Emsculpt Review from a Real Patient
If you’re here, you likely already heard of Emsculpt, which is a non-invasive body contouring treatment, but are wondering… does Emsculpt really work?! I’ve done six Emsculpt sessions and it has been three months since my last session and six months since my first session- so I’m ready to give you a full, in depth and honest Emsculpt review!
I do not work for a cosmetic surgery office or spa that offers Emsculpt, I am just someone who did the treatments for myself. Most “reviews” you will find online are people trying to sell you an Emsculpt package… I’m not. I’m not trying to sway you one way or another, I’m just telling you the truth.
Original Emsculpt Review Video
Is Emsculpt Worth the Cost?
In my opinion, no. Unless you get a really good deal, I did not find it to be worth the cost. I did it because a friend did it on me for free. But, she told me that the Emsculpt procedure I did would cost $1,500 per treatment area. I did my abs and butt, so it would have been $3,000 for the package I did (in Chicago).
That’s $3,000 for six sessions on each muscle group. Each treated area gets a 30-minute session.
My sessions ended up being an hour and a half each because I did 45 minutes per area and had to do one area at a time.
The results were just not worth that price tag to me.
How Long do Emsculpt Results Last?
I first tried Emsculpt in 2019… so it’s been three years since I first tried it. I can say the results are completely gone by now. Honestly, they were gone after a year- probably less.
It’s just like exercise, you have to maintain it. You can go to the gym for a year and have great results, but if you stop- the results are going to disappear.
So, by that same logic, once you stop doing emsculpt treatments… you’re results wont be so defined. They slowly start to fade. And since it’s impossible to do that many sit ups or squats on your own, you can’t possibly maintain those exact results for long without being on a pretty big calorie deficit.
Of course, individual results vary especially depending on your body’s muscle building tendencies. That’s the best way I can word it.
How does Emsculpt work?
Emsculpt uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy to trigger what’s called supramaximal contractions or supramaximal muscle contractions (the kind that cannot be achieved by voluntary muscle action). In just 30 minutes, it triggers 20,000 muscle contractions. So think 20,000 intense squats or sit ups from just laying there for 30 minutes.
It’s cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for the “improvement of abdominal tone, strengthening of the abdominal muscles, development of firmer abdomen, and strengthening, toning, firming of the buttocks.”
Emsculpt builds muscle fibers (by roughly 16 percent) for more defined abs and rounder rear-ends and also helps with fat reduction the way exercise does.
Does Emsculpt Work? + My Treatment Results
Yes, it does work. I did see an increase in muscle mass and a some fat loss.
I actually stopped working out about two weeks in to doing Emsculpt, so results I seen were definitely from Emsculpt.
(Keep in mind that I have also been eating very well.)
When I started Emsculpt, my body fat percentage was 34%, three months after completing my Emsculpt treatment plan my body fat was down to 30%.
My measurements when I started Emsculpt:
My measurements exactly three months later:
Waist: 28 inches
Lower Abdomen: 32 inches
Hips/Butt: 43 inches
So, total I lost 23 inches in the treated areas! Also, keep in mind, you can keep seeing results for up to a year. I, personally, did not continue seeing more results but that is what the professionals say.
I did enjoy the new muscle tone, however, if you do not continue working out intensely and eating well… you’re going to lose the results within six months.
So when considering it, also consider if you will keep up with an exercise routine and a healthy diet that will help you maintain those results.
Some people also go in for maintenance treatments every few months… but that’s costly, so also consider that.
Does Emsculpt hurt? How does it feel?
Emsculpt is not painful at all. The butt actually felt like a massage to me lol. I literally just laid there. It kind of felt like having your butt gently spanked (sorry, that’s the best way I can describe it!)
The abs are a little uncomfortable, though. But it is still very tolerable. It also gets easier every session as you adjust to it. The abs feel more like a pulling sensation.
There is no downtime, but you will be really sore the next day. Remember, it is a very high intensity 30-minute treatment (per area). I mean, imagine doing 20,000 sit ups in 30 minutes… of course you’re going to be sore, just like an intense workout!
I wouldn’t say there is any recovery time, though. It’s just regular soreness.
I can’t tell you about any clinical studies because I’m not a medical professional, but this has been my experience as a real patient receiving treatment sessions for my own personal wants and not for marketing :).
Pricing changes so often, that I would just recommend getting a complimentary consultation. Good candidates have the best results, so it’s important to have a consultation and see if you’re a good candidate to begin with.
I’ve heard of it priced from anywhere from $1,500 – $5,000 for a package. Some people would prefer to just see a plastic surgeon, others prefer this because it’s non-invasive.