So many noninvasive fat procedures exist that it has become almost impossible to keep track of their differences. From CoolSculpting to TruSculpt to SculpSure to Emsculpt, it feels like a new “Sculpt” procedure pops up every day.
That being said, Emsculpt does offer some key features that other procedures do not. This article will help clarify things for you by delving into all the essential details you should know about this relatively new procedure.
To begin, Emsculpt uses high-intensity electromagnetic energy to eliminate fat cells and tighten the muscles in your stomach and buttocks regions. Yep, you read that correctly, this procedure is currently FDA-approved for the butt and abs only, although treatable areas are likely to expand in the coming years.
Your care provider will first have you lay down in a specific position depending on the area you’re treating. Then, they will apply flat panels, which are hooked up to the Emsculpt machine, over your clothing to trigger thousands of muscle contractions. These contractions induce the release of local chemicals from your muscles, prompting your fat cells in the area to break down.
So, to sum up thus far, Emsculpt causes your muscles to contract (helping them thicken and strengthen) as if you’re working out intensely while also breaking up the fat in the treated region. Most patients compare the feeling to that of a hard workout, although in this case, you will be reclined comfortably and not actively exercising.
Now, time to get to other nitty-gritty details. As with all nonsurgical fat procedures, your results will not show up immediately. Yet, with Emsculpt, you will likely see results quicker compared with other methods like CoolSculpting, thanks to the quick window during which you can receive follow-up sessions. Emsculpt requires roughly four to five sessions over two weeks with a two or three-day waiting period recommended between treatments. You can expect results to become quite apparent about two weeks after the final session.
Like most fat reduction treatments, the price for Emsculpt depends on the area of the body treated, your geographic location, and the number of required treatments. It will generally cost you between $3,000 and $4,000 to complete four courses, each of which lasts around 35 minutes, but in some cases can take up to an hour.
Clinical trials reveal that Emsculpt provides an average fat reduction of 19 percent in the abs four weeks after the treatment, which increases to 23 percent after three months. This number is a bit smaller compared with CoolSculpting, but Emsculpt is the only procedure that helps build muscle mass as well. Trials showed patient muscle mass grew by up to an average of 16 percent after Emsculpt.
Following the procedure, you should have few issues returning to your daily schedule, though you may have to contend with soreness akin to a post-exercise feeling. Anyone with a BMI under 25 who wants to reduce fat or increase muscle in a particular area is capable of undergoing the procedure, but these guidelines are not entirely rigid.
Due to the procedures’ use of electromagnetic energy, anyone pregnant or with metal or electronics in their body should avoid this treatment. Make sure to consult with your doctor if Emsculpt is the right treatment for you.