CoolSculpting and Emsculpt: Better Together

CoolSculpting and Emsculpt are two non-invasive body sculpting procedures that use state-of-the-art technologies to safely and effectively contour different areas of the body by targeting stubborn fat and fortifying muscle fibers. Losing specific areas of fat and building certain muscles can be difficult through diet and exercise exclusively. Depending on your body type, age, and lifestyle, it can feel almost impossible to achieve your desired physique. While these two cosmetic technologies yield exceptional results separately, they sharpen each other’s results when combined in a unified approach.

During a personal consultation, Dr. Korman and his team construct a comprehensive plan that includes both CoolSculpting and Emsculpt procedures to maximize the patient’s results. The first step on this journey to a better-defined physique is to schedule a consultation with us at one of our three offices in either Mountain View (650) 254-1200, Carmel (831) 656-9331, or San Jose (408) 831-6229.

Before & After Photos

Before and After Photos

Lose Stubborn Fat with CoolSculpting

Troublesome fat can persist in just about any area of your body. Though diet and exercise are reliable tools to achieve your goal weight, they do little to address love handles, abdominal fat, or other areas where unwanted fat lingers. This resiliency is because not all fat responds to changes in diet and lifestyle equally. Deeper in the body exists visceral fat: a type of fat that, when burned, energizes the surrounding muscles with triglycerides.[1] Early in a weight-loss journey, the body burns this type of fat first when the body is in a caloric deficit. Once you’ve reached your goal weight, the remaining fat shielding your hard-earned muscles is a different type of adipose tissue called subcutaneous fat. The body uses this type of fat to protect internal organs and muscles as well as regulate thermal loss.[2] Because it serves a vital function in the body’s physiological process, subcutaneous fat is often left untouched during the weight-loss journey. Losing this type of fat requires a more advanced approach. 

Technology Behind CoolSculpting

In a process known as cryolipolysis, CoolSculpting plunges adipose cells to freezing temperatures to trigger accelerated fat loss. The CoolSculpting device consists of an applicator that attaches to the surface of a patient’s skin. Once suctioned to the target fatty tissue, the CoolSculpting technology drops the fat cells to freezing temperatures. In this state, the fat cells lose their cellular integrity and dislodge from their connective tissue. The beauty of CoolSculpting is that the freezing process only affects the fat cells, leaving the surrounding tissue unaltered.[3]Over the next thirty minutes, the targeted fat cells break away from their moorings beneath the surface of the skin. After your CoolSculpting session, the fat cells will continue to disappear, where they are then processed through the body’s lymphatic system. Once all the fat has been removed, the patient sees a slimmer, more toned contour in their treated area.

Gain Muscle with Emsculpt

Once subcutaneous fat is lost, muscles appear more defined and sculpted unfiltered through the skin. But having strong, enviable muscles can be tough in the first place. The process of building and maintaining different muscle groups requires dedicated time and attention – two things many people don’t have enough of to start with.

While many can spend hours a week in a gym sculpting the perfect six-pack, not all of us have this kind of time. But, with an effective treatment that takes only 30 minutes to complete, patients can quickly experience results that go past what traditional exercise can attain. 

Technology Behind Emsculpt

Using high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology, Emsculpt contracts muscle fibers around 20,000 times during one 30 minute session. Each contraction is equal to a rep done in the gym. To surpass 20,000 reps in any exercise is a feat only imaginable to even Olympic athletes. These contractions create micro-tears in the muscle fibers, triggering a tissue-building response from the brain. Research shows that HIFEM technology can increase muscle fiber size by 20%.[4] Over the next few days, the brain sends restorative properties to heal the muscle, thicken the fibers, and ready it for another experience of the same workload. This is the process by which a muscle normally builds strength – and Emsculpt does it all while the patient comfortably lies down in our treatment room. 

Benefits of A Combined Approach

While some patients might benefit from a solitary approach of one or the other, many patients will see the best results when Dr. Korman combines the two in a comprehensive treatment plan. The two complement each other because they are both non-surgical, non-invasive, and supremely effective compared to other approaches of the same type. 


The CoolSculpting device is a simple applicator that suctions to the skin. Because no incision is necessary, patients don’t need any anesthesia. Likewise, the Emsculpt device is a wearable device that wraps around the target muscle group. The Emsculpt device generates the HIFEM during a short session and effectively stimulates muscle development externally. CoolSculpting and Emsculpt are ideal partner procedures because they both garner remarkable results without any surgical requirements

No Downtime

After both procedures, patients are free to walk out of our care under their own power and jump right back into their daily routines. During a CoolSculpting session, the patient feels only minimal discomfort at first as the fat cells’ temperatures lower.

Once brought to freezing temperatures, the fat cells go numb, and the patient no longer feels any unpleasantness. As for Emsculpt, the contractions produce a similar “burn” to that of a strenuous exercise. After the session, the muscles might feel sore after a core-focused workout. Because neither procedure requires recovery downtime, they make an ideal pair for those looking to burn fat and build muscle

Boosted Results

Without CoolSculpting, Emsculpt builds muscles behind a sheath of subcutaneous fat. And, without Emsculpt, CoolSculpting is burning fat to unveil under-defined muscles. These two body contouring procedures work in tandem to enhance the other’s results, so Dr. Korman often recommends the duo as a bundled approach. To learn more about these two technologies, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Korman at one of our three offices. 


For those interested in the coalesced benefits of CoolSculpting and Emsculpt, we recommend you be at a healthy, stable weight before your treatment begins. Both devices are body contouring procedures and are not weight-loss surgeries. Further to the point, both are only FDA-approved to treat patients at a normal BMI. After these procedures, any significant weight fluctuations will diminish results. Lastly, the patient that is happiest with their results is the one who already leads a healthy, active life and has tried multiple approaches to better-defined contours. These patients are happiest because once the fat is lost and the muscle is built, they already have the lifestyle and habits in place to maintain these remarkable results.

Personal Consultation

At an initial consultation, we will perform a brief new patient intake interview and a physical examination. By learning about the patient’s desired results, we can explain how both CoolSculpting and Emsculpt can achieve their envisioned physique. If they have other cosmetic concerns, Dr. Korman can recommend additional procedures to treat different conditions. He will explain how CoolSculpting and Emsculpt complement each other and the best treatment schedule that fits their daily routine. Next, he will build a comprehensive treatment plan with CoolSculpting, Emsculpt, and any other procedures to address their cosmetic concerns. Before leaving our care, we will give them a list of preparatory steps to follow before each session. 

Recovery & Results

After both procedures, the treated areas might feel a little tender or sore. Both devices don’t disrupt surrounding tissues, so patients don’t have to worry about bruising. Because fat loss and muscle building happen gradually, patients can expect to notice results improve continually after they’ve completed their final session. Be sure to continue leading a healthy lifestyle to keep these results looking their best. 

How Much Does CoolSculpting & Emsculpt Cost in Northern California?

The cost of the combined approach of CoolSculpting and Emsculpt will vary depending on how many sessions each patient needs. We determine the exact cost during an initial consultation. We offer financing options to those interested in payment plans. Go to our financing page to learn more. For those with questions, please call us at one of our three offices: Mountain View (650) 254-1200, Carmel (831) 656-9331, or San Jose (408) 831-6229.


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  4. Kinney, B. M., & Lozanova, P. (2019). High intensity focused electromagnetic therapy evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging: Safety and efficacy study of a dual tissue effect based non-invasive abdominal body shaping. Lasers in surgery and medicine, 51(1), 40–46.
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