Who Is a Good Candidate for EmSculpt?

You’re a regular at the gym, and you’re careful about your diet. But you still have stubborn areas that just won’t shape up. If this sounds like you, you may be an ideal candidate for EmSculpt, a body contouring treatment offered by Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Marietta, GA. This treatment can melt away fat and build muscle tone, giving you a more youthful, fit physique. It works particularly well on the abdomen and buttocks.

Who Is a Good Candidate for EmSculpt?

The best candidates for this revolutionary body contouring treatment are already in pretty good shape and are healthy and active. In fact, most are not far over their goal weight and have a body mass index of less than 30. These patients simply need a little help resolving an area that has resisted diet and exercise.

In addition to your body mass index and current fitness level, there are also other signs that you might be a good candidate for this treatment:

You Want to Build Muscle Strength

One of the big advantages of this treatment system is that it strengthens and defines your muscles. If you’re having trouble achieving a muscular look on your own, these sessions can help. For some patients, these treatments can even help them develop six-pack abs. This treatment system can also be used to rebuild muscles that have become weak because of injury or a period of inactivity.

Your Workouts Have Hit a Plateau

The added muscle tone that this treatment develops can also help you push through workout plateaus. If you’re striving for spin workouts of higher intensities, or more difficult yoga poses, this body contouring system can help you develop the muscles to achieve those goals.

You Realize This Is Not a Weight-Loss Treatment

This body contouring system is a great way to tune up your silhouette by slimming down areas with a little extra fat and building muscle tone. It can significantly improve your overall physique by finally resolving those small problem spots that have dogged you for years, but it won’t help you drop a large amount of weight.

You’re Generally Healthy

To be considered as a candidate for this treatment system, you should be in good overall health and should not be pregnant. If you have metal implants, a pacemaker, or certain muscular candidates, you may not be a suitable candidate. We’ll review your health history as part of your initial consultation.

You Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Exercising, eating healthfully, and avoiding excessive alcohol during your treatment period can help maximize your results. Sticking to a healthy lifestyle is also a great way to preserve the results you get once your treatment series is complete.

How Does EmSculpt Work?

This treatment system harnesses high-intensity electromagnetic energy to trigger the same type of muscle contractions that your body experiences during a workout. This electromagnetic energy is delivered through external paddles that rest comfortably against your body during treatment. As your muscles contract, they’ll release fatty acids, a process that will break down fat and build muscles.

This treatment doesn’t just simulate any workout. It simulates an extremely intense workout that is roughly the equivalent of doing thousands of crunches or squats, which is much more than what most of us could do on our own. But you won’t sweat a bit. In fact, you’ll be comfortably reclined in our offices. Toning up your body has never been this easy.

What Parts of the Body Can Be Treated?

This treatment is most often used to whittle away fat and build muscle in the buttocks, abdomen, and flanks. It can also be used in muscular parts of the body like the upper arms.

What Are the Treatment Sessions Like?

These treatments are nothing to worry about. For most patients, we recommend four 30-minute treatments, which are scheduled over the course of two weeks. We advise patients to wear clothing that is loose and comfortable to their appointments so that we can easily maneuver the panels around the treatment area.

During your appointment, you’ll be in a reclined position with the EmSculpt device gently strapped over the treatment area. Patients often say they can feel their muscles contracting during treatment. You may feel a deep vibration in the treatment area or a pulling sensation, and you may even notice your legs rising and falling a little with each contraction, but it’s not an uncomfortable treatment. Many patients use the time to relax.

Will I Need to Schedule Any Downtime?

These appointments don’t involve anesthesia and patients are able to return immediately to their regular schedule. Your muscles may feel tired and sore the next day, just like they do after a vigorous workout, but that will be a sign that the treatment had the desired effect. We recommend limiting exercises that target abdominal or buttock muscles the day of and sometimes the day after treatment to minimize the risk of overworking those muscles.

How Quickly Will I Get Results?

Most patients see their first results between two and four weeks after their treatment series is complete, and those results will continue to improve for several weeks.

How Frequently Should I Schedule Maintenance Sessions?

Scheduling a follow-up session every three to six months is a great way to maintain the results you get. If you are careful about your diet and keep up with your exercise routine, you will probably be able to maintain your results on your own.

What Advantages Does This Treatment Offer?


