EMSCULPT Neo is a FDA approved, non-surgical body contouring treatment that combines High Intensity Focused Electromagnetic energy (HIFEM®) and synchronized radiofrequency (RF) to cause forced muscle contractions and fat elimination.
It is the first non-invasive machine that can reduce fat and stimulate muscle. It can be used on the abdomen (belly), flanks (love handles), and butt for body contouring effect.
HIFEM® is a trademark technology owned by BTL and utilized by EMSCULPT NEO– High Intensity, Focused Electromagnetic energy– produces magnetic energy that creates “supramaximal” muscle contraction. It uses a series of different patterns of muscle contractions during treatment to stimulate muscle.
A single EMSCULPT NEO treatment is a combination of synchronized RF for fat elimination and HIFEM for a equivalent of 20,000 forced contractions. This muscle contraction leads to building of new muscle mass (increased tone and muscle definition) as well as enhanced fat metabolism through lipolysis, or destruction of fat cells. EMSCULPT NEO burns fat and tones muscle in the abdominal and buttocks region.
For men, EMSCULPT NEO makes six-pack by reducing fat and building muscle.
For women, EMSCULPT NEO makes achieving and maintaining body shape by reducing fat from belly and achieving tightening. Furthermore, it can also achieve butt lifts. EMSCULPT NEO can achieve a firmer, lifted, toned butt. It can also work for diastasis recti. Diastasis recti is often an underlying cause for the stubborn belly pouch for new mothers. Pregnancy can really do a number on your abs, often causing the muscles to separate in a condition called diastasis recti. Until now, the other way to repair these muscles is to surgically reattach them (performed during a tummy tuck procedure). EMSCULPT NEO helps to target muscles that helps to treat this condition.
Can you tell me more about HIFEM® technology?
High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic Field (HIFEM®) is a non-invasive medical technology that is used for strengthening and re-education of muscles via interaction of the magnetic field with the tissue of the patient. In aesthetic medicine it is also used for non-invasive reduction of abdominal fat. HIFEM® is the label of the technology that is used in aesthetic medicine, urology and gynecology. It uses focused electromagnetic field with intensity measured in Tesla and is based on Faraday’s principle of electromagnetic induction. Electromagnetic field passes non-invasively through the body and interacts with motor neurons which subsequently trigger supramaximal muscle contractions due to the action potential. The exposure of muscles to these contractions leads to muscle strengthening.
How can RF and HIFEM be combined in a single session?
RF electrodes are made of metal for good electrical conductivity. Metal objects are contraindicated to HIFEM because they rapidly heat up when exposed to electromagnetic field. Due to mutal interaction, the same metal objects are also physically repulsed from the applicator/ magnetic coil. This makes ordinary combination of these two technologies technically impossible. In EMSCULPT NEO, the specially designed interspacing makes the electrode transparent for magnetic field. This mitigates the interaction with RF and minimizes the induction of eddy currents and hence the possibility of combining RF and HIFEM in the same session.
What is the use of combining RF with HIFEM?
Radiofrequency can bring up the temperature in subcutaneous fat to a level that can permanently disrupt fat cells. And muscle heating can enhance blood supply to better deliver oxygen and nutrients; stimulate expression of heat shock protein which has a role in muscle hypertrophy; and enable muscle to achieve higher muscle contraction intensities in a shorter time.
What is the treatment time and schedule? Is there any downtime?
Treatment time is approximately 30 minutes, 4 times separated by every 5-7 days. There is no pain or downtime, although some patients feel some light muscle soreness the next day like they had worked out at the gym. This may persist for a day following treatment. The majority of patients immediately resume normal activities following treatment.
How many EMSCULPT NEO treatments are needed?
Clinical studies with EMSCULPT NEO for the abdomen and buttocks treated patients for 30 minutes, 4 times separated by every 5-7 days, a total of 4 treatments. But some patients may require more treatments to achieve an optimal result. Typically, one treatment every 2-3 months for maintenance is suggested to maintain optimal results.
Who is a Good Candidate for EMSCULPT NEO?
Adults in good shape who desire more definition of their abs or lifting of the buttocks are sutiable candidates for EMSCULPT NEO. Good candidates are already physically active and adhere to a healthy diet and lifestyle.
What Areas of the Body Can be Treated with EMSCULPT NEO?
EMSCULPT NEO is FDA-cleared for the abdomen and buttocks. However, other areas of the body may benefit from increased muscle tone and fat metabolism.
Areas well-suited for treatment may include:
- Upper arm- triceps
- Upper arm- biceps
- Lower leg (calf)
How should I prepare for an EMSCULPT NEO treatment?
No preparation is required prior to EMSCULPT NEO treatment. As your muscles in the treatment area will be strongly contracting, prepare as you would prior to a rigorous strength training session at the gym. Empty your bladder and avoid a full meal immediately prior to treatment.
How long is an EMSCULPT NEO treatment session? How many treatments will I need?
An EMSCULPT NEO treatment session lasts 30 minutes. Clinical studies on EMSCULPT NEO were done as a series of 4 treatments total –4 times separated by every 5-7 days. However, some patients may need more sessions and adequate number of sessions are suggested to achieve optimal results as directed by your doctor in charge.
How long does it take to see results following EMSCULPT NEO?
