Non-Surgical, Non-Invasive Permanent Fat Loss with BODYFX


Are you concerned about cellulite?

At Shea Aesthetic Clinic in Oak Ridge, we offer non-surgical, non-invasive permanent fat loss treatments that will tighten loose crêpey skin and improve cellulite

See Dr. Bass performing the BodyFX procedure on Living East Tennessee with Erin Barnett and Amber Wilson.


Want to learn more about non-surgical, non-invasive permanent fat loss at Shea Aesthetic Clinic in Oak Ridge?


BodyFX provides non-invasive permanent fat loss AND skin tightening simultaneously 

 At Shea Aesthetic Clinic in Oak Ridge, we use a radiofrequency energy device called BodyFX, because it provides patients with permanent fat loss AND tightened skin at the same time. It also improves cellulite!  This is a huge improvement over prior technologies, like cryolipolysis, which destroy fat but can leave patients with saggy skin. If you have loose, sagging skin over areas of bothersome fat, BodyFX is truly the only way to go, because the fat will be permanently destroyed and the skin overlying the area of fat will be tightened and lifted. Cryolipolysis will certainly destroy the underlying fat, but it will leave you with even more saggy, loose skin after the procedure. Additionally cryolipolysis is not recommended for cellulite, but BodyFX will help you say goodbye to dreaded dimpling.

This a 58-year old female 3 months after 8 treatments with BodyFX*  Note that the fat is decreased, the skin is tighter and there is no cellulite.

BodyFX is tailored to the specific pattern of fat to be treated

Additionally, with this new radiofrequency technology, we can tailor the treatment to the exact area of concern because we use a small mobile handpiece that is constantly moved over the area of fat during the procedure.  This truly allows us to provide exact and detailed body sculpting according to the pattern and distribution of fat.  Throughout the entire procedure, our skilled staff members will maneuver and direct the device in their hands based upon the shape and size of the fat being treated.  In contrast, with cryolipolysis, the pattern of fat destruction is dependent upon the size and placement of the applicator.  BodyFX allows us to tailor the treatment to the particular area of fat like much like a sculptor shapes and creates art from a lump of clay.


The result of BodyFX is tightened, smooth skin over symmetrically even fat loss

Another beautiful benefit of BodyFX is that there is no unevenness in fat loss.  This is certainly a step up in progress relative to older fat removal technologies, like cryolipolysis, where an applicator is placed on an area of fat and left in that one location during the entire treatment.  After cryolipolysis, many patients report unevenness in fat loss (edges, lumps or bumpiness).  This unevenness may be temporary, lasting for several months, or it may be permanent.  In some situations, the unevenness in fat loss after cryolipolysis may be correctable with repeated applications of the same process. However, this adds significantly to the cost of the treatment.  Alternatively, one can have radiofrequency treatment with technologies like BodyFX which can be tailored to smooth out the asymmetric fat pattern left over from cryolipolysis.

At Shea Aesthetic Clinic we feel that it is best to start with the treatment that will consistently provide the most desirable result, thus we only offer radiofrequency fat removal with BodyFX.  Our patients receive smooth, tightened skin over areas of symmetrically even fat loss after treatment with BodyFX.

Concerned about areas of asymmetric, uneven fat loss?

If you have areas of asymmetric fat loss due to the use of older technologies, please come in for a consultation with one of our staff members at Shea Aesthetic Clinic, and we will develop a plan to help you get to the point of evenness and symmetry that you are hoping to achieve.

How much time is required for permanent fat loss and skin tightening with BodyFX?

Permanent fat removal with BodyFX requires 8 weekly sessions and approximately 30-45 minutes per area of fat to be treated. What is an “area of fat” you may ask?  The areas that we commonly treat are: upper abdomen, lower abdomen, love handles (flanks), inner thighs, outer thighs, above the knees, upper arms, neck, anterior bra fat, and posterior bra fat. Each of these is considered one area of fat.

What is the experience like for the patient?

BodyFX is a relatively comfortable procedure for permanent fat loss.  There is absolutely no downtime, in fact, this can be done during your lunch break and then you can go right back to work. For our patients, this treatment feels like a warm massage followed by a mild rubber band snap.  Some patients with fair, sensitive skin may experience a mild petechial rash in the area after each treatment (tiny red dots that may last for 3-4 days).  Upon completion of each weekly session, all patients will have redness and warmth in the treated area which will subside within 2-3 hours. Afterwards, the skin will be entirely back to normal.  That’s it!  No pain, no swelling and no numbness.  It’s easy.

How does this permanent fat loss technology work? 

BodyFX gently suctions the skin and fat into the handpiece for about 2-3 seconds and warms the tissue to about 109 degrees. This heat stimulates increased production of collagen and elastin which tightens and lifts the skin. Then, a tiny zap of high-voltage pulsation is applied across the tissue which causes irreversible electroporation (IRE) or the creation of multiple tiny holes in the fat cells.  This injury to the fat cells causes about 35% of them to die over the next 2-3 months and be gone forever.  This is an excellent non-surgical alternative to liposuction. The handpiece is applied repeatedly, in a stamping pattern, for about 15-20 minutes, over each area.  So, if we are treating a patient’s love handles, each side will be treated for 15-20 minutes.

