When it comes to body contouring procedures, it seems that EMSCULPT is quickly becoming the favored treatment among the many offerings available today. It is a revolutionary treatment that can help get rid of stubborn problem areas by building muscle to provide patients with results they’ll see after a few sessions.

Here’s everything you need to know about the body sculpting procedure that everyone’s talking about these days!

What Is EMSCULPT?

EMSCULPT is an FDA-approved procedure that is classified as a body sculpting (or contouring) treatment. It’s non-invasive and will get rid of fat cells while tightening muscles at the same time.

The procedure is done at a certified professional’s office, where you’ll lie down and get hooked up to a special machine to undergo the electromagnetic procedure. You simply sit back and relax a bit as the machine emits electromagnetic pulses that will help strengthen the area’s muscle fibers as it burns unwanted fat.

Although it sounds too good to be true, the revolutionary procedure is being called an advancement for the industry and can effectively help make a patient’s stomach slimmer and their butt appear rounder.

The Procedure

The procedure itself is fairly easy. You simply sit back in a chair and let the EMSCULPT machine do all the work as it builds muscle and burns fat at the same time. The procedure uses electromagnetic pulses that force your body’s muscles to contract about 20,000 times in each 30-minute session (which is a lot faster than you would ever be able to contract them on your own).

As the machine emits these pulses into the targeted treatment area(s), your muscle fibers are being strengthened as fat is being burned around them. The rapid pulses make your muscles contract so that they release chemicals that break down fat cells in that area. 

The procedure lasts only 30-minutes, with little to no discomfort. It’s supposed to feel like a very intensive workout, with the only difference is the fact that you’re not really doing anything. The feeling is tolerable, and you’ll be able to feel your muscles putting in work.

The treatment is usually done four to five times in a span of two weeks. Each time, you’ll see better and better results. However, you’ll notice a slimmer targeted area a day after treatment. Patients will be able to have a toned and defined look in their abdominal area or butt region effortlessly, without having to put in long hours at the gym or eating super clean.

Effectiveness

Patients will start to notice significant improvements to treated areas usually three to four weeks after the last treatment. While treatments are usually done consecutively for two weeks (4-5 times), a patient can opt to continue treatments often to maintain their results.

EMSCULPT patients will see an average of 19% reduction in subcutaneous abdominal fat only a month after their last treatment and up to 23% reduction three months after.

Currently, the procedure is offered for a patient’s abs, butt, inner thighs and upper arm. But the abdomen and butt areas are the only parts of the body that are cleared by the FDA to get treatment. The procedure is still pending approval for the arms but will be available in the foreseeable future very soon.

Patients that undergo EMSCULPT may experience improved tightness and fullness of their butt and abdominal areas, a reduced waistline, toning and contouring of treatment regions, dead cells broken down and naturally expelled from their body and an overall slimmer appearance. However, results will vary from person to person.

The effects of EMSCULPT on the increase of muscle mass can last up to six months following the procedure and longer with maintenance sessions. However, fat loss is permanent. Patients are encouraged and recommended to continue leading an active lifestyle and eating a healthy diet for best results.

Is It Covered by Insurance?

No, EMSCULPT is not covered by insurance providers given it’s an elective treatment. Patients will need to pay out of pocket for it. However, because the cost is high, patients might be able to finance the procedure depending on where they get it done.

Who Is EMSCULPT for?

While it sounds like EMSCULPT is a miracle worker for patients, it should not be used as a substitute for exercise and healthy eating. A severely obese or overweight patient won’t get the results they want.

Instead, EMSCULPT is better for those who are having problems with trouble areas that won’t go away no matter how much exercise they get in or how healthy they eat. It’s a successful treatment to help them get the results they’ve been wanting but haven’t been able to obtain themselves.

Although the EMSCULPT procedure is stimulating your muscles to work as they would with exercise, it’s not really doing what exercise does for you. When you exercise, you might be targeting a certain muscle, but other parts of your body are also working at the same time. This isn’t the case with EMSCULPT since it’s better when it’s used as a body contouring treatment that will help you build muscle in problem areas.

What to Expect With EMSCULPT?

The procedure is virtually painless; however, patients will feel a strong sensation of muscle contractions. Those with lower BMI might feel the contractions more intensely than those with a higher BMI, but the strength of the treatment may be reduced during the procedure. Aside from typical muscle soreness, there are no other side effects to worry about with EMSCULPT.