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Body Sculpting Demystified: What to Expect from Start to Finish

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Have you ever looked in the mirror and wished you could just tone up that one trouble spot? Even with dedication, trimming those last few inches can feel frustrating and unreachable. For those seeking a gentle method to refine their silhouette, body sculpting is the perfect solution. Think of it as a fitness hack—a shortcut to enhance your shape without the strains of plastic surgery. It targets those stubborn spots that diet and exercise sometimes can’t reach.

The value of body sculpting lies in its simplicity and efficiency. These non-invasive treatments fit so seamlessly into your life that you can book a session during your lunch break and get right back to work shortly after. Through a series of body sculpting sessions, you can sculpt, slim, and firm your body in ways that complement your health and fitness goals.

If you’re new to body sculpting, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll walk you through the science and benefits of body sculpting and show you exactly what to expect before, during, and after your first session. You’ll also learn why more and more of our Evansville patients are choosing this innovative technology.

What is Body Sculpting?

Body sculpting is the process of reshaping the physique to reduce excess fat and skin and tone muscle. This aesthetic procedure has become incredibly popular in recent years due to its ability to enhance a person’s appearance without the need for invasive surgical procedures

Dr. Paik and the Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery team are proud to offer two exceptional treatments: EMSCULPT and EXILIS. To better understand what sets these two treatments apart and choose the best option for you, let’s dive into the different benefits of each.

EMSCULPT: Muscle Toning and Fat Reduction

EMSCULPT uses what’s known as High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology. Simply put, it’s like sending your muscles to a high-powered gym session while you lie back and relax. The device induces thousands of strong muscle contractions in a single session, which helps to build muscle and burn fat. The treatment is particularly effective for stubborn areas like the abdomen and buttocks.

Here are some of the key features and benefits of EMSCULPT:

  • Muscle Building: EMSCULPT goes beyond what is achievable with typical strength training. It uses HIFEM technology to induce supramaximal contractions, which work muscles more intensely than voluntary contractions during traditional exercise. This leads to enhanced muscle fiber growth and improved muscle tone, and it is particularly effective for the abs and buttocks.
  • Fat Reduction: These intense contractions also help in reducing the layer of fat that sits above the muscles. The treatment essentially forces your body to metabolize fat cells to supply energy for muscle contractions, helping to slim down stubborn fat pockets.
  • No Downtime: One of the most appealing aspects of EMSCULPT is that there’s no recovery period. After a 30-minute session, you can get right back to your day without skipping a beat.
  • Non-invasive: EMSCULPT is a completely non-invasive treatment. That means no incisions, no anesthesia, and no scars—just results.

EXILIS: Skin Tightening and Fat Reduction

EXILIS is your skin’s new best friend. It uses a combination of radiofrequency and ultrasound technology to gently heat layers of your skin and underlying fat. This heat disrupts fat cells and encourages your skin to tighten and produce more collagen.

Here are some of the key features and benefits of EXILIS:

  • Skin Tightening: As we age, our skin loses elasticity. EXILIS counteracts this by using radiofrequency and ultrasound technology to heat the skin, stimulating collagen production. Over time, this results in tighter, more youthful-looking skin.
  • Targeted Fat Reduction: EXILIS also works wonders on localized fat deposits. The same energy that tightens skin also heats and destroys fat cells, which your body then naturally flushes away.
  • Customizable: EXILIS treatments can be tailored to suit various body parts, making it versatile for tackling specific areas of concern—whether that’s the face, neck, or other body regions.
  • Comfortable Experience: Patients typically find EXILIS to be a comfortable treatment, often likened to a warm massage. It’s a relaxing complement to any beauty regimen.

Both EMSCULPT and EXILIS offer unique pathways to a more defined, toned, and youthful appearance. By including these treatments in your beauty toolkit, you can achieve the look you desire with minimal fuss and maximum satisfaction.

What to Expect During and After Body Sculpting Treatments

Embarking on a journey with EMSCULPT or EXILIS at Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery is your first step toward feeling comfortable in your body—but what happens during and after these treatments? Let’s walk through the experience so you can step into our practice with confidence and excitement.


When you arrive for an EMSCULPT session, our team will ensure that you’re comfortable and ready. You’ll feel the device be strapped onto the area you’re targeting, such as your abdomen or buttocks. Then, the HIFEM technology gets to work, rhythmically contracting your muscles. It’s a sensation that can be intense at times, but not painful—think of it as your muscles doing a heavy workout while you relax. Each session lasts about 30 minutes, during which you can read, listen to music, or just daydream about your soon-to-be enhanced contours.


After the treatment, you may feel like you’ve just had a robust workout, with a bit of muscle fatigue or soreness. This is normal and a sign that your muscles have been engaged thoroughly. There’s no recovery time needed; you can jump back into your daily routine immediately. Over the next few weeks, your body will respond to this muscle conditioning, revealing a more sculpted look.


EXILIS treatments are similarly efficient. You’ll comfortably lie down while the EXILIS device glides over your skin, delivering a warming sensation as it heats the deeper layers of tissue. This heat aims to remodel your collagen and target fat cells, all in a relaxing, therapeutic session that can last anywhere from fifteen to thirty minutes, depending on the area being treated.


After an EXILIS session, your skin might appear slightly flushed, which typically fades within a few hours. With no downtime, you can carry on with your day with no limitations. The results—fat reduction and tighter and smoother skin—will begin to emerge after a series of sessions and continue to improve as your body naturally rebuilds collagen and processes the disrupted fat cells.

Whether you choose to experience EMSCULPT or EXILIS, the Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery team will provide you with a list of DOs and DON’Ts for post-treatment care and answer any questions you might have. We’re here to partner with you in achieving and maintaining the results you’re looking for!

Ideal Candidates for EMSCULPT and EXILIS

Wondering if you’re the right candidate for the body-sculpting wonders of EMSCULPT and EXILIS? The best candidates for EMSCULPT are often those who already lead an active lifestyle but need an extra edge to carve out the definition they crave—especially in tough-to-tone areas like the abdomen and glutes. It’s best for the gym goers who want to see their hard work pay off to the max.

As for EXILIS, it’s an incredible treatment for anyone who’s noticed that their skin isn’t snapping back like it used to and would like a smoother, firmer appearance. It’s also ideal for targeting those persistent pockets of fat that feel unchanged by diet and exercise. If you’re searching for a non-invasive way to smooth and tighten without surgery, you could be an ideal candidate for EXILIS.

How to Get Started

If you’re curious whether EMSCULPT or EXILIS can help you achieve your body goals, give us a call at 812-469-3434 or visit our Contact page to schedule your one-on-one consultation. During your consultation, we’ll learn more about what you’d like to achieve, evaluate your individual needs, and craft a personalized plan to help you reach your goals.

Ready to take the leap? The next chapter of your body’s story is just a consultation away. Reach out to us, meet Dr. Paik and our team, and let’s talk about how we can bring your unique goals to life. Let’s sculpt your future together!