Some patients notice increased muscle tone of the abs one day following treatment. But it requires time for lipolysis and increase in muscle mass to occur.
Does EMSCULPT NEO help diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation after pregnancy)?
Yes, clinical studies demonstrate an 18.8% reduction in diastasis recti following 4 treatments with EMSCULPT NEO. Diastasis recti is a medical term describing separation of the abdominal muscles. In extreme cases, it can cause a midline hernia (ventral hernia) or bulging of abdominal tissues. This most commonly occurs during pregnancy, as the belly increases in size to accommodate a growing baby. The increasing size of the womb stretches the abdominal muscles, leading to diastasis recti. EMSCULPT NEO offers the first non-surgical means of improving diastasis recti.
Who is a poor candidate for EMSCULPT NEO? Are there contraindications?
Patients with significant fat stores may not be ideal candidates for EMSCULPT NEO. The HIFEM (High Intensity Focused Electro Magnetic) energy used to power EMSCULPT NEO penetrates to about 7 cm. Those with thicker fat stores may not get as significant of muscle contraction, resulting in less results following treatment. Pregnant and nursing females should not undergo treatment with EMSCULPT NEO. Women who are close to menstruation may find that it comes sooner or cramping is increased/intensified with EMSCULPT NEO treatments, therefore we recommend not undergoing treatment during this time of the month.
Possible contraindications to treatment include the following:
- Metal or electronic implants in the treatment area
- Cardiac pacemakers
- Implanted defibrillators
- Implanted neurostimulators
- Drug pumps
- Malignant tumor
- Hemorrhagic conditions
- Recent surgical procedures
Is EMSCULPT NEO a TENS device?
No, but it is the closest analogy to HIFEM (High Intensity Focused Electro Magnetic) energy used to power EMSCULPT NEO. TENS, (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) devices, produce small amounts of battery-powered electrical energy to stimulate muscle contraction. TENS devices are used to treat pain disorders.
EMSCULPT NEO, on the other hand, is an extremely powerful device measured in Tesla, a measurement of magnetic induction often used to describe MRI imaging. EMSCULPT NEO can produce supraphysiologic contraction of muscles and is exponentially more powerful than a TENS device.
Is EMSCULPT NEO safe? Are there any side effects from EMSCULPT NEO treatment?
Yes, focused electromagnetic energy from EMSCULPT NEO is considered safe. As mentioned previously, mild soreness similar to that after a muscle workout is a normal and expected side effect from EMSCULPT NEO treatment.
How does EMSCULPT NEO compare to other methods of fat reduction such as liposuction, CoolSculpting or Vanquish?
EMSCULPT NEO is a non-surgical approach to high-definition abs and butt lifting. It has no downtime or pain but requires a series of treatments and periodic maintenance.
Liposuction (liposculpture) is the gold standard of fat removal. Liposuction is capable of removing large volumes of fat in a single treatment but involves significant degree of downtime. Cryolipolysis, often termed “CoolSculpting” by Zeltiq, is a method of non-invasive fat removal that freezes fat, causing fat cell death and elimination. Like Vanquish, CoolSculpting is non-invasive and can reduce unwanted fat. However, cryolipolysis is a form of spot treatment for fat reduction. Larger areas such as the abdomen often require multiple applications, with each session lasting 1 hour. The fat is frozen during treatment, and must be massaged, as it feels like a frozen stick of butter immediately after treatment. In a small minority of cases, cryolipolysis can cause significant discomfort following treatment, sometimes requiring pain medication after treatment. Additionally, cryolipolysis is somewhat technique-dependent. Multiple applicators to treat a large area such as the abdomen must be stacked and overlapped to avoid irregularities following treatment. Vanquish uses heat to lead to the permanent removal of unwanted fat. It’s intended for individuals who struggle with stubborn areas of fat deposition, resistant to dietary and exercise measures. It’s excellent at “de-bulking” or non-invasively reducing the abdomen and flanks simultaneously. It’s not a substitute for liposuction, which allows a greater volume of fat removal. However, for some patients who are not candidates for CoolSculpting, or who do not wish to undergo surgery, Vanquish may be a good treatment option.
Can EMSCULPT NEO be combined with other body sculpting treatments?
Yes, EMSCULPT NEO can be combined with non-invasive fat removal procedures like CoolSculpting and Vanquish to enhance fat reduction. Furthermore, Exilis can be combined with EMSCULPT NEO to shape and lift the derriere. For abdominal sagging after delivery, Thermage FLX® can be added for synergistic effect.
Is fat loss and increased muscle mass permanent following EMSCULPT NEO treatment?
Fat cells destroyed by increased fat metabolism with EMSCULPT NEO is permanent. However, weight gain causes remaining fat cells to grow, leading to possible loss of effect. Muscle mass is not permanent, but likely lasts 6 months or longer. Periodic EMSCULPT NEO treatments can maintain the muscle tone achieved from an initial series of EMSCULPT NEO treatments.
What happens if I gain weight following EMSCULPT NEO treatment?
A healthy lifestyle, including diet and exercise maintenance, is encouraged following your series of EMSCULPT NEO treatments. An increase in weight will allow fat stores to accumulate resulting in gradual loss of result.
Should I do maintenance treatments following the first few sessions?
Periodic maintenance after achieving optimal result with a single treatment every 2-3 months is encouraged.