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Aesthetic Surgery & Dermatology of Cherry Creek
Dr. Adrienne Stewart, MD - Denver, CO

Emsculpt on The View


Dr. Adrienne Stewart is thrilled to offer Emsculpt as a new noninvasive option for fat reduction and muscle growth.

Emsculpt is a brand-new muscle-stimulation technology that is clinically proven to increase muscle mass and decrease fat by about 20 percent. Dr. Stewart is committed to providing her patients with modern technologies that will keep them looking and feeling their best, and Aesthetic Surgery & Dermatology is the first office to make this innovative procedure available to clients in the Cherry Creek area.

Dr. Stewart’s office is a complete body center. She offers treatment options for skin tightening, fat removal, and muscle building, and she is able to cater treatment regimens to help each person attain their individual goals.

For optimum results, Dr. Stewart offers the option to combine Emsculpt with other fat-removal treatments, such as Coolsculpting, Vanquish, or Ultrashape. Whatever place you’re in now, Dr. Stewart can guide you through the many therapy options available to help you get where you want to be.

Common Questions About Emsculpt

What does Emsculpt do?

Emsculpt is a new fat-removal technology that tones and tightens muscles in the abs and buttocks. It was originally developed to be a muscle-stimulating device. However, during clinical trials, researchers realized it not only increased muscle but also decreased fat. It can now be used to reliably and consistently help patients do both. Emsculpt results in about a 20 percent increase in muscle in both the abs and buttocks, and it results in about a 20 percent loss of fat in the abs. Research shows that, for the abs, Emsculpt treatment is equivalent to doing roughly 2,000 crunches.

How does Emsculpt work?

Emsculpt uses High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic Energy (or HIFEM) to cause extreme contractions of the muscles—giving them more of a workout than would be possible with regular exercise.

During treatment, Dr. Stewart secures the paddles in place. For abs, you’ll be on your back, with paddles on your ab muscles; for the buttocks, you’ll lay face down with one paddle on each cheek. Once in place, Dr. Stewart turns on the device only as high as a patient is comfortable with it. The higher the level a person is able to tolerate, the better their results will be. However, since people have different tolerance for the treatment, doctors are able to control the severity of the contractions to suit each person. The standard practice is to start low and work their way up as people get used it.

Contractions go through three phases: first is a cycle of 3 seconds of contractions followed by 3 seconds of rest, second is a cycle of 5 seconds of contractions followed by 5 seconds of rest, and third is a phase in which the device emits a tapping sensation. This cycle repeats over the course of a 30-minute treatment.

How many Emsculpt treatments do I need to see results?

The standard Emsculpt process consists of a series of four treatments over a period of about 2 to 3 weeks. Treatments last 30 minutes each. Dr. Stewart recommends coming in for occasional maintenance treatments to keep those results.

Does Emsculpt hurt?

Emsculpt is a noninvasive treatment that rapidly contracts the muscles. Some people describe the process as mildly painful, but most people say they simply experience a sensation of tickling or discomfort. It is common to have muscle soreness for a few days after a treatment, just as though you had done a big workout on your abs or glutes.

The treatment does not require anesthetic, and there is no downtime or special care required either pre- or post-treatment.

What kind of results can I expect and how soon?

Clinical studies have consistently shown increases of 19-20 percent in muscle growth, and Dr. Stewart’s own clients are seeing fat loss of about 18-23 percent. Within a couple months, you’ll see visible differences in muscle definition and fat loss, with muscle growth happening a little faster than fat loss. Results will be even better when Emsculpt is used in combination with other fat-loss treatments. Dr. Stewart will help design the most effective plan for your personal goals and needs.

Are Emsculpt results permanent?

While results of the Emsculpt procedure are well-documented, they are not permanent. Dr. Stewart recommends coming in for maintenance treatments every few months to maintain that new muscle definition.

What parts of the body can Emsculpt be used on?

Emsculpt is currently being used on the abdominal muscles and on the buttocks. In the future, it will be made available for the thighs and arms as well, but that is still in development.

Who is a good candidate for Emsculpt?

Emsculpt is an excellent treatment for people who have a small amount of persistent fat and who want to increase muscle definition. It is very effective at targeting stubborn fat that won’t go away even when a person is exercising and eating right. Emsculpt can give people that extra push to get muscle definition and tone they can’t quite get with a typical workout routine.

While Emsculpt is very good at building muscle, those results won’t be visible if there is an excessive amount of fat on top of it. For some people, the best strategy will be to combine Emsculpt with other fat-reduction therapies. Dr. Stewart has numerous treatment options available and can design an individualized plan to make sure each client gets the results they’re looking for.

Is Emsculpt safe?

Emsculpt is approved by the FDA, and clinical trials show absolutely no adverse effects other than the same kind of mild muscle soreness people feel after a strenuous workout.

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