Losing weight is hard. Losing fat in the right places is even harder. Since genetics determine where you store fat, your trouble regions are often the last place to shrink when you lose weight through diet and exercise. At Premiere Aesthetics in Fort Myers, FL, we make sculpting your ideal body easy with Emsculpt. Today, we reveal everything you need to know about this powerful device, including whether it helps you lose weight.
Do You Lose Weight With Emsculpt?
Yes. You absolutely lose weight with Emsculpt, but it’s important to understand that it is not a weight-loss treatment. This powerful device uses focused, intense electromagnetic energy to trigger 667 muscle contractions per minute. This results in a significant number of calories burned, causing weight loss. However, its two most important functions are to trigger muscle growth and liquefy white fat cells.
It’s important to understand that weight loss doesn’t always indicate fat loss. For example, you could easily lose as much as eight pounds of water from perspiration during an intense workout session. Or, if you have an illness and don’t eat much for a few days, your body could consume muscle to care for itself. The change on the scale in these situations doesn’t reflect fat loss.
Even when you burn fat, you don’t actually get rid of any fat cells. Your body consumes the energy stored in the fat cells for fuel, but the fat cells are still there. The only way to achieve fat loss is through treatments like Emsculpt.
How Much Fat Can I Lose With This Treatment?
You can expect to lose approximately 19% of white fat cells in the targeted area. To give you an idea of how much fat that actually is, you can buy a fat caliper to measure the thickness of the subcutaneous fat in a given area. While a fat caliper won’t give you precise values, it is much better than guessing or trying to get access to a DEXA scan.
How Much Weight Can I Lose With This Treatment?
Again, this isn’t a weight-loss treatment in the sense that it isn’t designed to reduce the number you see on the scale. However, since fat cells are flushed out of the body, weight loss will occur. We can’t give you a rough estimate of how much weight you will lose with this treatment without assessing your body fat distribution.
What we can tell you is that, on average, people lose 1.5 inches from their waist. Extrapolating the generalization that “every inch you can pinch is five pounds of fat,” it is reasonable to assume that if you targeted your abdomen, you could expect 7.5 pounds of fat lost and a small amount of muscle gained. Specifically, on average, people increase the muscle mass of the targeted area by 16%.
How Soon Will I See the Results of Treatment?
You will start to see the results of your treatment two to six weeks after your first session. Exactly how long it takes you to start seeing your results depends on the efficiency of your lymphatic system, the system that sweeps up the liquefied fat cells and eliminates them from the body. You can expect to see the final results of your treatment six months after your final session.
Since your muscles are put through such a strenuous workout during each session, we recommend scheduling two appointments per week with at least two or three days between sessions. People at their goal weight usually only need one or two sessions to achieve their ideal results; people farther from their goal weight may need up to four. If you need four sessions, it can take nearly 6.5 months from your first session to see your final results.
How Can I See the Final Fat Loss Results of Treatment Sooner?
There are several things you can do to see the final fat loss results of treatment sooner. One of the easiest things to do is to get a lymphatic massage from a licensed massage therapist who specializes in lymphatic massages. This type of massage is designed to kick your lymphatic system into high gear. Another simple step you can take to see your final results sooner is to drink more hydrating beverages.
Which Areas Can Be Treated With This Device?
You can treat nearly any area with this innovative device. It is most commonly used to tone and sculpt the abdomen, flanks and buttocks. However, it can also be used to tone and sculpt smaller tricky areas, like your calves, triceps and biceps. It can even give you rock-hard thighs without a trace of cellulite or loose skin! If you use this device to target your calves and thighs, you can rock any jeans, skirt or bikini in your closet and enjoy shopping for new, cuter outfits!
How Long Do the Results of Treatment Last?
The fat removal results of treatment are permanent. Adults can’t grow new fat cells, so there will always be fewer fat cells in the targeted areas. Regarding, weight loss, that is permanent as long as you continue to consume no more calories than your body needs to maintain its current weight based on your activity level.
How to Maintain the Muscle Toning Results of Treatment
To maintain the muscle toning results of treatment, you need to exercise. If you are targeting your biceps, incorporate at least one session of bicep exercises into your weekly workout routine. If you don’t have any equipment, you can use gallon jugs filled with water as makeshift dumbbells. If you have access to a gym, cable curls and barbell curls are also great bicep exercises.
