The Difference Between EMSCULPT® and EMSCULPT® NEO

When it comes to body sculpting technology, the EMSCULPT and EMSCULPT NEO devices offer some of the most cutting-edge technology that is on the market today. These treatments can offer significant, visible results for patients who are looking to sculpt their abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and more. 

We offer both EMSCULPT and EMSCULPT NEO treatments at Dundee Dermatology, but many of our patients are confused about the difference between the two devices. These treatments have significant differences that make each device particularly well-suited for different patients and situations. 



EMSCULPT is the first device that was FDA cleared to sculpt the body by building muscle in targeted areas and by offering non-invasive fat removal. This device uses high-intensity electromagnetic energy, also known as HIFEM™ technology, to tone the muscles. 

This technology works by causing the muscles to contract. This is the same motion that could be achieved by doing a sit-up or by using your muscles in other ways, but the HIFEM technology induces stronger contractions and more contractions than you could achieve on your own.

Just one Emsculpting session can boast up to 20,000 muscular contractions which can make your muscles strong and toned. The treatment also indirectly burns fat by forcing your body to seek sources of energy to support the workout.


EMSCULPT NEO is the next generation of non-invasive fat removal and muscle toning devices from BTL. This device also has HIFEM technology to stimulate muscle contractions. But it also features another technology that works simultaneously. 

This second technology is radiofrequency (RF) energy and it specifically targets fat cells in the area that you want to treat. If you have excess fat on your abdomen or other areas, the RF energy breaks fat cells down, allowing your body to eliminate them over time. The result is an average of 30% reduction in fat in addition to the muscle toning benefits. 

The EMSCULPT NEO procedure can be particularly appealing to patients who specifically have concerns about stubborn fat. 

Comparing Contraction Phases

Both EMSCULPT and EMSCULPT NEO have different phases that the devices go through during one treatment. This helps to increase the effectiveness of the Emsculpting treatment and to help prevent soreness afterwards. During one treatment, you will experience contractions that are more or less intense as well as rest periods.

EMSCULPT has four phases that include a warm-up phase, a more intense muscle strengthening phase, a massage phase to minimize soreness, and a cool-down. 

EMSCULPT NEO goes through six phases during one treatment instead of four. In addition to the warm up and cool down, it also goes through several different  intense muscle building phases, and RF fat burning phases. 

Comparing Targeted Concerns

While EMSCULPT NEO offers more features than EMSCULPT, sometimes these features are unnecessary for individual patients and EMSCULPT is still the better choice. We will help you to find the treatment and body contouring device that is best for you. 

EMSCULPT NEO treatments can be ideal for patients who want to specifically target fat in the treatment area since RF energy provides a direct and targeted treatment for unwanted fat. However, if you are just looking for a muscle building and toning treatment, EMSCULPT may be the better option. EMSCULPT treatments can be more affordable depending on the situation and its indirect fat burning can still make it a very effective treatment for those who have a little unwanted fat in the treatment area. 

What Are the Similarities Between the Two Treatments?

Both Are Non-Invasive Body Contouring Treatments

Both EMSCULPT and EMSCULPT NEO provide benefits without invasive procedures or surgeries. The treatments are both comfortable, although they can be intense, and do not require anesthesia. This is the type of treatment that can still be performed while you are relaxing in your workout clothing. You will just need to remove any articles of clothing that are directly on the treatment site. 

Both Can Burn Fat and Tone Muscle

Both EMSCULPT and EMSCULPT NEO are effective treatments for burning fat and building muscle. The only difference is that EMSCULPT NEO provides a more direct treatment for reducing fat. 

Both Are FDA Cleared for 5 Treatment Areas

EMSCULPT and EMSCULPT NEO are both FDA cleared to treat 5 different areas of the body. They can be very effective for building muscle and burning fat in the buttocks, abdominal area, thighs, calves, and arms. 

Both Offer Body Contouring Rather Than Fat Loss

It is important to note that both EMSCULPT and EMSCULPT NEO are body contouring devices rather than weight loss devices. They are designed to help you achieve a more toned shape but they will not cause significant weight loss.

Choosing Between EMSCULPT and EMSCULPT NEO

As with any type of cosmetic treatment, it is important to first consult with a doctor who is able to help you find the right products and treatments for you. If you are interested in building muscle and burning fat, you can set up a consultation with us. We will ask you questions about the results that you are hoping to achieve and we will perform a physical exam to determine the best method for achieving these results. 

Our goal with consultation is to align your expectations for results with the results that you are likely to get from the EMSCULPT or EMSCULPT NEO procedure.

If you are looking for non-invasive body contouring services in West Dundee, IL, we would love to see you for a consultation at Dundee Dermatology. We will help you decide between EMSCULPT vs EMSCULPT NEO and set up a treatment plan that is perfect for you. Call us today or book an appointment online