If you’ve only just heard of EMSculpt, then you’re not alone. EMSculpt technology is a new revolution in the world of medical aesthetics and it’s changing what we thought was possible for body sculpting. If you’re wondering whether it could help you but aren’t really sure, here’s everything you need to know to make an informed decision.
Things to Know About EMSculpt
Getting the facts about any medical treatment or procedure is key— maybe especially when it’s fairly new on the market. Never be shy to ask questions or voice concerns. They are valid and deserve thorough and attentive answers. The best way to get your questions answered is by consulting a certified EMSculpt practitioner.
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In the meantime, here are some important things to know about EMSculpt:
1. EMSculpt is FDA-approved for weight loss and body contouring
Approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is no small thing. It means that this procedure has been clinically tested and found to be both safe and effective for the purposes of weight loss and muscle building— on the basis of multiple clinical studies. In the case of EMSculpt, at least seven independent, U.S.-based, clinical trials reportedly achieved the following fat and weight loss results:
- 19% reduction of fat
- 4 cm (~1.5 inches) loss in waistline circumference
- 5x increase in fat metabolism (apoptotic index increased from 19% to 92% after treatment)
These same studies found similarly encouraging results for muscle building and toning:
- 16% increase in muscle mass
- 11% reduction in abdominal muscle separation (called diastasis recti)
And, regarding EMSculpt specifically for glute strengthening, 80% of patients experienced a visible lifting effect of their buttocks.
Strikingly, 96% of patients reported satisfaction with the results.
The stringent review of this (and other) data was a necessary precondition for the FDA’s approval of EMSculpt technology as a safe and effective tool for weight loss and muscle building. FDA approval means the benefits of this procedure (when used as intended) outweigh the potential risks, and that these benefits have been witnessed in empirically conducted clinical trials.
2. EMSculpt has multiple therapeutic uses
Because this procedure speeds weight loss and tones and strengthens muscles, it is primarily used for body contouring and sculpting— usually by those who are following a healthy program of nutrition and exercise and want to take their pursuit to the next level. (Among them: diet seekers who have tried everything to get that last inch off the tummy and need a little extra help.) For this client population, EMSculpt can be used to trim and tone various parts of the body. It can strengthen and tone many problem body areas, be they abs and glutes or arms and legs.
EMSculpt can also be used to treat diastasis recti, which more commonly occurs during or after pregnancy. The condition affects the “six-pack” abdominal muscles, causing the partial or even full separation of these muscles. Symptoms can include lower back pain, poor posture, bloating and constipation. Left untreated, diastasis recti can lead to complications like poor trunk stability and mobility, pelvic pain, more serious back pain, damage to posture, pelvic floor dysfunction and even hernia.
3. EMSculpt is a non-invasive procedure
This means that there’s none of the pain or downtime that surgery would entail. Until the advent of EMSculpt, there was really only one option for people in search of body contouring solutions: plastic surgery.
In contrast to surgical procedures, EMSculpt works by using “high-intensity focused electromagnetic” waves that produce small but intense involuntary contractions at a speed that’s not achievable with regular exercise. Your body responds to these extreme, “supramaximal” contractions by kicking its metabolism into higher gear. This in turn speeds the process by which you burn fat and build muscle. What’s so different about EMSculpt is that it relies on the body’s own innate capacity for metabolizing energy and turning fat into muscle— only it fuels and supports that natural process.
4. With a healthy regimen of exercise and eating right, the results of treatment can be permanent
The goal of this procedure is to help you not just achieve but also maintain the body that you want to reveal to the world. Usually, to achieve any results with EMSculpt clients must dedicate a minimum of four 30-minute sessions across a period of two weeks. Peak results tend to require four to six weeks of treatment (at the same rate of two 30-minute sessions per week). So, there’s some commitment involved when you choose EMSculpt. (Thankfully, each EmSculpt session can be a full-immersion, spa-like getaway when you choose a medspa). Getting an individualized plan for long-term maintenance of your EMSculpt results will thus be critical in ensuring that your investment yields lasting benefits.