Are you frustrated with stubborn body fat that won’t go away no matter how much you diet or how many sit-ups you do? If you are, EmSculpt can help. At Allure Laser & Med Spa in Tinley Park, IL, we offer this innovative treatment as a way to flatten your tummy and give you the all-around muscular definition you’re working for.
How EmSculpt Works
Emsculpt targets your stubborn body fat by first targeting the muscles around them. No matter how hard you work at the gym, there’s always a limit to what you can accomplish, but this treatment can give you an intense workout far greater than anything you could get from lifting weights.
The device we use emits a pulse of electromagnetic energy. This energy goes through your skin without hurting it in any way and then reaches the muscle, where it goes to work. The pulses of energy force the muscles to contract rapidly. In fact, they are able to contract 20,000 times in about half an hour. Imagine doing 20,000 squats in 30 minutes!
These are no ordinary squats, either. These supramaximal contractions build the muscles the same way as ordinary workouts do, but at an accelerated rate. And because they require so much of your muscles, the process forces your body to release fat from surrounding fat cells. The end result is greater muscle building and fat burning than any other body sculpting treatment. On average, those who get treatment increase their muscle mass by 16% while shedding 19% of their fat.
The Muscle Effect
There is nothing to worry about when it comes to this treatment, though the idea of doing 20,000 crunches or sit-ups at a time might sound intimidating at first. This treatment tears down muscles so your body will build them up stronger than ever: which is exactly what happens in a traditional workout.
The only difference is that this a sort of “super-charged” version of a workout only takes a few minutes to shape your problem areas, yet the effects last for months. And if you keep working out at the gym, you can make your results last even longer.
The Fat-Burning Effect
When our muscles have to do that much work, they demand calories to burn. They need these calories very fast. When you do an ordinary workout, your body will burn calories from fat cells in whatever area your body deems least essential. These locations are typically chosen genetically, which is why you can work out hard in an attempt to sculpt a specific area but see no change in those stubborn areas you most want to reduce.
But when you use EmSculpt, your body grabs the needed energy from the fat cells nearest the muscles that are doing the work, and it grabs out so much fat from these cells that it actually destroys them. When fat cells are destroyed, they can’t be regrown. For most of us, our fat cells are set in adolescence, and except in situations of extreme weight gain, we will never grow new ones.
Important Questions About Treatment
What’s Does It Feel Like?
It only takes about a half-hour to have a treatment, which is administered through a patented device designed to deliver the electromagnetic energy in the safest manner possible. We will first place the device on your treatment area, with a rubber pad between your skin and the device itself. Then we begin treatment and deliver pulses of electromagnetic energy. These pulses vary in intensity so you don’t become uncomfortable.
In addition, we can adjust the intensity of the treatment throughout the process. This is not at all a painful treatment, but you will feel like you’ve just accomplished a very intense workout. There’s nothing you need to do, however. You will simply relax while the machine does the work, and most people watch TV, read, or even get work done during the treatment. This quick, simple process can be done over a lunch break.
Are There Side Effects?
The only true side effects are muscle building and fat burning. At the end of treatment, you will feel like you’ve just worked out hard at the gym, but it won’t feel any sorer than that. In fact, it might feel even better!
When you visit the gym, your exercises cause lactic acid buildup, and this is what makes your muscles feel so sore. But with this treatment, the muscle movements happen so quickly that lactic acid is flushed quickly, so most people don’t even feel as sore after EmSculpt as they do from a regular workout.
Is This a Safe Treatment?
This is a very safe treatment that uses your own body to naturally build muscle and reduce fat. Once the treatment has finished, your body will go to work repairing these muscles and building them up just as it does after a regular workout. In essence, all you are doing is taking months of workouts and packing them into one, focused treatment.
This treatment involves no incisions or invasive procedures. There are no medications or chemicals involved. There’s nothing unnatural involved at all.
Are the Results of Treatment Permanent?
