When it comes to body contouring procedures, patients have a few great treatment options to choose from. Liposuction, the classic surgical option, has been around for decades and is an extremely effective method for removing unwanted fat from “problem areas.” Coolsculpting, one of the more recent non-surgical alternatives, uses cold temperatures to freeze fat away. Now, there is another option: Emsculpt, a revolutionary non-invasive body contouring treatment that actively builds muscle and burns fat in the stomach or buttocks. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva of LEA Plastic Surgery is now offering FDA-approved Emsculpt in Newport Beach, CA for men and women who want a toned, athletic body shape.
Emsculpt: Non-Invasive Body Contouring That Builds Muscle
Emsculpt is the latest treatment for non-invasive body sculpting to gain FDA approval. It is the only cosmetic treatment that currently offers muscle toning alongside fat reduction. The procedure accelerates the type of results that can be achieved through intense workouts in a series of safe 30-minute sessions requiring no anesthesia and little to no downtime.
The revolutionary Emsculpt treatment works by stimulating the muscles with HIFEM®–high-intensity focused electromagnetic technology. This is similar to the technology used in an MRI machine, but for a very different purpose. Instead of imaging, Emsculpt’s HIFEM® technology contracts muscles to rapidly tone and strengthen the targeted area. This also helps to slim down the area and create a tight, sculpted look.
At the gym, people are only able to voluntarily contract their muscles so much during a crunch or squat—perhaps 50% of a given muscle group. During an Emsculpt treatment session, the muscles are fully engaged and activated, with 20,000 supramaximal muscle contractions occurring during the half-hour session. After 4 sessions performed over 8 weeks, most Emsculpt Newport Beach patients at our Orange County facility see around 19% in fat reduction and about 16% in increased muscle mass in the treatment area.
Although the two most common treatment areas are the abdomen and buttocks, this safe and effective body sculpting procedure can also be used to tone and sculpt the arms and thighs and may soon be used to treat other areas of concern with smaller applicators. Dr. Ho Taghva is proud to be one of the first Orange County Emsculpt providers to offer these treatment options and looks forward to helping patients tone different areas of their bodies.
All Patients are Unique and Individual Results May Vary
Why Patients Choose Emsculpt
In Newport Beach, CA, many people spend a lot of time outdoors, being active. This doesn’t mean, however, that they are always able to achieve their fitness goals on their own. As anyone who has ever stuck to a strength-training routine before knows, it can be tough and frustrating to build muscle and burn fat. A healthy diet and exercise are key to a long, healthy life, but they often aren’t enough on their own to banish stubborn fat and to promote optimal muscle definition. Muscle toning is often a long, inefficient process that takes hours each week at the gym over months or years.
Emsculpt patients in Newport Beach typically choose this effective body contouring treatment because they want to augment their diet and exercise efforts with a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that produces real results. After a series of Emsculpt treatments, patients can enjoy a toned and slimmed down areas of the body, including the stomach, buttocks, arms, and calves, without plastic surgery.
Most patients feel more confident after the treatment series and may even find that their newly-strengthened muscles allow them to push past a workout “plateau” in practices requiring core or buttock strength, like yoga or Pilates. Those starting a new upper body workout routine should ask Dr. Ho Taghva about options for toning the arms with Emsculpt as well.
Women suffering from diastasis recti, a condition affecting the abdominal muscles after pregnancy, can also benefit from Emsculpt, seeing a modest improvement in area muscle strength. Emsculpt is the only non-invasive procedure that can help treat this frustrating and common issue.
The Ideal Candidate
The best candidates for Emsculpt are men and women who want to supplement their workouts with the powerful results of HIFEM® technology. Patients should be in good health, near their goal weight, and should have realistic expectations for the procedure.
Emsculpt is not a weight loss procedure and patients who are overweight are unlikely to see optimal results from the treatment series. Because the treatment uses electromagnetic energy, patients with metal implants too close to the treatment area may be ineligible for the treatment for safety reasons.
All Patients are Unique and Individual Results May Vary
Your Emsculpt Consultation
If you are interested in finding out if you’re a candidate for Emsculpt, a consultation in Orange County with Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva is the first step. Dr. Ho Taghva will meet with you at LEA Plastic Surgery to explain the Emsculpt procedure and assess your candidacy.
During your consultation, Dr. Ho Taghva will ask you about your goals for body contouring and your expectations for the procedure. She will also go over your medical history, explain the procedure, and suggest a treatment plan suited to your needs, whether that includes Emsculpt or not.
Your consultation is an ideal opportunity to ask questions and learn more about your treatment options for body contouring. You’ll leave with all the information you need to make a decision about Emsculpt in Orange County that’s right for you.
