired results. Normally, the results of body radiofrequency treatments become visible immediately after the first treatment, with progressive improvement over 6 weeks (only an average of the main treatments).


What is the duration of a radiofrequency session on the belly?

The duration of each session depends on the treatment. For example, an EMSCULPT NEO or EMTONE session on the abdomen may take about 30 minutes, a Radiofrequency Plus session may last 45 minutes, and a Morpheus8 session may last 1 hour. At the time you receive the personalized plan, you will know exactly how long each session will last and how many sessions will be needed to achieve your goals.


How many sessions are needed?

The number of sessions will also depend on the treatment to be performed and the evaluation that the specialist makes. Depending on the level of flabbiness or fat, as well as the skin itself, you may need more or fewer sessions. However, we can mention that the average is around 3 sessions for Morpheus8, 6 sessions for EMTONE and EMSCULPT NEO, and 5 sessions for Plus Radiofrequency.


When NOT to undergo radiofrequency treatments?

Treatments that use radiofrequency are not recommended for:

  • Pregnant women;
  • People with active skin diseases;
  • People with a history of keloids or hypertrophic scarring;
  • People with metal implants (such as pacemakers) or implanted electronic devices;
  • People with a history of cardiovascular diseases;
  • People with blood coagulation problems;
  • People undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

These are just a few of the contraindications. You should consult the Living Clinic specialist before treatment to ensure you are eligible.

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Responsible for Morpheus8 and BodyTite treatments

Dr. Francisco Martins de Carvalho
Dr. Francisco Martins de Carvalho

Dr. Francisco Martins de Carvalho is a specialist in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. He graduated in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto and completed his Internship in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery at the Hospital de São José (Lisbon) and the Hospital de São João (Porto).

He currently works at the Hospital de São João - Porto, and is also a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto.
In the field of aesthetic surgery, he is particularly interested in facial aesthetic surgery, breast aesthetic surgery, body contouring surgery and female intimate surgery.

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Responsible for EMSCULPT NEO, EMTONE and Radiofrequency treatments

Dr.ª Sara Maia
Dr.ª Sara Maia

Dermatofunctional physiotherapist, specialist in facial and body shaping and rejuvenation, post-surgical recovery from plastic surgery and postpartum recovery. Areas of intervention: EMSCULPT NEO, Coolsculpting, EMTONE, facial, body and vulvovaginal radiofrequency, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), X-Wave Optimal, among others.

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