WHAT IS EMSCULPT?
Emsculpt is an FDA approved non-invasive body sculpting treatment, which has been designed specifically for people who would like to build additional muscle mass and tone in areas such as abdominal muscles. The Emsculpt procedure can also be used to improve the shape of the buttocks, commonly referred to as a “non-invasive butt lift.”
The treatments are intended to act as supplements to active, healthy lifestyles — not substitutes for mindful eating or regular exercise.
What sets Emsculpt apart from the pack is its duality: It not only implodes fat cells (for 20 percent loss after four treatments), but simultaneously builds muscle fibers (by roughly 15 percent) for more defined abs and rounder rear-ends.
Treatment with Emsculpt lasts 30 minutes and is completed in at least four sessions that are typically scheduled two to three days apart over two weeks.
WHAT IS HIFEM??
HIFEM® (High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic) technology.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Emsculpt uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy to trigger what’s called supramaximal contractions (the kind that cannot be achieved by voluntary muscle action). Emsculpt essentially causes 20,000 muscle contractions in 30 minutes. Yes, that’s 20,000 sit-ups you won’t be doing! The muscles constrict beyond any sort of physiological norm, targeting fat loss to the area of the muscle — something sit-ups alone could never accomplish.
During these intense pulses, the muscles release chemicals locally. They then signal fat cells in the area to break down their contents and release them as free fatty acids. The sheer abundance of fatty acids overwhelms the fat cells, causing them to malfunction and die, after which, they’re metabolized by the body and excreted as waste. The muscles, meanwhile, are said to undergo cellular changes, thickening, and strengthening, with the device’s energy affecting the entire sheath of abdominals, from rib cage to groin.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?
Patients can lay down and relax during treatment, which will feel like an intensive workout. Emsculpt sessions are described as intense but are not painful. The Emsculpt device allows the physician to control the power intensity of the treatment while the patient gives real-time feedback. The power is gradually increased as the patient is able to tolerate the pulses. What feels like a subtle tightening of the muscles and some mild taser-like tingles at 10 or 20 percent intensity grows to an extreme gripping and upward pull with sharper zaps.
The goal is to get to supramaximal contractions of the large muscles which the patient can feel, and the physician can see. Most patients report being able to reach 100% power shortly into their Emsculpt sessions. The next day, you may feel like you’ve had a moderate abdominal or butt workout—nothing painful, just slight soreness.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE
Men and women who struggle with flat, saggy, or small buttocks or a lack of abdominal definition can benefit from treatment with Emsculpt. Postpartum women with stretched abdominal muscles can tighten their abdomen.
Along with improving muscle tone and burning fat, Emsculpt can also be used to help treat diastasis recti. Diastasis recti is a medical term that describes the separation of the abdominal muscles. This most commonly occurs during pregnancy, as the belly increases in size to accommodate a growing baby, which can stretch the abdominal muscles. Emsculpt offers the first non-surgical means of improving this condition.
IS THE PROCEDURE SAFE?
Emsculpt is a 100% non-invasive procedure cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for the “improvement of abdominal tone, strengthening of the abdominal muscles, development of firmer abdomen, [and] strengthening, toning, firming of the buttocks.”
The safety of the magnetic mechanics underlying the device has been supported by numerous studies over many decades. There have been no serious adverse events recorded with Emsculpt.
IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME?
Because this procedure is non-invasive, you do not need to remain in repose after your treatment. You can continue all of your daily activities and return to work as soon as you leave your appointment. Some patients may experience soreness similar to an intense workout the following day. People who undergo Emsculpt in NYC return to working out immediately, but it is advisable to concentrate on other muscle groups that were not treated for the first day or two.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
People who have tried Emsculpt report that they began to feel tangible results right after the treatment. Positive results are usually reported two to four weeks after the last session, with full-on wow results surfacing two to four weeks after your final appointment.
HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
Muscle mass is not permanent but can last for six months or longer. To help maintain muscle tone results, periodic Emsculpt treatments are recommended.
Just as you lose fat and tone muscles from working out, you’ll need to continue an active and healthy lifestyle to maintain the results. This type of treatment is actually ideal for those patients with lower BMIs who are physically fit and already living a healthy lifestyle, as it can help them enhance the results they’re seeing from their regular routine—as well as finally help address that one area that won’t quite get toned.