By Dr. Kaycee Reyes
It’s not easy to achieve a fit physique, let alone sculpted abs. It takes an immense amount of discipline and determination to stick to an exercise routine and proper diet. Yet, in a world where everything can be done in an instant, it is now possible to achieve trim and toned abs in a few week’s time. No crunches, no diet, and no downtime, this is the promise behind Emsculpt, the latest groundbreaking technology that can define your midsection in as fast as a few sessions.
Emsculpt is the newest in body shaping and fat reduction nonsurgical machines. Yet it sets itself apart from fat dissolving pioneers such as liposuction, ultrasound, or radiofrequency devices where it only eliminates fat.
Emsculpt boasts its ability not only to melt fat, but to build muscle too. It uses High Intensity Focused Electromagnetic Technology (HIFEM) that produces what is called supramaximal contractions, wherein muscles can contract 20,000 times in just 30 minutes. Supramaxima contractions are different from maximum voluntary contractions (MVC), in which it is the greatest amount of force that the muscle can endure under normal circumstances and usually lasts only for a moment. During exercise or at MVC, the muscle turns to adenosine triphospate (ATP), a source of energy, creatinephoshpate that also produces ATP, and glycogen. Anything higher than MVC is considered supramaximal, and when the energy stores are depleted through supramaximal contractions, lypolisis or fat breakdown is induced, leading to fat cell dysfunction and cell death (apoptosis) that is then naturally released by the body in weeks. The muscle, on the other hand, is stimulated and encourages muscle hypertrophy (muscle growth) and muscle hyperplasia (increase in muscle cells in the tissue). This combination that Emsculpt does produces a visibly improved midsection in a few sessions and, according to peer-reviewed studies, there is as much as a 92 percent increase in fat apoptosis in just one treatment, 16 percent increase in muscle thickness, 19 percent reduction in abdominal fat, and a four-centimeter reduction in waist circumference.
Emsculptis also the first non-surgical treatment that can improve the appearance of the buttocks as well, lifting and toning the buttocks with its supramaximal contractions. Aside from requiring no anesthesia, no downtime, and no surgery, Emsculptis also FDA-approved for the “improvement of abdominal tone, strengthening of the abdominal muscles, and development of a firmer abdomen, as well as for strengthening, toning, and firming of buttocks.” The treatment plan requires a minimum of four sessions, two to three days apart, for 30 minutes each.
Emsculpt is the first non-surgical treatment that can improve the appearance of the buttocks as well, lifting and toning the buttocks with its supramaximal contractions.
The feeling is the same as a workout with some soreness afterward, but ultimately nothing that a patient cannot tolerate. The effects become noticeable within a few weeks, but long-term effects will depend on the patient’s lifestyle. Candidates are those who are physically active with less than an inch of pinchable fat in the abdomen. Obese individuals may not benefit as HIFEM only penetrates up to seven centimeters, and thus may not get the maximum benefits as compared to others.
Sculpted abs in weeks? Emsculpt is truly impressive in helping individuals achieve their desired bodies in the fastest, yet safest and most natural way possible. It is the first and only in the market that can burn fat while building muscle. Be reminded, however,that Emsculptis only a supplement to one’s regular exercise and proper diet, not a substitute. Having said this, consult with your physician before this treatment, as not everyone is a viable candidate as well. Once you get the green light, get ready for leaner, firmer, toned abs you never thought possible.