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Body Sculpting: What is the Difference Between Coolsculpting and Emsculpt?

May 10, 2021
Body Sculpting: What is the Difference Between Coolsculpting and Emsculpt?
If you would like to achieve a slim and muscular figure but don’t want to spend all of your leisure time doing sit-ups and other exercises at the gym, you might be an excellent candidate for a body sculpting treatment.

If you would like to achieve a slim and muscular figure but don’t want to spend all of your leisure time doing sit-ups and other exercises at the gym, you might be an excellent candidate for a body sculpting treatment. At Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology of Cherry Creek in Denver, CO, we can use CoolSculpting, EmSculpt, and other contouring techniques to minimize your fat and improve the condition of your muscles.

Body Sculpting: What Is the Difference Between CoolSculpting and EmSculpt?

CoolSculpting and EmSculpt are non-invasive, effective body sculpting treatments that you can receive at our beautiful office in Denver. Both of these techniques can be used to decrease your unwanted fat and contour your physique. Each of these contouring treatments will use a unique type of energy to destroy your fat cells and enhance the appearance of your target location.


CoolSculpting is designed to improve your look by reducing the extra fat cells in your thighs, upper arms, or another treatment area. During your appointment, we will slim your figure by using an advanced device to gently cool down your tissues. Since this device will use a completely non-invasive method to lower the temperature in this area to 54 degrees, we will not create any incisions in your target area.

Your unwanted fat cells will have a unique and useful response to the changing temperatures in your target area. As we cool down your tissues, the fat cells in this area will freeze and go through a process called apoptosis. This beneficial transformation can destroy about 30% of the unwanted fat cells that are causing you to feel unhappy about your appearance. During the next eight to 12 weeks, you will naturally shed these dead cells.


Like CoolSculpting, EmSculpt will use a completely non-invasive technique to enhance the appearance of your physique. This technique can be used to decrease your fat deposits and improve your muscle mass. During this type of contouring session, we will use a gentle device to send High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic Energy into the areas that you would like to improve. This energy is also called HIFEM.

As we transmit this energy into your abdominal area, buttocks, or other desired area, your muscles will begin to contract. If you use this technique on your abdomen, these movements will be similar to the benefits of performing about 2,000 crunches. These contractions can reduce the amount of fat in your abdominal area by about 20%. This treatment can also be used to improve the muscle mass in your buttocks and abdomen by about 20%.

Which Contouring Method Should I Use?

When you decide to use an aesthetic treatment to minimize your fat and sculpt your physique, you might struggle to choose a specific body sculpting technique. Fortunately, we can describe all of our contouring options and discuss your aesthetic preferences during your first visit to our Denver office. After this discussion is complete, we can design a plan that will allow you to improve your fat deposits and other cosmetic problems.

Sometimes, we will recommend using multiple sculpting options to achieve your desired outcome. For example, you might want to remove unwanted fat on your thighs and achieve a slimmer and more muscular abdomen. We may advise you to use CoolSculpting to decrease the amount of fat on your thighs and use Emsculpt sessions to transform the appearance of your abdomen.

What Should I Expect During My Contouring Appointments?

Since Emsculpt and CoolSculpting will both use non-invasive techniques to achieve your cosmetic goals, you can expect to have an enjoyable and relaxing experience during all of your contouring appointments.

Getting a CoolSculpting Treatment

If you decide to use CoolSculpting to slim your figure, you should expect your non-invasive treatment to take a couple of hours to complete. Since we have multiple CoolSculpting machines, we may be able to improve several pockets of fat during one easy appointment. To begin, we’ll use suction energy to move your tissues into position and lower the temperature of your fat cells.

During this time, you will be able to perform a variety of relaxing activities. For example, you could decide to read a novel, watch a movie, or talk to a close friend on the phone while we are sculpting your figure. Alternatively, you might use your contouring appointment as an opportunity to complete work assignments, read your emails, or perform other productive tasks.

Receiving an Emsculpt Session

We’ll start your Emsculpt session by putting paddles onto your target area. If you are using this technique to enhance the appearance of your abdomen, we will ask you to lie on your back. If you are improving your buttocks, you will need to lie in a face-down position. Once you are ready, we will turn on our Emsculpt device and begin to send HIFEM energy into your buttocks or abdominal area.

