Emsculpt: Complete Guide to Burn Fat and Tone Muscle

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Many of us put our best efforts into maintaining our body contour with a healthy lifestyle and routine exercise regimen. Despite this, certain areas in the body tend to have stubborn fat that sag with age.

While there are many treatment options available in dermatology and plastic surgery to help shed fat and sculpt the body, Emsculpt has evolved as a revolutionary treatment, sculpting your body effortlessly and non-invasively. Emsculpt mainly aims at toning and muscle definition but also helps in reducing fat.

What is Emsculpt?

Emsculpt is an FDA-approved device that helps tone, firm, and strengthen the arms, thighs, calves, abdomen, and buttocks. It is a revolutionary and non-invasive procedure that uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) pulses to melt down the unwanted fat, build muscle and sculpt the body. A single session induces thousands of powerful muscle contractions, which is equivalent to 20,000 crunches. These muscle contractions improve muscle strength and tone.

Emsculpt is suitable for both men and women of all ages. This body sculpting technique has been proven to improve muscle tone through ultrasound, MRI, and CT scans.

Who is Eligible?

Health-conscious men and women, who exercise regularly with ideal weight, are the best candidates. Candidates looking for extra definition despite exercising may also try Emsculpt.

Patients with higher BMI may get rid of the fat through CoolSculpting or SculpSure, and then follow up with Emsculpt to strengthen and tone the muscles.

How Emsculpt Works?

The main objective of the Emsculpt is to tone the muscle and also aid in burning the fat. The high-intensity device uses electromagnetic waves and causes deep muscle stimulations in the targeted area. This cutting-edge technology induces about 20,000 supramaximal muscle contractions, which melts down the stubborn fats and facilitates muscle buildup.

Emsculpt is a mini magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device that utilizes magnetic fields in therapeutic levels. A trained practitioner straps on the device over the stomach or the butt area and turns up the power. It normally begins at a lower power level and then progresses upwards. Beginning at a high power level may stress the muscles excessively and even cause a hernia.

According to the studies, Emsculpt brings about a 19% development in the muscles, and a 15% fat burn is caused due to the supramaximal muscle contractions on the top of the muscle building. Therefore, three months after the Emsculpt procedure, there may be a waist reduction of about 1.7 inches.

Anesthesia is not required for Emsculpt. Neither pre nor post-procedure preparations are required. During the initial session, the intense muscle contractions may feel strange or slightly uncomfortable, which occurs every few seconds. This experience may get better with further appointments.

Side Effects of Emsculpt

Though Emsculpt contributes towards body sculpting, there are risks associated with this procedure. Most of the effects may be temporary, including but not limited to muscle cramps, pain in the muscles, joints, or tendons, skin redness or erythema in the targeted area of treatment, and decreased intramuscular fat.

Emsculpt is not recommended to candidates with any metals inside their body, such as IUDs, pacemakers, implanted neurostimulators, orthopedic screws, and plates, etc., since there could be magnetic wave interference.

Emsculpt is unsafe during pregnancy but can improve diastasis recti (partial or complete separation of abdominal muscles) after delivery.

Recovery Period

Emsculpt is a non-invasive procedure, hence zero recovery time. Apart from some mild muscle fatigue, patients can resume their daily routine immediately after the session. A special diet is not required. It is encouraged to consume healthy foods, drink plenty of water, and a regular exercise regimen to enhance and maintain results.

Consuming alcohol excessively, smoking, eating unhealthy foods, or taking medications may impact the successful treatment outcome.

Results After Emsculpt Treatment

The Emsculpt treatment plan consists of four sessions, scheduled twice weekly. After the last session, most patients report positive results within two to four weeks and continue to improve for at least three months.

The Emsculpt treatment results may vary from person to person, and some patients may require more treatments to achieve the desired goal. Hence, it is hard to predict the exact result.

Maintenance treatments can facilitate the results along with healthy eating habits, an active lifestyle, and adequate hydration.

Treatment Plan

Minimum four treatment sessions are recommended depending on the goals and body mass index (BMI). The duration of each session is 30 minutes. Two sessions are scheduled weekly, two to three days apart between sessions. One can achieve maximum treatment efficacy by completing the recommended full treatment series.

You will be asked to maintain adequate hydration of your body to reduce any cramping during and after the procedure. No special preparations are required before the treatment. Dress comfortably and wear light clothing on the days of treatment. Avoid wearing any jewelry and metal articles such as belts, underwire bras, etc. Surrender all the electronic devices such as watches, phones, iPads, etc., before entering the treatment room since the electromagnetic energy will heat metal devices and damage electronic devices.

How Long The Results Last?

After completing the Emsculpt treatment plan, following a consistent exercise regimen will maintain the muscle buildup for many years.

Maintenance treatments are also recommended ranging from once a month to once a year for patients who don’t follow an exercise routine after completing the Emsculpt sessions.

Exercising routine maintains the results. If not, muscles will start to weaken and sag. It is recommended to take maintenance sessions before the complete sagging of the muscles. Otherwise, another four treatment sessions may be required to tone the muscles.


Emsculpt is a cosmetic procedure and comes with a significant price tag. This treatment is not eligible under FSA (Flexible Spending Account).

Some cosmetic centers offer a free initial consultation. Typically, each Emsculpt session costs about $750 to $800. The cost of a complete Emsculpt treatment ranges from $3,000 to $4,000, depending on the consulting physician.

The treatment plan necessitates four sessions. Each session can be paid separately or as part of a package. Certain packages have discounts, which you can inquire about during the initial visit. After completion of initial treatment sessions, maintenance packages are offered to maintain the results.


Since Emsculpt strengthens and tones muscles and burns the local fat stores, active and fit individuals seeking extra definition in their abdomen and buttocks may be ideal candidates for this treatment.

For best results, four sessions within two weeks are recommended. After the last session, it is recommended to follow an active lifestyle and consistent exercise regimen to maintain the results. If unable to exercise, maintenance packages are offered, or else the muscles will weaken and sag, requiring another four sessions of treatment.

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