Good news: If you think that burning fat and building muscle is only possible through an extensive diet and exercise routine, you’re wrong. In recent years, the aesthetics industry has served up some pretty impressive body sculpting treatments, with one of the most notable options being Emsculpt Neo.
This noninvasive, in-office procedure claims to strengthen muscles while also simultaneously burning fat in just 30-minutes. Sounds too good to be true, right? Think again. Here, we explain exactly how EmSculpt Neo works, who it’s best for, and what to expect after treatment.
How does Emsculpt Neo work?
Emsculpt Neo utilizes high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology paired with radiofrequency (RF) energy to induce involuntary muscle contractions as well as kill fat cells. Unlike the original version of Emsculpt, which only utilizes HIFEM technology to create 20,000 muscle contractions per session, EmSculpt Neo can produce up to 24,000 contractions as well as break down fat cells in a single treatment.
Who is a good candidate for Emsculpt Neo?
“Anyone looking to improve their muscle strength, muscle tone, and see a reduction in fat, is a candidate,” says San Diego dermatologist, Eugene Nowak, DO, adding that it’s important to know that there are a few contraindications when it comes to Emsculpt, too. “The main one being a pacemaker or any other metal implants,” he explains. “We always ensure to obtain a full medical history for all patients before performing any treatments.”
Emsculpt is also a good option for those who are trying to improve their stomach area after undergoing childbirth, especially if they’ve experienced abdominal separation (aka the detachment of the midline abdominal muscles). “My body changed completely after I had [my son] and it was hard to lose those extra pounds, [so] I started dieting and running every day,” says influencer Gina Ybarra in a blog post. “This helped me lose weight but my tummy was still not at its best, [so I] recently got Emsculpt.”
Emsculpt Neo is a popular choice for new parents like Ybarra since it can help close the gap created by postpartum abdominal separation in order to help the abdomen return to its pre-childbirth appearance.
What results can you expect?
After completing a full series of treatments, patients can expect a significant improvement in the treated area. “We can now achieve [an average of] 25-percent increase in muscle, 30-percent decrease in fat, and 20-percent improvement in tightening of any abdominal wall separation,” says Dr. Nowak. “While it was not studied for skin tightening, we are also seeing improvement of skin laxity in our Emsculpt Neo patients.”
With findings like this, it’s no surprise that many people who undergo Emsculpt Neo are satisfied with their results—even without finishing the full treatment series. “I ended up loving my first treatment,” confirmed Ybarra in an Instagram post.
To determine if Emsculpt Neo is a good option for you, talk to your doctor about your aesthetic goals and concerns. Considering what a game changer this treatment has become in the aesthetics space, it’s certainly worth inquiring about.