You may have noticed that there’s a new body contouring technology in Nova Scotia called Emsculpt Neo. Here at Body Works Med Spa & Wellness in downtown Halifax, we’re the go-to provider of this innovative product. While there’s a great deal of hype around Emsculpt Neo, there’s also some controversy. This is partly because people don’t understand how Emsculpt Neo works.

Emsculpt Neo machineClinical studies say that with a series of 4 treatments, subjects see an average of 30% fat loss and 25% more muscle in the treated area. In the abdomen, the average circumference reduction is 5.9 cm. The natural question is, how does a machine do that? And how does it do that in four 30-minute treatments with no downtime?

Everyone wants to know! This includes women going through menopause who no longer respond to diet and exercise like they used to, people with a stubborn area that detracts from their self-confidence, people who want to maintain fitness while aging, folks who’d benefit from a kickstart to a healthier lifestyle, and everyone in between. This article gives a detailed explanation of how Emsculpt Neo Works.

The Basics Of How Emsculpt Neo Works

Once we’re about 20 years old, our bodies have a set number of fat cells. When we gain weight, the fat cells expand. When we lose weight, the fat cells shrink. With surgical liposuction, a surgeon removes fat cells from the body. Once those fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good and the result is a new body contour. If the patient’s weight fluctuates in the future, their existing fat cells will either expand or shrink and their body contour will adjust accordingly.

The fat reduction part of how Emsculpt Neo works is based on the same premise, although the process looks different. When the technology is applied to the body, its energies work together to damage fat cells in the treatment area. In other words, Emsculpt Neo triggers fat apoptosis, which is a natural process of programmed cell death. Over the course of about 3 months, the body flushes out the damaged fat cells through regular metabolic processes. Those fat cells don’t come back! Once again, the result is an improved body contour, but in this case time, it’s without surgery and downtime. If the client’s weight fluctuates in the future, their existing fat cells will either expand or shrink to adjust their body contour.

A Deeper Look At How Emsculpt Neo Works

Many people can grasp the basics of how Emsculpt Neo works, but they want more information. How does Emsculpt Neo non-invasively damage fat cells? And what about the muscle-building part?

High Intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) Energy

Emsculpt Neo has two forces at work. One of them is a trademarked energy called high intensity-focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) energy. HIFEM energy creates targeted supramaximal contractions that engage muscles in the treatment area to their fullest. In other words, an involuntary supramaximal muscle contraction engages a muscle to 90 or 100% of its capacity. By contrast, a voluntary muscle contraction generally engages a muscle to about 40% of its capacity.

This gap between voluntary and involuntary muscle capacity is why we hear stories of people doing things in extraordinary circumstances that they never thought possible – like a mother lifting an enormous object to rescue her child underneath. It’s because the stress of the situation enabled her to engage her muscles more than normally possible.

Now let’s look more closely at what’s happening inside the body during voluntary muscle contractions versus involuntary supramaximal contractions so you can have a clearer understanding of how Emsculpt Neo works. During voluntary contractions, there’s an exchange of fatty acids between the blood flow to the muscles and nearby fat cells. The muscles get stronger and there may be some resulting fat loss.

During supramaximal contractions, the additional stress on the muscle sends the exchange of fatty acids into overdrive, which damages many of the nearby fat cells. Over time, the body flushes out the cellular waste to reveal an improved body contour. Also, the supramaximal contractions strengthen existing muscles faster than you could achieve on your own, as well as generate new muscle fibers.


It’s worth noting that HIFEM energy is not the same as electrical stimulation. Electrical stimulation only engages the surface of a muscle rather than the full muscle. HIFEM energy can penetrate up to 7 cm in depth depending on the thickness of the fat layer, and one Emscupt Neo treatment is equivalent to 20,000 regular muscle contractions!

Emsculpt Neo Edge applicatorsRadiofrequency (RF) Heat

The second force at work in Emsculpt Neo is radiofrequency (RF) heat. This heat plays the role of warming up the muscles and damaging additional fat cells. It raises the temperature of fat to between 43 and 45 degrees Celsius, at which point fat cells die. In other words, there’s additional apoptosis. Again, the body flushes out the cellular waste through natural processes.

The skin doesn’t burn because fat accumulates heat more than skin, and the RF doesn’t reach inner organs because they’re covered by muscles, which reflect heat back.

So that’s how Emsculpt Neo reduces fat by 30%, builds 25% more muscle, and reduces circumference by 5.9 cm in the abdomen – and all without downtime! We hope this article is giving you a fuller understanding of how Emsculpt Neo works.

Other Benefits Of How Emsculpt Neo Works

Here at Body Works, we’re on a mission to educate people about how Emsculpt Neo works, and the benefits of this amazing technology. Here are a few of the other benefits:

  • Unlike other non-invasive devices, Emsculpt Neo treats both subcutaneous and visceral fat. On visceral fat alone, which is the deeper and more stubborn abdominal fat that poses a greater health risk, studies show a 19% reduction. Even liposuction cannot address visceral fat.
  • Emsculpt Neo reduces diastasis recti, which is the separation of the abdominal muscles, by an average of 19%. This can be the difference between needing to roll out of bed and sitting up out of bed.
  • Treatments tend to tighten skin in the treatment area because the RF heat triggers new collagen and elastin production in the skin.
  • There are many health benefits associated with increased muscle mass, including an increased metabolism and improved body function.

While copycat devices are popping up across the globe, none are as well studied or effective as Emsculpt Neo. How Emsculpt Neo works is just not the same as these copycat devices. It’s also worth noting that we are the only provider that backs up its device with a results-based promise: if you don’t get a visible change in your body contour, we’ll retreat you for free!

While Emsculpt Neo can do amazing things, it’s important to understand that it’s not a weight loss solution. Fat loss and weight loss are two different things. Those who are interested in Emsculpt Neo should note that you’ll achieve best results when you’re weight is stable or trending down.

Interested In Emsculpt Neo?

For more information, we offer free consultations. Click here for their online booking platform or call the clinic at 902-405-0858 during open hours. Our team is happy to help!

By Published On: February 10, 2023Categories: Uncategorized