A Health & Wellbeing Interview with Health Expert Dr. Comite [Podcast]
EmSculpt is a non-invasive procedure that claims to burn fat and build muscle at the same time. Precision Medicine Doctor Florence Comite talks about EmSculpt and how it contributes to wellness.
In this article:
- What Is EmSculpt?
- How Is EmSculpt Different From Other Technologies Advertised on T.V Lately Like CoolSculpting?
- Everybody Wants to Believe That You Take a Nap and You Get Abs, but It Sounds Too Good to Be True. Does It Work?
- Does EmSculpt Replace Exercise?
- Is EmSculpt Only for Exercise Fanatics, or Is It for People Who Don’t Necessarily Work out but Carry Around a Few Extra Pounds?
- Does an EmSculpt Treatment Hurt?
- Can You Get An EmSculpt At Home?
Em-Sculpt Non-Invasive Body Contouring
Dr. Florence Comite is an endocrinologist and founder of the Comite Center for Precision Medicine and Health in New York City and the personalized health app, QUANTIOME. She also wrote the bestseller, Keep It Up! Connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.
What Is EmSculpt?
EmSculpt technology is FDA approved. It emits electromagnetic waves that target muscles and induce thousands of muscle pulses. Similar to what you do when you contract your abs when you’re doing a sit-up. You’ll have to get used to it first, but once you do, it’s marvelous.
EmSculpt eliminates fat cells, which is very different than when we shrink fat cells through other means. While it permanently eradicates fat cells, it tightens muscle fibers, so it’s like a dream come true.
The contractions can also cause the muscle to release chemicals that lead to the fat cells atrophying. Atrophying means breakdown. So in effect, EmSculpt breaks down fat cells.
You can use EmSculpt on your biceps and triceps, which are the upper arms, legs, glutes, and abs.
How Is EmSculpt Different From Other Technologies Advertised on T.V Lately Like CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting breaks down fat cells by freezing the fat cells. You do need multiple treatments over time, which EmSculpt requires as well. There’s another technology called Vanquish ME, that we have here and that uses heat to melt fat. I’ll explain it a bit more later.
What makes EmSculpt unique is its ability to stimulate muscle development, and that’s a critical element.
If you want to lose weight, you might think you don’t need to build muscle. For example, you might think: I want to be thinner, look good in a bikini, or show off my body. Muscle is going to give you that sexy tone.
Most importantly, muscle protects your health. It protects your metabolism and handles sugar, protects bones and your immune system. Besides, it’s relevant to protect against disorders of aging like diabetes.
A toned body is gratifying and valuable in our society, but we’re mitigating heart attack risk and diabetes when we optimize body composition.
Everybody Wants to Believe That You Take a Nap and You Get Abs, but It Sounds Too Good to Be True. Does It Work?
I know it sounds like a silver bullet. You lie down on an exam table or a massage table, with EmSculpt pads on your abdomen, and a belt that goes around your whole body. It sends pulses into your belly, which contracts your abdominal muscles. So, it feels like you’re doing a sit-up.
You do notice the contractions, and it takes a while to get used to it. You’ll start at, let say 40% contraction and then build up to 100% contraction.
The more you work out, the more you’ll feel it. It sounds marvelous, and that’s why I encourage you to visit us at the Comite Center For Precision Medicine & Health.
Does EmSculpt Replace Exercise?
It doesn’t replace exercise. You’ll still need to delve under the surface, and exercise does that. Exercise will channel what you need to do to obtain health. But EmSculpt is an excellent synergistic method that will help you jumpstart your system and helps pinpoint areas that can make a difference.
I’m a harsh critic when it comes to assessing new technologies that have wild claims. But, as a precision medicine physician and scientist, I’m all about the data. You have to show me proof of concept. Then I want to recreate those results myself because all of us are different.
The company-sponsored studies at facilities such as UCLA are small, but high quality. In a month, you needed to do four treatments, one week apart. After one month, participants had, on average, 19% less belly fat. And, the results improved with time.
As the muscles developed, it was even more fat burned. For that particular cohort, the 19% reduction rose to a 23% reduction in fat, three months after the procedure. We’re seeing similar results building at the center.
25% might not seem like a lot, but when you’re already quite lean, EmSculpt makes a physiologic and aesthetic change.
Is EmSculpt Only for Exercise Fanatics, or Is It for People Who Don't Necessarily Work out but Carry Around a Few Extra Pound?
The truth about father time is it slows down metabolism dramatically, and the sad news to us women is it slows down metabolism even more than men.
As testosterone falls with age, usually in our 30s, we have difficulty holding onto muscle, and you see this in women, particularly around midlife.
So starting at about 40, you see a little weight piling up around our truncal region, and waist size goes up. The data shows we slow down your metabolism, we can’t burn fat in the same way, and it becomes harder and harder to stay slim.
EmSculpt is a great way to manage weight gain as you age if you don’t want to take hormones. Or if you aim to work out but don’t have the time, you can use EmSculpt. Before using EmSculpt, there’s Vanquish ME, which I mentioned earlier.
Vanquish ME doesn’t just shrink fat, and then it comes back when you’re back if you stop, or eat too many carbs. It gets rid of fat altogether.
Vanquish ME uses an entirely different technology that heats the fat around the abdomen to a critical point. While lying on a massage table, it encloses the stomach, but it doesn’t touch the skin.
If you do Vanquish ME for a while, it gets rid of the fat layer that buries the muscle. And once you get rid of the fat, you move over to EmSculpt.
Does an EmSculpt Treatment Hurt?
No, it doesn’t hurt. You need to adjust to it because you do feel it, and it is similar to a workout. EmSculpt gets to the muscle causing it to contract.
I would encourage you to check out our Instagram, @ComiteCenter. You will see my physician associate, Lauren Klein, using EmSculpt, and you can see her smiling. It’s a lot of fun.
If the contractions are too strong to start, we turn it down, so it doesn’t contract as powerfully. You’ll need about four to six sessions to reach 100%.
You see changes within a month, and the changes keep happening over three months. You will see those results at home. There is no question about it.
Can You Get An EmSculpt At Home?
At this point, I think it’s only available at clinicians and physicians, but I’m not sure. Most treatments cost about $1000, but it’s worth it.
You want those muscles for health reasons, and at the center, we’re collecting data to see how EmSculpt influences biomarkers. Everything is connected, and we want to see the impact on fat and muscle and how it influences diabetes, heart health, and bone loss.
Finally, EmSella is another machine I want to mention. It sends radio waves through the peritoneal region, and it’s the equivalent of doing 12000 Kegels in half an hour. It’s fantastic for stress incontinence, the loss of urine when you laugh or sneeze, and improves erectile function for men.
EmSculpt, Vanquish ME, and Emsella are available at the Comite Center for Precision Medicine & Health.
Our goal is to live as long as possible and in the best possible shape. So, we’re looking at all the different ways to make this a reality.