To ensure that you feel comfortable during this process, we will start by setting the device at a low level. As you adjust to the feeling of your muscle contractions, we will gradually increase the strength of your treatment. During this time, your muscles will go through a three-phase cycle that will include contractions and periods of rest. You will move through these different phases during the next 30 minutes.

Will I Receive Multiple Contouring Sessions?

If you are including Emsculpt in your contouring plan, you will probably be advised to receive a series of these contouring treatments. In general, you should be prepared to have a total of four appointments during the initial phase of your treatment plan. It will usually take up to three weeks to complete all of your sessions. Once this process is finished, we will advise you to maintain your muscular, slim look by getting periodic touch-up sessions.

If you are using CoolSculpting to remove a small amount of fat from your thighs or another area, you might be pleased with your results after you complete one contouring session. If you are interested in improving larger fat deposits, we may advise you to get more than one treatment.

When Will My Figure Begin To Look Slimmer and More Muscular?

If you used CoolSculpting to improve your appearance, you will experience positive changes in your figure during the next several months. As you shed your dead fat cells, your target area will gradually become sleeker and slimmer. In general, your clothing is likely to fit better after about four weeks have passed, and you will experience the complete effect of this sculpting technique within about three months.

When you receive Emsculpt treatments, you should expect to see progressive changes in your target area as you complete your treatment plan. You will typically see improvements in the definition of your muscles before you notice a decrease in your unwanted fat deposits.

Will These Contouring Techniques Permanently Change My Figure?

Receiving a CoolSculpting treatment is a good way to permanently remove fat cells from your thighs, upper arms, or other locations. After you shed your frozen fat cells, these particular cells will not reappear in your target area. If you do not exercise and adopt a healthy diet, the remaining fat cells in your treatment location may become larger. You can prevent this problem by adopting a sustainable exercise routine and adjusting your diet.

Emsculpt can temporarily improve the definition of the muscles in your desired area. If you would like to enjoy a muscular figure for a long period of time, we will advise you to receive follow-up sculpting sessions.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for These Sculpting Treatments?

If you are an adult who is interested in reducing your fat and sculpting your physique, you might be an ideal candidate for these two treatments. Before you receive a CoolSculpting treatment, you will need to tell us about all of your sensitivities, recent procedures, allergies, and other medical issues. If you have certain health conditions that impact your response to cold, you won’t be able to use this contouring technique.

To achieve the most favorable results from an Emsculpt session, you should be a healthy person who does not have a large amount of fat over your muscles. If you have a significant amount of fat in your desired treatment areas, we may advise you to use CoolSculpting or another fat reduction method before you receive your initial Emsculpt treatment.

Can I Use Other Contouring Techniques To Improve My Appearance?

CoolSculpting and Emsculpt aren’t the only ways to minimize fat and slim your figure. We offer several other body contouring techniques at Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology of Cherry Creek.


If you have always wanted to have a slimmer abdomen, you should think about getting Vanquish treatments. This non-invasive fat reduction technique will improve your appearance with radiofrequency technology. After your sessions are complete, you may lose up to four inches of extra fat in your abdominal area. In addition, you can use this technique to improve your upper thighs, sides, and upper arms.

We will contour your target area by using a radiofrequency device to carefully increase the temperature of your unwanted fat. Once these fat cells become hot enough, they will die, and your lymphatic channels will gradually remove these dead cells. You’ll usually need to get about four Vanquish sessions, and each of your appointments will take about 45 minutes to complete.

Emsculpt NEO

Emsculpt NEO is a versatile treatment that will use a unique combination of electromagnetic and radiofrequency energy to firm your loose skin, improve your muscles, and reduce your fat. This powerful treatment can eliminate about 30% of the extra fat in your desired area during one non-invasive treatment session. Similarly, the muscle contractions that you experience during your sculpting treatment can improve your muscle mass by up to 25%.

If you are improving the muscles, fat, and skin in one location, your appointment might take 30 minutes. You may need to schedule a longer treatment if you are addressing the fat and other aesthetic issues in several areas. In general, you will need to get at least four Emsculpt NEO sessions.

Sculpt Your Figure

If you want to freeze away your extra fat and contour your thighs, stomach, or other locations, you should consider getting CoolSculpting treatments. Similarly, EmSculpt can dramatically improve the appearance of the muscles and unwanted fat in your treatment area. To learn more about these treatments and our other body sculpting methods, you should contact us at Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology of Cherry Creek in Denver, CO.