The non-invasive toning procedure is making waves in the dermatology and plastic surgery world.

In the ever-changing world of plastic surgery and dermatology, there's no shortage of treatments available for those looking to shed fat and sculpt their bodies. But Emsculpt, the FDA-cleared non-surgical body contouring treatment that first hit the scene in 2018, is in a league of its own.

Emsculpt is known for its impressive muscle toning and fat-burning properties—and the non-invasive treatment requires zero downtime afterward. But what exactly is this high-intensity device? We consulted a group of experts to find out. We spoke with Dr. Arash Akhavan of the Dermatology and Laser Group, Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, the Celebrity Cosmetic Dermatologist and Founder of PFRANKMD, and Adriana Martino, the owner of SKINNEY MedSpa, to learn about the technology behind Emsculpt, find out who is a good candidate for treatment, and how patients can maximize their results after the procedure.

How does Emsculpt work?

Emsculpt uses cutting-edge technology to tone your body and help eliminate fat. As Dr. Akhavan explains, the name Emsculpt is actually derived from the science behind the treatment. "The first two letters—the E and the M in Emsculpt—is the technology behind it," Dr. Akhavan said. "It uses electromagnetic energy to get the muscles to contract in the area you're treating." Dr. Akhavan added that the process is similar to how we contract our muscles naturally. "Emsulpt takes over that process to a much stronger extent than our bodies are able to," he continues. "Using this electromagnetic energy causes the muscles to do what are called super maximal contractions."

Dr. Frank explains that these conditions help achieve stunning results. "The technology induces 20,000 supramaximal muscle contractions not achievable through voluntary contractions—compared to doing 20,000 full contraction crunches or squats in 1 session," Dr. Frank told T&C. "When exposed to supramaximal contractions, the muscle tissue is forced to adapt to such extreme conditions. It responds with a deep remodeling of its inner structure that results in muscle building and fat burning." Overall, Dr. Frank says the "revolutionary treatment" works to burn fat and build muscle to sculpt your body.

How is Emsculpt different than other fat removal procedures?

There are stark differences between Emsculpt and other fat removal procedures around today. "In a very key way, there's no other device out there that actually tones or builds muscles," Dr. Akhavan said. "The way the emsculpt works is by causing these muscles to contract 20,000 times in 30 minutes, and that builds muscle tissue just like exercising but to a much greater extent. It's burning the local fat stores up because these muscles need calories to feed them for this contraction."

Dr. Frank agreed that this is the first device that removes fat by "working out the underlying muscle." He added: "FDA-cleared for the strengthening, toning, and firming of the abdomen and butt, Emsculpt delivers superior contouring results that existing non-invasive body shaping therapies cannot match."

"This is not a treatment for weight loss; it’s best for individuals who are in good shape already and serves as an ‘icing on the cake’ treatment. I believe that this type of technology will do for the body, what Botox did for the face." Dr. Frank said.

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Who is a good candidate for the procedure?

Emsculpt isn't a perfect fit for everyone. As Dr. Frank explains, the "ideal candidates are thin, relatively fit patients looking for that extra definition in the abdomen and lift in their buttocks that their own efforts can’t accomplish."

Dr. Akhavan adds that individuals who have a lot of generalized body fat won't see a huge difference with Emsculpt. Instead, he recommends it to patients who are active but have a small stubborn area, are good candidates for treatment. "We can get rid of that, and actually even see definition like a six pack," Dr. Akhavan explains.

Emsculpt is popular among both men and women, and it's also a good option for patients recovering from an injury. "It’s been very popular with athletes and patients recovering from sports injuries," Dr. Akhavan said. "We get a lot of referrals from physical therapy centers, because it's a quick way to strengthen the muscle groups that have become weak due to an injury."

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