Emsculpt vs. CoolSculpting

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An Insider’s Guide to Exciting Body Contouring Procedures

Advancing technology has given rise to new techniques that make plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures more attainable. It has paved the way for more comfortable treatments that can put an upgraded aesthetic in closer reach than ever before. The meteoric rise in Emsculpt and CoolSculpting’s popularity is a testament to how body contouring methods have been perfected. These procedures both offer real results while eliminating scarring, incisions, and downtime. These two minimally invasive procedures each utilize unique technology, but both offer results that don’t disappoint! For over 20 years, Dr. Joshua Korman MD has had a long-standing reputation as one of the top-ranked plastic surgeons in the heart of Silicon Valley. These game-changing procedures can revitalize your abdominal core, chest, and arms. Schedule a consultation to learn more about the benefits of Emsculpt and CoolSculpting and which would work for you. You can also reach our friendly staff at our three locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Call (650) 254-1200 (Mountain View) Carmel-by-the-Sea (831) 656-9331, and (408) 831-6229 (San Jose).

What is the Difference Between Emsculpt vs. CoolSculpting?

Korman Plastic Surgery is pleased to offer both surgical and non-surgical enhancement to improve the appearance of the body. Both Emsclupt and CoolSculpting are two gentle body contouring treatments that can take your appearance and confidence to new heights. 

What is Emsculpt?

Emsculpt is an FDA-approved body contouring procedure that burns stubborn body fat and while simultaneously sculpting and toning your musculature. It uses a high-intensity focused electromagnetic technology (HIFEM) to target certain areas of the body and causes contractions in the muscles. [1] As a result, Emscupt can strengthen and improve the muscle tone you may already have. It can be used to treat the abdominals, buttocks, arms, calves, and thighs. Thanks to its minimally invasive procedure, there is no need for length recovery or preparation.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting rids the body of pesky fat deposits by exposing them to extremely low temperatures, which causes the fat cells to die. It isn’t surgery nor does it use needles. It is a highly effective procedure that delivers controlled cooling in targeted areas with unwanted fat deposits. [2] Most patients receiving CoolSculpting may require additional treatments for optimal results. This technology uses an external applicator that attaches onto the treatment area to deliver its fat-freezing effects. 

What areas can be treated with an Emscult?

An Emsculpt treatment allows you to target select areas in the upper and lower body including:

  • Buttocks
  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Inner and Outer Thigh
  • Calves

What areas can be treated with CoolSculpting?

Below are a few areas CoolSculpting can treat:

  • Upper and lower abdomen
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Flanks (or love handles)
  • Arms
  • Chin area 
  • Underneath the buttocks

Before and After Photos

Benefits of Body Contouring

Gain way! Benefits are plentiful from both procedures, whether you choose tone firm and tone with Emsculpt, or eliminate unwanted fat with CoolSculpting. Both are FDA-approved, minimally invasive procedures that give patients an added edge when healthy dieting and regular exercising have not worked. Other added pluses include:

  • Non invasive, and no recovery time
  • Little preparation required
  • Improved silhouette of the body
  • Can target multiple areas
  • Removes pesky body fat
  • Natural-looking results
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Can be combined for optimal results

Let’s set up a time to meet! Either procedure provides patients with a body that they will be proud to show off. All it costs is a moment of your time. Schedule a consultation to learn more about the many facets of Emsculpt and CoolSculpting, and whether they’re right for you. 

How to Get Your Stamp of Approval

Candidates looking for a gentle, minimally invasive way to achieve an optimized body are invited to seek treatment. Those who feel like they have done their due diligence by going to the gym and eating right but still haven’t seen results are especially welcome. Other criteria that should be met with are:

  • Being a healthy individual free of certain underlying health conditions
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Having a BMI index of 30 or less
  • Individuals with small amounts of stubborn body fat in the stomach buttocks, and other areas
  • Being informed about their procedure, and having realistic expectations for their results

It should be noted that neither procedure should be used as a weight loss program. If your weight loss journey has just begun or is still in progress, please continue your hard work and come to us when you’ve reached your goals. By the same token, receiving treatment is not cheating. Many of the patients seeking these procedures lead healthy lives and are simply looking for extra help. Contact us for a consultation to see if you would make a great candidate for these two state-of-the-art procedures. We would be glad to help you throughout this process! 

