Men and Women alike are often looking at ways to improve their diet and exercise regime in order to ensure that they stay healthy and look their best. However, the process of body sculpting can be difficult to achieve either due to time restrictions or from not focusing on the right type of exercises or diet. For individuals who are looking to improve the tone of their muscle mass, and look at some additional fat loss, alongside their healthy lifestyle, body contouring cosmetic procedures can help.
One of the latest treatments available that is designed to help individuals build muscle mass but without needing to hit the gym all hours of the day, is called Emsculpt. This FDA approved non-invasive body sculpting treatment has been designed specifically for people who would like to build additional muscle mass and tone in areas such as abdominal muscles. The Emsculpt procedure can also be used to help improve the shape of the buttocks, commonly referred to, as a “non-invasive butt lift” but without having to undergo any surgical procedures.
Another use for Emsculpt is in the treatment of abdominal muscle separation (known technically as diastasis recti). This condition can occur during pregnancy or after losing a lot of weight, leaving the individual with the appearance of a flabby belly. In these cases Emsculpt has been shown to help improve the appearance of this condition.
How Does Emsculpt Work?
Emsculpt works by using magnetic energy to cause muscle contractions in the treatment area. The Emsculpt device uses something called, High Intensity Focused Electromagnetic Energy (HIFEM) to produce a range of different patterns of muscle contractions. This in turn stimulate the body’s muscles adding tone to the muscle tissue.
Specifically, Emsculpt induces what is called supramaximal muscle contractions within the body to improve tone, which works in a superior way to voluntary contractions, such as exercise techniques employed at the gym. This non-invasive body contouring technique works well for people with a relatively low Body Mass Index (BMI) and can also benefit other individuals looking for additional fat reduction in the abdomen or buttocks.
Another good thing about Emsculpt is that there is no downtime or recovery time, and individuals can resume their normal activities right after the Emsculpt treatment. Treatment time typically consists of four sessions of thirty minutes, generally scheduled two to three days apart. Clinical studies have indicated that Emsculpt can increase muscle mass by up to 16%, can also help with fat reduction by up to 19% and has a 96% patient satisfaction score (source: Emsculpt).
Emsculpt Vs. CoolSculpting – How Do They Compare?
Emsculpt and CoolSculpting are both designed to help reduce fat, but Emsculpt has the added benefit of helping build muscle mass. CoolSculpting uses fat freezing technology to help reduce fat cells from the body, where as Emsculpt uses electromagnetic energy, or HIFEM to reduce fat through muscle toning and muscle building. The treatment sessions are a little different in terms of timescales, but ultimately both procedures require multiple sessions to be effective.
One key difference is that Emsculpt is designed to work on the abdomen and the buttocks. CoolSculpting however can be used in numerous places where there is excess fat, such as CoolMini for the chin. A good candidate for Emsculpt will already have a relatively low body mass index (BMI) and is looking for an increase in tone specifically in the buttocks or abdomen. A good candidate for CoolSculpting will have some excess fat in areas that are hard to target through diet or exercise alone.
Long term results from CoolSculpting & Emsculpt
Longer term results via CoolSculpting can be retained if a healthy diet and exercise routine is maintained, since fat is effectively flushed out of the body naturally using cryogenic lipolysis (fat freezing). Alternatively, Emsculpt tones the muscles, and without additional exercise or toning over time, then the effects of Emsculpt have the potential to fade.
If you are interested in finding out more about what Emsculpt can do for you then please book an appointment to discuss your options at our NYC practice. Alternatively contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about Emsculpt.