Looking to achieve actual abs and burn real-life butt fat, without having to stomach (see what we did there?) 500 crunches every morning? Then the latest non-surgical body contouring treatments could be right up your alley. From fat freezing – hats off to the mighty CoolSculpting – to light, laser and energy-based treatments such as SculpSure, Thermage and new-to market CoolTone, the popularity of non-invasive fat reduction treatments is blowing up right now. In fact, they were the third most popular non-surgical procedures in 2018 after botulinum toxin and HA fillers, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
So, let’s talk about Emsculpt. Having received FDA-clearance for treating abs, buttocks and thighs in 2018, Emsculpt uses a certain electromagnetic technology called HIFEM to help build muscle and sculpt the body. Gold star for anyone guessing what HIFEM stands for… No? OK, it’s high-intensity focused electromagnetic field. We’ll stick with HIFEM.
HIFEM works by triggering powerful muscle contractions that cannot be achieved by voluntary muscle action. What does this mean? Well, when your muscle tissue is exposed to such strong contractions (and we’re talking up to 20,000 per 30-minute session, no less), it’s forced to adapt to this major workout by building muscle, remodeling its inner structure and therefore refining your body shape. Smart, huh?
Here’s the lowdown…
What Is A Typical Emsculpt Session Like?
Each Emsculpt treatment goes through three phases over 30 minutes. To begin with, the machine works at a relatively low power to avoid hyper-stressing the muscles, then it is turned up depending on your tolerance levels. Through both of these phases, you will feel (and even see) your muscles tightening which is satisfying and weird in equal proportions.
At the end of your session, the machine is slowly dialed down to finish with some slow, deliberate contractions. This helps flush out toxins and lactic acid, so there’s no build-up and no chance of your muscles feeling completely over-exercised – even though they were;)
How Many Sessions Will You Need?
The ideal is four sessions, each spaced a few days apart. So, just a couple of weeks to achieve the same results as months of dieting and exercising. Pretty impressive, huh?
Does It Hurt?
Nope, the process is relatively painless. It may feel a tad uncomfortable to begin with as you get used to the vibrations and contractions, but this gets easier session after session.
Is There Any Downtime?
The following day, you may feel like you’ve rocked an intense workout. Other than that, there should be no downtime at all. Which we love.
When Will You See Results?
After just a single visit, you’ll notice the area starting to look more refined, but the best results will surface around two to four weeks after your final appointment. According to various studies, you should expect to see an approximate 16 percent increase in muscle mass, as well as a 15 percent reduction in fat. You should also feel physically stronger when you exercise, which is great for anyone who loves working out, but may feel they’ve reached a plateau.
How Long Do These Results Last?
Results from Emsculpt are not technically permanent, but they’re definitely long-lasting – especially if you’re committed to maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise routine. Your doctor may also recommend a maintenance treatments in six months depending on your lifestyle and goals.