Which Is Better? Emsculpt Neo or Coolsculpting

Which Is Better? Emsculpt Neo or Coolsculpting

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Which Is Better? Emsculpt Neo or Coolsculpting

Wham! Pow! Blammo!

Meet the two biggest superheroes of the body contouring world: Captain Cool and Madame Muscle.

Captain Cool hails from a distant ice planet. By controlling the power of cold temperatures, Captain Cool blasts stubborn fat cells into oblivion and reveals the slimmer figure underneath. You may know him by his terrestrial alter ego, Coolsculpting.

Madame Muscle resides in a lair deep beneath Earth’s surface, near the source of its magnetic field. As her surface-dwelling identity Emsculpt NEO, she harnesses the powers of electromagnetic energy and radiofrequency energy to build muscle, burn fat and tighten skin.

What happens when our beloved body-sculpting superheroes go toe-to-toe? A battle for the ages begins…

CoolSculpting vs. Emsculpt NEO: Purpose

CoolSculpting is a fat reduction procedure. Using proprietary technology, CoolSculpting selectively damages unwanted fat cells while leaving the surrounding not-fat tissues unharmed. This allows the body to eliminate them through its natural processes, leaving behind slimmer contours and a more sculpted appearance.

Emsculpt NEO is the first device to combine fat reduction, muscle building and skin tightening. Like the first-gen Emsculpt system, Emsculpt NEO uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) energy to improve muscle strength. The addition of a second technology, radiofrequency energy, delivers improvements in fat cell count and mild skin laxity.

CoolSculpting vs. Emsculpt NEO: Technology

CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling technology to eliminate fat that resists diet and exercise. The process, which is called cryolipolysis, lowers the treatment area’s temperature until it is cold enough to trigger fat cell death but not cold enough to harm any other tissue. The body’s natural waste elimination system then breaks down and flushes out the treated fat cells.

Emsculpt NEO sends electromagnetic energy into muscles to induce thousands of supramaximal contractions. Under these extreme conditions, the muscle fibers are forced to adapt, becoming stronger, larger and more toned. Simultaneously, the radiofrequency energy gently heats subcutaneous fat and the collagen-rich dermis layer of the skin, leading to fat cell death and a skin tightening effect.

CoolSculpting vs. Emsculpt NEO: Treatment Areas

CoolSculpting treats a variety of areas that are notoriously challenging to target with diet and exercise, including the abdomen, hips, thighs, upper and lower back, sides and flanks, arms and chin.

Emsculpt NEO slims and tones the abdomen, biceps, triceps, buttocks, flanks and calves — areas that often resist your best efforts in the gym and kitchen or stagnate in frustrating fitness plateaus. 

CoolSculpting vs. Emsculpt NEO: Comfort Level

During CoolSculpting, patients are generally comfortable but may rarely experience sensations of pinching, pulling, tugging, tingling, stinging, aching, cramping and intense cold. These feelings diminish as the cooling process numbs the treatment area.

Emsculpt NEO is a comfortable body contouring system that does not use suction or extreme temperatures. Patients feel their muscles contracting involuntarily during the treatment. This can be odd at first, but it is not painful. Afterward, the treated muscles feel tired, like they have finished an intense workout.

CoolSculpting vs. Emsculpt NEO: Treatment Protocol

CoolSculpting treatments are performed in-office and last about 35 minutes per cycle, with some areas requiring multiple cycles. Patients relax as the applicator utilizes gentle suction to direct cold temperatures to the treatment areas. Optimal results typically occur with two to six treatments scheduled four or more weeks apart.

Emsculpt NEO is performed in-office and takes approximately 30 minutes per area. Patients rest while the applicators are placed over their skin and the machine goes to work. The recommended treatment protocol is a series of four sessions scheduled one to four weeks apart.

In our practice, we find that waiting 90 days between either CoolSculpting or Emsculpt NEO treatments eventually yields the best results. This waiting period allows the fat reduction process to reach maximum effect. The more fat that is removed from an area, the more effective the subsequent treatment on that area is.

CoolSculpting vs. Emsculpt NEO: Downtime & Recovery

CoolSculpting has no downtime requirements. Some patients experience tingling, tenderness, redness, bruising, firmness, blanching, itching, mild aching or numbing post-treatment. These effects can persist for just a few hours or up to a couple of weeks.

Emsculpt NEO is also a no-downtime treatment. Patients may immediately return to work, errands or social engagements with no restrictions. The treated muscles may feel sore or fatigued temporarily. There may also be mild and short-lived redness in the treated area.

CoolSculpting vs. Emsculpt NEO: Anticipated Results

CoolSculpting delivers results gradually. Some patients see improvements in as little as two weeks, while others need eight to 12 weeks to notice results. Each treatment can reduce about 20-25% of “pinchable” fat in the area. 

Within days of an Emsculpt NEO session, many patients say their muscles feel firmer and tighter. The targeted muscles will continue to improve in volume, strength and firmness for up to three months. Fat reduction will also continue for up to three months. 

CoolSculpting vs. Emsculpt NEO: Maintenance Requirements

CoolSculpting permanently reduces the number of fat cells in the treated area. They cannot grow back once they are cleared from the body. However, CoolSculpting does not remove all fat cells from an area, and the remaining fat cells will expand with significant weight gain. A healthy lifestyle is necessary to sustain the slimmer contours indefinitely.

In studies, Emsculpt NEO achieved a 25% average increase in muscle mass and a 30% average reduction of fat with a full course of treatment. Fat loss can be permanent, but muscles built with Emsculpt NEO are no different than muscles honed in the gym. They require ongoing maintenance to stay strong and toned. A good exercise routine and touch-up treatments four to 12 times per year can help maintain results.

CoolSculpting vs. Emsculpt NEO: The Final Face-Off

Our patients have achieved great results with both of these treatments individually, as well as the combination of CoolSculpting and Emsculpt NEO. Ultimately, designing the best body contouring plan for you depends on your current physique and your body goals. We offer both CoolSculpting and Emsculpt NEweO at Krch Aesthetic Medicine to ensure our patients get the best possible results with treatments tailored precisely to their needs.

Request a Consultation at Krch Aesthetic Medicine Today

If you are looking for personalized care with cutting-edge technology, visit the experienced team at Krch Aesthetic Medicine. We know how important it is to feel comfortable in your skin, and we look forward to helping you live your most confident life. Call us at 480-493-5833 or contact us online to set up your free in-person or virtual consultation.