While a healthy lifestyle and strict workout regimen are effective for muscle definition and burning fat, there are areas of your body that are stubborn to change. Thankfully, there are non-invasive ways to help you reach your goal. Nicole Schrader, MD, FACS, now offers Emsculpt by Body by BTL at her Princeton, New Jersey offices. Emsculpt is ideal for patients seeking a solution to muscle & buttock sculpting and toning without going under the knife.
What Is Emsculpt?
Emsculpt from Body by BTL is an emerging body sculpting and contouring process used to help patients build muscle and burn fat. This procedure, which has been approved by the FDA, involves the application of electromagnetic pulses directly into the target skin. Weight loss experts, medical providers, and body shaping professionals state that Emsculpt is a non-invasive, safe method of eliminating fat cells and stimulating muscle development.
Emsculpt can help both men and women attain sexier stomachs, toned legs, sculpted arms, and tight, firm buttocks. Emsculpt can also help new mothers overcome diastasis recti, an abdominal separation that occurs following pregnancy because of the pressure childbirth places on reproductive organs and surrounding muscles. If not properly addressed, this ailment can precipitate discernible physical manifestations, such as abdominal and back pain, a bulging stomach, constipation, bloating, and urinary incontinence.
How Does Emsculpt Work?
The Emsculpt procedure is performed by Dr. Schrader at her Central New Jersey office. Patients are instructed to lie flat on their stomachs or their backs, depending on what the target area is. Once the patient is set, Dr. Schrader will attach an electrode-laden paddle to the target area. This device is connected to an electromagnetic machine, which when activated, supplies the paddle with high focused electromagnetic energy. These sensations are then transmitted into the patient’s muscles.
Emsculpt is thought to be particularly effective in yielding fat reduction and muscle development because of its unique capacity to stimulate the contractions of hundreds of muscles at once. The process causes muscle contractions that patients simply do not possess the ability to contract during typical workouts or other types of movement.
These involuntary movements are medically referred to as supramaximal contractions. During a typical Emsculpting session, as many as 20,000 of these occurrences happen simultaneously. For example, if treating the abdomen , it is equivalent to doing 20,000 crunches. These supramaximal contractions are extremely effective over impacted muscle tissue.
Emsculpt is performed on one target area during an individual session. These sessions usually last for roughly 30 minutes. That said, patients can have the procedure performed on different body parts during the same visit. Many patients undergo four total treatments administered over a two-week duration. However, to receive optimal results, a two to three day gap should exist between sessions.
One Emsculpt session can yield outcomes that typical workouts might take weeks or even months to produce. Furthermore, this technique is categorized as non-invasive, which means said proceedings do not require any type of surgical intervention as other common fat reduction endeavors as liposuction do.
Who Are Good Candidates For Emsculpt?
As potentially effective and non-invasive as Emsculpt is thought to be, not everyone is an ideal candidate. New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Schrader and her team finds that the most suitable candidates are individuals already in good shape who wish to add more definition to their stomach, buttocks, or other body parts.
Moreover, the process does not typically help patients seeking to lose large amounts of body fat. Emsculpting is geared more towards patients who are having trouble with muscle definition. A proper evaluation can be done during your initial consultation with Dr. Schrader, and if you are a good candidate for Emsculpt, she can arrange a treatment plan customized for you.
Patients that can benefit from this procedure include athletes recovering from injury. The quick muscle regeneration occurring after a session often helps re-strengthen weakened muscles and expedites injury recovery times.
What to Expect During Treatment
Although this non-invasive body sculpting procedure is not typically painful, it might cause slight discomfort. Patients have reported feeling a pulling or pulsing on the impacted muscles. Dr. Schrader & her staff have complete control over the electromagnetic machines and control associated intensity levels, so the patient should never receive a jolt greater than they are comfortable receiving.
The Recovery Process
Because Emsculpt is a non-invasive body contouring process, the recovery is short and uncomplicated. In certain instances, patients might experience short-lived bouts of soreness in the treated areas, as the Emsculpt procedure feels like an intensive workout. That said, any such discomfort will eventually dissipate and the patient will get to see their results improve for several weeks after. This of course is subject to change depending on the frequency of treatments. Patients may feel tangible results sooner with sessions scheduled 2-3 days apart from each other. This can be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Schrader.
Risks Or Side Effects
Though considered relatively safe and effective, there are some factors to take caution of. Patients who have some type of metal insertions inside their bodies are not suitable for Emsculpt. For example, those with hip or knee replacements could stand at risk of having artificially replaced joints damaged due to the force of electromagnetic pulsing, resulting in physical injury. Also, women with a copper IUD in place are not candidates.
Additionally, prospective patients who have had some type of electrical device inserted, such as heart pacemakers, should not undergo Emsculpt therapy. Electromagnetic treatment could interfere with said devices, which could pose a serious, potentially life-threatening danger.
From a physical standpoint, individuals with serious muscle ailments or injuries may wish to reconsider undergoing Emsculpt treatment. Muscle contraction intensity could exacerbate existing physical maladies, such as strains, sprains, or tears.
As a general rule, prospective candidates possessing any type of physical or systemic illness are strongly encouraged to discuss their candidacy for Emsculpt therapy with Dr. Schrader, weigh potential pros and cons, discuss their medical history, and ultimately render a decision most befitting of their health and fitness needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Emsculpt by Body By BTL is performed on the abdomen and buttocks. However, therapy can also be applied to the thighs, upper arms, and triceps.
Numerous research studies have been conducted examining the results of Emsculpt treatments and the short answer to the preceding question is yes. In the weeks and months following treatment, patients typically notice a discernible decrease of fat in the treated areas. That said, it is important to reiterate that Emsculpt treatment is not designed for individuals with extensive body fat. Treatment is designed to tone and fine-tune specific body areas.
Results could potentially last for long periods. However, lasting results are often dependent upon the patient. Though the procedure provides great results, it should also catalyze patients to continue to improve their commitment to fitness and engage in optimal lifestyle habits. Maintaining or building muscle tone and preventing the re-emergence of fat often requires individuals to:
Consume A Healthy Diet – The ingestion of foods like produce products, whole grains, lean meats, and proteins is crucial to ensuring the body receives vital nutrients and energy sources. Naturally, items, like fatty foods or processed edibles should be avoided or consumed sparingly. Moreover, patients should refrain from potentially detrimental activities, such as excessive intake of alcoholic or carbonated beverages, which can contain elevated calorie concentrations.
Exercise – Routine physical activity is important to burning fat and building muscle tone. Therefore, patients who engage in a discernible fitness regiment stand a better chance of making Emsculpt results last for longer durations.
Medical professionals stress that receiving Emsculpt is the beginning of what needs to be a lifelong commitment to physical fitness. Failing to receive adequate exercise and consuming unhealthy, fat-laden, high-calorie foods can negatively impact an Emsculpt patient’s results.
Provided would-be patients do not possess any of the previously mentioned contraindications, the process is considered quite safe. In most instances, the only side effect patients experience is mild soreness. However, some Emsculpt providers maintain that patients might undergo short-lived fatigue. Typically, most patients can return to work or other routine activities immediately following treatment.
Schedule Your Emusculpt Session In Princeton Today
Patients interested in Emusculpt that want to see if they qualify for this non-invasive body sculpting treatment are encouraged to contact Dr. Schrader’s Princeton, NJ, office today. She can perform a thorough evaluation and determine if Emusculpt is the right plan for you. For more information regarding Emsculpt at our New Jersey practice, call us at 609-279-0009 or fill out our online form.