WHY CHOOSE EMSCULPT OVER COOLSCULPTING?

There are numerous options for non-invasive body contouring or sculpting. Only EMSCULPT builds muscle while reducing fat. Other methods target only fat. These include cryolipolysis or freezing of fat (Coolsculpting) and heating of fat by various methods: targeted laser (SculptSure), ultrasound (UltraShape) and radiofrequency (BTL Vanquish ME, UltraShape). 

Because of the abundance of Coolsculpting providers and heavy marketing, it is the procedure most people are likely to compare with EMSCULPT. 

EMSCULPT VERSUS COOLSCULPTING

ADVANTAGE EMSCULPT-NOT PAINFUL

  • Coolsculpting is associated with more discomfort. Many patients use the term painful for the thawing phase during which the technician "massages" or kneads the frozen tissue to break it up. (The skin and underlying fat, which has been vacuumed into the applicator for the freezing process, comes out appearing like a "frozen stick of butter.")
  • EMSCULPT is not painful. The intensity of the muscle contractions is adjusted according to the patient's comfort level. The treatment has been likened to an intense work-out, however it does feel different because the patient is lying down and relaxing while the muscles are contracting. It can best be described as an unusual sensation, but not painful.

ADVANTAGE EMSCULPT-FEWER SIDE EFFECTS, NO PAH*

  • Coolsculpting is associated with significantly more side effects. Redness, swelling, significant bruising and temporary tingling or numbness are common side effects. Potential complications include frostbite (first and second degree freeze burns), skin damage leading to ulceration or scarring, prolonged or severe pain, poor cosmetic results with contour irregularities including "step-off" appearance (visible dent where the applicator was placed), skin and soft tissue atrophy and asymmetries, hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin), hernia (may cause new hernia or worsening of existing hernia requiring repair),  vasovagal symptoms (dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, flushing, sweating, or fainting during or immediately after the treatment) and paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH). 
  • *Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) is a well-documented complication of cryolipolysis. Rather than shrinking or dying, the fat cells grow and form a very firm, well-demarcated subcutaneous mass (under the skin). The mass forms approximately 3-6 months following Coolsculpting treatment and does not resolve over time on its own. An invasive procedure is required to remove the mass, usually liposuction or other surgical procedure. In some instances, more than one procedure is required to remove the mass completely. Although the incidence of PAH is said to be low, recent evidence suggests that it has been underreported and may be as high as 2 in 422 cryolipolysis treatments, which is 100 times greater than the device manufacturer's reported incidence. 
  • EMSCULPT does NOT cause PAH.
  • EMSCULPT does not cause bruising, scarring or unsightly, irregular contouring or dents. Fat loss is a secondary effect due to high metabolic activity of underlying skeletal muscle contractions. Fat cells shrink and die in a normal anatomic pattern (not in the pattern of a suction applicator), giving a completely normal appearance. 
  • Possible side effects of EMSCULPT are temporary muscle spasm, muscle soreness (similar to post-workout) and temporary local skin redness. (Most people feel completely normal after treatment and report little to no soreness.)

ADVANTAGE EMSCULPT-MORE PEOPLE ARE CANDIDATES

  • The Coolsculpting manufacturer describes a candidate as being within 30 pounds of ideal body weight with areas of excess fat. 
  • EMSCULPT does not have weight or BMI restrictions. However, in order to produce optimal muscle contractions, the thickness of fat overlying skeletal muscle should not exceed 7 cm or 2.75 inches. (Please see the CANDIDATES page to review contraindications for EMSCULPT, importantly those with metal implants or implanted devices.)

ADVANTAGE EMSCULPT-LESS TIME, LOWER COST

  • EMSCULPT's standard protocol is a series of four 30-minute treatments. 
  • Individual Coolsculpting treatments can range from 35 minutes to 2 hours, and multiple treatments are usually recommended.
  • Coolsculpting treatments cost more than EMSCULPT.  (Patients are advised to compare. Request price per session and number of sessions recommended to determine the total cost of any treatment regimen.) 

ADVANTAGE COOLSCULPTING-CAN TREAT MORE AREAS

  • Coolsculpting is FDA-cleared to treat more areas of the body. 
  • EMSCULPT is currently FDA-cleared to treat the abdomen and buttocks. However, more treatment areas will be added in the future.

SIMILARITIES

  • Both EMSCULPT and Coolsculpting require 2-3 months to observe optimal results.  
  • Fat loss associated with each can be undermined or reversed if a patient gains weight following treatment. 

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