Have you heard of EMSCULPT? It one of the latest additions to the lineup of non-invasive body contouring procedures introduced during the past several years. Other procedures such as CoolSculpting® and SculpSure® are also positioned as nonsurgical alternatives to liposuction. At our Harrisburg, PA practice, I consult with patients who aren’t sure which procedure is best for their concerns.
EMSCULPT is unique because it’s cleared by the FDA to build muscle mass in addition to burning fat. It works by causing thousands of involuntary abdominal muscle contractions during a 30-minute treatment, simulating an intense core workout. In this blog post, I’ll explore if EMSCULPT lives up to the attention it’s generated in recent months and compare it to traditional liposuction, including the number of treatments needed and areas of the body that can be treated.
EMSCULPT vs. Liposuction
When the makers of a device promise that you can burn fat and build muscle in a 30-minute treatment, people notice. But there’s a bit more to the EMSCULPT story, especially when compared to liposuction.
Number of Treatments: EMSCULPT uses a technology called high-intensity electromagnetic energy to tone muscle and minimize excess fat. But to get the results you may have seen in before-and-after photos requires at least 4, 30-minute treatment sessions that need to be scheduled 2 or 3 days apart. After those initial treatments, additional procedures once every 3 to 6 months are needed to maintain the results. The costs start to add up. And even though clinical studies do show some fat reduction, the outcomes aren’t necessarily predictable.
Liposuction, on the other hand, is a time-tested procedure that removes fat and the results are immediately noticeable after a single procedure. Those results remain if you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Areas of Treatments: If you’re looking to tone your abdomen or buttocks, EMSCULPT is an option. Those are the only areas the device is cleared by the FDA to treat. Liposuction, on the other hand, can be used virtually anywhere, including the neck, upper arms, thighs, and hips. The different types of liposuction give plastic surgeons the ability to customize treatments using different technologies and smaller or larger cannulas (the tubes used to suction fat from the body).
Treatment Candidates: EMSCULPT patients typically have very small pockets of fat that can often be reduced through exercise and a healthy diet. The procedure burns fat by simulating the muscle contractions that occur during sit-ups. Many more women and men can benefit from liposuction because it works great for patients who want to remove fat that remains despite exercise and dieting.
The results produced by liposuction are easy to see in our gallery of before-and-after photos. If you have stubborn areas of fat and want to know if liposuction can help, contact us using the online form to request a consultation. Or call us at (717) 728-1700 to schedule an appointment at our plastic surgery practice in Harrisburg, PA.