How Does Emsculpt Burn Fat?

If you’ve researched ways to tone your belly or slim down your love handles, chances are you’ve heard of the revolutionary emsculpt treatment taking the world of body contouring by storm. This procedure is the only FDA-approved treatment that combines muscle stimulation and fat burning to achieve tighter muscles and a smoother silhouette in just a few easy sessions. At Dundee Dermatology in West Dundee, IL, we are proud to offer Emsculpt as a way to help you get the body you’ve always wanted.

How Does Emsculpt Burn Fat?

This procedure is on the cutting edge of body contouring technology. By using high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy channeled through large paddles, it stimulates supramaximal muscle contractions in your targeted muscle groups. These contractions are involuntary and are induced at a rate of approximately 20,000 contractions per 30 minutes–that’s like doing 20,000 crunches or squats in half an hour!

By signaling your muscles to use more energy, you’re able to target local fat stores in your problem area and see the fat melt away. The end results are an approximate 16% increase in muscle mass with a simultaneous average of 15% fat decrease.

The quick, repetitive contractions in your targeted muscle groups cause a chain reaction in your muscles:

  1. The muscles release a chemical signaling local fat cells to break down in order to sustain the rapid contractions with adequate energy.
  2. This process of lipolysis, or fat cell destruction, metabolizes local fat cells.
  3. The fat cells are eventually broken down completely and expelled by your body as waste.

Thanks to the pulsing electromagnetic energy, your body’s process of metabolizing fat cells are optimized at nearly 5x the normal rate during this procedure.

What Happens to Muscles

The fat-burning nature of these treatments is a secondary effect of the hyper-contraction of your targeted muscle group.

As your body burns fat to provide energy for your contracting muscles, your targeted muscle group is undergoing a change of its own. Muscle fibers tighten in response to the supramaximal contractions; this forces your muscles to completely remodel their original structure at the cell level, resulting in a firmer, more toned appearance.

Over the course of several sessions, your muscles will contract close to 100,000 times, and you’ll see improvement in muscle tone and definition as early as a day or two after the first session.

When Will I See Results?

In general, final results–which can be as drastic as appearing to be the equivalent of six months of dieting and workouts–are visible about four weeks after your treatment plan is finished, or approximately six weeks from your very first session.

What Does It Feel Like?

20,000 involuntary muscle contractions in a short period of time is not a normal sensation, and it’s probably unlike anything you’ve experienced before. It’s best described as feeling like you’ve just completed a vigorous workout session without exerting any effort; once you’re finished, you’ll probably feel the same amount of muscle soreness that you might after a challenging Pilates workout, but you’ll also feel stronger and more confident once you notice your changing body.

During the Session

During a session, the electromagnetic energy is administered in stages to make sure your muscles are stimulated safely. The treatment begins slowly, reaches the height of intensity for the majority of the session, and finishes with a lower-intensity “cool-down” to ensure that your fat cells and any lactic acid built up during muscle contractions are flushed out of your muscles properly.

After the Session

Once your session is over, you’re able to go about your daily activities with zero downtime. In addition, no one will be able to tell that you’ve had a body contouring procedure done; besides the slimming and toning effects, there are no visible signs of an emsculpt burn fat treatment.

How Long Does It Last?

Once you’re approximately four weeks out from the end of your treatment plan, you should be able to see the final results of your emsculpt burn fat treatment. Since this treatment tones muscle groups, it’s possible to maintain some level of definition by completing dedicated exercises meant to target the area treated. This could include core exercises, squats and lunges, side planks, and more, depending on your targeted muscle group.

What If I Can’t Keep Up With Exercise?

If you’re not able to keep up with a workout plan or if you feel the need to enhance your results after a period of time, you have the option of returning for maintenance appointments. These appointments can be scheduled monthly, yearly, or anywhere in between to ensure that you maintain your ideal image.

Since fat burning is a secondary result of this treatment, you should take care to follow a healthy general workout regimen and diet in order to reduce the chances of seeing fat build-up in your targeted area. Maintenance treatments can help address this to some extent, but the best way to keep your new slim figure is by remaining at a healthy weight and activity level.


If you want a solution for fat that won’t go away no matter how often you exercise or how well you eat, this unique treatment may be just what you’ve been looking for. This procedure can blast through stubborn fat to help tone and reveal the muscles you’ve worked so hard to develop. When you’re ready to see the results emsculpt can offer you, contact Dundee Dermatology in West Dundee, IL to find out how we can help.