Emsculpt Treatment- Does it Really Sculpt the Body?

Posted December 14, 2021
Emsculpt treatment expectations

The wafer-thin look is out, and bodies with curves and muscle definition are becoming more desired and sought after. Both men and women are looking for a faster way to get sculpted and toned muscles than with a regular workout routine but not necessarily as invasive like Ab etching procedure. 

Enter in Emsculpt treatments. A non-surgical body contouring procedure that doesn’t involve any injections or dermal fillers but claims to have body sculpting results after a 30-minute session. 

Is this body-enhancing treatment sound too good to be true? And can it really help sculpt the body after one session? We share all the details about Emsculpt treatments, plus what to expect during and after the procedure.  

Let’s start with the basic question- what is Emsculpt? 

What is Emsculpt? 

Emsculpt is a non-invasive body contouring treatment that uses a device designed with a High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic technology (HIFEM) to cause deep muscle stimulation through contractions. The FDA approved Emsculpt treatments as a way to strengthen and tone the abdominal muscles, buttocks, calves, arms, and thighs. 

How Does the Emsculpt Treatment Work?

By using high-intensity electromagnetic energy, Emsculpt works in two ways; to trigger supramaximal contractions (a level of intensity that can’t be replicated with regular muscle contractions, like working out) and energy from the device that stimulates the body to produce fatty acids, breaking down fat cells in the area. 

The gradual increase of energy during an Emsculpt treatment strengthens the fibers in the muscle to create a toned look or produce new muscle growth while triggering a lymphatic drainage process for fat removal. 

A 30-minute Emsculpt session generates 20,000 muscle contractions, an intense stimulation that forces the depths of the muscles to adapt and form into a firm shape.

What to Expect with Emsculpt Procedure

An Emsculpt procedure does not require any numbing cream or sedation. The patient is awake and alert while the treatment is being performed. 

The board-certified and trained cosmetic doctor will wrap the binders (similar to a belt) around the treated area and place the paddles underneath the binder. Typically, the treatment begins with an energy level of 20 and works its way up to the maximum intensity of 100. Each treatment is about 30 minutes long and has zero downtime, and patients can resume normal activities after the procedure. 

Want to see an Emsculpt procedure in action? Watch this video to learn more about the treatment and process with the board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Raj Kondia.

How Quickly Will I See Results from Emsculpt Treatments?

In most cases, a patient will notice a subtle change in muscle definition or lift in the buttocks after the first session. The final results typically take 2 to 4 weeks to appear, giving time for the metabolic system to get rid of the damaged fat cells and for the muscles to fully develop. 

It is recommended for a minimum of two sessions two days apart from each session, but the number of treatments will also depend on the patient’s desired result. 

How Long Do the Results Last with Emsculpt?

Body sculpting with Emsculpt treatments is not permanent, but you can expect the results to last results for six months to a year. But it is recommended to incorporate a consistent workout routine combined with a well-balanced diet.  

You can think of an Emsculpt treatment as an intense jumpstart to building new muscles but will need maintenance to keep the tone and shape. If necessary, a follow-up treatment is safe to perform after 6-8 months from the last treatment. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Emsculpt?

This non-invasive and non-surgical body contouring treatment has minimal restrictions and is ideal for anyone with: 

  • Good physical health and shape
  • BMI (Body Mass Index) less than 25
  • Has some muscle but wants more definition and tone
  • Does not have a pacemaker, metal IUD, or other metal implants that would conduct electromagnetic energy

Final Takeaway- Emsculpt Treatments

For us, Emsculpt ticks all the boxes when it comes to a body sculpting procedure. A much quicker and effective option than working out, and the zero downtime or risk from surgery gets us excited for the possibility of a sculpted body. All from a treatment that mimics 20,000 contractions in one session to help tone and form muscles without having to go under, that’s what we would call a win-win treatment. 

We recommend consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon to help guide you through the details of Emsculpt treatments. The toned and defined muscles for your abdomen or buttocks you have always envisioned are completely within your reach and can become a reality. 

Find an expertly trained cosmetic surgeon in your area with our “Find a Doctor” navigation tool. 

- VM


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