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EmSculpt vs Coolsculpting:
A Simple (But Complete) Guide


Are you looking for ways to lose stubborn fat that don’t involve surgery, injections, or bad side effects? If so, then EmSculpt Neo or Coolsculpting (cryolipolysis) might be the solution you’ve been searching for. In this article, “Emsculpt vs Coolsculpting”, we’ll talk about the differences between these two treatment protocols and give you the pros and cons of each.

Are EmSculpt and CoolSculpting safe, non-surgical treatments?

EmSculpt Neo and Coolsculpting are both FDA-approved, non-invasive procedures with few side effects. Neither procedure involves surgery or injections. EmSculpt Neo is a treatment that improves muscle tone and gets rid of fat at the same time. Coolsculpting focuses specifically on fat reduction. Both cosmetic procedures are safe and effective at getting rid of fat, but there are some key differences between them. This may make one better suited for certain individuals or treatment goals.

How do EMSculpt and CoolSculpting work?

One of the main differences between EmSculpt Neo and Coolsculpting is the way they work. EmSculpt Neo uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) energy to stimulate muscle contractions, break down fat and increase collagen production. Coolsculpting is an aesthetic procedure that freezes and kills fat cells in the treated area, also known as cryolipolysis. A few weeks after treatment, your body breaks down these dead fat cells and gets rid of them through your liver.

EMSculpt Vs CoolSculpting: Are there any adverse effects?

The different ways that these cosmetic procedures work directly affects the amount of discomfort and downtime associated with each procedure.

EmSculpt Neo is generally considered to be a more comfortable treatment. Most patients reporting tingling or sensations similar to an intense workout during the procedure with minimal side effects. EmSculpt Neo typically requires no downtime; you can resume normal activities immediately after the procedure.

In contrast, Coolsculpting may require days of downtime for recovery. Coolsculpting can cause more significant discomfort for the typical patient, particularly during the freezing process. Common side effects include internal scar tissue and in some rare cases the procedure leaves behind hardened fat lumps (adipose hyperplasia).


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What impact do EMSculpt and CoolSculpting have on skin tone?

While Coolsculpting can be effective at reducing fat, it does not provide any benefits for loose or excessive skin (skin laxity), skin tone, or collagen production. In fact, some people may experience adverse side effects such as rash, swelling, or discoloration after undergoing the treatment.

On the other hand, EmSculpt Neo generates electromagnetic pulses, inducing strong muscle contractions. This strengthens the underlying muscles and helps to reduce excess skin and laxity, tightening the skin and improving its elasticity. The contractions also lead to improved blood circulation. This in turn stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, leading to firmer, tighter and more toned skin. Collagen production can improve the overall appearance of the skin, giving it a more youthful and radiant look.

How Effective are these nonsurgical procedures?

In terms of effectiveness, EmSculpt Neo has been shown to increase muscle mass by 16% and reduce fat by 19%. Coolsculpting has been shown to reduce fat by 20-25%. They result in similar fat loss outcomes with coolsculpting edging ahead by a bit, though only EmSculpt Neo increases muscle tone. But this doesn’t tell the entire story of the treatment protocols.

Unfortunately, CoolSculpting is not effective on deep abdominal fat that surrounds the organs. This visceral fat is linked to health risks such as heart disease and diabetes, as well as high levels of inflammation in the body. Coolsculpting is only effective on the fat tissue directly below the layers of skin. EmSculpt Neo uses high-intensity electromagnetic energy to contract muscles beyond their normal maximum capacity. This increased muscle activity stimulates the breakdown of fat cells, specifically targeting the deep abdominal fat.


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EMSculpt Vs CoolSculpting: How do they impact fat metabolism?

EmSculpt Neo and Coolsculpting differ in the way they affect fat metabolism. EmSculpt Neo stimulates muscle contractions that cause breakdown of fatty tissues. These intense contractions trigger the body’s natural fat metabolism process, leading to the breakdown and removal of adipose tissue (fat deposits). When a muscle contracts, it expends energy, which comes from the body’s fat and glucose resources. This can aid in weight loss by reducing the overall amount of fat and carbohydrates stored in the body.

In addition, boosting the strength and size of your muscles through frequent contractions can increase your metabolism, or the rate at which your body burns calories. A faster metabolism can help you burn more fat and calories, which can lead to further weight loss. The apoptotic index is a measure of the percentage of fat cells that undergo apoptosis after a treatment. In the case of EmSculpt Neo, the apoptotic index in the typical patient increased from 19% to 92% after treatment, which indicates a significant increase in fat cell breakdown.

On the other hand, Coolsculpting uses cryolipolysis technology to freeze and destroy fat cells. The freezing process causes the fat cells to die, and the body’s natural metabolic processes remove the dead cells over time. This method does not directly stimulate fat metabolism, but rather relies on the body’s natural processes to remove the destroyed fat cells. Overall, EmSculpt Neo is more effective in stimulating fat metabolism and promoting the breakdown of adipose tissue, while Coolsculpting is more effective in destroying fat cells without directly stimulating fat metabolism.


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What do EMSculpt and CoolSculpting do to help tone muscles?

Coolsculpting is going to have to sit this one out as it has no affect on muscle tissue. EmSculpt Neo’s (HIFEM) energy stimulates supramaximal muscle contractions ​causing the muscles to contract and release repeatedly in the targeted muscle groups. These contractions are much stronger than those that can be achieved through traditional exercise. When the muscles are stimulated in this way, they become fatigued, which causes the muscles to adapt and grow stronger. The process is known as muscle hypertrophy, and it results in an increase in muscle mass and strength.

EmSculpt Neo is an effective treatment designed to target specific muscle groups, such as the abs, glutes, and thighs allowing for a more targeted approach to muscle toning. Because the treatment can be customized to focus on specific areas that need improvement, it can be a game-changer for individuals who may have trouble targeting certain areas through traditional exercise, such as elderly patients or those with injuries or chronic conditions.

EmSculpt Neo is nonsurgical treatment that provides a safe and effective way to tone muscles and improve body contour without the need for downtime. This non-invasive approach to muscle toning can help individuals achieve their desired results in a shorter amount of time compared to traditional exercise and dieting methods.

EMSculpt Vs CoolSculpting: Which should you choose?

Overall, both EmSculpt Neo and Coolsculpting can be effective treatments for non-surgical fat reduction and improving body contour with results that increase weeks after treatment. In terms of which is better, it ultimately depends on the individual’s body goals, desired results, and treatment preferences.

While Coolsculpting uses cryolipolysis to freeze and kill fat cells from the body, EmSculpt Neo stimulates high frequency muscle contractions to achieve that result. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals who are looking to achieve a more toned and defined appearance, reduce skin laxity, and improve their athletic performance or overall fitness levels.

Additionally, the lack of downtime and discomfort associated with EmSculpt Neo may make it a more appealing option for individuals with active lifestyles who want to achieve their desired results without having to take time off work or other activities. Before deciding which non-surgical procedure is for you, it is important to consult with a qualified provider to determine the best treatment plan for your needs. For a free consultation to answer all your questions click here.


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