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EMSCULPT NEO

EMSCULPT NEO is the world’s first FDA-approved device to sculpt the body, and many regard it as the future of plastic surgery. It is the only non-invasive, non-surgical aesthetic treatment to build muscle and burn fat. It is efficient and effective for muscle development in areas such as the abdomen, buttocks, biceps, triceps, and calves.

The process is currently the only one that can apply to both muscle and fat and is great for people who cannot use other body-shaping procedures as well as those looking for non-invasive butt lift alternatives. There are over 20 clinical studies from different research teams across the United States that back the use of EMSCULPT NEO.

The Derm Lab is one of few clinics in Australia to be able to offer the latest EMSCULPT upgrade, the EMSCULPT NEO.

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30 Minute Treatment
30min Treatment
No Downtime
No Downtime
Non Invasive
Non Invasive
FDA Approved
Clinically Proven
The Role of Fat and Muscles in Aesthetic Appearance

The Role of Fat and Muscles in Aesthetic Appearance

Approximately 25% of human body composition comprises of fat, while muscle composition is 42% in male and 36% in female tissues. Subcutaneous fat correlates with the overall body shape, and its reduction can deliver a slimmer look.

Because of the general perception that treating fat is the best way to improve appearance, procedures focus solely on reducing or reshaping the fat content. The underlying muscles are often sidelined but are equally if not more important.

Refined muscle tone reduces localized prolapse/laxity and adds to a healthier aesthetic appearance, especially for the body contour. Current procedures must therefore also take muscle shaping into account to have a holistic approach to appearance lift.

HIFEM+ & Radio Frequency (RF): The Technology behind EMSCULPT NEO

High-Intensity Focused Electro-Magnetic (HIFEM) field technology is a technology with the ability to induce supramaximal muscle contractions. HIFEM+ creates a rapidly changing magnetic field that can penetrate through the skin to impact fat and muscle tissues, creating electric currents in them. It essentially depolarizes neural membranes and governs motor units in the target muscles, causing concentric contractions.

In a typical EMSCULPT NEO session, approximately 25,000 supramaximal muscle contractions are induced, something that is not achievable by voluntary muscle action. Additionally, it affects only motor neurons that are activated, while other neurons or tissues are not responsive to the current, and therefore stay unaffected.

Unlike its predecessor, EMSCULPT, EMSCULPT NEO applicators combined by Radio Frequency (RF) and HIFEM+. The RF energy heats muscles and effectively warms them up for the “workout” while bringing the temperature in the body’s fat layer high enough that fat cells become permanently damaged and the body gradually eliminates them. In less than 4 minutes, the temperature in subcutaneous fat reaches levels that cause fat cells to be permanently damaged and slowly removed from the body (i.e. apoptosis).

It is the only patented radio frequency heating in the world that works simultaneously in a magnetic field.

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What are Supramaximal Contractions?

Normally, the central nervous system can handle only one stimulus at a time. This means that during normal voluntary muscle contractions, muscle fibers have to relax between each nervous stimulus. EMSCULPT NEO generates impulses that are independent of brain function, and at such a rapid frequency that doesn’t allow such a relaxation phase.

Under normal conditions, neurons have a threshold of high threshold that they can develop and retain physiologically, called maximal voluntary contraction (MVC). One MVC lasts only for a split second. Contractions with a tension higher than MVC are defined as supramaximal. EMSCULPT NEO induces supramaximal contractions through its unique HIFEM technology and makes it possible for them to be held for multiple seconds. This significantly increases the physiologic stress/workload needed to allow muscles to adapt, enabling a high amount of permanent fat cell reduction (known as apoptosis) in a short amount of time.

The effects on muscle tissue

Because the muscle tissue is forced to adapt to supramaximal contractions, which are extreme, it responds with a deep remodelling of its inner structure. The myofibrils grow (muscular hypertrophy) and new protein strands and muscle fibres are created (muscle hyperplasia). The rise in muscle density and volume lead to a better definition and muscle tone.

