Patients looking for non-surgical ways to sculpt and improve their bodies now have more options than ever. EmSculpt and CoolSculpting are two of the most popular treatments available, and both can be used to refine problem areas, giving the body a sleeker, more contoured look. Glowtox in New York, NY, is pleased to offer both treatments.
These treatment systems spur the body to work on its own to dispose of unwanted fat and shape up. They’re a great option for patients who are already in pretty good condition but need help addressing areas that haven’t responded to diet and exercise. Both treatment systems generally involve a series of sessions, with great results developing gradually over time.
What Are the Differences Between These Two Treatments?
Both treatments are FDA-cleared and get rave reviews from our patients. And both are intended to be used not as weight-loss systems, but as body contouring treatments that can shape up the small problem areas that hold many patients back.
But these treatments work in very different ways to improve the overall appearance of the body. Here are some of the key differences:
Building Muscle vs Fighting Fat
CoolSculpting is all about destroying the small pockets of unwanted fat that many of us struggle with, like the fullness that can form along the bra line or the extra heaviness that can develop in the thighs. It’s an ideal way to freeze away the pinchable fat. With EmSculpt, the focus is on building and strengthening muscles, particularly in the abdomen and buttocks.
If you’re already in pretty good shape but you want to take it to the next level and get a more defined, “ripped” look, and maybe even develop a six-pack, this muscle-building treatment is a great option. CoolSculpting uses an external applicator to cool the treatment area in a way that breaks down unwanted fat cells, which are then escorted naturally from the body over weeks.
EmSculpt relies on paddles that deliver high-intensity electromagnetic energy to the treatment area, which prompts the muscles to contract just like they do during normal exercise. This clever treatment fools the body into thinking it’s done 20,000 sit-ups in a 30-minute session, giving patients the results that would come from such an intense workout.
Effective in Different Parts of the Body
CoolSculpting is a highly versatile treatment that can be used all over the body. This treatment can be used to treat the flanks, abdomen, hips, thighs, upper arms, and even the fullness that can develop under the chin. CoolSculpting can be administered with one of several rounded applicators, which makes it easier to treat tighter and smaller areas.
EmSculpt is delivered with flat panels and is primarily designed for the abdomen, flanks, and buttocks, which are areas that many patients struggle with.
What Treatment Feels Like
The good news is that both treatments are comfortable and easy for patients, but each is a different experience. As the CoolSculpting applicator glides over the skin, patients often notice a numbing, cool sensation and feel light pressure. After treatment, the skin may appear flushed for a short period, but patients can get right back to their schedule.
During an EmSculpt session, you’ll feel the deep muscle contractions this treatment causes, but it won’t be an uncomfortable experience. You may notice your legs slightly rising and falling during each contraction. The panels also make an occasional tapping motion that will break up lactic acid in the body. Patients can get right back to their regular schedules after treatment. You may notice the same sensations many of us experience after an intense workout. This will be a sign that the treatment worked as it should.
The Power of Body Contouring Treatments
These two treatments are part of a group of non-surgical body contouring treatments that have become available over the past decade. Body contouring treatments use heat, cool temperatures, radiofrequency energy, and other mechanisms to trigger the body to get rid of unwanted fat.
EmSculpt is unique because of its focus on building muscle tone and not just getting rid of fat. One of the great things about body contouring is that it allows patients to precisely target and address the areas they want to improve. Some of our patients have gotten exceptional results by combining both CoolSculpting and EmSculpt.
They start with CoolSculpting, which shrinks the problem area they’ve been wrestling with, and then turn to a series of muscle-building treatments to enhance definition and further refine the body. If you want to tone down patches of stubborn fat while also developing muscles that appear “cut,” this powerful combination of treatments is the perfect option.
Tell Me More About CoolSculpting
CoolSculpting works by triggering a process known as cryolipolysis, which involves destroying fat cells by freezing them. For patients in need of a modest fat reduction, a single treatment is often sufficient, but many patients need a series of appointments spaced about a month apart. This treatment can reduce fat in the treatment area by up to 24%, and it can take two to three months for a patient’s full results to develop.
How Long Will My Results Last?