This unique sculpting treatment builds muscle and burns fat at the same time. It works naturally, but it isn’t permanent. If you work out at the gym for a year and then stop for several months, you would expect to notice a loss of muscle strength. You might also gain fat, especially if you continue eating at the same rate (or eat more). The only way to stop this from happening is to keep working out faithfully.
That’s because muscle is a metabolically expensive tissue: your body has to “spend” more calories to keep muscle tissue alive than it does to keep fat or other tissues in place. If you don’t signal to your body that you need that muscle by using it regularly, your body will get rid of it. This treatment is no different.
You are building muscle naturally, but if you don’t regularly signal to your body that you need the muscle you’ve developed, the muscle will eventually break down. You can extend your results for a lot longer if you have a regular, faithful workout regimen, but eventually, you will need a maintenance treatment to keep your muscle-building results seamless. By exercising regularly and keeping to your diet, however, you can keep your fat-loss results permanently.
How Many Treatments Does It Take to See Final Results?
Many people see the best results after four treatments, and these should take place over the course of about two weeks. However, your treatment should always be built around your unique needs. We’ll help you design a treatment plan that will get you the results you’re looking for.
Am I a Good Candidate?
This is a wonderful treatment, but it is not right for everyone. Good candidates tend to have certain things in common:
They Are In Good Overall Shape
While this is a powerful treatment, it is not designed for extensive weight loss or to treat obesity. This is an aesthetic treatment, and it is best suited for those who already follow good exercise and dietary habits.
If you are within about 30 pounds of your goal weight, you may find this treatment very helpful. If you need to lose more than that, talk with us about the best ways to achieve your personal weight loss goals. Once you are on the right path, this treatment can help you cross the finish line.
They Are Recovering From Injury or Illness
If injury or illness has sidelined you from your normal routine, this treatment can be a life saver. It allows you to strengthen muscles and tone up even when you aren’t able to move freely. If you’ve been kept out of the gym by an injury, use this treatment to get back on track. Before you begin, of course, we will help you make sure you are ready.
They Want to Tone
While fat-burning is an important part of this treatment, the fat-burning component is secondary to the muscle-toning component. If you only need to burn fat, a treatment like CoolSculpting could be the best answer for you. This treatment is perfect for those who want to firm up their muscles and get a toned look without undergoing an invasive procedure. If your goal is to increase your muscle tone and definition, this could be the treatment for you.
Who Is Not a Good Candidate?
Those With a Lot of General Body Fat
If you need to lose fat all over, this might not be the best choice of treatment for you. It’s best suited to people who have local pockets of stubborn fat that aren’t responding to diet and exercise. If you have too much fat over the muscles you’re trying to tone, the electromagnetic energy may not be able to reach the muscles effectively.
If you have generalized body fat you need to reduce, concentrate first on a diet and exercise program that will help you slim down, and then turn to electromagnetic energy treatment to tone and shape your body.
Those With Certain Muscle Problems
This treatment causes your muscles to contract more efficiently than they normally can. These supramaximal contractions aren’t dangerous under normal circumstances, but if you have a history of complicated hernias or other issues with the muscles in your target treatment area, it would be best to talk with a doctor before getting treatment.
Those With Metal Implants
The electromagnetic energy emitted by this treatment is essentially like a strong magnetic. The treatment is safe, but it can be dangerous if you have a metal implant in the treatment area. Depending on where your metal implant is, you may still be a candidate. Come talk to us about your options.
Those Who Are Pregnant
While there is no evidence to suggest this treatment is dangerous to you or your baby, there have been no studies showing that it is safe, either. If you are pregnant, wait until after giving birth and recovering before seeking treatment.
Get Started on the Body You’ve Always Wanted
If you are dealing with pockets of stubborn fat that won’t go away no matter how much you exercise and diet, then this treatment could be the right choice for you. You can tone your muscles and burn away fat without spending a ridiculous number of hours at the gym. If you’ve been sidelined by injury, you can keep from falling behind while you achieve a full recovery.
To learn more about EmSculpt and whether it might be right for you, reach out to us at Allure Laser & Med Spa in Tinley Park, IL today to schedule a consultation.