EmSculpt vs. CoolSculpting: Which Treatment is Best for You?

CoolSculpting and EmSculpt are both innovative, non-invasive methods of body contouring that will help you achieve your aesthetic goals. While both treatments help to reduce fat, sculpt and tone your body, they each have areas in which they excel. We’re going to dive into the differences between EmSculpt vs. CoolSculpting, including the lengths of these body sculpting procedures, the equipment and technology used, recovery time, and more. We’ll even take a closer look at the body sculpting price for each of these treatments, enabling you to make a more straightforward, more educated decision when choosing between the two. At Refine Aesthetics, we want to ensure you are opting for the treatment that will best help you achieve your dream body. 


What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a revolutionary new technology that uses deep cooling to freeze fat cells without damaging the skin on top, which then triggers the cell’s destruction, thereby reducing fat in areas that just won’t seem to go away with diet and exercise. CoolSculpting can also be used to target the fat that causes unsightly bags under the eyes, smoothing out the skin for a more youthful, glowing appearance. The FDA has fully approved this treatment for fat reduction, which can effectively reduce stubborn fat cells by as much as 20-25% even after your first CoolSculpting treatment.  Following a CoolSculpting session, your damaged fat cells will begin to die and leave your body like any other waste. Fat cells that have died and left your body cannot grow back, which means you’ll see long-term, visible results.


What is EmSculpt?

EmSculpt is also a cutting-edge new technology that uses High Intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) energy which targets muscle and fat. The process kills off fat cells while also stimulating muscle, causing contractions to happen exponentially faster than they would ever be able to during exercise. These contractions are like rapid exercises for the targeted muscle areas and result in a more sculpted appearance and an increase in muscle mass. As a third benefit, EmSculpt and the newer
EmSculptNEO cause the stimulation of collagen production, smoothing out the skin for a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance. This is especially helpful for treating the eyes, reducing the appearance of bags and fine lines around the eyes. An EmSculpt treatment is remarkably three treatments in one. 

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EmSculpt vs. CoolSculpting: How to Decide

While both EmSculpt and CoolSculpting reduce unwanted fat cells in your body and are non-invasive procedures, these two treatments are quite different. They use different methods and technology, as well as different equipment. The results you will achieve with each technology will vary between the two, as will the process and cost. Let’s take a closer look at some of the differences between CoolSculpting vs. EmSculpt so you can make an educated decision. 

EmSculpt vs. CoolSculpting: Results

CoolSculpting reduces unwanted fat cells, and EmSculpt does the same while also increasing muscle mass and stimulating the production of collagen. As a result, when compared to CoolSculpting, EmSculpt can bring more definition and tone to your muscles while also reducing the most stubborn fat that won’t seem to melt off with diet and exercise. You will also be able to target areas around the eyes, reducing the appearance of bags and fine lines.

CoolSculpting can reduce fat by up to 25% in just one treatment. CoolSculpting patients will experience fat reduction results within a few weeks after treatment, and the results will be long-lasting. Many different areas can be treated, from stubborn tummy rolls to bags under the eyes.

EmSculpting, on the other hand, reduces 19% of fat in the targeted area while also increasing muscle mass by around 16%.

EmSculpt will tighten loose skin and give a more definition and a toned, athletic look,  which begins to be noticeable after about two weeks, with the full EmSculpt results becoming visible after one month. CoolSculpting will hone in on fat in problem areas, resulting in a trimmer, leaner look.

EmSculpt Before and After

A client before and after EmSculpt NEO treatment.

EmSculpt Before and After


EmSculpt vs. CoolSculpting: Procedure

CoolSculpting treatments will last between thirty-five minutes and an hour. The amount of time your session takes depends on the size of the hand piece your practitioner uses as well as the areas you are choosing to target for treatment. Larger or newer hand pieces will take less time to reduce fat in the treatment area and complete each session. Your practitioner will recommend that your treatments are a month apart, totaling between 2-6 sessions for your complete treatment. You will be able to see the results of this innovative fat-reduction technology in just a few weeks.

EmSculpt sessions happen more rapidly, with the recommended minimum of four sessions occurring around two days apart. Each EmSculpt treatment will last around 30 minutes, and results will become apparent after approximately one month.

