With EMSculpt body contouring becoming increasingly popular, you may have wondered if this innovative treatment could help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Whether you’re looking to burn fat, kick off a new fitness routine, or target stubborn muscle groups, EMSculpt may be able to help — and the best part is, this treatment requires zero downtime. In this article, we’ll go over how EMSculpt works, what treatments feel like, and what to consider before getting EMSculpt.
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What Is EMSculpt?
EMSculpt is an FDA-approved device that helps patients burn fat and build muscle. The EMSCulpt machine uses High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM®) technology to induce deep muscle contractions called “supramaximal” contractions without affecting the skin. During one 30 minute treatment session, a patient’s muscles in the targeted region of the body contract approximately 20,000 times — far beyond what the human body is capable of achieving on its own.
In addition to strengthening and building muscle tissue, these supramaximal contractions catalyze a process within the body referred to as lipolysis, where fat cells are broken down and eventually excreted. Patients are left with stronger muscles, better definition, and a reduction in stored fat cells.
Currently, EMSculpt can be used to treat the following regions of the body:
How Is EMSculpt Different From Other Body Contouring Methods?
EMSculpt is unique in that it not only burns fat but helps build muscle tissue as well. The contractions caused by the EMSculpt machine help strengthen muscles, which can also improve posture around joints and in many cases reduce pain. EMSculpt can even be used in conjunction with physical therapy to help strengthen certain muscle groups after an injury. This sets EMSculpt apart from other body contouring methods such as CoolSculpting, ultrasound, radiofrequency, and laser treatments which only target fat burning.
EMSculpt can also be considered as an alternative to invasive procedures for patients that do not want to go under anesthesia or have extensive time for recovery. More and more patients are opting for non-invasive EMSculpt treatment instead of surgeries such as liposuction or butt implants because it requires much less time before, during, and after treatments, and also poses very little risk of side effects.
What Does EMSculpt Feel Like?
In episode 3, season 17 of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, beauty icon Kim Kardashian said EMSculpt treatments feel like “you’re doing stomach crunches.” Three phases of contractions that occur during EMSculpt treatments are static but the intensity is adjusted based on each unique patient’s comfort level. It is common to feel a tingling sensation in addition to the muscle contractions, but patients should not experience any extreme discomfort.
During treatments, patients recline on a table either on their back or stomach, depending on which group of muscles are being treated. EMSculpt is non-invasive and patients do not need to completely disrobe. The EMSculpt machine paddles are placed above the area of the body being treated and are secured in place with an elastic band that wraps around the body and velcros in place. Patients can read, listen to music, or use their phones during treatment.
What Kind of Commitment Is EMSculpt?
A full EMSculpt treatment regimen typically consists of 4 sessions spread out over 2 weeks, with individual treatments taking place 2 to 3 days apart. Each EMSculpt treatment session lasts approximately 30 minutes. In total, patients can expect to be in the office for 120 minutes broken up over 4 days. Because there is zero downtime required, patients can schedule appointments anytime during the day, including over a lunch break, and return to their normal activities afterward.
Are There Side Effects or Downtime Associated with EMSculpt?
EMSculpt is a completely non-invasive treatment and as such poses very little risk of side effects. The most common side effect is a feeling of muscle soreness, similar to the sensation one might feel after a vigorous workout. However, the third phase of EMSculpt treatment is designed to mitigate this soreness by helping to flush lactic acid out of the body. There is no downtime required after receiving EMSculpt, though if you do experience some muscle soreness, you may want to avoid working out for several hours after treatment.
While there is little risk of side effects associated with EMSculpt, this treatment is not for everyone. Because the EMSculpt machine uses HIFEM® technology, patients with implanted medical devices or metal pieces (such as a pacemaker, screws, or plates) should not undergo this treatment. EMSculpt is also not recommended for women who are pregnant or have a metal-based IUD (intrauterine device), such as a copper IUD.
Is EMSculpt Permanent?
EMSculpt is not permanent but there are things you can do to maximize your results. Many patients begin to see results after their very first EMSculpt treatment and typically see continued improvement for up to 6 months after completing their full treatment regimen. EMSculpt is a great way to kickstart a fitness routine or build a foundation for a regular exercise program. Patients who regularly exercise the muscle groups targeted by EMSculpt treatments tend to see the longest-lasting results. Follow-up or maintenance sessions can be scheduled based on your unique health and fitness goals.
How Much Does EMSculpt Cost?
Interested in learning more about EMSculpt treatments in San Diego, California? Book a consultation at Aspire Regenerative. Our clinicians can provide you with a personalized breakdown of what to consider before getting EMSculpt, as well as make additional treatment recommendations to help you reach your health, wellness, and beauty goals.