For some time, liposuction was the only option for women and men that wanted to reduce their mid-section and achieve a leaner physique.
However, in the past several years, a number of non-invasive body contouring treatments have entered the aesthetic space and become extremely popular. Emsculpt is the newest addition to this group and offers the unique ability to eliminate fat and tone muscles in the abdomen and buttocks.
So, how does Emsculpt fare as a non-surgical alternative to liposuction? In this blog article, we’ll compare Emsculpt vs. liposuction according to treatment capabilities, treatment time, downtime, and results.
Emsculpt vs. Liposuction – Treatment Capabilities
Emsculpt is the first and only non-invasive treatment that can burn fat and build muscle in the abdomen and buttocks. It involves placing a paddle-shaped applicator on the targeted-muscles and activating them with electromagnetic waves.
Throughout an Emsculpt session, patients are free to recline as the device produces involuntary contractions that facilitate muscle hypertrophy and break down fat cells.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that eliminates areas of unwanted fat from the body, but does not act on muscle or tone the treatment area. It can be performed under local or general anesthesia, and a laser may be used to melt fat before it is extracted with a cannula suction.
Emsculpt vs. Liposuction – Treatment Time
Each Emsculpt session takes just 30 minutes and can be completed in your doctor’s office, over your lunch break. Emsculpt’s efficient and innovative technology induces the equivalent of 20,000 crunches or squats during this time, and most patients describe the process as a painless combination of contractions and tapping motions.
Comparatively, liposuction must be performed in a surgical facility and can take several hours, depending on the number of treatment areas and complexity of the case. Additionally, patients often need a ride home and someone to assist them for the next 24 hours as general anesthesia wears off.
Emsculpt vs. Liposuction – Downtime
Emsculpt is an excellent treatment option for busy men and women that want to strengthen, tone, and firm their abdomen and lift their buttocks, without any downtime. The procedure is completely non-invasive, and patients are free to return to work immediately after and resume all normal activities.
Other than some muscle soreness, similar to what you may feel the day after a workout, Emsculpt doesn’t have any known side effects.
Downtime following liposuction can vary, but most patients can expect their recovery to last several days to weeks. They must also wear a compression garment for two-to-four weeks and refrain from exercise and certain types of physical activity until they have healed.
Emsculpt vs. Liposuction – Results
In seven independent clinical studies, Emsculpt patients saw an average 16 percent increase in muscle mass and 19 percent decrease in subcutaneous fat. These results were achieved following a series of four treatments, that took place two-to-three days apart.
That being said, many men and women note that their abdomen and buttocks feel tighter and look firmer after their first Emsculpt session.
Liposuction is typically a one-time treatment that can produce significant fat loss and circumferential reduction in the targeted areas. While it is not a weight loss treatment, it can be a good match for patients that are concerned about excess fat and want to slim down multiple parts of their body.
Results from both treatments should be maintained through a healthy diet and regular exercise.
If you are unsure which body contouring treatment is right for you, please call our office today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Tina West will work with you to understand your concerns and goals and recommend a customized treatment plan.