What’s the Difference Between EMSCULPT NEO® and CoolSculpting® Elite?

EMSCULPT NEO® and CoolSculpting® Elite are two of the most popular body contouring treatments available, each rising in popularity among both women and men year after year. Although they have some similarities, EMSCULPT NEO and CoolSculpting each offer its own set of benefits. Learn more about each of these popular body contouring treatments to help you decide which one could be the best fit for you, or if a combination of both EMSCULPT and CoolSculpting might be right.






EMSCULPT NEO is the latest version of EMSCULPT, an FDA-approved non-surgical muscle toning device that uses high-intensity electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology. These HIFEM pulses work to deliver supramaximal muscle contractions, which are beyond what would be possible to achieve through exercise alone. The result is a sleeker, more toned physique with no surgery or downtime required.



What sets EMSCULPT NEO apart from its predecessor is the addition of radiofrequency energy to the proven HIFEM technology to increase its muscle-building and fat-reducing ability. EMSCULPT NEO can deliver the equivalent of 24,000 crunches in a single session, helping you achieve both muscle-toning and fat-reducing goals more quickly and efficiently.



While you may notice immediate results right after your EMSCULPT NEO appointment, expect your final results to develop within about three months of completing your treatment. Most people see the best results after two to four EMSCULPT NEO treatment sessions.




What Is CoolSculpting Elite?



CoolSculpting Elite uses the most advanced CoolSculpting technology to freeze and remove stubborn fat in areas like your hips, waist, thighs, back, arms, and jawline. While both CoolSculpting Legacy and CoolSculpting Elite use a process called cryolipolysis to eliminate unwanted fat without surgery or downtime, there are several extra benefits that only CoolSculpting Elite can offer.



All CoolSculpting Elite devices have two applicators, essentially cutting your treatment time in half, compared to CoolSculpting Legacy devices with only one applicator. Additionally, CoolSculpting Elite machines come with seven applicator options that range in size and shape to more precisely target stubborn fat in nine specific areas of the body. This advancement, combined with its new C-shaped applicator, makes CoolSculpting Elite more effective and efficient than its predecessor.



Most people see optimal CoolSculpting results after one to three CoolSculpting Elite treatment sessions, with final results developing around three months after completing your full treatment.



EMSCULPT vs. CoolSculpting: What’s the Difference?



Both EMSCULPT and CoolSculpting can offer excellent body contouring results without the need for surgery or extensive downtime. However, there are a few notable differences between the two devices.



1.   Different body-sculpting goals



In general, the goal of EMSCULPT is to tone underlying muscle structure to achieve a sleeker and more muscular-looking physique. CoolSculpting, on the other hand, is aimed at reducing unwanted fat in areas where exercise-resistant fat tends to accumulate, despite your best efforts in the gym.



Thus, the best body contouring treatment option for you will largely depend on your goals and natural body shape and type. Those who are looking for a more toned look could be great candidates for EMSCULPT, while those who want to trim stubborn fat could be better suited for CoolSculpting. If both of these goals are important to you, a combination of EMSCULPT and CoolSculpting treatment might be right for you.



2.   Different treatment areas


EMSCULPT NEO is currently FDA-cleared to treat the abdominal area, buttocks, arms, thighs, and calves. CoolSculpting Elite is FDA-cleared to treat the submental (under the chin) area, jawline, abdomen, love handles, bra fat, back fat, upper arms, thighs, and “banana rolls” under the buttocks.



Depending on your focus areas, EMSCULPT, CoolSculpting, or a combination of both treatments could be an appropriate body contouring solution for you.



3.   Different maintenance requirements


EMSCULPT may require more initial treatment sessions than CoolSculpting to achieve the desired result, depending on a number of factors, such as your natural body shape and condition and the size and number of treatment areas.



EMSCULPT also generally requires more frequent maintenance treatments than CoolSculpting, in addition to lifestyle adjustments to help prolong your results. Just as your muscles gradually weaken once you quit working out, your EMSCULPT results can gradually fade over time. Maintaining healthy eating and exercise habits is the best way to optimize both EMSCULPT and CoolSculpting results.


Similarities Between EMSCULPT and CoolSculpting


Despite their differences, EMSCULPT and CoolSculpting do have plenty in common as well:

  • Both EMSCULPT and CoolSculpting are effective, non-invasive body contouring treatments that don’t require surgery or extensive downtime.
  • Both are aimed at helping you achieve your fitness goals and fine-tuning your workout results.
  • Both work best when you are able to come as close as possible to reaching your target weight prior to treatment.


Benefits of Combining EMSCULPT and CoolSculpting



EMSCULPT and CoolSculpting have the perfect balance of similarities and differences, making them excellent as a combination body contouring treatment for even more comprehensive results than either treatment on its own.



If both muscle toning and fat reduction are important fitness goals for you, consider pairing EMSCULPT NEO with CoolSculpting Elite to achieve both distinct goals at the same time. Additionally, you might consider combining EMSCULPT with CoolSculpting if you have multiple treatment areas you’d like to address simultaneously. Even better still, because neither of these treatments requires downtime, you’ll find that they easily fit into a busy schedule any time of year.



Could EMSCULPT or CoolSculpting Be Right For You?



EMSCULPT NEO and CoolSculpting Elite can be appropriate body contouring options for most men and women who are in good physical and mental health and are looking for some extra help achieving their fitness goals. Keep in mind that these treatments aren’t meant to be alternatives to traditional weight loss methods, but they can help to fine-tune your healthy eating and exercise efforts.



If you still have questions about EMSCULPT or CoolSculpting or would like to book an appointment to discuss your goals and options with one of our trained and experienced professionals, call our Boca Raton & Fort Lauderdale office today at 561-462-0473 or get in touch with us online.