The effects on fat tissue

All tissues of the body, especially muscles, require energy. Muscles function by using it to produce contractions. This energy is derived primarily from the energy molecule adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and secondarily from creatine phosphate and glycogen to fuel the muscles. When these reserves are no longer available, the body begins a series of reactions that breakdown other sources. These are called catabolic processes that take place in the different forms, one of which is lipolysis – i.e. the breakdown of lipids (triglycerides) into free fatty acids (FFA) and glycerol. These released molecules can then act as an alternative source for the needed muscle activity and body metabolism.

The EMSCULPT NEO Butt Lift

The incredible, novel technology that EMSCULPT NEO uses builds and sculpts muscles. Perhaps the most attractive and primary uses of the device’s HIFEM+ technology is for non-invasive butt lifts and toning of gluteal muscles.

A recent clinical case study outlined the safety and efficacy of this butt-lift technology and has had very positive results. The highlights from this study are presented below for your knowledge.

EMSCULPT NEO Butt Lift Case Study 1

  • 75 patients were subjected to 4 bilateral treatments on their buttocks the results of which were evaluated a month later.
  • 85% of the EMSCULPT NEO patients found a drastic enhancement of the physical look of their buttocks. Also, 79% had a burst of self-confidence due to this change.
  • 80% of the patients found their buttock to be firmer and shapely soon after the treatment.
  • The most substantial increment was observed in the gluteus maximus (10.59+3.37%), the muscle enhancement showed to be uniform across all three evaluated muscles.

EMSCULPT NEO vs. Fat Freezing

There are several options that help improve body shape through alternative techniques. Two of these are Coolsculpt and EMSCULPT NEO. And if you are confused by which one to opt for, you are not alone. There have been several leaps in plastic surgery techniques, and these have made body contouring procedures such as Coolsculpting and EMSCULPT NEO highly demanded minimally invasive procedures in the United States.

Liposuction is still undoubtedly the most important plastic surgery option available. However, if you want to avoid surgery, alternative options can go a long way in reducing fat and extra skin. To be able to draw a conclusion as to which is the better option, it is important to consider both cases fairly.

The Case for Fat Freezing

Coolsculpting (a brand of Cryolipolysis machine) were the pioneers in non-surgical fat reduction devices, and it has since retained its status as an option for those seeking minimally invasive body contouring results. It came into existence after Harvard researchers noticed that people exposed to extreme cold could lose some fat in specific areas of the body. Fat cells can be considered to be like elastic bands, stretching to accommodate the amount of fat you currently have. The number of fat cells you have does not change after puberty, but their size varies as you gain and lose weight over your lifetime. Fat freezing basically freezes these cells causing natural cell death and then over a period of 12 weeks, the cells are slowly eliminated from your body.

Unfortunately, fat freezing has limitations and is not suitable for all patients, especially when compared to how EMSCULPT NEO works.

The Case for EMSCULPT NEO

EMSCULPT NEO helps develop muscle in the abdomen, buttocks, biceps, triceps and calves. It uses HIFEM+ technology in conjunction with Radio Frequency to build muscle and permanently destroy fat (in selected areas). EMSCULPT NEO forces supramaximal contraction of the muscle (300 times stronger than voluntary contractions), which are rhythmic but enjoyable. In four 30-minute sessions, you can get a 25% increase in muscle and a 30% reduction in fat. Whilst avoiding the dehydration of a full body workout, the EMSCULPT NEO flushes out the metabolic by-products. Unlike fat freezing, there is no physical downtime (nil swelling, bruising, tenderness), so you can return to normal activities following your EMSCULPT NEO treatments.

Major points to consider

There is no single best treatment.

There are many treatment options available and if there was one best option, the others would go out of use. Doctors would no longer have many but resort to treating with one or two techniques. All patients and unique and some may require the use of multiple devices to achieve their desired aesthetic result.

Most treatments focus on fat removal, not muscle toning.

Treatments that remove fat and skin are becoming redundant and liposuction is going out of fashion. This is because the technology has been advancing as experts are turning to liposculpting that is all about making adjustments that sculpt fat and skin to give an aesthetic, athletic, and natural look that patients can identify and feel satisfied with.

