Coolsculpting vs Emsculpt

Coolsculpting vs Emsculpt: Comparing Body Contouring Devices

If you you are comparing Coolsculpting vs Emsculpt, you’re not alone. Thanks to ongoing advancements in technology and plastic surgery techniques, body contouring procedures such as Coolsculpting and Emsculpt are the most in-demand minimally invasive procedures in the United States.

While liposuction remains the gold standard in plastic surgery, these devices can go a long way in reducing fat and extra skin without surgery.

Coolsculpting vs Emsculpt: The Case For Coolsculpting

Coolsculpting was the first-in-class for non surgical fat reduction devices, and it remains an option for those seeking minimally invasive body contouring results. The device was created by researchers at Harvard who noticed that people exposed to extreme cold could lose some fat in specific areas of the body.

The introduction of this new technology, paired with a very aggressive advertising campaign, has led to Coolsculpt to become a household name, of sorts.

Unfortunately, Coolsculpting is simply not very effective at removing fat and keeping it off, especially when compared to how Emsculpt helps you loose fat.

Coolsculpting vs Emsculpt: The Case For Emsculpt

Emsculpt builds muscle in the core or buttock that balances and blends perfectly with liposuction and or an active lifestyle. It uses MRI technology (no radiation) to force a supramax contraction of the muscle (300 times harder than you do on your own), the rhythmic contractions are intense but enjoyable. In four 30 minute sessions you can get a 20% increase in muscle and 20% reduction in fat. This is almost a 50% change in the appearance of your core or butt. It blends wellness and technology. You don’t get sore because you don’t have the dehydration of a full body workout and the machine flushes out the metabolic byproducts.

I personally like to do a soul cycle or Barry’s Bootcamp on the same day to turbocharge my workouts. I also like it before or after a vacation to help me reset and get that beach body I want when I simply run out of time with my work schedule.

Which Body Contouring Device is Best, Coolsculpting or Emsculpt?

As a plastic surgeon in New York’s Upper East Side, this is honestly one of the most common questions I get. In my opinion Coolsculpting technology is sound but it’s advertising is unparalleled, which is why so many people ask for this device when considering body contouring. With so many names of products and devices out there it’s incredibly difficult for patients to make informed decisions (uninfluenced by advertising) to ensure they are getting what they are paying for. Physicians need to be ethical and moral when offering services to patients. It is ok for devices not to have as dramatic effects of surgery but it must be clear to the patient what they can and should expect from their treatments.

When patients ask about body contouring and devices, I typically like to make 3 major points:

  1. I understand and totally get it, if you could get surgical results without having surgery who on the planet would not do that?
  2. Since there are 100s of machines out there all promising to do similar things it makes sense that none of them are far superior or perfect, otherwise all plastic surgeons would all have the same one or two devices
  3. Most body contouring devices focus on fat and skin. I feel skin and fat should generally be treated with surgery. Using custom technologies and techniques, I have created minimally invasive liposculpting surgeries that are quite different from traditional liposuction. Instead of just simply removing large amounts of fat we can now sculpt the body and tighten the skin to give an aesthetic, athletic, and natural look that patients can feel comfortable and confident with.
  4. If the patient does not want surgery and the superior results its capable of, I recommend Emsculpt over Coolsculpting or any other device, as it is the only device ever approved by the FDA to build muscle. It is simply an amazing adjunct to diet/lifestyle or exercise. Never before has there been a device with no downtime or side effects that can increase muscle in the abdomen, butt, legs, but also even close the diastsis after pregnancy.


If you are interested in learning more about Neinstein Plastic Surgery’s minimally invasive liposculpting surgeries or Emsculpt, contact our team today!

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