Video showing how the BodyFX Permanent Fat Loss system works


You can see the holes in some of the fat cells on this scanning electron micrograph (each panel shows clumps of fat cells also known as adipocytes).  Some of the fat cells are shriveled and dying, while others are alive and well.*  After treatment with BodyFX about 35% of the fat cells are damaged by irreversible electroporation.  Irreversible electroporation refers to the damage to the fat cell membranes.  This damage to fat cell membranes leads to the creation the holes or “pores” in the fat cells pictured above.  The damage is caused by the electrical impulse of trains of high voltage pulsations of radiofrequency energy that is applied to the fat suctioned up into the hand-piece of BodyFX.  Thus the term electrical-poration, or electroporation (meaning the creation of holes/pores in cell membranes due to the application of electrical energy to the cells).

In these scanning electron micrographs, (a) shows the membrane of a healthy adipocyte (fat cell). (b) shows membrane electroporation damage following two treatments with BodyFX. Note the small region where the outer layer of the cell wall membrane is peeling off. (c) shows diffuse cracks in the outer membrane of the adipocyte after the fourth treatment with BodyFX. A fibrocyte (the three pronged structure over the area of injury) shows the onset of an inflammatory response which is the beginning of the end for this particular adipocyte.*  Adipocyte death by the mechanism of electroporation is coming to be known as pyroptosis.  Now, you’ve had your science lesson for the day 


What happens to all that fat?

The damaged adipocytes (fat cells) will die over the 2-3 months following treatment with BodyFX.  After this time, the fat cells will be dead, permanently destroyed and gone forever.  During the 2-3 months while these adipocytes are dying, the fat, cholesterol and triglycerides contained in these fat cells will slowly leak out and be reabsorbed by the body’s lymphatic system and eventually reintroduced into the circulation.  The amount of fat that is released from these fat cells and introduced into the circulation is comparable to eating a tiny bit of extra fat in your diet each day (approximately 1-2 extra teaspoons of fat/day).  If the patient undergoing this treatment is physically inactive, the fat, cholesterol and triglycerides will be deposited elsewhere in the body.  Many people that offer non-surgical, permanent fat removal claim that this fat will be naturally “removed from the body,” however, this simply is not true. No mechanism exists in humans for the fat in our blood streams to somehow “naturally” leak out of our bodies.  As we all know, our bodies are quite efficient at holding on to extra fat.  The great news about fat loss with BodyFX is, that if the patient receiving this therapy is active and exercising during the course of this treatment and for the subsequent 2-3 months after the eighth treatment, the fat released from the dying adipocytes will be burned as energy and will be gone forever.  This gives our patients a way to rid the body forever of that stubborn fat in those trouble areas that just will not go away with diet and exercise alone.  This treatment is truly exciting! Even if one is physically inactive during the treatment, the fat is redistributed to other areas (as it is with ALL methods of non-surgical fat removal) but it will be mobilized to other areas of fat that are typically much easier to work off with diet and exercise.

So, 35% of the fat cells in the areas treated will be permanently destroyed with BodyFX.  They will be gone forever!  However, if one consistently over-eats after this treatment, the remaining 65% of fat cells that are alive and well  after non-surgical fat removal, will certainly expand to fill the void left by the 35% of their fat cell friends that were killed by BodyFX.  So, we recommend that our BodyFX patients adopt a lifestyle of responsible eating, portion control and regular exercise.  This kind of lifestyle combined with BodyFX will provide amazing results for the rest of your life!

 Who will benefit from this treatment? 

BodyFX is not meant as a treatment for weight loss. It’s ideal for those stubborn areas of fat that just don’t respond to diet and exercise.  However, BodyFX can be used to treat any bothersome area of fat: abs, love handles, inner and outer thighs, face, neck, arms, knees, buttocks and more!

This is a 44-year old female 3 months after completion of 8 treatments*  Volumetric analysis showed that she lost 701 cc of fat. 701 cc is equal to three cups of fat loss 

When we treat someone’s muffin top with this procedure, 2 to 4 cups of fat are permanently destroyed and the waist circumference is reduced by an average of about 1 to 2 sizes.

Vectra 3D analysis from serial circumference measurements taken 10 mm apart. This is how the volume of fat loss is calculated.  This particular patient analysis shows a 701 cc fat loss*

This is a 23-year old 3 months after 8 treatments with BodyFX*

How much does BodyFX cost?

BodyFX certainly costs less than surgical procedures like liposuction to remove fat.  BodyFX is a non-surgical procedure, so there is no “scar cost” like there is following surgery.  The cost of permanent fat loss with BodyFX is comparable to the cost of cryolipolysis. Because everyone’s bodies are unique and different, the final cost of permanent fat removal and skin tightening will be determined in consultation with one of our staff members after careful analysis of the area or areas to be treated.



If this is something you are interested in, call us at Shea Aesthetic Clinic in Oak Ridge (865) 234-9732.  We’ll set you up for a free consultation.  We’ll listen to your concerns and help you understand your options and opportunities to finally get rid of the fat that’s bothering you.


Differences between BodyFX and CoolSculpting


Dr. Kirk Bass Dr. Kirk Bass Owner and Medical Director of Shea Aesthetic

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