The most important thing to remember when planning your weekly workout routine is you want to balance your pulling and pushing muscles. For example, when you focus on maintaining or building strength in your biceps (pulling muscles), don’t forget about your triceps (pushing muscles). Extreme muscular imbalance can lead to injury. Also, remember that if you don’t have time for three sets of low-weight, high-rep exercises, perform fewer reps with higher weights.
How to Maintain the Weight Loss Results of Treatment
As stated previously, you need to consume at or below maintenance to maintain the weight loss results of treatment. Luckily, you don’t need to obsess over counting every step you take and calorie you consume. Just weigh yourself once a week. Your weight can fluctuate by five or six pounds every day, so weigh yourself first thing in the morning after you use the restroom on the same day every week.
Over time, you will see a clear trend. If your weight remains the same within a range of a couple of pounds, you don’t need to think more carefully about your diet and exercise routine. If, after a few months of tracking, you notice your weight creep steadily up, make a small, sustainable change to your diet. It’s a lot easier to lose weight by cutting out a nighttime snack than to fit in an extra 15 minutes of cardio.
An Important Caveat
It’s important to note that there’s nothing wrong with “gaining weight”, as long as you’re not gaining too much fat. For example, your body may retain more water if your sex hormones are imbalanced. You may feel bloated, but there’s a good chance nobody else can tell that you’re temporarily heavier than you usually are. If you feel bloated, cut back on your sodium and carb intake a bit and try to drink two extra glasses of water, tea or coffee.
As another example, gaining weight is perfectly acceptable when you are building muscle mass. To build muscle mass, you must push your muscles to the point of failure. Your muscle cells break down and your muscles will grow when the damaged cells are repaired, but you can expect to retain a lot of water during this muscle-building process. If you’re worried about whether the weight gain on your scale is fat, measure your chest, arms, thighs, torso and buttocks.
Am I a Good Candidate for Treatment With This Device?
During your initial consultation, we will review your aesthetic goals and assess your current body composition to determine if this body sculpting treatment is appropriate for you. If you have a BMI below 30, you’re probably a good candidate for this treatment. However, exceptions apply. Notably, you will not be considered a good candidate for this treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have implants, such as a pacemaker or defibrillator.
The electromagnetic energy used to stimulate the muscles and melt fat may disrupt such implants. Furthermore, you should not consider this treatment if you have metal implants in the targeted area, like a plate and screws. When you come in for your evaluation, we will review your medical history (including any neurological disorders) and current health thoroughly to ensure this treatment will be both safe and effective.
The Importance of a Normal or Overweight BMI
There are several reasons why it is important to have a BMI below 30. The most significant reason is that people with a BMI that categorizes them as obese almost always have thick layers of subcutaneous fat. While this device is incredibly powerful, it cannot penetrate through fat over 2.7 inches thick to stimulate the targeted muscles and cause 20,000 contractions in 30 minutes.
Another reason it is important to have a BMI between 18.5 and 29.9 is that the results are much more dramatic. First, the less fat there is in a given area, the more noticeable the underlying muscle mass is. If you’re at or near your ideal weight, the increase in muscle volume in the targeted area will astound you. Second, losing nearly 20% of a small amount of excess fat from an area is much more noticeable than losing the same proportion of fat from a denser area.
The Importance of Skin Health
It is also worth mentioning that we assess the condition of the skin in the desired targeted regions. This treatment will eliminate cellulite and tighten loose skin, but it can’t remove excess skin. However, if you’re not obese and have never been obese, you will most likely be considered a good candidate for treatment with this device.
Discover If Treatment With This Powerful, Innovative Device Is Right for You
If you want to lose weight, melt fat from your trouble regions and build muscle simultaneously, Emsculpt may be appropriate for you. While you won’t see the final results right away, they will be dramatic and can be permanent. For permanent results, you only have to lead a healthy lifestyle and indulge in your favorite foods and beverages in moderation. To find out if this treatment is right for you, contact our experts at Premiere Aesthetics in Fort Myers, FL today to book an appointment.