Despite following a regular diet and exercise routine, it’s not unusual to develop pockets of fat that you just can’t seem to get rid of. These fat pockets may develop due to a genetic predisposition, fluctuations in weight, or the natural aging process. Their appearance can be frustrating, especially if you have an otherwise thin physique.
A variety of procedures are available to contour the body and eliminate fat pockets in certain areas, such as the abdominal region, love handles, thighs, or upper arms.
Many people consider liposuction to be the go-to fat removal treatment, but newer procedures such as Emsculpt can provide the same (or better) results without the need for anesthesia or a long recovery period.
Emsculpt is an FDA-cleared body contouring procedure that doesn’t involve incisions or anesthesia. It uses a device that combines electromagnetic and radiofrequency energy to encourage significant muscle contractions while burning fat cells.
The muscle contractions can help build muscle and provide more definition within a given area. At the same time, heat from radiofrequency energy targets fat cells. Once targeted, the fat cells become damaged and empty their contents into the bloodstream. They are naturally eliminated through the body’s lymphatic system.
Emsculpt is great for those who want to improve muscle definition while removing a layer of fat cells that may cover the muscles. Undergoing several sessions typically provides the most visible results.
There are several benefits associated with using Emsculpt to target problem areas.
Emsculpt is entirely non-surgical, which means that there are no incisions or anesthesia required to undergo the procedure.
Patients who choose Emsculpt can return to their daily activities following a fat removal treatment session. They don’t need to spend significant amounts of time away from work or other responsibilities to get better. This is different from liposuction, where patients often need help from family members to help them during their recovery.
The Emsculpt device can eliminate fat from specific areas of the body, which leads to body contouring. Body contouring with Emsculpt can remove pouches in the lower belly, love handles that have appeared on the sides, and stubborn inner thigh fat.
Emsculpt is incredibly helpful for people who are already at a normal body weight but need help getting rid of small areas of fat that don’t respond to diet or exercise.
Emsculpt is one of the only available treatments that help to build muscle. During an Emsculpt treatment, you can expect your muscles to contract up to 20,000 times — the equivalent of weeks of intense workouts.
This can be a significant bonus to the treatment for those who don’t enjoy lifting weights or want to increase their muscle size. You may also find that you feel stronger and can lift more weight following Emsculpt treatment.
Some treatments are not recommended for certain skin tones, as they may result in discoloration of the skin. However, Emsculpt is not one of them. This treatment is approved for all skin types and skin tones.
As long as you don’t have any contraindicated medical conditions, you can undergo body sculpting treatment with Emsculpt.
Before undergoing an Emsculpt fat removal treatment, you’ll meet with Dr. Adrienne Stewart for a consultation. You’ll be asked about the goals that you are seeking to achieve through the use of Emsculpt, as well as your full medical history and a list of any prescriptions that you are currently taking.
Based on the information that you provide us, we will determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for Emsculpt.
During the Emsculpt procedure, you can expect to lie down on the treatment table. Emsculpt applicators will be strapped onto the targeted treatment area.
Once the applicators are turned on, you’ll feel them send the energy to your muscles, which will contract immediately. This can be an odd feeling, especially since you aren’t actively working out.
As the radiofrequency energy is emitted, you will feel a sense of heat in the targeted area. This heat damages the fat cells in the targeted area. The heat and energy will work together in combination to improve muscle definition and induce fat loss in the area.
During the consultation, Dr. Stewart will provide you with a treatment plan with an established number of sessions required to achieve your goals. Each session will last an hour or less and may be spaced several days apart. To obtain the best results, make sure that you follow the instructions and undergo the required amount of sessions.
Results will begin to show up within a few weeks of your final session with Emsculpt. Maximum results are typically apparent within three months since it takes time for the body to shed fat cells through the natural process.
To ensure that you retain your results, you should stick to a regular diet and exercise program and avoid significant weight fluctuations. You may want to set up follow-up sessions every six to twelve months.
If you’re wondering whether Emsculpt is the right treatment for you, contact Dr. Adrienne Stewart, MD, and the Office of Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology in Denver, CO.
Dr. Stewart will help you understand how Emsculpt works and develop an appropriate treatment plan. To get started with body contouring or to learn more about Emsculpt and other fat removal treatments, schedule your consultation today!