This treatment is non-surgical and non-invasive. It requires no advance preparation, no downtime, and can be easily incorporated into a busy schedule. If you’re interested in improving the look of your body but don’t want to go to a lot of hassle, EmSculpt is a highly convenient option.

Great Results

Patients love the results they get from this treatment system. You’ll look trimmer, more muscular, and more youthful. In addition to slimming down areas of unwanted fat, the more muscular body this treatment leaves you with can increase your metabolism. That means it’ll be easier to control your weight in the future.

Improved Self Confidence

Patients who have undergone this treatment often report a boost in self-confidence. It feels great to finally get rid of those problem spots and achieve the toned, muscular look you’ve long wanted.


This treatment has been cleared by the FDA and has been safely used on a wide range of patients. The amount of electromagnetic energy involved in this treatment is less than what is emitted by an MRI.

How Does EmSculpt Compare to Other Body Contouring Treatments?

Over the past decade, a number of non-invasive body contouring treatments have become available to patients who want to slim down areas of unwanted fat. These treatments use a variety of techniques, including warm and cool temperatures and radiofrequency energy, to smooth and shape the body.
EmSculpt is unique because it not only washes away unwanted fat, but it also increases muscles and strength. In fact, it is the only contouring treatment to add muscle definition. That makes it popular among patients who not only want to slim down but who also want to develop a more muscular, toned physique.

How Does It Differ From CoolSculpting?

Our practice also offers another popular body contouring treatment called CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting relies on an external applicator to direct cool temperatures to the treatment area, destroying fat cells by freezing them to death. The cells are then flushed out of the body naturally. CoolSculpting is a nice way of getting rid of areas of unwanted fat, but it does not build muscle tone or definition.

How Does It Differ From Liposuction?

Liposuction involves anesthesia and requires patients to schedule some downtime, but it effectively gets rid of unwanted fat and shapes the body. Liposuction, which is offered by our practice, does not increase muscle strength.

EmSculpt Q&A

How Can I Maximize My Results?

Completing the recommended number of treatments, which is usually four sessions over two weeks, is an important step toward ensuring you get the best results. Be sure to embark on this treatment plan when you can commit to the full schedule. And when it comes to maintaining your results after they’ve developed, adhering to a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a conscientious diet is the best strategy.

Will It Help With Cellulite?

Although this treatment helps reduce pockets of fat, which go hand-in-hand with cellulite, it is not marketed as a cellulite treatment. If cellulite is your primary concern, we may recommend another treatment offered by our practice called Cellulaze. Cellulaze relies on laser heat to resolve dimpled skin.

Can This Be Paired With Other Services?

Yes, this treatment can easily be paired with other services offered by our practice. During your initial consultation, we’ll talk with you about your cosmetic concerns and goals, and we’ll be able to design a treatment plan that may incorporate more than one type of treatment to achieve your needs.

Some patients even take advantage of more than one body contouring treatment. Starting with a treatment like CoolSculpting, which focuses on getting rid of excess fat, and then following up with the muscle-building benefits of EmSculpt can yield nice results.

Can This Treatment Replace a Butt Lift?

This treatment system can tone the buttocks, giving them a plump, round shape that is similar to the results that can be achieved with a surgical butt lift. If you’re not interested in the invasiveness of a butt lift, but you’d like to take steps to improve the shape and appearance of your derriere, this contouring system may be a nice option for you.

Will This Treatment Tighten My Skin?

The muscular toning that this treatment results in can sometimes give the skin a tauter, healthier appearance, but it is not marketed as a skin tightening service.

How Much Does This Treatment Cost?

Each session costs about $740. For patients who schedule the recommended four treatments, the total cost is around $3,000.

Will My Results Improve if I Schedule More Than Four Treatments?

Studies have shown that more than 90 percent of a patient’s improvement occurs with just four treatments scheduled in a two-week period. While it’s possible to schedule additional treatments, any improvement beyond those four treatments will likely be incremental. For most patients, treatments that are scheduled beyond the initial four take the form of maintenance sessions several months down the road.

Take the First Step Today

If you’re tired of wrestling with problem spots that seem to resist diet and exercise, it may be time to try this body contouring treatment. A series of four non-invasive sessions can help you quickly achieve cosmetic goals that have previously seemed out of reach. Call Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Marietta, GA, and schedule an EmSculpt consultation today!

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