It’s important to feel comfortable in your own skin. Not only will it boost your self-esteem and confidence, but it’ll also help you appreciate yourself more and what you can offer the world. The truth is not everyone is comfortable in their own bodies. These individuals don’t like what they see in the mirror and instead want to change how they look.
While there are many things you can do to change this like diet and exercise, there are also other cosmetic options that can help like Coolsculpting and EMSCULPT treatments. These two body contouring procedures have become very popular recently, but many want to know which procedure is best for their needs and goals.
What is Body Contouring?
Body contouring is a cosmetic procedure that provides patients with a more sleek and contoured appearance. These procedures can either be invasive with surgery or non-invasive with fat-reduction procedures like Coolsculpting and EMSCULPT. Many prefer non-invasive treatments considering the many benefits they offer, such as minimal downtime, pain and they’re more affordable than surgery.
How Do Coolsculpting and EMSCULPT Work?
Both Coolsculpting and EMSCULPT are great treatments when it comes to having a more contoured look, and the major difference is how they achieve that sleek look. Coolsculpting does this by freezing and eliminating the body’s fat using targeted cooling technology. This treatment utilizes a cooling applicator that’s designed to eliminate fat cells by freezing them and then allowing the body to rid them naturally. The treatment is known to be very successful, reducing a patient’s fat by up to 25% in some cases.
Coolsculpting was actually one of the first non-invasive treatments on the market. It uses an FDA-approved device that benefits from controlled cooling to permanently freeze stubborn fat cells that won’t go away with diet and exercise. Areas that are often treated using Coolsculpting are a patient’s stomach, upper arms, and inner thighs. The results can take up to three months to really see as the frozen fat cells die, with the body eliminating them naturally. Many prefer this treatment option given the treatment prohibits any new fat cells to take the place of dead ones, providing a prolonged solution.
EMSCULPT does what CoolSculpting can’t do – enhance and build muscles. Many in the industry call “the new frontier of body contouring.” It’s an innovative muscle-building procedure that uses electromagnetic energy as a way to contract a patient’s muscles. This energy stimulates muscle contraction from exercises and reduces fat in the process. EMSCULPT can stimulate muscle mass with improvements of up to 16% and increase fat reduction by up to 20%.
Basically, it stimulates a really hardcore session at the gym to get results. A quick, 20-minute session is supposed to be the same as tens of thousands of crunches and sit-ups. While it’s known to really work your core, EMSCULPT can also be used on other parts of your body, including your butt (with arms and thighs coming soon).
The benefit of choosing EMSCULPT is the fact that you’re not just getting rid of fat that’s covering your abdominal muscles, but the procedure also increases your body’s muscle density. So, it not only eliminates fat, but it also builds muscle in the process.
With EMSCULPT, you’ll need a series of four consecutive treatments and each one should be done about two to three days apart. Each treatment lasts 30 minutes and the pain is minimal. You will feel some discomfort similar to a hard day at the gym.
Both treatments require patients to be patient with results. Coolsculpting patients will usually see results four to six weeks after their first session, with full results about 12 weeks after the last session. For EMSCULPT patients, results are seen a lot faster. Patients will actually feel the results immediately after the first session and then see them about two weeks after your treatment is finished.
The Cons of Coolsculpting
Although it’s thought to be very successful, there are some downsides to Coolsculpting. One is that you’re seriously freezing your body and the temperature can be extreme, causing some discomfort. Patients will also see next-day bruising that lasts up to a week. It’s also not a treatment that will help you if you are obese.
Coolsculpting works best for those who want to get rid of stubborn bulges in problem areas that won’t go away no matter how much exercise they do or how healthy they eat. Common side effects include swelling, bruising, redness and reduced sensation in the area that underwent treatment.
The Cons Of EMSCULPT
Like Coolsculpting, those who are severely overweight won’t get the results they desire. It’s best for those looking to do away with problem areas that won’t go away, even with a healthy diet and routine exercise. The only real con to the EMSCULPT procedure is feeling really sore the day after; similar to what you’d feel after a really hard workout.
SO, Which One is Better?
You really can’t go wrong with both body contouring procedures. However, EMSCULPT is thought to be better because helps to increase muscle, which can help you achieve a fit, toned appearance. It’s a revolutionary treatment that will provide patients with noticeable results.
If you’re already spending tons of money on a gym membership or grocery trips, EMSCULPT could be the one thing that will help you finally overcome a workout plateau so that you get the results you’ve been craving to feel comfortable in your own skin! Give SF Bay Cosmetic Dermatology a call at (925) 275-9333 today to schedule your first appointment!