Not all treatments are approved by the FDA.

Painless and non-surgical treatments are difficult, but EMSCULPT is the only one approved by the FDA to build muscle and permanently reduce fat. It integrates seamlessly to diet, lifestyle and exercise without downtime or side effects, that helps increase muscle tissue across the body and is also helpful to close diastasis after pregnancy.

What is Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis Recti is a separation of the rectus abdominis (or ab-muscles that give the appearance of six-packs). Diastasis means separation and recti refers to the rectus abdominis. Also called abdominal separation, it is the result of the separation of two large vertical bands of muscles that meet in the centre of your abdomen (rectus abdominis), from their attachment point, (linea alba) that runs down the body’s midline. It makes the belly look loose and fatty, and give the illusion of a pregnant belly.

Diastasis Recti

What Causes Diastasis Recti?

The prime function of the rectus abdominis (the largest abdominal muscle) is to help move and transfer weight through the pelvic area together with the pelvis and lower back. It is also a major part of the muscle that holds vital organs in place including the uterus and intestines.

This wall of muscles can stretch to accommodate a baby, separating from the connective tissue that binds the abs together. This is usually an occurrence in the last trimester, a commoner with bigger babies or with multiple pregnancies close together. It is not harmful and sometimes resolves after birth due to the release of pressure.

Who Is at Risk?

Two-thirds of pregnant and post-pregnancy women suffer from diastasis recti. This condition can take place in anyone.

However, the chances increase in women who’ve had frequent pregnancies, multiple babies, and repeated abdominal surgeries like C-section. Sometimes, the separation can progress to a painful hernia, due to organs poking through the abs and pushing against the skin.

It creates a distance between your rectus abdominis muscles to the left and right side and they can no longer contract effectively. In a study done with 300 mothers, about 45% had a mild case of diastasis 6 months after giving birth.

Diastasis recti occur in 33-60% of pregnant women, making the belly appear paunchy or loose. This looseness is amplified when you’re straining – from coughing, sitting up and stretching, for instance. And this disappears when you stop stressing on your abdominal muscles or when you lie down.

Having connective tissue and a gap between the recti muscles is a common phenomenon. In fact, we all have a gap of around of 2.7cm. anything more than that is considered as diastasis recti. But having a gap larger than this does not mean you should get operated to remove it.

What Can I Do About Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis recti involves the stretching of your connective tissue which is difficult to undo with normal exercises like crunches and sit-ups. In worse case scenarios, your connective tissues can stretch and move further apart thus losing its strength.

It is, however, possible to do isometric work with the transverse abdominis and overall strength training and cardiovascular exercise to eliminate diastasis recti.

There is no single best treatment of diastasis recti. Until recently there has been hardly any research and women are usually referred to as a cosmetic or plastic surgeon whose prime options are surgery.

Intensive surgical repair of diastasis recti is nothing but stitching together the abdominal wall muscles along the midline. This is troublesome and expensive if you are trying to get it covered through insurance.

This procedure may be carried out laparoscopically causing minimal incisions. However, this isn’t true for severe diastasis. The latter may need detailed abdominal surgery with deeper incisions.

In this case, it is uninsured since it falls under the category of cosmetic procedure. Those that are covered through insurance start high around $8,500.

Are there other complications for Diastasis Recti?

Health issues such as backaches, fluctuations in passing urine, abdominal pains, and pelvic or hip pains. Some women even face inconvenience during sex.

Is it avoidable?

Prevention is the best cure, and hence, try to strengthen yourself at the core before you decide to get pregnant. Once you’re pregnant, you can keep up with these core strengthening exercises all along your first trimester too.

If diastasis has begun already though, these exercises impart little to no benefits. But staying active can help prevent or reduce it to an extent. It has been scientifically proved that being active during pregnancy largely reduces the risk of diastasis recti.

