How Long Does Body Contouring Last?

For many years, surgery was the only way to eliminate stubborn body fat from targeted areas, making body contouring something that was only available for individuals who could afford the downtime. However, in recent years, technology has allowed us to reduce excess fat and tone the muscles without any downtime at all. 

At Dundee Dermatology, one of our specialties is non-invasive body contouring using the EMSCULPT® and EMSCULPT NEO® devices. These platforms can give you a fit body in just a few treatments without having to spend extra time in the gym. EMSCULPT and EMSCULPT NEO treatments can also offer long-lasting results for our patients in West Dundee, IL, helping them to achieve their ideal bodies without effort.

What Is Body Contouring? 

Body contouring, sometimes called body sculpting, is an aesthetic treatment that is designed to reshape and redefine the contours of your body. While this can refer to surgical procedures such as liposuction, it can also be used to describe non-surgical treatments. These treatments involve reducing fat bulges, tightening the skin, and enhancing muscle definition. 

What Are the Different Types of Body Contouring?

While there are many different types of body contouring and multiple different platforms, we have chosen to offer EMSCULPT and EMSCULPT NEO at our practice because of the superior results these two devices can offer to our patients. Both of these platforms are cleared to treat several different areas of the body, including the arms, abdomen, thighs, calves, and buttocks to help you with your body-shaping goals. 


EMSCULPT offers strengthening and toning for muscles through the use of electromagnetic technology. When electromagnetic waves are delivered to the targeted area, it causes intense muscular contractions. These contractions are the same as going to the gym and doing targeted exercises to build certain muscles. However, the contractions stimulated by this device are much more intense and can be held for longer than could be achieved during a workout session. 

As a result, the muscle tissue is forced to adapt. As it heals, it remodels and knits together, which makes the muscle more toned and strong. At the same time, these intense contractions can also cause any fat cells that are surrounding these muscles to break down and be eliminated from the body. While fat reduction with this non-surgical body contouring device is less significant than with the EMSCULPT NEO device, it can still help, offering even more definition for the area you want to target.


The EMSCULPT NEO device uses the same revolutionary technology as EMSCULPT, but it adds additional fat reduction power. Along with the electromagnetic energy that stimulates muscle contractions, it simultaneously produces radiofrequency (RF) energy. 

Radiofrequency energy works by producing heat deep within targeted tissues. It warms up the subcutaneous fat layers to a temperature that causes fat cell death while still being at a safe temperature to avoid damaging the surrounding tissues. Once the fat cells have died, they are eliminated through the body’s lymphatic system, leaving the area more slim. 

The RF energy of the EMSCULPT NEO device can also help to tighten sagging or loose skin. By stimulating collagen and elastin, the skin in the treatment area can become progressively more elastic in the weeks after your treatment.

What Results Can You Expect From Non-Invasive Body Contouring Treatments?

With our body contouring treatments, you can expect to see a significant reduction in localized fat deposits as well as improved muscle tone. Some people may start to see these results after their first treatment. However, it is more common for results to become noticeable after several treatments. 

It is usually recommended that you plan on having a minimum of four treatment sessions for the best results. These treatments are scheduled several days apart to give your body time to recover. Each session will only take around 30 minutes to complete, so you will be in and out of the office quickly. 

What Is the Typical Duration of Body Contouring Results?

Body contouring results can be long-lasting, depending on several factors. The first thing to keep in mind is that any fat cells that were broken down and eliminated during treatment will not return, and the decrease in body fat cells is permanent. However, you can still gain weight in the treatment area because there will still be some fat cells remaining. We recommend staying fit and active after your body contouring sessions to help avoid any weight fluctuations that may cause a return of stubborn fat pockets.

When it comes to muscle tone, it is important to continue using the muscles to keep them toned. You can do this by staying fit through regular workouts after your body sculpting treatments, or you can do this by scheduling maintenance appointments. One of the benefits of body contouring is it often gives our patients a boost, enabling them to keep up with their workout routines and healthy diet much easier than before their treatments.

Non-Invasive Body Contouring Treatments for a Well-Balanced Figure

If you have been putting in countless hours at the gym and maintaining a healthy diet but still have stubborn areas of fat that won’t go away, body contouring can help you achieve the body shape you have been working so hard for. At Dundee Dermatology, we can have a personalized consultation with you to determine if the EMSCULPT or EMSCULPT NEO platforms are the right fit for you. Call us today at (847) 851-8888 to set up an appointment, or you can conveniently schedule one through our website.