March 4, 2022

Emsculpt vs. CoolSculpting: Which Is Better?


A lot of people have been talking about CoolSculpting and EmSculpt lately. But how do they work? And which is better?

Trying to figure out which treatment is right for you can be confusing. We get it!

Over the years, we’ve helped lots of people feel confident in their skin using both CoolSculpting and EmSculpt, so we’re here to answer your questions and relieve some of your confusion.



What is Emsculpt?

EmSculpt is a body-contouring treatment that uses electromagnetic muscle stimulation to tone and tighten targeted areas of the body. As a result, it builds lean muscle mass and chisels definition, which would take months in a gym to achieve. Another major plus: it is a non-invasive treatment, so there’s no downtime for recovery.


How does Emsculpt work?

An EmSculpt applicator is placed on the treatment area. Once turned on, electromagnetic energy bypasses skin and fat to stimulate muscle fibers to contract. One session can stimulate 25,000 contractions—that’s the equivalent of doing 2,000 sit-ups or squats. Crazy, right?!


Where can Emsculpt be used?

  • Abdomen
  • Inner thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Abs


Who is a good candidate for Emsculpt?

EmSculpt is best for the person who is close to their ideal weight but wants more muscle definition in particular areas. Almost anyone can try EmSculpt, but the number of sessions needed depends on the patient and the results they are hoping to achieve. There are a few conditions that can disqualify a candidate from receiving EmSculpt: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, seizure disorders, and electronic or metal implants (such as copper IUDs or heart stents).


When will you see results?

One of the best things about EmSculpt is that you can quickly get to the body of your dreams with EmSculpt. After investing hours at the gym, you still have to wait weeks, or even months, to see the results of your hard work. With EmSculpt, results are immediate. You’ll begin to see the results within days of your treatment— not only that, but you’ll feel stronger immediately as well.


How long do results last?

EmSculpt results last for up to three months, so we recommend treatment every few months after your initial series of treatments to maintain that beautiful, toned physique. It’s a great addition to your self-care routine.


How Many treatments are needed?

Although you’ll see results quickly, you’ll need at least four sessions to get optimum results. Depending on body type and goals, some patients will need up to six sessions.


Does Emsculpt hurt?

A perk of EmSculpt is that it’s painless. The contractions can feel “intense” at times, but the intensity can be decreased if you ever feel uncomfortable. You may be mildly sore after your sessions, but most of our patients report that they don’t experience ANY soreness. EmSculpt contracts the muscles without tearing muscle fibers, so you can say goodbye to the days and days of soreness you’d experience after an intense workout at the gym.

Now let’s talk about CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is one of the most popular treatments in the world of esthetics. In fact, you’ve probably heard of it if you’re reading this blog post. If you’ve been hearing about it from your friends or from ads on television but wanted to know more, the following section is for you! Here’s everything you have ever wanted to know about CoolSculpting.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a body-contouring treatment that visibly reduces fat in targeted problem areas by freezing fat cells. Like EmSculpt, this is a non-invasive treatment with no downtime. CoolSculpting is a great fat-reduction alternative to liposuction that focuses on particular body parts rather than the entire body.

How does CoolSculpting work?

An applicator is placed over the treatment area. The applicator suctions your skin and fat, then cools it to 14℉, at which point the fat cells are frozen. Over the span of a few weeks after treatment, your body will metabolize the fat cells.


Where can CoolSculpting be used?

CoolSculpting treats “pinchable” areas of fat:

  • Upper arms
  • Bra bulge
  • Saddlebags
  • Body contouring
  • Love handles
  • Abdomen
  • Inner thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Bra fat


Who is a good candidate for CoolSculpting?

The ideal candidate for CoolSculpting comes to us because they are close to their ideal body weight but are frustrated with areas of stubborn fat that they can’t lose. Patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 25 and at least ⅔ inch of squeezable fat in the area they’re treating report the highest satisfaction with their results.


When will you see results?

Your body will metabolize the fat cells frozen during your treatment over the span of a few weeks. That means that you will begin to see a visible reduction in fat within 30 to 90 days after your session.


How long do results last?

A major draw for patients considering CoolSculpt is that results are permanent if they continue with their healthy lifestyle and don’t gain excessive weight.


How many treatments are needed?

You will see results after one session, but two sessions are recommended. Depending on the treatment area, how many areas you are treating, and the results you’d like to achieve, you may want up to four sessions. Sessions are spaced 30 to 90 days apart.


Does CoolSculpting hurt?

You might experience a cold, tingling sensation for the first five minutes of the treatment until the area goes numb, but CoolSculpting does not hurt. Some patients report mild soreness post-treatment, but there’s no downtime for recovery, unlike other fat-reduction treatments (like liposuction).


What is the difference between emsculpt and coolsculpting?

Both EmSculpt and CoolSculpting are great body-contouring treatments. But they each excel in different aspects of body contouring. CoolSculpting eliminates fat, slimming areas that you may be self-conscious about. EmSculpt builds muscle and tones the body. CoolSculpting uses cold to achieve its result. In contrast, EmSculpt uses electromagnetic energy. CoolSculpting can be used on more body parts than EmSculpt can. EmSculpt is a treatment you will want to repeat to maintain results, while CoolSculpting results are permanent if you maintain your weight.


Is Emsculpt or CoolSculpting better?

This is the million-dollar question— and, perhaps, the reason you’re reading this blog post.


The truth is that they work together, and BOTH have an important role in body contouring, fat reduction, and muscle building. The better question is which treatment will achieve the results you hope to see? If you want to reduce fat in specific areas, CoolSculpting is ideal. Do you want to build muscle and see definition? EmSculpt is the right choice for you. But if you want to completely transform your body, combine the treatments. Many of our patients get amazing before-and-after results this way.

Stop spending countless hours at the gym trying to get rid of stubborn fat and tone up. We’re Northern California’s top body contouring company because we help discouraged patients stop worrying about their problem areas.


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