The curved hand pieces used during the CoolSculpting procedure attach to the treatment area with suction power. Patients may feel cold temperatures and potentially numbness.

EmSculpt uses panels that do not change in temperature and are held in place by a comfortable band, making this procedure completely painless and comfortable.

When comparing the comfort level of the two procedures, EmSculpt comes out on top with less discomfort overall. Though it is important to note that any discomfort felt during CoolSculpting is barely noticeable to most patients. 

EmSculpt vs. CoolSculpting: Cost

As with most non-invasive cosmetic procedures, the total cost you will end up paying depends almost entirely on your desired results. The pricing for the recommended four EmSculpt treatments ranges from $1,400 to $4,000, depending on the areas you’ve chosen to target. With CoolSculpting, the average price range is between $2,000 and $4,000 per session. EmSculpt pricing can end up lower than that of CoolSculpting over the course of many treatments. For a more accurate estimate of how much treatment would cost to achieve the results you’re looking for, you need to consult with one of our practitioners at Refine Aesthetics Austin Med Spa.

EmSculpt vs. CoolSculpting: Pain Level

CoolSculpting uses extremely low temperatures to damage fat cells, which means patients can feel the cold and sometimes even numbness. While some patients are not bothered by it, others may find it a little bit uncomfortable. What little discomfort you may feel is, however, minuscule and short-lived. 

EmSculpt and EmSculpt NEO, on the other hand, come with no discomfort and no pain at all. There are no suction devices nor extreme temperature changes. Afterward, your muscles may feel sore from contractions, just as they would following a workout at the gym. 

If you were to make your decision between EmSculpt vs. CoolSculpting based solely on which one is more comfortable to endure, EmSculpt is the best option.

EmSculpt vs. CoolSculpting: Side Effects & Recovery

Both EmSculpt and CoolSculpting are non-invasive procedures, which means there are very few side effects and no recovery time. 

With EmSculpt, your muscles may feel a little bit sore, like they might after a particularly steep hike or long run. No downtime results from an EmSculpt treatment but your sore muscles might stop you from hitting the gym after a session.

CoolSculpting may result in the treatment area feeling a little bit tender for a few days after your treatment, but other than that, patients do not report side effects. There is no recovery time required after a CoolSculpting treatment, either. 

It will come down to personal preference when considering the side effects of each of these treatments. If you’d prefer not to have sore muscles but don’t mind some minor tenderness, then CoolSculpting is the way to go, but if you’re okay with some sore abs, EmSculpt might be the choice for you.


Combining CoolSculpting and EmSculpt

CoolSculpting and EmSculpt are both easy to endure, come with few side effects, and have no recovery time. The fact that they are also both non-invasive means you can combine the two to create a powerfully transformative, non-invasive fat removal treatment that will leave you looking toned, lean and smooth. Patients who use this combination are virtually doubling up on the fat reduction while reaping the benefits of added collagen production and increased muscle mass. Your results will be a chiseled, tight body that is noticeable and perhaps the elimination of unsightly bags under the eyes, fine lines around the eyes, and other signs of aging. 

Schedule a Consultation at Refine Aesthetics to Discuss Your Body Contouring Treatment


When deciding what is better for you, CoolSculpting versus EmSculpt, your desired results are crucial to helping you choose. If you’re looking for muscle tone with a more chiseled appearance, EmSculpt will help you achieve those results. If you, instead, want to take an inch off your waistline or tighten up some stubborn tummy rolls.

CoolSculpting may be the better choice. In assessing discomfort and recovery, the two treatments are pretty similar. However, patients who dislike muscle soreness may find it easier to choose CoolSculpting, while patients who don’t wish to experience any tenderness may prefer EmSculpt. Costs vary widely between EmSculpt and CoolSculpting, as the cost of CoolSculpting can be heftier over time. If you’re looking to tackle those stubborn bags under the eyes, EmSculpt’s collagen production would be a fantastic choice and so would CoolSculpting fat reduction power. 

Ultimately, it comes down to the look you want to achieve by the end of your process, and that could mean combining the two procedures for the most dramatic transformation. Find out what treatment plan will help you reach your aesthetic goals by reaching out to the professional team at Refine Aesthetics in downtown Austin and get started with body contouring treatments today!

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