Available at our Cow Hollow and Larkspur locations.

emsculptBuild muscle and reduce fat while relaxing? Sound too good to be true? Not with EMSculpt, FDA-cleared to treat your abdominals, buttocks, arms, calves, and thighs. Build a six-pack without doing one sit-up!

It’s not just about looking and feeling strong; toned muscles help heal wounds, boost immunity and organ function, and keep us balanced, which prevents injury and spine problems. EMSculpt is also an option four to six weeks after childbirth to help the 60% of women whose abdominal muscles separate during pregnancy (diastasis recti).

newbeauty magazine 2023 award winnerEMSculpt won the NEWBEAUTY “Best Muscle Toner + Fat Reducer for Body” award in 2023!

Paradigm Shift: The Science Behind Emsculpt’s HIFEM Technology for Reducing Fat and Building Muscle

What Is EMSculpt?

EMSculpt uses high-intensity electromagnetic therapy to trigger hundreds of fast muscle contractions per minute to grow new muscle fibers, building muscle size and strength. And, because a lot of calories are needed to fuel these contractions, EMSculpt also significantly increases fat metabolism (clinical studies have shown a five-times increase).

You’d need to do 20,000 sit-ups or squats to equal the muscle-building results of one EMSculpt session. And sit-ups and squats do very little to reduce fat, and cannot generate targeted fat loss, unlike EMSculpt which causes burning of local fat stores in the treatment area.

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EMSculpt was first FDA-approved in 2014.

Is EMSculpt right for me?

EMSculpt candidates are healthy male or female adults with a BMI under 25, and who are looking for an alternative to surgeries like butt implants, liposuction, or tummy tucks, or who simply want to tone up their physique.

EMSculpt may also be beneficial to athletes recovering from an injury by speeding rehab and building back muscle lost while injured. Strong muscles can also help prevent injury.

EMSculpt may not be performed during pregnancy or on people with metal in their bodies, including pacemakers and copper IUDs. Ask about any metal dental implants as they are likely far enough away from the treatment area to pose no issues.

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Key Benefits and Typical Results

• Boosts metabolism
• Get stronger
• Sessions are short
• Results quickly evident
• Non-invasive – no post-surgical recovery time and no scars
• Can aid in injury recovery and prevention
• Zero recovery time
• Reduce lower back pain
• Confidence in decades of safe use and studies
• ~1.5” reduction of waist size*
• Eliminate ~19% of your fat cells*
• Add ~16% to existing muscle*
• 96% patient satisfaction

*Typical results of study subjects. Results vary.

How do I prepare for treatment?

A consultation, always complimentary, is required prior to treatment. We recommend wearing lose, comfortable clothing to your appointment.

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What happens during treatment?

Some find the sensation of an EMSculpt treatment odd as muscles act involuntarily and in an un-natural feeling way. It is not painful and is safe. Your practitioner will slowly increase the intensity during your appointment, up to a level that is comfortable for you.

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Treatments typically last 20-40 minutes, depending upon area to be addressed.

Post-treatment care or downtime?

There is no downtime and you can immediately return to your regular activities. During treatment the waves of energy are alternated with a “tapping” phase which eliminates lactic acid build-up and limits soreness. Some patients report mild muscle ache afterwards, like a gym work out.

How long until I see results?

Results may be seen immediately after your first session. You can expect final results at three months after your appointments.

How long will results last?

Just as skipping your gym workouts leads to muscle atrophy, your EMSculpt muscular results will fade over about six months to a year unless the muscles are worked regularly. We can sustain your results with a maintenance treatment regimen. Strengthening workouts also help.

Fat cells destroyed by EMSculpt are permanently removed from your body. That does not mean remaining fat cells in the area can’t get larger, so maintaining a healthy diet is important.

How many treatments will I need?

A typical plan is four to six treatments two to three days apart. During the initial consultation, we’ll customize a plan for you.

What’s the science?

emsculpt science factsWe build muscle by contracting them repeatedly and consistently over time. When we work out, our muscle contractions are voluntary, initiated by signals from our brains. EMSculpt contractions are forced by high-intensity, focused electromagnetic energy.

These strong contractions cause the muscles to adapt and release chemicals locally, a catalyst for a deep remodeling of their structure, leading to firmer, larger muscles and a more toned appearance.

An EMSculpt treatment also releases epinephrine, a naturally occurring chemical that tells fat cells in the area to break down. These fat cells are permanently removed from your body.

Mechanisms for Action by BTL, the makers of EMSculpt.


Results of Emsculpt MRI Study

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Study: Simultaneous Fat And Muscle Effect

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(Red shows fat. Yellow shows muscle.)

emscupt mri study graph muscle gain and fat loss

(Each ID represents an individual test subject.)


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Kirsten S.
Linda and staff are amazing. I am always very happy with my treatment results. It is apparent that she researches various technologies and techniques. The applications are always evolving with new and improved products. Highly recommended.
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Excellent service and an overall pleasant experience. Victoria was professional and knowledgeable. She proposed treatments addressing both my anesthetic and medical concerns.. I could not be happier with the results. Also, the Receptionist, Mattie, was pleasant and efficient. I look forward to future treatments.
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Hayes Valley is the best! Kate did an incredible job with Dysport removing the wrinkles from my forehead, Sandra gave me great abs and glutes with Emsculpt, and Linda gave me my youthful facial structure back with Sculptra. These women are truly amazing. So glad that I found them!
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The front desk staff are super sweet and helpful. They always ask exactly what I want and I never feel like I'm being 'upsold' or encouraged to do anything other than what I came in for. I would highly recommend HVME to anybody that is on the unsure about trying some of the services they offer. You won't be disappointed. Thank you!!
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This was my first experience with any filler/injection treatment and it was very pleasant, professional and everyone there made me feel safe, welcome and I felt very knowledgeable coming out of my treatment about what to expect. I will absolutely be back!
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Diana at the front desk is so sweet, the medical assistant was amazing & personable and Kate who did my procedure is my favorite! As I walked out and met my husband, I told him how much I enjoy being there & what a good vibe Hayes has.
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Sheila and Linda took great care of me and I look younger and vibrant.  I do not trust anyone else for injectables.  Linda is careful, thoughtful, and respectful of one’s budget. I have followed her from Marin into SF and I will continue to follow her where ever she practices.
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