How does EMSCULPT build muscle while reducing fat?


· EMSCULPT uses safe, non-invasive, non-ionizing HIFEM® (High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic) technology to induce supramaximal muscle contractions not achievable through voluntary contractions.  A 30-minute session induces 20,000 muscle contractions.

· EFFECTS ON SKELETAL MUSCLE: When exposed to supramaximal contractions, the muscle tissue adapts by remodeling its inner structure, resulting in muscle building. Studies demonstrate both hypertrophy (enlargement of muscle fibers) and hyperplasia (increase in number of muscle fibers). The average increase in muscle volume is 16%.

· EFFECTS ON OVERLYING ADIPOSE (FAT) TISSUE: Supramaximal muscle contractions cause the release of epinephrine (also known as adrenalin), which triggers a cascade effect leading to supramaximal lipolysis in fat cells.  Lipolysis means that fat molecules (triglycerides) within the fat cells are being broken down into free fatty acids (FFAs) and glycerol. Because this lipolysis is so rapid, fat cells shrink and ultimately die by the body's natural process of programmed cell death called apoptosis. These dead fat cells are then removed by the body. The average decrease in fat (adipose tissue) is 19%.

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How long until a person sees results?

Many people feel positive results after each treatment and are seeing improvement after the fourth treatment. Positive results continue over time, as it takes time for the body to build muscle and remove dead fat cells. One month following treatment, most people see significant improvement. Maximum benefits are observed at 2 to 3 months. 

What does EMSCULPT feel like?

The sensation has been described as comparable to an intensive workout. The intensity of the contractions is adjusted during the treatment according to the patient's comfort level. EMSCULPT is not painful, but to be frank, it does feel unusual at first for the muscles to be contracting super-rapidly while reclined and relaxed. Patients rapidly get accustomed to the sensation and simply relax. Some patients even fall asleep.

Am I a good candidate?

 Any adult 18 or older who does not have a contraindication is a candidate for EMSCULPT.  Men and women of any age or fitness level can see benefits. Whether you are someone who exercises regularly but have hit a plateau and need a boost to the next level, were once fit but have lost muscle tone, are starting a new fitness program or diet and want to get a jump start, don't enjoy exercise but want to build muscle, whatever your situation, EMSCULPT can help you achieve your goal.

For more information on contraindications see CANDIDATES page. 

How many treatments are required?

The standard treatment protocol for abdomen or buttocks is four 30-minute sessions over 2 weeks. However, there is no limit to the number of sessions a person can have.  Additional treatments may be added to keep building on achieved results.

Can both areas be treated during the same appointment?

Yes, a person can combine abdomen and buttock treatments, 30 minutes each, in a one-hour session. 

Is there a difference between Emsculpt and muscle stimulators (such as Flex Belt) besides cost?

The technology is totally different, and the effects are exponentially superior with Emsculpt.

Flex Belt and other electric muscle stimulators or EMS use weak electrical current to cause weak contractions of muscle fibers. They are usually described as feeling like pins and needles or tingling. These devices are similar to TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) units which use electrical current to stimulate nerves in the treatment of pain. The electrical current in these devices must be weak, otherwise a person would experience a significant shock or electrocution. 

Emsculpt does NOT use electrical current to stimulate muscles. It uses electromagnetic energy, similar to an MRI machine. There is no tingling or pins and needles sensation. Furthermore, the effects on the muscle are vastly greater with Emsculpt than EMS devices. One 30-minute Emsculpt treatment induces 20,000 muscle contractions. These supramaximal muscle contractions result in muscle building (16% increase), loss of overlying fat (19% fat reduction) and 1.72 inches lost at the waist on average after a series of 4 sessions. Emsculpt also has a protocol used on the buttocks for those who want to build muscle without reducing fat.

EMS devices cannot give results comparable to Emsculpt. There is a reason EMS devices are inexpensive and sold over-the-counter on the Internet. This is an example of you get what you pay for. The difference in cost is due to superior and more expensive technology. Emsculpt was in research and development for 10 years and has 5 patents.

Is soreness expected after Emsculpt?

Patient experience is variable. It ranges from feeling completely normal (with no soreness) to feeling soreness similar to following an intense workout. Most of my patients report no to minimal soreness. Some patients note their muscles, particularly the gluteals, feeling not sore but an internal warmth. This is an interesting observation, as there is increased metabolism in these muscles associated with building of muscle fibers.

Does Emsculpt reduce visceral fat?

Emsculpt reduces subcutaneous fat, the fat located between the skin and the abdominal muscles. Fat reduction is a positive effect secondary to supramaximal muscle contractions induced by Emsculpt. All of the invasive (liposuction) and noninvasive body contouring procedures target subcutaneous fat.

Visceral fat is the fat within the abdominal cavity, beneath the abdominal muscles, which surrounds our vital organs. Excess visceral fat is associated with serious conditions including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Visceral fat is reduced by weight loss.

Some patients do experience weight loss as a benefit of Emsculpt treatments. Patients who have not made any change in their diet or activity level have lost weight which they attribute only to Emsculpt. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so as we build muscle we are burning more calories, even at rest. 

Combining Emsculpt with weight loss through diet and/or exercise will reduce visceral fat. 

Is a copper IUD a contraindication for Emsculpt?

Yes. Any patient having metal in or near the treatment area should not have Emsculpt treatments. Emsculpt uses electromagnetic energy, similar to an MRI machine.  For more information on contraindications see CANDIDATES page.