What is the Difference Between EMSculpt and CoolSculpting?

Dr. Agha is an expert at surgical and non-invasive body sculpting. He utilizes all of the latest technologies to make sure that each patient is receiving the best choice for them.

One of the most popular non-invasive treatments right now for body contouring is CoolSculpting, which Dr. Agha offers in his office for the right candidates. As you discuss the different options at your consultation, you and Dr. Agha will determine if EMSculpt or CoolSculpting is right for you.

But what are the differences between these two procedures?

Both CoolSculpting and EMSculpt are non-invasive procedures for body contouring and body sculpting but with different focus.

  • Whereas CoolSculpting is the gold standard non-invasive procedure for fat reduction, EMSculpt is the only non-invasive procedure for muscle sculpting
  • CoolSculpting can be used for fat reduction  of virtually any area of the body including abdomen, thighs, arms, flanks, back, etc.
  • EMSculpt is mainly a muscle building device and it achieves fat reduction in the area of the treated muscle as a result of muscle mass and metabolism increase.
  • Both devices require no recovery time or a risk of complications
  • Require shorter treatment sessions than surgical body sculpting procedures like liposuction

Thus again, the difference between the procedures lies in how they contour the body. CoolSculpting is primarily a fat loss procedure. Instead of using muscle contractions to strengthen muscles while burning fat, as EMSculpt does, CoolSculpting “kills” fat cells by freezing them, causing the body to eliminate them.  For those patients who need fat reduction of their abdomen or other areas of their body like thighs or back, then CoolSculpting will be your best option.

For those patients who want a six-pack abs, EMSculpt can built muscles that can be seen through the thinner abdominal skin. 

Both procedures are good options for people seeking a non-invasive alternative to liposuction surgery, but ideal results from either will depend on whether your primary goal is to strengthen muscles or to eliminate fat.

Emsculpt has better results on people who are already reasonably physically fit and don’t have too much excess fat, or those who had already had abdominal CoolSculpting. This makes it easier for the electromagnetic waves that cause the muscles to contract during the procedure to penetrate the skin and fat to get to the muscles. This is why ideal candidates for EMSculpt are typically people who are already taking care of their physique, but are ready to start gaining muscle mass and firmness.

Whereas EMSculpt is especially recommended for people looking to improve muscle tone and definition, CoolSculpting is for those that are hoping to permanently eliminate larger pockets of fat in places that tend to be stubborn for fat reduction. This is because CoolSculpting provides more of a spot treatment service with greater fat reduction. Whereas EMSculpt stimulates the entire muscle, encouraging fat loss and muscle development more evenly in larger areas, CoolSculpting affects primarily the area under the applicator.

But many of those that had previously considered CoolSculpting may be surprised to learn that EMSculpt may be a complimentary non-invasive procedure to CoolSculpting that can enhance muscle  . Or many patients, Dr. Agha also recommends that patients consider both together, by using CoolSculpting to permanently eliminate fat cells and EMSculpt to build a six-pack silhouette of their abdomen.

To see which option is best for you, it helps to contact Dr. Siamak Agha in Orange County today for a consultation so he and his team can assess your needs and see which option will deliver you the best results.