EMSculpt vs EMSculpt Neo; What is the difference?

By Dr. TRACY MOUNTFORD, MBBS MBCAM

Ever wondered about the difference between EMSculpt and EMSculpt Neo? Thinking of non-invasive body-sculpting but unsure which of the treatments to choose? In this helpful guide, we walk through the main similarities and differences between these two body-sculpting techniques. This will give you all the facts you need to select the right treatment.

Both procedures have the power to cut through your body fat while building up your muscle mass at the same time. But they differ in terms of the effects they have on your fat, muscle and skin. They also differ significantly when it comes to the type of technology they use to tone up your body and burn through your fat. Before delving into the details, let’s first look at what these amazing procedures can do to help you in your fat loss and muscle-building journey.

What are EMSculpt and EMSculpt Neo?

EMSculpt is an FDA-approved non-surgical treatment that builds up muscle mass while burning through fat cells. It does this by delivering high-intensity electromagnetic pulses (HIFEM) to muscles, which causes them to contract. Muscles are tightened, toned and strengthened in the same way as doing 20,000 manual crunches or squats. Deep supramaximal contractions also remodel the inner structure of the targeted muscles while reducing fat cells in the process. The result is a sculpted and toned look without any need for surgery or medical downtime.

EMSculpt Neo gives patients even more power to burn through their fat stores. Newly launched in autumn of 2020, this next-generation treatment uses the same electromagnetic energy as the standard EMSculpt device. But it has added radiofrequency (RF) energy into the treatment mix to literally burn through fat stores using heat energy. With this unique blend, patients can gain more intense muscle-building and fat-reduction results.

What areas of the body can EMSculpt and EMSculpt Neo treat?

Both treatments build muscle and reduce fat across 5 different areas of the body:

  • Abdomen – gain a tighter stomach and a more defined six-pack
  • Buttocks – gain a lifted and sculpted butt with minimal effort
  • Arms – increase the size of triceps and biceps while tackling bingo wing fat
  • Legs – reduce the circumference of your thighs and slim down your saddlebags
  • Calves – improve the shape and size of your calf muscles
Emsculpt Neo treatment areas

What is the difference between EMSculpt Neo vs EMSculpt?

The main reason that EMSculpt Neo differs from EMSculpt is its technological make-up. Whereas EMSculpt relies only on advanced HIFEM energy to tone up the muscles and achieve fat reduction, EMSculpt Neo is a world-first treatment that combines this technology with radiofrequency. It blends radiofrequency heat energy with HIFEM using a patented electrode that is found in no other body-contouring device.

This added heat boosts blood supply to muscles so they build up stronger and faster. It also heats layers of fat to a level that causes them to physically break down. The damaged fat cells are then metabolised by the body in a natural way, leading to permanent fat removal. This process mimics the effects of other body-sculpting treatments like fat freezing, which destroys fat in a similar temperature-controlled way, but without the muscle-building benefits.

This has made EMSculpt Neo a bit of a standout treatment in the body-contouring world. In one 30-minute session, it contracts muscles up to 24,000 times. It also packs a greater fat loss and muscle building punch by burning 30% fat and enhancing muscle mass by 25% after 3 months post-treatment.

Who is more suitable for an EMSculpt Neo treatment?

As EMSculpt Neo has emerged as an industry-leader in combined fat reduction and muscle-toning, it is ideal for patients who want to redefine their bodies with maximum efficiency. Its advanced ability to burn through fat makes it an ideal choice for patients with a little more fat to shift.

Who is more suited to an EMSculpt treatment?

Even though EMSculpt Neo brings higher muscle-building and fat-removal benefits to most patients, classic EMSculpt is a better treatment to choose if you have less of a severe fat reduction need. Patients who have pinchable areas of excess fat on their love handles for example, or a thin layer of fat obstructing their six-pack would be much better suited to the standard EMSculpt treatment. If you exercise regularly, but want to give your physique a more sculpted and defined appearance, then classic EMSculpt is better suited to your needs.

It will strengthen your muscles and core while helping you to break down the troublesome pockets of fat that may be obscuring your muscle strength and gym gains. If you have a BMI that doesn’t exceed 30, then opt for the standard EMSculpt treatment rather than EMSculpt Neo.

Emsculpt Neo device

What are the similarities between EMSculpt Neo and EMSculpt?

Post-pregnancy tummy issues

Both treatments help individuals to achieve fat reduction and muscle toning. They also restore muscle wall strength, which particularly aids women who may have suffered muscle separation in the rectus abdominis or stomach area during pregnancy. In such cases, both treatments can help return abdominal muscles to their flat position, reducing muscle separation by 19%.

Non-surgical benefits

Both treatments also benefit from being completely non-surgical, meaning that patients can achieve results without any downtime or surgery. They both:

  • Tone up muscles and reduce fat
  • Require no anaesthetic or downtime thanks to their non-surgical nature
  • Generate clinically-proven results with their FDA-approved technologies
  • Yield visible fat-reduction and muscle-toning results after just 4 treatments

What are the differences in benefits between EMSculpt Neo and EMSculpt?

EMSculpt Neo’s upgraded technology creates different benefits to the classic EMSculpt procedure by combining fat-melting RF energy with HIFEM. However, both treatments still enhance the muscle, body and skin in several key ways:

  • Muscle: EMSculpt increases muscle mass by 16%, while EMSculpt Neo increases muscle mass by 25%.
  • Body fat: EMSculpt helps patients to achieve 19% fat loss, with a 96% average patient satisfaction rate. EMSculpt Neo helps to drive further fat loss in patients with more fat to remove by generating 35% fat reduction after 3 months of treatment.
  • Skin: While body contouring is the main goal of both treatments, they also both offer some skin tightening benefits by reducing sagging pockets of fat and strengthening muscle tone.
Emsculpt Neo before and after results men Emsculpt Neo before and after results women

Booking the best treatment

The best way to decide whether EMSculpt or EMSculpt Neo is right for your own body-contouring needs is to book a consultation with one of our expert clinicians. During the consultation, we can assess the areas you would like to treat while listening to your body goals and evaluating your lifestyle habits. This enables our practitioners to assess your suitability for each treatment while enabling them to put forward a treatment plan that gives you the best results.

To learn more about our EMSculpt and EMSculpt Neo treatments,  fill out our consultation form. Alternatively, call our London and Buckinghamshire clinics on 0330 433 2175.

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