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Q&A: The 8 Things You Should Know About Emsculpt

What is Emsculpt?

Emsculpt is a new device in body-contouring. It’s the only FDA-cleared energy device approved to burn fat and build muscle mass. Emsculpt contracts muscles beyond what is possible through voluntary effort, yielding better muscle tone and enhanced fat reduction. The process works by directing highly focused electromagnetic energy to the area, forcing the muscles to contract to 100% and holding it there for up to six seconds. The average person, no matter how strong, can only contract their muscles to their 30-35% capacity for a fraction of a second. In response to these contractions, the muscle reconstructs itself, and fat cells in the area are eliminated.

What is the recovery like?

The procedure is non-invasive and requires no recovery time. Emsculpt is a great option for many patients because they don’t have to prep for treatment or follow any kind of post-care plan. I have had some patients experience mild soreness, but nothing as intense as what you would feel from a traditional workout.

What are the risks?

This treatment has been clinically tested for safety and efficacy through seven independent US-based clinical studies. In fact, on average, the following results were achieved in clinical studies on healthy patients:
• 19% reduction of fat
• 4 cm (~1.5 inches) loss in waistline circumference
• 16% increase in muscle mass
• 11% reduction in abdominal muscle separation (called diastasis recti)
• 5x increase in fat metabolism (apoptotic index increased from 19% to 92% after treatment)
• 80% patients with visible lifting effect of buttocks
• 96% patient satisfaction
There are a few contraindications that I go through with patients during their consultation. The main risk is that you cannot have any metal implants in body within a certain distance of the treatment site.

How is this different from CoolSculpting?

Results from these 2 treatments are pretty different, and hard to compare. For those looking for a more toned look (and who are already fairly lean), Emsculpt is the clear winner. If patients want to reduce “pinchable” rolls of fat I’ll normally recommend CoolSculpting. Most patients fall somewhere in between these two extremes, and that’s where the consultation process helps to determine which treatment the better option.

Another huge difference is that Emsculpt only treats the abdomen and butt, where CoolSculpting can treat nine different areas of the body.

Does it hurt?

No! Emsculpt does not cause pain or discomfort. Patients usually say they feel a “pulling” sensation. One thing I really like about Emsculpt is that I have total control of the treatment intensity, so I can treat patients at a level that is comfortable to them. From personal experience, I think Emsculpt feels like doing a plank.

What happens during the treatment?

At the first appointment, I’ll get photos of the treatment area so that we are able to benchmark progress. We have treatment rooms equipped with a TV and healthy snacks to make the experience more comfortable. I’ll fit the applicator to the treatment area and then the process begins! Each treatment takes 30 minutes.

When will I see results?

You begin to feel results right after the treatment. You will notice you have better posture, more resilience during workouts and a tighter core. Fat cells are a bit slower to respond as they must metabolize through the body, so you can expect to see results from that around month three. Clinical studies have shown that results can continue to improve for up to six months.

How long will my results last?

Just like if you work out once and never go back to the gym, muscle mass gained by Emsculpt is not permanent. You can expect to keep your results for six months to a year, but it is recommended that you keep these results up with a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise. We also have special maintenance pricing after you finish your package so you can come in for single treatments to maintain results.