CoolSculpting permanently removes unwanted fat cells from the body, which means your results will last the rest of your life as long as you take good care of your body. This treatment won’t prevent you from gaining weight in the future, so keeping up your exercise routine and eating well are great ways of maintaining your new look.
Tell Me More About Emsculpt
We usually recommend that patients pursuing this treatment system schedule four 30-minute treatments over two weeks. Some improvements may be visible after the first treatment, with the patient’s full results developing two to four weeks after their last session.
This treatment can reduce fat by an average of 19 percent and increase muscle mass by an average of 16 percent. The added muscle also helps boost the patient’s metabolism, meaning that fat and calories will be burned more efficiently. Because this treatment can quickly develop an individual’s strength, it can also be used to help athletes who have muscles that have been weakened by an injury.
For these patients, rebuilding their strength makes it easier to gradually increase activity levels and get back on track. Patients also turn to this treatment system when they feel their workouts have reached a plateau. By building their muscles, they’re able to work out more intensely and more efficiently.
How Long Will My Results Last?
The longevity of results varies with each patient. But individuals who really keep up with their exercise regimen and eat carefully will be able to enjoy their results for some time. Some patients also opt to schedule a maintenance treatment every six months.
Answering Your Questions About EmSculpt and CoolSculpting
The non-invasive nature of these treatments, combined with the fact that they offer patients great results, make them very popular. Most patients who are considering these treatments have lots of questions about them. Here are answers to some of the questions we hear most often:
Will There Be Any Restrictions on My Activity Level After Treatment?
One of the key advantages of both of these treatment systems is that there is no anesthesia involved and patients don’t need to set aside time for recovery. And because both treatments can be performed in less than an hour, you can even schedule them during your lunch break. Both treatments make it easy to achieve the results you’ve been working toward.
Do These Treatments Help With Cellulite?
Both treatments can noticeably improve the look of your body, but neither is marketed specifically as a solution for cellulite. Cellulite develops when fat builds up beneath the skin, stressing the fibrous cords that connect the skin to underlying muscle and creating a dimpled effect.
Although getting rid of some of that fat may ease the appearance of cellulite in some patients, these aren’t dedicated cellulite treatments. If cellulite is your primary concern, we can talk with you about other options for addressing it.
Do They Work on Visceral Fat?
These treatments do not help with visceral fat, which is the fat that surrounds internal organs in the abdominal area.
Am I a Good Candidate?
If you’re interested in finding out if you’re a candidate for treatment, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Nicole DeVincentis, a highly specialized Dermatology PA and the founder of our practice. She will review your medical history, evaluate your area of concern, and talk with you about your cosmetic goals. She can help you determine which of these treatments is best for you and develop a custom treatment plan that will achieve your goals.
Here are several early signs that you may be an especially good candidate for one of these body contouring treatments:
You’re Already in Pretty Good Shape
Both of these treatments are ideal for patients who are already in pretty good shape and close to their goal weight. These are patients who have healthy lifestyles and are fairly active, but they need a little help tuning up their bodies.
Gender, genetics, and hormones can all make it especially difficult to get rid of unwanted fat in some parts of the body, but these treatment systems can help. Neither treatment will help you lose a lot of weight, but by helping you tackle your problem spots, they can improve your overall silhouette.
You’re in Good General Health
These treatments are intended for patients who are in good overall health and who are not pregnant.
You Can Be Patient
Both of these treatments offer results that develop gradually. This means you’ll have to be patient as you wait for signs of improvement. But many of our patients like the gradual onset of results because it gives them time to adjust to their new look. They don’t suddenly look as though they went and “had work done.” Instead, patients look like they’ve been working out and taking care of themselves.
One of the many advantages of these treatments is that they are convenient and don’t involve any downtime. But their non-invasive nature also means that the results will be subtle. The best patients understand the treatment and are realistic about the outcome.
Get Started Today
Both CoolSculpting and EmSculpt can smooth away those problem areas and help you get the sleek, contoured body you’ve been working so hard for. There are some key differences between the two, but both are easy, non-invasive treatments that give patients proven results.
Our practice can help determine which treatment will best achieve your goals. We can even design a treatment plan for you that incorporates both! Call Glowtox in New York, NY and schedule a consultation today!