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Emsculpt Neo vs. CoolSculping: Which Fat Reduction Treatment Wins?

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Do you have a problem area when it comes to fat loss? Unfortunately, diet and exercise simply cannot spot-reduce fat, and you may not be interested in the expense, recovery, and invasive nature of surgical fat-loss procedures.

You might be surprised to learn that there are a variety of non-invasive options to significantly spot-reduce troublesome fat. As an alternative to surgery, the latest treatments use methods such as heat, cooling, and stimulating muscle contractions to get the desired results. These procedures are painless and yield noticeable, permanent results.

But how do you decide which method is right for you? Read on to compare two common and effective non-invasive fat-blasting technologies.

Body Contouring Treatment Comparisons


CoolSculpting is a popular non-invasive fat-targeting technique that involves utilizing extremely low temperatures to freeze fat cells. This process is referred to as cryolipolysis. Cryolipolysis painlessly destroys fat cells by targeting them and cooling them to a point that the cells become damaged, break down, and dissolve from the tissue. The number of sessions required for optimal results varies from person to person.

This method targets a specific area of stubborn fat and has no effect on the muscles. Results increase over several weeks as the body continues to expel the damaged fat cells. Patients can see up to a 25% reduction in fat in the target area. The skin may be swollen or numb for a short period of time after treatment, but CoolSculpting is painless and you usually can return to your normal activities immediately.

Emsculpt Neo

Emsculpt Neo is a newer, more comprehensive treatment option than CoolSculpting. This procedure reduces fat, tones muscle, and also helps tighten skin. Emsculpt Neo uses a two-pronged approach using radiofrequency to heat the fat cells to the point of significant damage, after which they are broken down and removed by the body. The result is similar to CoolSculpting, although it uses heat rather than cold. It can feel like a hot stone massage and reduces fat by up to 30%.

Not only does Emsculpt Neo melt away fat, but it builds and tones muscle. Emsculpt Neo utilizes a technology called HIFEM+ to cause quick, intense muscle contractions that far surpass anything you could accomplish in a workout. This treatment can create up to a 25% increase in muscle.

Emsculpt Neo is usually performed in a series of 4 sessions and is also pain-free. It can feel like a hot stone massage, with lingering effects similar to the muscle soreness felt after a workout for a day or two.

Which Treatment is Right for You?

Both procedures are non-invasive, and there is little to no downtime. The fat-loss results are permanent (so long as no additional weight gain occurs). The muscle-building effects of Emsculpt Neo last 6-14 months, but can be extended indefinitely with regular exercise.

Emsculpt Neo gives you two treatments in one, so it is a great value and a good option for those who want to lose fat and tone muscle. It is best for those with a BMI up to 35. CoolSculpting might be ideal if you have a little more fat to lose.

There is no “best” treatment overall as it depends on the individual’s needs. It is important to discuss your specific goals with our experts to determine which fat-targeting technology will give you the results you want. In fact, CoolSculpting and Emsculpt Neo aren’t the only options out there. Radiance also offers Exilis Ultra and Liposonix for non-invasive fat reduction. Schedule a consultation to learn more about these treatments and find the right option for your individual goals.