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Emsculpt Neo vs Coolsculpting

The Battle of Body Contouring

Body contouring has been a trend in the beauty and fitness world for quite some time. It certainly makes sense why such treatments are so popular– there are many body-shaping treatments out there that boast tangible results without the need for surgery or recovery time. That means there are significantly fewer risks involved.

But is it too good to be true? According to many reviews out there, there are two non-surgical body contouring treatment programs that seem to be working quite well. These treatments are Emsculpt Neo and CoolSculpt.

Which one is the better choice? In this guide, we’ll be diving into everything clients need to know about improving their looks with both of these body-shaping treatments.

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CoolSculpting, also known as cryolipolysis, is a non-invasive treatment for body-shaping. It is an FDA-approved type of fat reduction.

CoolSculpt works by using freezing temperatures to reduce the size of fat cells. Cold temperatures does not damage other types of cells in the body in the same way it damages fat cells, so there is little to no risk of damage to the skin or other tissue in the body.

During a CoolSculpting treatment, a practitioner will essentially vacuum the skin above an area of fatty tissue into a CoolSculpt applicator. Inside the applicator, the low temperature cools down the fat cells in the affected area. The temperate will fairly quickly numb the area and some clients have reported a chilly sensation, though nothing outwardly unpleasant. Some clients have also reported a feeling of very light soreness in the treatment area afterward, though nothing more unpleasant than the soreness one would feel after a somewhat intense workout.

In most cases, one treatment will take around an hour. It can take around six months for the fat cells to noticeably be reduced. In many cases, the area of treatment will see fat reduction of around 20%.

While CoolSculpting can be a great alternative to plastic surgery, there are some potential risks involved. Complications of CoolSculpt can include swelling, bruising, skin redness, pain, and skin sensitivity. However, less than 1% of reported patients have claimed to experience these side effects.


Unlike CoolSculpt, Emsculpt Neo does not involve fat-freezing technology for body-shaping. It is an FDA-approved non-invasive procedure that involves the use of electromagnetic energy to tighten muscles, and radiofrequency energy to eliminate fat cells.

An Emsculpt Neo treatment is fairly simple. Clients simply lie down, and an Emsculpt Neo paddle (which is connected to a larger machine) is applied to the desired area. The paddle emits electromagnetic pulses to force muscles to contract about 20,000 times in half an hour, causing hypertrophy or growth of the muscle. Radiofrequency (RF) energy is also applied to th treatment area. Unlike CoolSculpt, heating the fat tissue causes it to swell and cells to burst. Once cells have burst, they are removed from the area by our lymphatic system, so the fat loss is permanent.

Emsculpt recommends 4 to 6 weekly treatments, depending on the area you are targeting. On average, one can expect a 30% reduction of fat and 25% muscle mass growth.

Emsculpt Neo also does not have any reported side effects. One may experience some muscle soreness (you are, after all, essentially doing a high-intensity workout) or temporary redness of the tissue due to the application of RF. It is not recommended to undergo Emsculpt Neo treatments if you have any metal or electronics inside your body, such as a pacemaker or implant. This is because electromagnetic pulses can heat up or short-circuit such devices.

The process of treatment is painless and there is no downtime or recovery after treatment. The paddle device used does not use suction the way that CoolSculpt does. To put it simply, you just lay there and let the machine do its thing.

Emsculpt Neo Body Sculpting


CoolSculpt and Emsculpt Neo are very different types of treatments that do different things for body-shaping results. However, it is quite clear that the winner here is Emsculpt Neo because the treatment does quite a bit more than CoolSculpting does.

CoolSculpting shapes the body by freezing and eliminating fat by targeting specific areas of the body with cooling technology. Emsculpt Neo, on the other hand, works by eliminating fat as well as building muscle. High-intensity focused electromagnetic energy can stimulate muscle contractions AND radiofrequency reduces fat– which is something that CoolSculpting simply cannot do.

Both treatments are excellent for reducing body fat, but Emsculpt Neo comes out on top for its muscle-building capabilities.

Emsculpt Neo also does not take as long to complete as CoolSculpt, as a treatment is only thirty minutes compared to one hour. Emsculpt Neo results also take less time to show up in three months as opposed to six months with CoolSculpt. Emsculpt Neo treatments can be felt immediately after treatment and some results can be seen around four weeks after the treatment is complete. Plus, there are no known side effects of Emsculpt Neo, while CoolSculpt some reported side effects.


CoolSculpt treatments vary quite significantly in price, depending on how many treatments and areas of treatment one decides to purchase. Each cycle on average costs approximately $750 and most patients will receive around four to ten cycles, depending on their specific needs. This means that a full CoolSculpt treatment can be priced anywhere from $3,000 to $7,500. That’s quite a hefty price tag for just fat burning.

Emsculpt Neo is sold in packages of six treatments and uncommonly requires additional treatments. Prices vary depending on location, but on average an Emsculpt Neo treatment cycle can cost around $4000. Foundations at Maitland currently offers a package of 6 treatments for under $2500, so you’re really saving a lot of money when compared to CoolSculpt treatment– plus, you’re getting all the added benefits of Emsculpt Neo that include muscle toning, fewer risks, saved time, and fewer side effects.

There are also some significant differences between the two treatments when it comes to ideal candidates. CoolSculpt practitioners usually require their clients to be within twenty pounds of their ideal weight. Emsculpt Neo, however, seems to have some mixed information when it comes to who can and cannot use the service. However, in general, Emsculpt Neo patients should not have a BMI higher than 30 for the best possible end results.


Now that we’ve established the value of Emsculpt Neo over CoolSculpt, where can one find excellent Emsculpt Neo treatments in the central Orlando area? If you want to undergo Emsculpt Neo treatments, they should be done so at a professional medical aesthetic spa.

Look no further than Foundations at Maitland! We offer a wide range of services for our clients, from Botox, to skin resurfacing to, of course, Emsculpt Neo treatments. Body-shaping treatments are one of our notable specialties. With no need for expensive surgery or downtime, our Emsculpt Neo treatments provide 20,000 muscle contractions in thirty minutes.


At Foundations at Maitland, in Maitland FL, we offer a full range of non-surgical treatments to help you reach your aesthetic, wellness, and sexual goals. Our providers are highly trained and experienced. We are led by our double-board certified surgeon, Dr Kristin Jackson, who has personally developed all treatment protocols and is closely involved in the day-to-day operations of our medical spa. With her extensive training in all non-surgical cosmetic treatments as well as over 20 years of surgical experience, Dr Jackson is uniquely qualified to ensure our medical spa provides you with the highest standards of quality care and safety.

If you are looking for body contouring doctors near you, we can help! Contact us today for your complimentary consultation!


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