Diastasis Recti and EMSCULPT NEO

One of the great applications of the EMSCULPT NEO machine is its applicability to help close the diastasis. The treatment can start 6 months after pregnancy and is safe during breastfeeding.

A woman who suffers from it can find that it really helps start to bring her body back to the pre-pregnancy state. It is also a good way to bring the body to tone before hitting the gym again and can lift those postpartum blues.

Is It Ever Too Late to Correct A Diastasis?

No, it is possible to use EMSCULPT NEO to assist in resolving diastasis even years after giving birth. EMSCULPT NEO is also great at improving laxity on the abdomen from childbirth or considerable weight gain thanks to the inclusion of radiofrequency (heat) during treatment.

With EMSCULPT NEO, diastasis can be resolved. A study on the effectiveness of HIFEM+ is summarized here:

  • 22 patients were evaluated 2 months after four 30-min treatments.
  • Abdominal fat thickness was reduced up to 33.5 % or 2.2cm.
  • Abdominal muscle mass increased on average by 15.4 %, coupled with a 10.4 % average reduction in diastasis recti (the study also included patients who had not had children). A recent study of postpartum mothers was conducted and a staggering 30% improvement was recorded in diastasis recti.
  • Waist circumference decreased on average by 1.4 inches.

Another study used CT scans to test whether these results were true and found convincing evidence. The highlights of this study were:

  • 16 patients received 5-8 treatments to evaluate the effects of an extended protocol. Subjects were evaluated 1-month post-treatment.
  • Abdominal fat thickness was reduced on average by 19.2 % or 3.4 mm.
  • Simultaneously a 15.8 % increase in abdominal muscle thickness was observed, coupled with a 10.8 % reduction in diastasis recti.
  • Waist circumference decreased on average by 1.2 inches (after 4th Tx) and 1.6 inches (after the last Tx).
  • Data suggest 4 treatments as the ideal protocol.

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EMSCULPT NEO Abdomen + Buttocks
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does EMSCULPT NEO compare to other treatments available on the market?

    EMSCULPT NEO is the only procedure in the world that not only targets fat, but also simultaneously builds your muscles. All the other technologies are good, but they only treat fat. To look really great, you need to have both your fat reduced as well as your underlying muscles strengthened.

    Furthermore, EMSCULPT NEO is the only machine in the world to simultaneously combine HIFEM and radiofrequency into one applicator. EMSCULPT NEO offers patients versatility and the ability to treat multiple areas using this advanced technology.

  • How can patients benefit from EMSCULPT NEO?

    Firstly, EMSCULPT NEO helps patients achieve slimmer and more athletic body contours, by reducing abdominal fat (subcutaneous and visceral) and simultaneously building the muscle foundations underneath the fat.

    EMSCULPT NEO combines both HIFEM and radiofrequency in a single applicator so whether a patient is wanting fat reduction to the abdomen, inner thighs and outer thighs or general toning to the glutes, biceps, triceps, and calves selected protocols are available.

  • What is a typical treatment session like?

    The EMSCULPT NEO applicator/s is placed on the patients are of concern (abdomen, buttocks, inner thighs, outer thighs, calves, biceps and triceps) for 30 minutes, which is when high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy flexes your muscles 300 times their inherent capacity whilst radio frequency simultaneously heats up the muscle in turn leading to great muscle growth. The sensation is endorphin-releasing, resembling a full body intense workout. If you enjoy a gym workout, the feeling is similar and leaves you on a happy note and natural high (without any down time)

  • Does it Hurt?

    That is the best thing about EMSCULPT NEO, patients say it is completely painless, the procedure feels like an intensive workout. You can lay down and relax during the treatment. The machine induces painless but exhilarating contractions in the muscle tissues, during which you can lay down and relax.

  • How Long is The Downtime? When Can You Return to Normal Exercise?

    There is no downtime with EMSCULPT NEO. The treatment is targeted and unlike full body workouts, patients do not have the full body lactic acid production. This enables you to even exercise the very same day. Combining the treatment with a workout can enhance fat loss and you will notice your motivation increase with the complementary results from EMSCULPT NEO.

