EMSCULPT® vs. CoolSculpting®: Your Top 8 Questions Answered

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There’s a great debate at our Calospa® Rejuvenation Center locations: EMSCULPT® vs. CoolSculpting® Elite. These popular nonsurgical procedures share a similar goal and purpose: sculpting the body by targeting and eliminating unwanted areas of fat. However, they each take a slightly different path toward delivering their impressive, long-lasting results.

Wondering whether EMSCULPT or CoolSculpting is right for you? We answer top questions about these powerhouse treatments (and some of their key differences) below:

#1. What is EMSCULPT?

This innovative procedure uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic technology (HIFEM) to stimulate rapid muscle contractions—far beyond what you could achieve during a regular workout. This approach works twofold by simultaneously helping you burn stubborn fat and build muscle.

Before & After EMSCULPT

#2. What does CoolSculpting do?

Using a process called cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting freezes and destroys targeted fat cells. The dead cells are naturally metabolized and gradually eliminated from the body, resulting in a firmer, more sculpted physique.

#3. Which areas does each procedure target?

EMSCULPT primarily targets the abdominal muscles, calves, arms, and buttocks. CoolSculpting is FDA-approved for use on the chin, arms, abdomen, inner and outer thighs, knees, banana rolls (under the buttocks), and love handles on the flanks.

#4. Does EMSCULPT or CoolSculpting hurt?

While neither treatment is considered painful, you will notice specific sensations with each. During CoolSculpting, many patients feel some numbness during the freezing process along with a pulling sensation as the treated areas are suctioned. With EMSCULPT, patients typically feel intense vibrations and heat. After EMSCULPT, you may experience soreness akin to how you might feel after an intense workout.

Before & After CoolSculpting
Before & After CoolSculpting

#5. EMSCULPT vs. CoolSculpting price: Which is more expensive?

The cost for each procedure varies depending on the treatment area(s) and the number of sessions needed. However, CoolSculpting is generally less expensive than EMSCULPT. Our providers will assess your needs and goals during your consultation and recommend a customized treatment plan with a detailed price quote.

#6. Which treatment takes longer?

Your treatment time is dependent on your needs and goals. A CoolSculpting feature called DualSculpting allows us to treat two areas simultaneously, which can reduce treatment duration (and the number of sessions needed), allowing you to achieve better, faster results. Because EMSCULPT addresses both fat burning and toning, we typically recommend scheduling a series of 4 30-minute treatment sessions over 2 weeks, followed by maintenance sessions every 6 months.

#7. How long will my results last?

Results for both treatments are long-lasting, especially when you maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. With CoolSculpting, results are considered permanent because fat cells do not grow back. However, you are still susceptible to weight gain unless you are consistent with your diet and workouts. With EMSCULPT, we typically recommend 2 maintenance treatments per year to preserve your results.

#8. Am I a better candidate for EMSCULPT or CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting may be your best bet if you have specific areas of stubborn fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. If you want to eliminate fat, build muscle, and tone your physique, EMSCULPT may be the superior option. Just keep in mind that EMSCULPT is slightly more expensive and requires more treatments and ongoing care.

Now that you have a better understanding of the similarities and differences between EMSCULPT and CoolSculpting take the next step with us! Try our body contouring treatment quiz and arrange to visit our med spa to explore your goals further. We’ll help you develop a customized body contouring treatment plan. Please request a consultation or call us at (502) 814-3000 to schedule an appointment.

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