AdvancedMD Aesthetics


Emsculpt Neo vs. truSculpt Flex

We all have different body goals, and for some, achieving them may be more challenging than for others. When you look good, you feel good. A healthy body can enhance your appearance and positively impact your overall health and well-being. Whether the goal is to tone a specific area or create the look of more-defined muscles, today’s options extend beyond the gym to include popular body-contouring treatments. These non-invasive and minimally-invasive devices work on many body parts to get you that much closer to the body of your dreams. Two body-sculpting treatments we talk about a bit later is Emsculpt neo vs. truSculpt flex.

No matter if your problem areas are your abdomen, legs, thighs, or arms, there’s a non-invasive body contouring treatment that promises to tighten and tone. Although these treatments are not to be used as a means to an end or for weight loss, they can help fine-tune your concerns with quick and effective results with no downtime. Two of the most popular body-sculpting treatments are Emsculpt Neo and TruSculpt Flex, and they’re pretty different.

Emsculpt NEO is the newest device from the Emsculpt family. It’s a non-invasive body contouring treatment that relies on focused energy to stimulate deep muscle contractions to tone specific areas of the body while reducing fat. 

TruSculpt Flex is also a non-invasive treatment. Rather than focused energy, it employs radiofrequency energy to spot treat pockets of unwanted fat and create a toned and sculpted appearance by stimulating the muscles. truSculpt focuses on fat and muscle for more of a streamlined overall contour.

Ahead, we break down everything there is to know about these two treatments to determine which one is right for you.

Which is better, Emsculpt Neo or TruSculpt Flex?

It’s not a case of which treatment is better but which is right for you. Depending on your target concerns dictate which procedure you’ll benefit from most. While both treatments have benefits in creating a sculpted and more toned appearance, they each use different technologies to hone in on problem areas. Still, TruSculpt Flex offers more in reducing unwanted fat for an overall contoured effect.

One reason why patients like TruSculpt Flex is because of its versatility. Whereas Emsculpt Neo is used on the thighs, abdomen, and arms, TruSculpt Flex can effectively target pockets of unwanted fat from pretty much anywhere on the body. Popular treatment areas include the waist, arms, hips, legs, butt, and back. Its versatility also allows multiple locations to be treated in a single session.

What’s the main difference between Emsculpt Neo and TruSculpt Flex?

The most significant point of difference between Emsculpt Neo and TruSculpt Flex is the type of energy each device uses. Emsculpt Neo uses focused energy (HIFEM+) with radiofrequency to cause muscle contraction and stimulation. As a result, the muscles become more toned and better defined by forcing the muscle to contract at a very deep level. But the treatment doesn’t address fat.

On the flip side, TruSculpt Flex uses radiofrequency energy to target unwanted fat and reduce it (it’s often viewed as an alternative to liposuction and more invasive fat-reducing procedures, but it’s completely non-invasive). In addition, by eliminating pockets of stubborn fat, the underlying muscles are covered by less fat, allowing them to become more defined and visible over time. 

Are both Emsculpt Neo and TruSculpt Flex permanent?

The results you’ll see from each treatment are different, and how long they’ll last differs from one procedure to the next. With Emsculpt Neo, the effects last about one year and are temporary since the treatment only strengthens the muscles through rapid muscle contraction. Maintenance sessions are often recommended annually to keep up with any new definition you’ll see from the treatment. But with truSculpt Flex, the results are permanent since heat eliminates unwanted fat. 

What is better than Emsculpt Neo?

While Emsculpt Neo is good for creating definition, truSculpt Flex takes it one step further and helps reduce hard-to-get-rid-of areas of fat. As a result, the underlying muscle’s natural tone and definition can better show through by eliminating fat. Plus, truSculpt Flex also comes with the added benefit of defining muscles.

Is truSculpt Flex better than Emsculpt Neo?

We think so! truSculpt Flex is one of our favorite body-contouring terminates to perform because of its unparalleled results. It’s quick—it takes about 15 minutes—easy and effective. Plus, it works on various body parts, such as the abdomen, thighs, and butt, to create added definition and tone and reduce unwanted fat pockets. truSculpt Flex is more of a customizable treatment with three different modes to activate the muscle differently.

Are these treatments painful?

No. Emsculpt Neo and TruSculpt Flex are considered non-invasive body sculpting treatments and don’t come with the pain, during or after the treatment, that other body sculpting procedures are known for. 

Patients say that Emsculpt has a strange and unfamiliar feeling with a combination of heat followed by a buzzing and tapping sensation. truSculpt Flex feels like nothing at all and is quick—you’re in and out in about 15 minutes

Is truSculpt Flex or Emsculpt Neo better for fat reduction?

Hands down, truSculpt Flex is the better option for permanent fat reduction. The device was built specifically to reduce fat in specific areas with the added benefit of added muscle definition. Emsculpt Neo is a procedure that works exclusively on building and toning muscle. 

Are there any side effects with truSculpt Flex or Emscupt Neo? 

Generally speaking, both truSculpt Flex and Emscupt Neo are well tolerated with little to no side effects. However, some patients may notice light skin flushing or some redness in the treated area accompanied by mild swelling and tenderness that may last for one to two days.