  • Who is a poor candidate for EMSCULPT NEO? Are there contraindications?

    Patients with significant fat stores (BMI greater than 35) may not be ideal candidates for EMSCULPT NEO.  The HIFEM (High Intensity Focused Electro Magnetic) energy used to power EMSCULPT NEO penetrates to about 7 cm.  Those with thicker fat stores may not get as significant of muscle contraction, resulting in less results following treatment.

    Pregnant and or/ breast feeding mothers should not undergo treatment with EMSCULPT NEO.

    Women who are close to menstruation may find that it comes sooner or cramping is increased/intensified with EMSCULPT NEO treatments, therefore we recommend not undergoing treatment during this time of the month.

    Possible contraindications to treatment include the following:

    • Metal or electronic implants in the treatment area
    • Cardiac pacemakers
    • Implanted defibrillators
    • Implanted neurostimulators
    • Drug pumps
    • Malignant tumor
    • Hemorrhagic conditions
    • Epilepsy
    • Recent surgical procedures
    • Copper IUD
  • How soon can I expect to change?

    This may vary depending on your age, physical condition, BMI, and many other aspects. However, patients have reported the best results 8-12 weeks have passed since the last session. These results keep improving for up to 6 months after the initial protocol of 4 treatments is completed.

  • How Many Sessions of EMSCULPT NEO do I Need?

    EMSCULPT NEO requires patients to complete x4 30 minute treatments. Treatment frequency will vary if radiofrequency is combined with HIFEM.

    HIFEM + Radiofrequency:

    x1 30minute treatment per week (4 weeks in total)

    Please note hydration is paramount during the treatment period. An average of 2-2.5L per day is recommended for optimum results.

    HIFEM only

    x2 30minute treatments per week

  • Can I maintain the results?

    We must remember that no treatment is complete without physical effort, and cannot replace exercise. Even if you are at a session, remember to exercise your body. Physical exercise is beneficial to the body and health and is essential to reduce disease risk.

    Maintaining the result is possible, but must incorporate regular exercise. Maintenance EMSCULPT NEO treatment protocols can be purchased to achieve further results but no sooner than 3 months after your initial protocol of 4 treatments.

  • Is EMSCULPT NEO a TENS unit?

    No, but it is the closest analogy to HIFEM (High Intensity Focused Electro Magnetic) energy used to power EMSCULPT NEO.  TENS, (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) devices, produce small amounts of battery-powered electrical energy to stimulate muscle contraction. TENS devices are used to treat pain disorders.

    EMSCULPT NEO, on the other hand, is an extremely powerful device measured in Tesla, a measurement of magnetic induction often used to describe MRI imaging.  EMSCULPT NEO is capable of producing supraphysiologic contraction of muscles and is exponentially more powerful than a TENS device.

  • Must I do EMSCULPT NEO alone?

    Of course not, someone may accompany you.

  • Is there an ideal candidate?

    EMSCULPT NEO works best for people who are already active and take care of their diet and lifestyle. Despite this, they are unable to see changes and are at a plateau. Such candidates see the best results of all.

  • What is The Difference Between Fat freezing and EMSCULPTING?

    Fat freezing is an hour-long, process that kills fat cells by freezing them. The body tries to get rid of these dead cells over the next 12 weeks. Although there is no physical downtime, the treated area will be left tender and potentially bruised for approximately 2 weeks after a fat freezing treatment. EMSCULPT NEO is a painless procedure that removes fat and builds muscle in 30 minutes without pain, redness, swelling, delivered with the most consistent results.

  • Is EMSCULPT NEO Safe?

    EMSCULPT NEO is FDA, TGA cleared, medical CE-marked, and represents the first innovative technology that has shown in multiple studies to treat both muscle and fat. When you come in for a consultation, the practitioner will cover how body sculpting with EMSCULPT NEO works and discuss the unique safety profile in detail.

    EMSCULPT NEO uses HIFEM and radiofrequency, which is electromagnetic energy, it has no radiations and hence is completely safe.

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