What is Emsculpt?

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Learn About Non-Invasive Aesthetics by EMSCULPT

As Florida’s CoolSculpting leader, Pura Vida Medical Spa is excited to add Emsculpt, a new dimension in noninvasive body sculpting.

The body shape is determined by both fats as well as the underlying muscle. CoolSculpting permanently, effectively, and noninvasively eliminates unwanted subcutaneous fat with no downtime.

However, CoolSculpting does not treat the underlying muscle and does not provide, for example, tone the abdominal muscles, or create firmer and lifted buttocks. Thankfully, to treat the muscles we now have Emsculpt.

Emsculpt is FDA Cleared

Emsculpt is FDA-cleared to firm, tone, and strengthen the muscles of the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and the arms. In July of 2019, Emsculpt received a 510K clearance from the FDA for treatment of the calves (510K clearances are an indicator that the FDA deems the device safe and effective). Since Emsculpt was first FDA-cleared in October 2016, there have been over 150,000 procedures performed. Also, there are fifteen peer-reviewed clinical studies regarding Emsculpt, and five patents. No other device in its category can claim these achievements.

Emsculpt is Non-thermal

The Emsculpt treatment is well tolerated and is a non-thermal treatment (does not deliver heat energy). Rather, Emsculpt creates low energy electric currents that predominantly affect only motor neurons. These currents are created by a changing magnetic field in the Emsculpt applicator that is placed over the treatment area. These currents are safe, yet sufficient to induce involuntary muscle contractions. This technology is referred to as HIFEM (High-Intensity Focused Electro-Magnetic) technology.

This focused energy induces 20,000 muscle contractions in a 30-minute treatment session. These are powerful, supramaximal contractions that cannot be achieved voluntarily by exercise. The result of these supramaximal contractions is muscle growth, both volumetric growth (hypertrophy) of each myocyte (muscle cell), but also the growth of new muscle cells (hyperplasia). These findings of muscle hyperplasia and hypertrophy are evident in multiple studies using multiple modalities including MRI scanning, ultrasonography, CT scans, and even histology of biopsy specimens. Research studies (Duncan, 2018) have found a 23% increase in muscle mass density (16% from hypertrophy, and 7% from hyperplasia). Although one may expect muscle atrophy after the conclusion of the HIFEM treatments, follow-up studies at six (Katz, 2019) and twelve months (Kinney, 2019) reveal preserved muscle growth.

Emsculpt is Successful at LIfting & Toning

MRI studies of the buttocks (Palm, 2018) reveal the increased volume of each gluteal muscle (gluteus maximus, medius, and minimus) by at least 13% at three months follow-up. In fact, Emsculpt is so successful at lifting and toning the buttocks, it is now a part of Pura Vida’s Pure Lift program. Pura Vida’s Pure Lift program utilizes multiple modalities to achieve excellent buttock rejuvenation results. These include the only long term FDA-cleared cellulite solution, Cellfina, and Sculptra injections to provide buttock sculpting and enhanced volume. Also, Ultherapy and PDO thread lifting provide skin tightening and lifting. CoolSculpting permanently sculpts the adjacent areas including the hips and “banana rolls” beneath the buttocks.

Emsculpt Helps DRA

Many post-partum women, and even some men due to intense exercise can experience a condition known as diastasis recti abdominis (DRA). DRA is a separation of the bellies of the abdominal muscles (rectus abdominis). One study (Sperstad, 2016) revealed nearly a third (32.6%) of women still had DRA a year after childbirth. Fortunately, there are solutions for DRA, including exercises and splints involved in the Tupler technique, and also, you guessed it, Emsculpt! The muscle-strengthening ability of Emsculpt has been shown to reduce the abdominal separation of the rectus abdominus muscles by 10-11%.

Interestingly, such intense supramaximal contractions also result in fat loss. This fat loss has been confirmed by multiple modalities of imaging studies, analysis of biopsy specimens, and even laboratory studies revealing higher levels of fat cell contents (free fatty acids) in the treatment area. One study (Kinney, Kent, 2019) revealed a preserved fat loss of 15% at a one-year follow-up. These findings suggest Emsculpt and CoolSculpting are ideal treatment partners. With this treatment duo, the muscle toning of areas such as the abdomen and arms will be more evident by the combined reduction of subcutaneous fat.

Emsculpt is Safe

Despite these extraordinary results, zero complications or adverse events have been reported to date. Although not considered a complication or AE, muscle soreness is possible after a HIFEM treatment.

HIFEM has multiple advantages over electrical stimulation devices in that HIFEM penetrates deeper, is not painful, and there is no risk of burns (as have been documented with electrical stimulation devices). (Balmaseda, 1987) (Lambert, 1995).

Emsculpt Treatment Process

For a given body area, the Emsculpt treatment involves a series of four initial treatments within 2 weeks, each spaced at least 2 days apart. It is possible that menstruating women may experience a worsening of uterine cramping and a heavier menstrual flow if undergoing Emsculpt during a menstrual cycle. Although active menstruation is not a contraindication to receiving Emsculpt, it is advised to schedule your treatments so that your menstrual cycle does not occur during the two weeks you will be receiving Emsculpt.

Things to consider:
Since magnets can interfere with the function of pacemakers and implanted cardiac defibrillators, the Emsculpt applicator should not be placed over, or in the vicinity of, these devices. Similarly, the Emsculpt applicator should not be placed near other metal implants including IUDs or surgical clips.

No Recovery Time

Emsculpt has no recovery time, and no pre-treatment preparation is necessary. After the treatment series, visible results may become evident as soon as four weeks after completion of your series of treatments. Pura Vida Medical Spa recommends one, 30-minute maintenance treatment, every three to six months after your initial series of treatments.

Emsculpt Provider in Naples

Pura Vida is proud to add Emsculpt to its body sculpting options. Pura Vida has been selected by Florida Weekly magazine as the “Best Place for Body Sculpting” for the past 4 consecutive years, and with over 5000 procedures performed, it is ranked by CoolSculpting as the top-rated account in the state of Florida.

Interested in Emsculpt?

If you are interested in learning more about Emsculpt, call Florida’s noninvasive body sculpting leader at 239-919-PURA (7872) to schedule your complimentary consultation today at Pura Vida’s beautiful location on 5th Avenue South in the heart of the dining and shopping district in downtown Naples. We are looking forward to seeing you soon!