If you follow influencers on social media you might be familiar with Emsculpt. It’s an FDA-approved, non-invasive, electromagnetic procedure that claims to eliminate fat cells and tighten muscles in your abs and butt. It caught my attention because there are some women on Instagram who just had a baby a few months ago and swear that Emsculpt is one of the reasons they’re basically already back to pre-baby shape. I usually think these procedures sound too good to be true and they’re almost always too expensive for me to try given my skepticism. I turned to celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Dennis Gross, to find out more about the procedure, how much it costs, and if it’s actually worth doing. Spoiler alert: unless you have a ton of disposable income, probably not.
How exactly does emsculpt work and what are the supposed benefits?
“Emsculpt works by stimulating your muscles, causing them to contract rapidly. It builds muscle tissue like you would at the gym, but at a much faster rate – and with much less effort needed from the patient. It burns fat and tones the targeted muscles.”
Is there any evidence to prove that it works/do you believe that it works?
“Emsculpt works by strengthening the targeted muscle areas. There is evidence that it works, however multiple and consistent treatments are necessary to maintain results.”
Are there people it is more or less likely to work on?
“Patients who are already fit with minimal excess fat see the best results. You should think of it as a body contouring treatment instead of a workout alternative.”
What price range can people expect?
“Pricing can range from $10,000 – $15,000 for the package. For the best results, it’s recommend that you receive four treatments in two weeks so it adds up. Also remember that these results aren’t permanent so you will need to return for additional treatments. Some people question if the results are worth the cost – but you have to have major disposable income to roll the dice. You will need to go back to maintain results. Think of it like going to the gym – if you stop going, you will lose muscle tone and definition. It is the same with this treatment.”
Is there anything you recommend that would be more effective in terms of in-office procedures?
“If you have a stubborn pocket of fat that you are struggling to lose with diet and exercise, I recommend SculpSure – which I offer at my practice. It targets and permanently destroys these fat cells without surgery, downtime, redness or pain. It is a 25 minute procedure that uses light-based technology to permanently destroy up to 24% of fat per treatment. Each treatment goes deeper into the fat layer for additive results. The laser uses heat at high temperatures to destroy fat and most patients do not experience pain during the treatment.”