How Long Does Body Contouring Last?

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With CoolSculpting® and EMSCULPT® transforming non surgical body contouring, our patients want to understand not only the immediate benefits but also the long-term payoff. How enduring are the results, and how do you determine which treatment offers the better value? This blog post will discuss the longevity of these popular body sculpting treatments and explain how you can prolong your results.  

How Long Does CoolSculpting Body Contouring Last?

The destruction of fat cells through cryolipolysis (controlled cooling) is permanent—once fat cells are gone, they don’t come back. However, this doesn’t mean that future weight gain isn’t possible. The remaining fat cells can still expand if caloric intake exceeds what your body burns off.

How Can I Maintain My CoolSculpting Results?

By combining CoolSculpting and exercise (and a commitment to your overall health and fitness), non surgical body contouring results can be long-lasting—even permanent. Regular physical activity and a balanced diet are critical in maintaining your new shape.

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Before & After CoolSculpting
Before & After CoolSculpting® Case 93 View #1 View in Atlanta, Georgia
Before & After CoolSculpting
Before & After CoolSculpting® Case 60 View #1 View in Atlanta, Georgia
Before & After CoolSculpting

How Long Does EMSCULPT Last?

While EMSCULPT can kick-start your muscle definition, the durability of the results depends significantly on your commitment to your workout program. Muscle gains—whether achieved in the gym or with EMSCULPT—require ongoing maintenance. With a regular workout regimen, EMSCULPT results can be long-lasting.

How Can I Maintain EMSCULPT Results?

Incorporating—or continuing—a strength training routine is crucial to preserving and building on the gains from your treatments. Depending on the recommendation of your EMSCULPT specialist, maintenance treatments every few months are also beneficial.

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Before & After EMSCULPT

Do CoolSculpting or EMSCULPT Results Last Longer?

Since the treatments focus on achieving different outcomes, different factors influence longevity.

The durability of CoolSculpting results hinges on the body’s ability to maintain its fat cell count post-treatment. Since the destroyed fat cells are gone for good, CoolSculpting can have lasting effects if you maintain your weight.

The longevity of EMSCULPT is primarily tied to the ongoing condition of muscle tissue. Like the results of a consistent weight training routine, the muscle toning results achieved by EMSCULPT must be sustained through regular targeted workouts or follow-up treatments. Without maintenance, muscle tone naturally diminishes over time.

What Happens if I Gain Weight After Treatment?

While the treated fat cells are permanently removed with CoolSculpting, the remaining fat cells can enlarge, altering the contoured effect. With EMSCULPT, increased body fat can overshadow the muscle definition you’ve achieved.

Which Treatment Is the Better Value?

Deciding which treatment represents the better value isn’t just a matter of cost or longevity but of aligning the procedure with your aesthetic goals and maintenance plans. CoolSculpting may offer a more cost-effective solution for those primarily concerned with reducing fat, while EMSCULPT can be a valuable investment for patients aiming to define and enhance muscle. Some patients find the most significant value in pairing the procedures for comprehensive body contouring results.

Learn more about whether CoolSculpting or EMSCULPT is right for you in this related blog post.

Take the Next Step

The body contouring specialists at Buckhead Facial Plastic Surgery are here to help you achieve the body of your dreams. Ready to learn more about nonsurgical body contouring? Call our Atlanta, Georgia, office today at (404) 233-3937 or request a consultation online.

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