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What Is the Difference Between Cool sculpting and Emsculpt?

What Is the Difference Between Coolsculpting and Emsculpt?

Technological advancements have made it possible for individuals to eliminate unwanted body fat and build muscle without having to spend hours working out or resorting to strict diets. While options used to be limited to surgical treatments, like liposuction, this is no longer the case.

Non-invasive body contouring procedures like Coolsculpting and Emsculpt are now available at the nearest aesthetics clinic. You no longer have to go under the knife to see results.

Learn the difference between Coolsculpting and Emsculpt and discover their benefits so you know which treatment is better for you.

Emsculpt vs. Coolsculpting

While these two procedures may sound similar and are both non-surgical body enhancement procedures, the objectives and methods are entirely distinct.

  • Cool sculpting

This procedure aims to eliminate extra fat cells from beneath the skin. Also known as cryolipolysis, it involves the use of sub-zero temperatures to permanently destroy fat cells. Because other types of cells are not as susceptible to the cold, this procedure does not harm any non-fat cells.

It is the only treatment approved by Health Canada & FDA to remove stubborn fat in the following areas of the body:

    • arms
    • bra area
    • back area
    • chin and jawline area
    • flanks / muffin top
    • inner and outer thighs
    • underneath the buttocks (banana roll)
    • upper and lower abdomen
  • Emsculpt

This procedure focuses on building and toning muscles. However, the process can also contribute to the elimination of unwanted fat. It utilizes high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology, which involves the use of flat applicators that emit electromagnetic pulses to force the muscles to contract.

Emsculpt is a Health Canada & FDA-cleared treatment used to target the following areas:

    • abdomen
    • arms
    • buttocks
    • calves
    • inner thighs

How Do These Treatments Work?

Know what tools are involved and what you can expect during the procedure.

  • Coolsculpting

A gel pad is placed on the target area. This functions as a barrier between the skin and the applicator. The applicator resembles that of a vacuum cleaner and “sucks” up the skin while delivering regulated cooling, freezing the fat below the surface.

Depending on the size of the area, the actual treatment may take between 35 and 45 minutes. During this time, patients may spend their time listening to music, reading, or even working on the computer.

Coolsculpting involves minimal pain. However, it can cause some discomfort during the post treatment massage. It’s common for clients to experience pinching and pulling sensations during the process.

Frequency of treatments varies depending on whether how much fat is in the treatment area. Some individuals and areas of the body may need more than one session.

  • Emsculpt


Depending on which areas are being targeted, the client is asked to recline on a table either on their back or stomach. Emsculpt involves the use of flat applicators, which are placed on the targeted area. The applicator produces high-intensity electromagnetic waves that trigger supramaximal (or involuntary) muscle contractions.

Emsculpt produces results similar to that of performing 20,000 sit ups in 30 minutes. The muscles respond to these forced contractions by remodelling their inner structure, repairing and rebuilding muscle tissue, generating new protein strands and muscle fibres. This process also stimulates the release of free fatty acids that burn fat cells, further defining muscle tone.

A single session takes only 30 minutes. The entire treatment program, however, requires 4 sessions over a 2 week period. After the initial treatment program is complete, patients may revisit for Emsculpt booster or maintenance sessions.

What Are the side effects of Cool Sculpting?

Prepare for aftercare by learning about the effects of the treatment. While Coolsculpting is safe and does not require any downtime, you may experience temporary side effects including:

  • mild aching or cramping
  • bruising
  • redness
  • skin sensitivity

Fortunately, these typically disappear within a few days.

What are the side effects of Emsculpt?

Because Emsculpt simulates muscle contractions during exercise, you may experience the same soreness, cramping, and muscle fatigue that you would after an intense workout session. It is for this reason that sessions are booked NO sooner than, two days apart.

What Should You Expect Post-Treatment?

How long will it take for you to see results and what do you need to do to maintain those results?

  • Coolsculpting

Coolsculpting requires little to no downtime. While one may be tender with some possible bruising, most individuals can resume daily activities immediately after a session.

It can take up to 16 weeks for the body to fully process and completely expel the dead fat cells. That said, initial results may be noticeable within 3 weeks of the procedure.

One important thing to note is that while Coolsculpting can help get rid of excess fat, it is not a viable treatment for obesity and should not replace a healthy lifestyle. Continue eating a healthy diet and exercise regularly to maintain results.

  • Emsculpt

Like Cool sculpting, Emsculpt requires no downtime. Clients can resume their day-to-day activities once they finish the procedure.

For some, results can be noticeable a few days after the initial treatment and individuals can see enhanced muscle definition and/or strength. These results are further amplified when the entire treatment plan of 4 sessions has been completed. Improvements to muscle can last 4-6 months after the final session.

Like Coolsculpting, exercising regularly and having a balanced diet is necessary for preserving your newly-achieved build. It should not be treated as a substitute for working out. In addition to physical activities, maintain a healthy lifestyle to prolong the effects of the procedure.

Medical considerations before Emsculpt & Coolsculpting?

While both procedures are relatively safe, certain conditions can affect an individual’s eligibility. Consult with a professional to see which treatment best suits you.

  • Coolsculpting

Coolsculpting is not a suitable treatment for those with the following health conditions:

    • cold agglutinin disease
    • cryoglobulinemia
    • hernia
    • have a history of eating disorders
    • have a history of hernia
    • have a BMI above 34
    • paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria (PCH)
    • pregnant or breastfeeding

Additionally, ideal candidates are within a healthy weight range.

  • Emsculpt

The following individuals are contraindicated for Emsculpt:

    • pregnant women
    • hernia patients
    • people with metal implants
    • people with IUD implants

Ideal candidates for Emsculpt are those who are within a healthy weight range and are lookingto tone and build muscle.

Coolsculpting and Emsculpt are the perfect compliment for one another – one destroys fat, while the other builds muscle. If you’re looking for a trusted facility that offers both Coolsculpting and Emsculpt treatments, turn to Clarity Medspa & Laser. Give us a call at (416) 960-2222 or email us at [email protected]. We are more than ready to assist you on your journey to become your best self.