Body Contouring with EMSculpt Chevy Chase, MD

Emsculpt® is a body contouring treatment that uses electromagnetic energy to stimulate muscles and simultaneously reduce subcutaneous fat without surgery, incisions, or any downtime. It is the first and only non-invasive device that melts fat and builds muscle by building up the weak muscles that are underneath fat. In addition, Emsculpt has the distinction of providing a non-surgical butt lift and improvement of abdominal separation (diastasis recti). The West Institute was the first practice in Montgomery County to offer Emsculpt, and also the first to add FDA-approved applicators that build muscle tissue in the arms and legs, including the calves.

Continue reading to learn more about Emsculpt Chevy Chase, MD. Emsculpt for body contouring and diastasis recti is just one of the many treatments available at the West Institute’s Body Contouring Center. Contact us today to get started. We are located in Chevy Chase and serve Bethesda, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and the surrounding areas.

How Does EMSculpt Work?

Emsculpt uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology to initiate a series of 20,000 supramaximal muscle contractions in the abdomen and buttocks. These forced contractions do not allow a relaxation period and are more powerful than voluntary contractions that occur with exercise. As a result, fat is broken down and muscles are strengthened for a defined abdomen and firmer and rounder buttocks. Biceps/triceps and calf muscles can also be treated at the West Institute.

Is EMSculpt Right For Me?

Most healthy adults desiring increased muscle mass, including a more defined abdominal “6-pack” or lifted buttocks, and a simultaneous reduction in fat (abdomen only), can benefit from Emsculpt. Ideal candidates are often men and women who are already fit but want to take their body to the next level. Core strength is enhanced and, in many patients, a more visible “6-pack” of abdominal muscles is achieved.

Emsculpt may also be an excellent alternative for patients seeking improvement in the size, shape, and position of their buttocks without injections or surgical augmentation. Additionally, this revolutionary device can help moms suffering from diastasis recti (rectus abdominus separation from pregnancy) by tightening abdominal muscles (rectus abdominis muscles) and decreasing a visibly protruding lower belly; previously, correction could be achieved only through invasive surgery.

Dr. West and team will meet with you to identify if this treatment is best to meet your needs and goals.

EMSculpt Results: What Should I Expect?

Each Emsculpt procedure is the equivalent of 20,000 crunches or squats and feels similar to an intense workout. Patients often see a noticeable increase in muscle mass and decrease in subcutaneous fat in as little as two-to-four weeks and will continue to improve for the next three to six months. MRI studies reveal increased muscle mass lasting up to a year. For optimal fat destruction and toning, a series of four Emsculpt treatments spaced two-to-three days apart is recommended as well as maintenance treatments at three-month intervals.

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Dr. Tina West is a board-certified dermatologist and leading expert in cosmetic dermatology, laser surgery, and body contouring procedures. For over 20 years, Dr. West has dedicated her practice to providing natural-looking results and full patient satisfaction. Dr. West invites you to visit The West Institute for a friendly and informative consultation.

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Chevy Chase Emsculpt FAQs

Emsculpt is an innovative, non-invasive device that simultaneously burns fat and strengthens muscles. It’s the first device of its kind, and it’s FDA-cleared to treat the abdomen, buttocks, calves, biceps, and triceps.

Emsculpt uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy to stimulate muscle contractions. During one 30-minute Emsculpt treatment, you will experience the equivalent of 20,000 toning exercises like crunches, squats, or curls. As a precise electromagnetic therapy, Emsculpt is much more efficient at shaping and defining muscles than even the most challenging and strenuous workout routine.

Emsculpt is much more efficient at shaping and defining muscles than even the most challenging workout routine.

Emsculpt is an excellent way to simultaneously reduce fat cells and build muscle fibers. This quick, convenient treatment can provide a non-surgical butt lift and improve diastasis recti, or the abdominal separation that often occurs during pregnancy. BTL Industries, the manufacturer of Emsculpt, claims their devices lead to a 16% average increase in muscle mass and a 96% patient satisfaction rate.



Though you can relax and even lie down while the Emsculpt device goes to work, you will feel like you are going through an intense workout. Each 30-minute session ends with a series of slow, deliberate contractions designed to flush toxins and lactic acid out of your muscles. As a result, Emsculpt does not have any of the dangers of over-exercising.

Emsculpt is completely non-invasive, so there’s no need for recovery time. You can return to work and resume your typical daily activities.

Patients often notice increased muscle mass and decreased fat in as little as two to four weeks after their first appointment, which will continue improving over the next three to six months. MRI studies reveal increased muscle mass lasting up to a year. For most of our patients to achieve optimal fat burning and muscle toning, we recommend a series of four Emsculpt sessions spaced two to three days apart, followed by maintenance treatments every three months.

Your Washington DC Emsculpt treatment regimen will depend on how many treatments you need. Dr. West and her team will give you a quote during your consultation, so you know what to expect.