What is Body Contouring?

Emsculpt and CoolSculpting are two non-surgical body contouring treatments that can help you achieve the toned, sculpted shape you’ve always wanted. Both treatments have been approved by the FDA and come with virtually no downtime or major discomfort.

Since Emsculpt and CoolSculpting are both non-invasive body contouring procedures that can help you achieve your goals, we’ve done the heavy lifting and outlined their differences below. By understanding what makes them different, you can select the ideal treatment for your unique needs.

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*Individual Results May Vary*


Emsculpt uses powerful electro-magnetic energy waves to induce rapid muscle contraction that can’t be achieved with voluntary contractions during exercise. It can cause your muscles to fire up to 20,000 times per 30-minute session. 

While Emsculpt does reduce fat in the abdominal treatment area, its greatest effect is to build, strengthen and tighten the muscle. When Emsculpt is used for a non-invasive buttock lift, the procedure purposefully does not remove fat, and only increases muscle and lift. If you opt for Emsculpt, you’ll need four treatments over a two week period and begin to see noticeable results after about a month. It has been proven to increase muscle mass by 16%.  By 3 months post-procedure abdominal fat was reduced by an average of 19%.


CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling to destroy fat cells while not damaging overlying skin. Once it damages your fat cells, they will be naturally eliminated by your body over time. Each procedure removes an average of 22% in the treated area. For greater improvement, Coolsculpting can be performed again after 2 months in the same location.

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Which Body Contouring Treatment is the Better Option?

If you are at or near your ideal weight and are interested in muscle improvement in addition to fat reduction, Emsculpt is the ideal choice. Emsculpt patients generally have less overlying fat yet desire greater muscle definition.

However, if your main goal is to remove stubborn fat and you aren’t as interested in building muscle, you may be better off with CoolSculpting. If you’re unsure of which treatment is right for you, we suggest you schedule an appointment at our office to discuss your aesthetic goals and figure out what makes more sense.

In addition, you may benefit from both treatments. You can get CoolSculpting first to take care of your stubborn fat and then follow up with Emsculpt to sculpt your body even further.

Medical Conditions Play A Role in Body Contouring Candidacy

Patients with Raynaud’s Disease which causes fingers and toes to turn abnormally white and uncomfortable in the cold should not have Coolsculpting.  Patients with any metal implant including pacemakers or other implants, metal rods or joint replacements, or even a metal IUD, should not have Emsculpt. Also, patients with hernia repairs with mesh should not be treated with Emsculpt.

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Take the Next Step

If you’re wondering whether you’re a good candidate for Emsculpt or CoolSculpting, it is in your best interest to schedule a consultation at Krauss Dermatology. Call us at 781-416-3500 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you!