EMSculpt NEO vs. CoolTone vs. truSculpt fleX Muscle Toning
Updated: Mar 22
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It takes a very long time and a lot of commitment to build muscles. When you work out, muscles are stimulated by contractions, and once a threshold is reached, the muscle fibers tear. This triggers your body's natural repair process, which repairs the fibers, resulting in an increase in size.
Even though working out is great and highly encouraged, the actual physical motion can now be replicated with technology. To no one’s surprise, technology can achieve the same thing but faster and much, much better.
The EMSculpt NEO, CoolTone, and truSculpt flex are FDA-approved treatments used to enhance muscle tone. All are non-invasive, require zero incisions or injections, and result in no downtime at all, just muscle soreness. Since each treatment helps achieve virtually the same results, which one is better?
EMSculpt Neo vs. truSculpt fleX: The Table of Stats
Let's take a look at the high level statistics of the two muscle sculpting devices and how they compare with one another:
15- or 45-minutes
Magnetic Muscle Stimulation
Number of Contractions
Energy Absorbed by Muscles
30% - 40%
Areas per Treatment
Cooltone vs. EMSculpt NEO
Both treatments help build, tone and strengthen major muscle groups by stimulating powerful muscle contractions. Each 30-minute treatment can trigger up to 20,000 contractions. The significant differences between the two treatment options involve fat reduction, possible treatment areas, how long the treatment has been on the market, and the type of energy used to stimulate contractions.
While CoolTone enhances muscles, EMSculpt NEO strengthens muscles and reduces fat. EmSculpt was also the first such procedure cleared by the FDA. Both treatments can address core muscles, buttocks, and thighs; however, EMSculpt can also address the upper arms.
Cooltone vs. truSculpt fleX
CoolTone uses a Magnetic Muscle Stimulation (MMS) device to tone and firm muscles in the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. The muscle contractions produced by the device penetrate through the fat layer to target only the muscle layer. truSculpt fleX uses a Bio-electric Muscle Stimulation device (EMS) to target the same problem areas.
truSculpt fleX vs. EMSculpt NEO
truSculpt flex and EMSculpt NEO are similar treatments. Both involve stimulating muscle contractions using external stimulation; however, truSculpt flex has significant advantages in terms of flexibility and specificity.
The hardware required by the EMSculpt NEO system is bulky and does not offer focused muscle stimulus. truSculpt fleX, however, stimulates specific muscle groups using a single handpiece. It also provides better body coverage and allows for the treatment of two areas at once.
What is CoolTone?
CoolTone targets the muscle cells in your body. Contrary to the name, CoolTone does not use any form of freezing technology to achieve results.
CoolTone uses a process called magnetic muscle stimulation (MMS) to send bursts of electromagnetic energy into the muscles. This causes the muscles to contract (similar to a muscle spasm). CoolTone helps to tighten, and tone targeted muscle fibers.
Does CoolTone Actually work?
It is important to note that CoolTone will not "build" muscle. To build or enlarge muscles, you must damage the muscle fiber. CoolTone will, however, show visible improvements to muscle tone and definition. For most, results begin to appear in two to four weeks after treatments and last for an average of six months.
How Much Does CoolTone Cost?
The total cost of CoolTone treatments depends on how many sessions you require to achieve your desired results. A single CoolTone treatment ranges from $750 to $1000. Most patients need six or more sessions spaced at regular intervals. Again, the exact number of treatments will vary from person to person.
What is EMSculpt NEO?
EMSculpt NEO is the first and only non-invasive body shaping procedure that accomplishes two goals. Not only does a 30-minute session help tone and define muscle, but it will also eliminate fat. EMSculpt NEO uses a high-intensity magnetic field (HIFEM) to stimulate muscles.
Does EMSculpt NEO Really Work?
The results obtained from EMSculpt NEO treatments have been studied in several studies since its introduction. Recent data shows the average patient experiences an increase in muscle of 25% and a reduction in fat of 30%. Most patients will see results from their treatment within one to three months.
How much does EMSculpt NEO cost?
The average cost of EMSculpt NEO treatments ranges from $500 to $1500 per session. A minimum of four sessions is required, although more sessions are needed to maintain muscle tone. While the fat reduction is permanent, follow-up treatments are necessary every three months to maintain muscle tone.
What is truSculpt flex?
The truSculpt fleX uses Electro Muscular energy to precisely target muscles and force algorithm-controlled contractions through electrical currents.
Each session is the equivalent of 54,000 repetitions per muscle group. A full fleX treatment yields the results of 3-6 months of consistent High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). The fleX treatment process allows for precise muscle fiber targeting, and as many as eight muscle groups can be targeted at one time.
Does truSculpt fleX work?
Studies show truSculpt fleX provides an average of 33% increase in muscle mass after four to six treatments. Although results are visible within six weeks, muscles will continue to develop after treatment. Optimal results are visible after twelve weeks.
How much does truSculpt fleX cost?
The truSculpt flex usually consists of 4 treatments, costing about $600 per session. Up to eight areas can be treated in a single session, and results last for three months.
So, which is better, EMSculpt NEO, CoolTone, or truSculpt fleX?
In the end, truSculpt fleX treatments provide the best results for most patients. With just a few short sessions, patients see significant results.
Also, the technology used as part of the truSculpt fleX treatment process allows for specific, targeted treatment instead of other treatment methods.
truSculpt fleX treatments are less costly overall, and you can expect virtually no side effects or downtime. 100% of the energy produced is directed into the muscles, and you can treat up to 4 areas with each treatment.
The truSculpt fleX is the most recent pioneer, and its technological developments have significantly improved the efficacy of this type of treatment. Its use of MonoPolar RadioFrequency energy allows for the most targeted muscle stimulation ever seen.
While other treatments are the equivalent of 20,000 to 24,000 repetitions, a fleX treatment is equivalent to 54,000 repetitions. If you want both less fat and more muscle, the truSculpt iD and fleX combination is probably your best bet.