Everything You Need To Know About EMSculpt

Everything You Need To Know About EMSculpt

Approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), EMSculpt claims to do the equivalent for you of 20,000 sit-ups in 30 minutes. Like any cosmetic procedure, it comes with a host of questions, particularly around its effectiveness and safety. We’ve broken down how it works and what you should know before trying it…

What Is EMSculpt?

More a body-honing device than a fat-loss tool, EMSculpt uses magnetic muscle induction technology to tighten and tone. This affects the muscle in a way that you can’t during regular exercise. For example, when you squat, typically only 50% of your muscle group is activated; EMSculpt claims to turn on 100% of the muscle in the course of a 30-minute session. Dr Rita Rakus, who offers the treatment at her clinic, says patients typically use it to tone their abs or give their bum a lift, with no surgery and minimal downtime. EMSculpt’s electromagnetic energy causes muscles to contract, creating more definition. It boosts existing workouts as it strengthens weak muscles that haven’t been injured or just not used in a while.

Who Is The Ideal Candidate?

As it’s less of a fat-reducing treatment and more of a toner, experts say it works better on those who are already slim and just looking to tone up their abs or glutes while defining hard-to-target areas. Rita advises that fat should be below 7cm for optimum results. If you’re unsure whether EMSculpt or CoolSculpt is best, focus on your goal. The latter is for those more concerned about getting rid of fat fast; while EMSculpt helps with minimal fat loss, it’s never going to shift large areas of excess weight.

What Areas Of The Body Does It Work Best On?

The device is approved for use on the tummy and bum – that’s often where it yields the best results. There are also smaller attachments for sculpting the arms (biceps and triceps), calves and thighs.

Is It True That Those With An IUD Should Steer Clear?

Yes. While it’s generally safe for everyone to use, there are a few restrictions. For example, anyone who has metal in their bodies, like a copper IUD coil, will have to steer clear. This is because the metal interferes with the technology. Those who suffer with muscular conditions shouldn’t undergo EMSculpt and experts advise anyone with epilepsy to give it a miss too.

Is There Any Painful Downtime?

The only pain you’ll get with EMSculpt is similar to the sensation you get after a rigorous workout – the whole process is actually quite satisfying. You’ll feel that familiar, achy burn but that’s it. There is no downtime, so you can get back to daily life straight away. During the actual treatment, you lie down and relax while the device is strapped onto the targeted area. A practitioner will then turn up the power to bring on some muscle-quivering vibrations that feel intense, but you soon get used to them.

How Quickly Do You See Results?

A course of four treatments (each one day apart) is recommended for seriously pert results. That sounds a lot but, given the impressive reviews so far, it’s a treatment worth investigating if you’re desperate to tone up – especially for those with a deadline like a wedding. Patients who trialled EMSculpt experienced an average reduction in body fat of 20%, and a 15% increase in muscle on both their stomachs and bums.

Finally, Just How Safe Is It?

As the first FDA-approved device for building muscle mass, it’s deemed to be safe. No serious, adverse events have been recorded and numerous studies have supported this type of magnetic device over the years. So long as you are metal-free and will follow the pre-treatment instructions, you’re good to go.

Five SL-Approved Clinics Offering EMSculpt

  1. The Wellness Clinic at Harrods, Harrods.com
  2. Dr Rita Rakus Knightsbridge Salon, DrRitaRakus.co.uk
  3. EMSculpt With Dr Preema, DrPreema.com
  4. Dr Haus Dermatology, DrHausDermatology.com
  5. KLNIK EMSculpt, Klnik.co.uk
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