In years past, you may have needed to rely on invasive surgical procedures to address stubborn areas of fat on your body. Liposuction is just one such example. While liposuction is still very effective for removing fat, it is a surgical procedure that requires downtime.
Thanks to technological advancements, there are now a number of minimally invasive, non-surgical options available. Non-surgical body sculpting is now an alternative to surgical procedures.
The top two contenders in the body contouring race are, without a doubt, CoolSculpting and Emsculpt. These non-invasive treatments can help patients achieve the aesthetic results they’re looking for without them having to plan for lengthy recovery periods.
The processes for both CoolSculpting and Emsculpt are quite different. The goal of each treatment, however, is to contour specific areas of your body.
How CoolSculpting Works
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical treatment that eliminates extra fat cells beneath your skin. This treatment is also sometimes referred to as cryolipolysis. The treatment works by placing a fatty area of the body in between panels that decrease the temperature of the skin and fat down to freezing levels.
The fat cells cannot survive the freezing temperatures and begin to die off. The dead fat cells are then removed from the body via the liver. This typically occurs over the course of several weeks after the procedure. The full results of the procedure become obvious after three months.
CoolSculpting is used to treat the following areas of the body.
- Lower back
It can also be used to treat areas of excess fat beneath the chin.
It can take up to an hour to treat and contour an area of the body. Smaller areas may not need as many treatments as larger areas will.
CoolSculpting treatments are non-invasive but it may still have some side effects, including short-term swelling, redness, bruising and skin sensitivity.
The results of your CoolSculpting sessions will last indefinitely. Gaining weight after your treatment may cause the fat to return.
How Emsculpt Works
Emsculpt treatments not only reduce levels of unwanted fat but build muscle at the same time. The treatment uses high intensity focused electromagnetic energy (HIFEM) to achieve these results. During each session, electromagnetic pulses are directed into the muscles of the target area. This causes intense muscle contractions, which activates a large number of muscle fibres. It would be impossible to exercise the muscles at this level of intensity during a regular workout. Just one session of 30 minutes can produce around 20,000 muscle contractions.
Muscle contractions require a significant amount of energy, which is provided by nearby fat cells. The fat cells break down through a process known as lipolysis. Damaging the fat cells in this way causes them to die off, after which, the body naturally removes them.
The combined action of intense muscle contractions and fat cell damage results in stronger muscles with more definition.
Areas that Emsculpt can treat include the following.
- Upper arms
Unlike CoolSculpting which can produce some discomfort after each session, Emsculpt has no known side effects. Patients may feel as though they have worked out and have sore, fatigued muscles after a treatment.
Key Differences Between CoolSculpting and Emsculpt
The end goal of each treatment is to produce body contouring results. That being said, they are two very different procedures.
CoolSculpting treatments will only reduce fat. Emsculpt treatments, on the other hand, tone muscles and burn away unwanted fat. Emsculpt is the better choice for those who do not have much excess fat in the targeted area and want more definition.
The body contouring results of each procedure should last indefinitely, provided patients take the time to exercise and stay in shape.
Emsculpt can even reduce abdominal muscle separation that occurs during pregnancy, something that CoolSculpting sessions achieve.
CoolSculpting vs Emsculpt, Which One Is Right for You?
So, how do you determine which procedure is the right choice for you? Each of the non-invasive treatments can offer great results but Emsculpt does stand out because of the dual benefits.
Ultimately, comparing the two treatments can prove to be difficult as they are very different in terms of processes. Looking at your goals and deciding whether you’re willing to deal with slight bruising and swelling after a treatment can help you make the right choice.
Schedule a consultation with Dr Anh if you would prefer to get professional guidance in person.