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What Is The Difference Between CoolSculpting And Emsculpt?

Innovative treatments like CoolSculpting and Emsculpt have rapidly gained popularity as a relatively low-cost and efficient way of getting the body type that you want to have. As some of the most advanced body contouring technologies available, it's easy to think that the difference between these two effective treatments is simply a matter of branding - but the reality is a little more complex than that. While these two treatments can bring you ever closer to your aesthetic goals, it's understanding how they work which can help you get there without too much trouble.

So what's the difference between Coolsculpting and Emsculpt treatments? The biggest difference between the two is that CoolSculpting works by removing stubborn fat pockets, while Emsculpt is more focused on building muscle. Combined with an active lifestyle and other weight solutions, these body sculpting treatments can make body contouring goals a lot easier to achieve.

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What Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a method of fat reduction that uses cryolipolysis to break down unwanted fat cells. It does this by cooling certain spots in the body to the point where it induces cell death in the fat cells but leaves other cells untouched. These dead cells are slowly removed from the body as waste products, and greatly reduce the amount of fat tissue and stubborn body fat in the treated area.

CoolSculpting is often used in the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Chin
  • Flanks
  • Upper Arms
  • Back Fat
  • Buttocks

CoolSculpting is one of the most effective techniques used to get rid of localized pockets of fat, often only requiring a single treatment and a few weeks before you get visible results. It's also a semi-permanent solution for fat reduction (barring the times where you may get excessive weight gain after your CoolSculpting treatment) since the treated area is removed from every fat cell.

Most CoolSculpting providers further augment their services by using different applicators during CoolSculpting treatments. This helps them have greater flexibility in the areas that they can treat, allowing them to precisely shave off fat in the areas you want to be treated without affecting any adjacent spots in your body.

The effects of CoolSculpting may take some time to show up, but considering that the procedure is non-invasive, can be done in minutes, and often requires no follow-up treatments or maintenance treatments, it's rapidly becoming one of the favored treatment options for body contouring.

What Is Emsculpt?

Emsculpt uses electromagnetic technology (otherwise referred to as Highly Focused Electromagnetic Technology or HIFEM) to induce muscle contractions. This improves your overall muscle tone similar to intense exercise, building new muscle fiber, and helping define your existing muscle groups. However, it's important to note that Emsculpt is not a substitute for the benefits you can gain during the actual exercise.

The best areas for Emsculpt treatment include:

  • Buttocks
  • Abdomen
  • Upper Arms
  • Thighs

Despite their effects on muscle, Emsculpt treatments do not affect the fat cell layers in your body in any way. It's a body contouring treatment that's very specifically focused on improving your muscle mass and muscle definition, which makes it a great choice for people who are already within their ideal body shape and just want to enhance their contours.

Emsculpt can precisely accentuate the various muscle groups in your body, but these results aren't permanent. If your muscles atrophy or you gain significant amounts of weight, it's likely that the results of your Emsculpt treatment won't last for very long. It may also require some follow-up treatments a few months after your first initial treatment to make sure that your results stick.

You can experience some increase in muscle mass after your Emsculpt treatment session, but don't expect to suddenly develop muscles after you're done. The best way to think about the effects of Emsculpt is that it emphasizes what's already there - it can't do anything if it doesn't have that to work with.

Is There A Better Treatment Between The Two?

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But aside from these differences, these two treatments are fairly similar: as non-invasive and non-surgical methods, they require little investment and almost zero post-procedure downtime. So what should you pick?

While your provider may have the last word on which treatment suits you best, there are some considerations that you can keep in mind when deciding which one can work for you.

Body Type

Both of these treatments work best if you're already around or in your ideal body weight, but since they work differently in how they mold your body, it's important to make sure that you have the right body type for each procedure.

CoolSculpting is far more suitable if you're going after small, isolated pockets of fat that can be spot-treated. With the right applicator, you can precisely remove plenty of fat from these areas without affecting your muscles, which can tone your body and give you the curves that you want.

Emsculpt treatments are primarily used to give your body definition, not remove fat - which means you already need the muscle groups that the treatments will define. If you're looking to accentuate your muscles or build up more muscle mass, Emsculpt is the treatment for you.

Frequency Of Treatments

Non-invasive treatments can have results close to or even comparable to surgical methods, but this comes with the caveat of getting repeat treatments. Since non-invasive methods don't directly work on your body, this means you'll need to wait for a while before treatments have visible results - and go in for further treatments if you need it.

CoolSculpting treatments are semi-permanent solutions - since they remove the fat cells themselves from the treated area, you won't be able to gain fat again at all. However, in some cases where extreme weight gain happens, it's possible for your body to move or regenerate the fat cells in the treated area. 

This can mean that you'll need another CoolSculpting treatment. While the vast majority of CoolSculpting patients only need one CoolSculpting treatment to get their results, this will depend on the skill of their provider, the amount of body fat to be removed, and the applicator used in their procedure.

Emsculpt treatments need regular applications to keep the tone and definition of the muscles consistent since the repeated muscle contractions from daily activities can soften the results over time. The exact amount of repeat treatments you'll need will vary depending on your lifestyle and your overall body type, but an average number to expect is around a dozen treatments spread out over 4 to six months.

Desired Results

Each person's body contours are different, which means that the procedure that works for one patient may not necessarily work for you. By finding a provider who can understand your body goals and how to get your current body from where it is to where it needs to go, you're able to gain more benefits from which treatment you get.

CoolSculpting treatments work great if you're struggling to remove those last rolls of fat from your skin - fat that may not always respond to workouts or diets. Since the treatment targets the fat cells themselves, it's a reliable way to precisely shave off those last few pounds.

The Emsculpt gives your muscles more definition, which means it can't really work if there's still a layer of fat in the way. Some providers may actually use CoolSculpting treatments first, then follow it with Emsculpt treatments to showcase muscle definition after the fat layer has been removed. If you're already within your desired body shape and contour, Emsculpt can make it look a lot better.

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CoolSculpting and Emsculpt are both treatments that can help you get the body shape that you want - but it's important to keep in mind how exactly you want to reach that goal in choosing which procedure you'll go for. Either body contouring procedure can always work well to get you the body that you want, but make sure you talk with your provider beforehand to make sure that you're getting the ideal treatment for the results that you want.

If you're finding exercise and dieting isn't enough to get you to your body goals, give CoolSculpting a try. At NJ Center For CoolSculpting, we use the latest fat reduction technology to get rid of those stubborn rolls of fat. With our body contouring treatments, you'll be able to improve the results of your workout and remain fat-free even months after treatment. Call us at (908) 273 - 5400 to book an appointment now.

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What Our Clients Say About Us

  • "The treatment itself was not uncomfortable. Afterwords, I felt great. I didn't really notice anything for about 30 days. After day 30 until about a month later, I started noticing that my favorite jeans were not as tight anymore. I wasn't having to suck in to get them buttoned. And by that two month period after my CoolSculpting

    Lesley Hamilton

    Age 41

  • "It's subtle at first, and then a month later you look and go, "Wow - It really did something!" It really moved the bar for me, and I'm feeling better about myself already. It feels so good to put on anything and know I look as good as I've ever looked. And I didn't say that or feel that when I was in my 20's, 30's, and 40's."

    Anne McMarthy

    Age 56

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