Looking for a non-invasive way to burn fat and increase muscle tone? With EMSculpt, you can achieve these goals in just four 30-minute sessions with no recovery time required. This treatment has catapulted to popularity among celebrities, professional athletes, and everyday people seeking a safer alternative to invasive surgeries. In this article, we’ll explain what EMSculpt is, how it works, and take a look at some of the impressive benefits that have garnered this revolutionary device so much attention.
What Is EMSculpt and How Does It Work?
EMSculpt is an FDA-approved device used to strengthen muscles and breakdown fat. This cutting edge treatment harnesses the power of HIFEM® (High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic) technology, which is similar to an MRI machine, to cause muscle contractions. During one 30-minute treatment session, a patient’s muscles in the targeted region contract 20,000 times. This is far beyond what a person could achieve through voluntary workouts — just imagine trying to cram 20,000 crunches into your next gym session!
These intense contractions called “supramaximal contractions” catalyze a process called lipolysis within the body. In simpler terms, the muscles and surrounding tissues react as they would to a very intense workout by breaking down locally stored fat cells. The body begins to release fatty acids and metabolizes the dead fat cells, which are then naturally excreted — leaving patients with stronger, leaner muscles.
How Does EMSculpt Compare to CoolSculpting?
EMSculpt and CoolSculpting both help patients eliminate fat through a series of non-invasive treatments. However, there are some major differences between the two. Firstly, CoolSculpting does not use HIFEM® technology as EMSculpt does, but rather works through a process called cryolipolysis. CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved treatment where a section of fat is placed between two cooling panels. Subdermal fat cells reach a freezing temperature which causes them to die and eventually be excreted naturally.
While both treatments help eliminate fat, only EMSculpt helps strengthen muscles, too. EMSculpt treatments are also faster, lasting roughly 30 minutes, while CoolSculpting treatments can take up to an hour. Fewer treatments are usually needed with CoolSculpting (One to three sessions are typical,) but it can take much longer to begin to see results. Coolsculpting patients can begin to see noticeable results starting at four weeks after the initial treatment. EMSculpt, on the other hand, typically requires four sessions, but patients often begin to see results immediately after their first treatment.
Perhaps the biggest difference between these two treatments is the patients they best serve. CoolSculpting can help patients of all sizes, including those who are overweight. EMSculpt yields the most favorable results when it is used for muscle toning. It works best in conjunction with a regular fitness program, and it can even be a great follow-up treatment for someone who has undergone CoolSculpting. Your doctor will be able to help you determine which of these treatments is better for you by taking into account your body type, activity level, medical history, and personal wellness goals.
What Are the Major Benefits of EMSculpt?
To date, EMSculpt has been approved as a treatment for the buttocks, abdomen, thighs, calves, biceps, and triceps. These are some of the major benefits of EMSculpt that have contributed to this treatment’s growing popularity.
EMSculpt elicits a full remodeling of the muscular structure within the targeted area of the body while boosting the metabolism. It not only helps build muscle tissue, but clinical studies found that patients who undergo EMSculpt treatment experience a five-time increase in fat metabolism (apoptotic index increased from 19% to 92% post-treatment.)
Because EMSculpt is a safe and completely non-invasive treatment, it has become a popular alternative to surgeries that achieve similar results such as butt implants, a tummy tuck, and liposuction. With EMSculpt, patients can lift and tone their abs, butt, thighs, and more without having to be put under anesthesia or spend a prolonged time recovering after surgery. Plus, patients don’t have to worry about stitches or scars. EMSculpt targets the muscle tissue directly without affecting the skin above it.
Can Aid in Injury Recovery and Prevention
By strengthening muscle tissue, EMSculpt can help patients healing from certain injuries. It can even be used in conjunction with physical therapy to assist in speeding up recovery times. EMSculpt is also great for kicking off a new fitness program after a patient has recovered from an injury.
Quick Treatment Sessions and Fast Results
Treatments typically last just 30 minutes, so patients can make appointments over their lunch break. The full regimen of four treatments can be completed in a span of two to three weeks; many patients begin to see results immediately after their first treatment session.
Zero Recovery Time
One of the great benefits of EMSculpt is that there is no recovery time needed after treatment sessions. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately after each session. Additionally, there is nothing patients need to do beforehand to prepare for treatment.
Are There Any Side Effects Associated With EMSculpt?
The most common side effect associated with EMSculpt is a mild feeling of muscle soreness, similar to what one might feel after an intense workout. However, the supramaximal contractions that occur during EMSculpt treatments actually help flush lactic acid out of the body, which reduces this feeling of soreness.
While there is a low risk of side effects associated with EMSculpt, this treatment is not for everyone. EMSculpt is not recommended for women who are pregnant, and it is not safe for patients who have any metal pieces (such as plates or screws), medical devices (such as a pacemaker), or an IUD (intra-uterine device for birth control) implanted within their body. EMSculpt should be used in conjunction with exercise and a healthy diet and is not considered a replacement for either one.
Interested in learning more about the benefits of EMSculpt? Book a consultation at Aspire Regenerative. Our clinicians can help determine the best treatment options to help you reach your unique health and wellness goals.