Coolsculpt vs Emsculpt vs Liposonix: What’s The Best Body Sculpting Treatment In Singapore?

With so many non-surgical body sculpting treatments available in aesthetic clinics across Singapore, people are no longer asking ‘is there such a thing?’ but ‘which is the best for me?’.

In this article, we’ll compare the three most popular FDA-approved body sculpting treatments out there: Coolsculpt, Emsculpt and Liposonix.

What sets them apart?

Most body sculpting treatments do the same thing—destroy stubborn fat by killing fat cells to tone the body.

But the difference between each treatment lies in the technology used, your preferences and also in the effects felt afterwards.

Coolsculpt

Coolsculpt uses the concept of cryolipolysis to freeze fat cells in the targeted areas with extremely cold temperatures. Fat cells are more sensitive to temperature and can be frozen and killed off without damaging the surrounding tissue.

Method

The technology used in this procedure involves sandwiching the targeted area between two cooling panels. The tissue is sucked between the cooling panels for 30 to 60 minutes and cooled. Of course, temperature is monitored to ensure safety.

Best for

Want to build muscle with body sculpting? You’ve come to the right place. Emsculpt is currently the only body sculpting treatment in Singapore that builds muscle and burns fat at the same time. Just note that your muscles will feel as if they’ve gone through a tough, high-intensity workout after treatment, so don’t arrange a full schedule for yourself afterwards!

Emsculpt

Emsculpt utilises high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) energy to stimulate the muscles of the targeted area. The muscle contractions stimulated during this treatment are supramaximal—contractions more powerful than what can be achieved with the most intense workout regime.

Method

Electromagnetic energy stimulates 20,000 supramaximal muscle contractions at the targeted area in a 30-min session. The muscle tissue of the targeted area adapts and thickens as a result of these contractions. Because an extreme amount of energy is needed, the fat and glycerol surrounding the targeted area is broken down and used.

Best for

Want to build muscle with body sculpting? You’ve come to the right place. Emsculpt is currently the only body sculpting treatment in Singapore that builds muscle and burns fat at the same time. Just note that your muscles will feel as if they’ve gone through a tough, high-intensity workout after treatment, so don’t arrange a full schedule for yourself afterwards!

Liposonix

Liposonix uses high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) energy to heat up the targeted area and kill off the fat cells in the region.

Method

Thermal energy is sent to specific stubborn fatty tissues of the targeted area—subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT). This kills off the fat cells without damaging the surrounding tissue and tightens the skin around it too.

Best for

Despite being a little painful due to the use of heat, Liposonix is very effective for shrinking waist size and eliminating thick layers of stubborn fat. It is also the body sculpting treatment with the most evidence to back its effectiveness and HIFU is renowned in medicine for its use in managing tumours, unlike Coolsculpt which was only FDA approved in 2010.

Summary Table

 

Coolsculpt

Emsculpt

Liposonix

Technology

Cryolipolysis

HIFEM

HIFU

Method

Freezes fat cells of targeted areas between cooling panels and destroys them.

Stimulates muscle contractions in targeted areas to strengthen muscles and metabolise fat.

Generates thermal energy to destroy fatty tissue of targeted areas.

Effectiveness

Can improve a targeted area by 25%.

On average, 16% increase in muscle mass, 19% reduction in fat.

Able to remove 1 inch around the waist per session, 3 inches after several sessions.

Duration

Several sessions of 30-60 mins, improvements expected within 2-3 months.

Results seen 2-4 weeks after several sessions and continuous improvement for several weeks after.

Several sessions, improvements as early as 2 weeks.

Area of Treatment

Typically used for thighs, lower back, belly, flanks. Works on chin, legs and arms too.

Abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms.

Approved for treating abdomen, hips, thighs, flanks and buttocks.

Pros

Cooling panels are designed to work on pinchable areas of fat.

Builds muscle and blasts fat at the same time.

Works on cellulite! Thermal energy enables it to tighten the skin of targeted areas as well.

Cons

There will be mild pain and aching of the treatment area for 3-11 days.

Sore muscles after the treatment (like that of an intense workout).

Heat generated during treatment may cause some discomfort and pain.

 

All three body sculpting treatments, Coolsculpt, Emsculpt and Liposonix, are available at EHA Clinic. Book a consultation with Dr. Elias Tam for a more in-depth discussion on what works best for your fat loss goals!

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