Emsculpt vs. CoolSculpting: The Battle for a Better Body

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While there are a number of body sculpting options avaialble in McLean VA, two popular choices are CoolSculpting and Emsculpt, and patients are often unsure of which treatment is right for them.

Over the past several years, body contouring has become one of the most requested cosmetic procedures. Likely due the fact that it allows men and women to blast belly fat and look and feel better in their clothes without surgery, incisions, or recovery.

To provide greater clarity, we’ve compared these two treatments based on their results, comfort, time commitment, downtime and side effects.

Keep reading to learn all about Emsculpt vs. CoolSculpting in Northern Virginia and find your best match.

How do CoolSculpting and Emsculpt Results Compare?

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment that uses very cold temperatures to reduce subcutaneous fat from the abdomen, thighs, arms, and chin. Most patients require 1-2 sessions that can be spaced 4-6 weeks apart.

Comparatively, Emsculpt is an FDA-approved procedure that eliminates unwanted fat and builds muscle.

In fact, it’s the only non-surgical body contouring system that targets and strengthens muscle.

This is particularly noteworthy, considering that muscle makes up 35% of the body and is a key component to a defined and toned physique.

In addition, Emsculpt is also is the world’s first non-invasive butt lift.

CoolSculpting vs. Emsculpt: Which Procedure is More Comfortable?

CoolSculpting uses curved applicators to suction and freeze fatty tissue. While the treatment is non-invasive, some patients report skin tugging, burning, stinging, and numbness during the procedure.

Using a paddle-shaped applicator that rests on the abdomen or buttocks, Emsculpt initiates extremely powerful muscle contractions that increase fat metabolism and strengthen muscles.

Patients do not feel much of anything during the procedure and may experience mild muscle soreness afterwards.

Is CoolSculpting or Emsculpt a Bigger Time Commitment?

A CoolSculpting cycle can last 35-60 minutes, and certain body parts may require multiple cycles to fully cover the treatment area.

Patients may also be required to treat one side of the body (i.e. right flank) and then the other (i.e. left flank).

On the other hand, Emsculpt takes 30 minutes to simultaneously target fat and enhance muscle. Plus, both buttocks are treated in a half hour session.

What to Expect as Far as Downtime and Side Effects Go?

While both treatments are non-surgical and have little to no downtime, patients may have redness, bruising, or numbness after CoolSculpting. These effects typically resolve on their own, but can persist for several weeks.

Currently, Emsculpt does not have any reported side effects other than muscle soreness, similar to after an intense ab or gluteal workout, for 1-2 days.

Patients can resume all normal activities following both CoolSculpting and Emsculpt.

Bottom line: If you only want to treat pinchable areas of fat, CoolSculpting may be right for you.  However, if you want to burn fat and build muscle to add definition and tone to your abdomen and buttocks, Emsculpt is the clear winner.

For additional information about the advantages of Emsculpt in McLean, VA, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.