Your Personal Consultation with Dr. Korman

Patients have the choice of seeing us in Silicon Valley’s capital San Jose, heavenly beach town Carmel by the Sea, or tech-friendly Mountain View. Our office offers patients a state-of-the-art facility ready to treat any cosmetic procedure. 

You will sit down in a comfortable, airy examination room. We’ll ask basic questions about your health, surgical, and medication history. Dr. Korman will then turn things over to you. We want to understand what your ideal body aesthetics are, and what your desired results would be. Dr. Korman will perform an examination to determine whether CoolSculpting or EmSculpt may be effective treatments for your unique anatomy. If you’re a good candidate for either of these treatments, Dr. Korman will recommend the right procedure to improve your figure. 

Contact our office today to set up a consultation to answer your questions and concerns. In the meantime, our blog contains lots of great information on other procedures we offer.

A Play-By-Play Glimpse of Your Treatment

Your exact treatment plan will depend on the treatment that best serves your needs. Regardless of the procedure, you’ll come out looking better than ever before. Here is what your path may look like with either treatment: 


An Emsculpt session takes less than an hour to complete. Dr. Korman will place the Emsculpt applicator on your treatment area. The applicator goes to work and emits High-Intensity Focused ElectroMagnetic fields onto the targeted muscle group. The HIFEM technology triggers ultra-fast, supramaximal muscle contractions. [3] You can feel your muscles moving, but no discomfort. The HIFEM will also trigger the breakdown of fatty tissues at high speed. When your treatment is complete your body will have done the equivalent of 20,000 crunches! Your regimen of Emsculpt consists of four Emsculpt sessions, spaced roughly three days apart. 


CoolSculpting is also a short process. First, we’ll place a gel pad and applicator on your body to target fat cells. The applicator will be attached to the targeted areas where it will emit a cooling sensation. You feel a slight tingling or suction sensation when the treatment starts but the overall process involves minimal discomfort. One of Dr. Korman’s expert technicians will then massage the treated areas following treatment to break up any frozen deep tissue and ensure smooth contours. This will also help you to eliminate the destroyed fat cells. Over the course of just one session, the CoolSculpting this treatment can destroy around 20% to 25% of existing fat cells. [4]

Recovery and Results

Patients love the ease of these procedures. Neither requires a lengthy recovery period. Many patients can resume their normal activities after they leave our offices. Though you may feel a little sore and tender, you can drive home, work, and even exercise. These side effects should dissipate in about 2-3 weeks.

When that happens, you can look forward to a beach body that is toned, contoured, and natural-looking. Patients go on to enjoy the results from an Emsculpt for at least six months. The same can be said for CoolSculpting patients as well. Additional treatments may be needed to achieve optimal results in certain areas.

Cost for an Emsculpt and CoolSculpting in San Jose, CA

An Emsculpt and CoolSculpting procedure is a customized procedure that meets your needs. As a result, the cost for either procedure will vary. We factor in multiple variables when calculating cost including the areas treated, your conditions, and the number of sessions needed. Don’t worry! All these concerns will be spoken at length during your consultation with Dr. Korman Our office does everything we can to ensure you have a pleasant experience. Check out our financial page for more information on how to fund your treatment. 


  1. Alizadeh, Z., Halabchi, F., Mazaheri, R., Abolhasani, M., & Tabesh, M. (2016). Review of the Mechanisms and Effects of Noninvasive Body Contouring Devices on Cellulite and Subcutaneous Fat. International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, 14(4). https://doi.org/10.5812/ijem.36727
  2. CoolSculpting: How to Prepare, Procedure, Cost, Before and After. (2017, May 9). Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/coolsculpting#overview
  3. Jacob, C. I., & Paskova, K. (2018). Safety and efficacy of a novel high-intensity focused electromagnetic technology device for noninvasive abdominal body shaping. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 17(5), 783–787. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocd.12779
  4. Jacob, C., Kinney, B., Busso, M., Chilukuri, S., McCoy, J. D., Bailey, C., & Denkova, R. (2018). High Intensity Focused Electro-Magnetic Technology (HIFEM) for Non-Invasive Buttock Lifting and Toning of Gluteal Muscles: A Multi-Center Efficacy and Safety Study. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD, 17(11), 1229–1232. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30500146/
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