Frequently Asked Questions – Emsculpt Neo
Is this procedure different from Coolsculpting?
Absolutely. Completely. Different. Coolsculpting uses a process called cryolipolysis, where severe cold is used to reduce fat deposits by killing off the fat cells. This procedure is not offered at Ocean Drive, as we do not believe that the cost of that procedure is worth the limited result. Coolsculpting only treats fat deposits.
Emsculpt Neo, on the other hand, directly treats and expands your muscle mass. This will not only improve your aesthetic, but it will also improve the functionality, and performance of the treated muscle group. Currently, Emsculpt is being used by fitness and professional athletes to break through muscle plateaus because of its mechanism of action. By increasing muscle mass, you will increase basal metabolic rate, which leads to further secondary, natural, organic weight loss. When you couple this with an increase in muscle form, function, mass, and composition, Emsculpt clearly outperforms Coolsculpting.
If that is not enough, also consider that all patients are given the option of simultaneous fat reduction during their muscle building session. Emsculpt Neo will reduce fat just as effectively, if not more effectively, than Coolsculpting. Patients are not charged extra for fat reduction. The cost is the same as if you just did muscle building.
Does it hurt?
Not at all. Many of our patients have described it as “tickling”.
How does it work?
Our platform has two treatment components:
High Intensity Focused Electromagnetic Energy (HIFEM)
Emsculpt Neo allows the provider to use either a combination of high intensity focused electromagnetic energy (HIFEM) to produce contractile motion and energy at the muscle fibril level. The result of this energy delivery is muscle hypertrophy, which is the specific term for muscle growth.
Correct. Muscle growth. On average, the treated area will show a 22% increase in muscle hypertrophy, aka muscle mass, after three sessions. With the itinerant increase in mass, patients also experience improvements in muscle performance, stamina, and strength. These gains can be maintained with limited, continued sessions.
RadioFrequency Ablation (RF)
When it comes to fat loss without surgery, few modalities are as effective as radiofrequency ablation. With our platform at Ocean Drive, while you are increasing your muscle mass, you can simultaneously shed fat with our RF platform. This approach is less commonly used in the buttock, but it is commonly employed in the upper thigh, especially for those looking to enhance their thigh gap.
Are the results permanent?
With maintenance sessions and low to moderate workouts, muscle gains can be kept from Emsculpt Neo.
How much does it cost?
Cost will vary between treatment areas, but full abdominal treatments start at $850.
Will my insurance cover the cost of Emsculpt?
Unfortunately, no. While we do accept all major insurances for medical issues, Emsculpt is not eligible for insurance payment or reimbursement.
What are the risks of Emsculpt Neo?
The only major risk factor is becoming addicted to this platform. Put simply, this treatment will create new, natural, organic muscle mass without the need for the gym. People simply love this procedure, and their results.
Renuva Biologic Augmentation
Filler fatigue is a real thing, and for many women, they are looking for an injectable result that will last years without looking artificial. For this group of patients, we offer the first-in-class treatment called Renuva®. Renuva is a truly revolutionary product in aesthetics. While it acts like a filler, it is really not a dermal filler. Instead, it is what we call at Ocean Drive a “biologic difference engine” that literally creates youthful, natural human fat that can last for years. This injectable therapy will act like a filler, but in truth, it is a biostimulatory agent that allows your own body to re-create its own youthful, organic, vascularized human fat.
How does Renuva® work?
Soak this in. This injectable is a biologic agent that is harvested as a gift during organ transplantation. The agent is derived from donated human fat. The donated fat is then treated where all of the cellular components are removed, BUT the biologic engine of the fat cells, and their associated cell precursors (aka stem cells), are maintained. These components are then purified, and formed into a liquid. That liquid is Renuva®, and this revolutionary product provides the absolute finest volume based result possible from injectable therapy.
What are some of the benefits of Renuva® Therapy?
Patients receiving Renuva® benefit from zero downtime after treatment, just like our other modalities for gluteal enhancement. Renuva is delivered by injection via needle or cannula, depending on volume and area treated. Results are initially seen, but then dissipate over the course of a few days. After the product integrates, patients enjoy sustained volume gains for up to six months. Final results are seen at 6 months. Most patients will have an initial treatment, and then a “touch up” injection at 6-8 weeks.
How long does Renuva® last?
Renuva® is used throughout the body, including the face, breast, hands, trunk, and buttock. In the buttock region, results in our practice have lasted up to five years following injection into the glutes. As with anything, your results can vary. Also, this product does better when injected in higher amounts rather than in trace amounts when it comes to maximizing volumetric outcomes. In other words, with Renuva®, more product equals more result.
What are the risks of Renuva®?
Occasionally, patients can develop firm nodules that will resolve, but that can take a few months. Spots are about the size of a peanut, and are very uncommon.
The other risk is to your pocket book. Gluteal augmentations with Renuva start at $12,000 and head North in terms of cost.
The Ocean Drive Hybrid Gluteal Augmentation
The best of all worlds, the Hybrid approach offers men and women everything the ideal glute wants: muscle, volume, and shape. In this approach, the patient is empowered to choose their injectable of choice (Calcium Hydroxyapatite vs Renuva®, vs both), in combination with HIFEM Emsculpt Neo therapy. In this protocol, patients can choose their volume of choice, and they receive three sessions of Emsculpt Neo three weeks subsequent to their injections. Patients who sign up for this approach receive a discount on both the injections and the Emsculpt. Out of all of our approaches, this is our most comprehensive approach for the best possible result. Beyond the obvious synergistic benefits, this approach is incredibly unique in that the Emsculpt treatments can be used strategically to maintain results even longer than single modality therapy. Utilization of multiple platforms also allows us to appy our multiprocedural discount for both therapies. This process is a touch more gradual, as Emsculpt is used strategically to maintain or enhance volumetric results. Each process is individualized based upon goals and timeline.