Build Muscle & Burn Fat Non-surgically

Are you committed to living a healthy lifestyle but are not seeing the muscle definition you desire? Consider EMSCULPT®! 


EMSCULPT® is the first FDA-cleared energy device approved to burn fat and build muscle mass. It’s a no-downtime, pain-free, non-surgical way to define the abs, lift the buttocks, and sculpt the thighs. EMSCULPT® contracts muscles beyond what is possible through physical training, yielding better muscle tone and enhanced fat metabolism.

A single EMSCULPT® treatment is the equivalent of doing approximately 20,000 sit ups or squats. This muscle contraction leads to increased tone and muscle definition, as well as enhanced fat metabolism through lipolysis, or destruction of fat cells. 


What Results are Typical Following EMSCULPT®?

BTL, the manufacturer of EMSCULPT®, conducted 7 studies with over 200 patients on the abdomen and buttocks. The studies show how effective EMSCULPT® is at burning fat and increasing muscle mass. They measured fat and muscle with imaging (CT scans and MRI studies), comparing photos before and after treatment, and measuring changes in waistline measurements.

On average, the following were achieved in clinical studies on healthy patients:

  • 19% reduction of fat
  • 4 cm (1.5 inches) loss in waistline circumference
  • 16% increase in muscle mass
  • 11% reduction in abdominal muscle separation (called diastasis recti)
  • 5 x increase in fat metabolism (apoptotic index increased from 19% to 92% after treatment)
  • 80% patients with visible lifting effect of buttocks
  • 96% patient satisfaction


Who is a candidate for EMSCULPT®?

EMSCULPT® is well-suited for adults who workout but desire more definition of their abs, lifting of the buttocks, and/or sculpting the thighs. Good candidates are already physically active and adhere to a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Who is not a candidate for EMSCULPT®?

Patients with significant fat may not be ideal candidates for EMSCULPT®.  The HIFEM (High Intensity Focused Electro Magnetic) energy used to power EMSCULPT® penetrates to about 7 cm.  Those with thicker fat may not get as significant of muscle contraction, resulting in less results following treatment.

Pregnant and nursing females should not undergo treatment with EMSCULPT®.

Women who are close to menstruation may find that it comes sooner or cramping is increased/intensified with EMSCULPT® treatments, therefore we recommend not undergoing treatment during this time of the month.


Possible contraindications to treatment include the following:

  • Metal or electronic implants in the treatment area
  • Cardiac pacemakers
  • Implanted defibrillators
  • Implanted neurostimulators
  • Drug pumps
  • Malignant tumor
  • Hemorrhagic conditions
  • Epilepsy
  • Recent surgical procedures

Does EMSCULPT® hurt?

EMSCULPT® is not painful, it simply feels like a series of strong muscle contractions. Thinner patients may feel EMSCULPT® more, and decreased energies may be used during treatment.

How Many EMSCULPT® treatments are needed?

Clinical studies with EMSCULPT® for the abdomen and buttocks treated patients for 30 minutes, twice a week for 2 weeks, a total of 4 treatments. Typically, one treatment every 3-6 months for maintenance is required to maintain results.

How much fat will I lose with a series of EMSCULPT® treatments?

According to clinical studies, patients had an average of a 20% reduction in fat, a 1.5 inch average loss in waistline measurements, and patients gained 16% muscle mass following a series of 4 EMSCULPT® treatments.

How long is an EMSCULPT® treatment session? How many treatments will I need?

An EMSCULPT® treatment session lasts 30 minutes. Clinical studies on EMSCULPT® were done as a series of 4 treatments total – twice weekly treatments for 2 weeks.

What should I expect immediately after EMSCULPT® treatment?

The area of treatment may be mildly sore, similar to a strength training workout.  This may persist for a day following treatment.

Is EMSCULPT® a TENS device?

EMSCULPT® is not a TENS device but it is the closest analogy to HIFEM (High Intensity Focused Electro Magnetic) energy used to power EMSCULPT®. TENS, (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) devices, produce small amounts of battery-powered electrical energy to stimulate muscle contraction. TENS devices are used to treat pain disorders.

EMSCULPT®, on the other hand, is an extremely powerful device measured in Tesla, a measurement of magnetic induction often used to describe MRI imaging. EMSCULPT® is capable of producing supraphysiologic contraction of muscles and is exponentially more powerful than a TENS device.

How does EMSCULPT® compare to other methods of fat reduction such as liposuction, CoolSculpting or VASER Shape?

EMSCULPT® is a non-surgical approach to high-definition abs and butt lifting.  It has no downtime or pain, but requires a series of treatments and periodic maintenance.

Liposuction also known as lipoplasty, is the most common procedure performed at Plastic Surgery Associates. Liposuction is capable of removing large volumes of fat from specific areas (stomach, buttocks, hips, love handles, thighs, breast, back, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck) in a single treatment but involves some degree of downtime. 

CoolSculpting, is a method of non-invasive fat removal that freezes fat, causing fat cell death and elimination. CoolSculpting is non-invasive and can reduce unwanted fat but is a form of “spot treatment” for fat reduction. Larger areas such as the abdomen often require multiple applications lasting 1 hour and use  multiple applicators that must be overlapped to avoid irregularities following treatment.

In a small minority of cases, CoolSculpting can cause significant discomfort following treatment, rarely requiring pain medication after treatment.

VASER® Shape is a nonsurgical, non-invasive fat reduction treatment designed to firm and shape problem areas and to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite and help your body’s metabolism by increasing blood circulation in the treated area. This body contouring procedure feels like a hot-rock massage and lasts one hour for one area. The treatment uses ultrasonic therapy and massage to drain away excess fat and toxins that are then eliminated from the body.

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