Preparing for Your Emsculpt Sessions
The good news about Emsculpt at our Newport Beach office is that it requires little preparation. Patients should simply keep up with their normal exercise routine, eat a healthy diet, and drink plenty of water.
On the day of the procedure, patients should wear comfortable clothes and go to the bathroom prior to the treatment session to avoid needing to stop in the middle and interrupting the gradual muscle contraction process.
The Emsculpt Procedure
Patients will lie down comfortably during an Emsculpt procedure at our Newport Beach surgical center, the GALEA Center for Advanced Surgery, which is located conveniently adjacent to the LEA Plastic Surgery office. Once they are settled, the Emsculpt devices are placed on the patient’s buttock or abdominal muscles. Smaller applicators are used for areas like the arms and calves. The intensity of the treatment is low at first, to avoid putting too much stress on the muscles.
Over the course of the 30-minute treatment, the device will induce 20,000 supramaximal muscle contractions, far beyond what a person can achieve with voluntary muscle movements. By the end of the session, the device will be operating at 80-100% power for the strongest contractions. After the treatment is complete, patients can get back to their daily activities immediately.
There are no activity restrictions following non-invasive body contouring in Newport Beach. Patients will likely feel like they just finished an intensive workout (which they did, in a way!) and may experience some related soreness. However, as long as they feel up to it, patients can get back to their daily routines immediately, including their normal workout schedule.
Risks & Side Effects
Because Emsculpt in Newport Beach is completely non-invasive, there are very few associated risks and side effects. Patients may experience some soreness after each session, similar to the soreness that is often experienced after an intense workout.
Rare risks include excessive stress on the muscles, sometimes causing a hernia. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ho Taghva to perform your procedure reduces the already minimal risks involved with non-invasive body contouring in Orange County.
Why should I choose Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva?
Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva is one of the top Emsculpt treatment providers in Newport Beach and Orange County. Patients from all over the country and those local to Southern California, including Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, travel to LEA Plastic Surgery for Emsculpt treatment in Newport Beach. Some patients even travel internationally for her expertise.
Due to her experience performing Emsculpt, Dr. Ho Taghva is keenly attuned to the delicate complexities of the treatment. She is an exceptional surgeon who is:
- Board-certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Received additional post-residency training in Korea for Asian Aesthetic Surgery
- Experienced in a diverse range of surgeries including Asian rhinoplasty, Asian blepharoplasty, breast lift, full facial rejuvenation, facelifts, and endoscopic brow lifts
- Understands the Asian cultural background
- Highly skilled in cosmetic surgery and provides natural-looking changes that match each patient’s goals, add beauty, and bring facial harmony while preserving unique Asian aesthetics
- Keenly attuned to the delicate complexities of the Asian nose and facial features
Frequently Asked Questions
Coolsculpting and other non-surgical treatments that target fat are unable to tone and build muscles. These procedures are known for actively destroying fat cells permanently, slimming the treatment areas. They are best for people who are mostly concerned with “problem areas” of stubborn fat but want an alternative to liposuction.
Unlike other non-surgical body contouring procedures, Emsculpt creates muscle activity, not fat removal. Though fat is naturally eliminated in the target area during an Emsculpt treatment series, it is not the sole focus of the treatment.
No anesthesia is needed for Emsculpt because it feels similar to the process of an intensive workout. Many patients describe the sensation as “strange” but not painful.
Yes! Dr. Ho Taghva may suggest a combination procedure or complementary treatments for skin tightening, anti-aging, or additional body contouring, depending on your goals.
Most patients need four treatments spaced two weeks apart for optimal results.
If you feel up to it, you may work out at any point after Emsculpt at our Orange County office. However, you will likely feel sore after each session and may need to scale back your workouts during the treatment series.
Although the procedure does not target the love handles area specifically, buttock and abdomen treatments will often help to minimize love handles.
No. Emsculpt is based on HIFEM® technology, which uses the same type of energy as MRI machines.
Most Newport Beach Emsculpt patients see results during and after their four-session treatment series is complete. This takes about 8 weeks. Patients can see results after about 10 or 12 weeks. The results may improve for several more months, especially if patients maintain a vigorous workout routine.
That depends on your goals. Ideal candidates are those who are interested primarily in toning their muscles and removing fat as a side effect. Other treatments, such as another non-surgical body contouring procedure, liposuction or a butt lift may be better if you have different goals.
Patients should talk to Dr. Ho Taghva during their consultation to get personalized treatment recommendations. To schedule your Emsculpt consultation in Newport Beach, call 949.945.2168.