David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253
HKB Knoxville Staff


Have you ever been in the gym and wished there was a better way to sculpt your body than doing endless sit-ups and squats? Well, now there is! HKB Knoxville is pleased to offer non-surgical Emsculpt body contouring treatments for women and men in Knoxville, TN.

Emsculpt named a Most Worth It treatment by Real Self

What is Emsculpt?

Emsculpt is an innovative technology that uses high-intensity electromagnetic technology to build and strengthen your abdominal and buttock muscles. It is FDA-cleared, clinically tested, non-invasive, and takes only 30 minutes. While they’re here, many patients have other nonsurgical treatments like Botox or lip fillers.

How does Emsculpt work?

One 30-minute Emsculpt session produces nearly 20,000 muscle contractions, something even the most aggressive exercise routine could never achieve. Contracting repeatedly without rest stresses the muscles, which triggers rapid changes at the cellular level to increase muscle size and strength. The muscle tissue is forced to adapt to such extreme conditions.

To supply energy for so many muscle contractions, neighboring fat cells break down. The combined action of muscle building and fat-cell reduction produces stronger, more defined muscles and a leaner physique.

Did you know? Having stronger core abdominal muscles is not only more physically attractive, but it can also help alleviate back pain.

emsculpt results

Clinical studies show reductions in waist size and fat and increases in muscle mass with Emsculpt. Research led by Dr. Brian M. Kinney, a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California, showed that muscle mass increased by about 16%, while fat decreased by nearly 19% after four sessions.

Another study found that the treatment reduced people’s waist circumference by an average of 1.5 inches after four treatments. Three months later, participants’ waist size had shrunk even more. On average Emsculpt patients lost a total of 1.7 inches.

Emsculpt can improve the shape of your buttocks without surgery.

Emsculpt is quite a popular nonsurgical butt lift treatment at our Knoxville practice. It creates a firmer, more shapely butt via muscle building, and it’s much safer than a Brazilian butt lift operation, which Dr. Reath and Dr. Walker do not perform or recommend.

In a multi-center study, patients who originally weren’t happy with the shape of their buttocks reported an 85% improvement after four Emsculpt treatments, noting that their buttocks felt more lifted and firm.

What can you expect during your Emsculpt treatment?

After you lie down, Morgan, our Emsculpt technician, will strap the applicators onto your abdomen, buttocks, or thighs. The treatment lasts only 30 minutes.

Product photo and patient

As the Emsculpt machine begins sending high-intensity electromagnetic energy to the target muscles, you’ll feel them contract powerfully. The feeling can be strange—like you’re in the middle of an intense workout, though your body isn’t actually doing anything—but it shouldn’t hurt. In fact, some people find the feeling so unusual that they laugh.

The muscle contractions cycle through different phases. Some are rapid and light, and some are slower and more powerful. The Emsculpt machine will contract your muscles hundreds of times, in just a few seconds.

During the last phase of treatment, the muscle contractions will be slow but powerful, to flush out any toxins or lactic acid released during the procedure and help reduce soreness.

You won’t need recovery time, but don’t be surprised if you do feel a little sore—like you pushed yourself through a tough workout.

How many Emsculpt treatments are recommended?

“I really enjoy working with patients to achieve their aesthetic goals. Seeing amazing results and positive changes in our patients makes my job so fulfilling.”

Morgan, our Emsculpt technician, has her degree in Kinesiology from the University of Tennessee. She worked as a trainer for the UT football team for two seasons, and the swim and dive team for one. That’s quite a lot of experience with muscle strengthening and recovery!

Everyone’s bodies and expectations are different. Some patients have as few as four treatments and others go up to eight, but six is usually the sweet spot, so that’s what we recommend.

It’s best to have your Emsculpt treatments a few days apart to get the best result and give your muscles a chance to recover.

Morgan schedules treatments on Mondays/Thursdays or Tuesdays/Fridays. You’ll want to find a time when you’ll be in town for three weeks in a row.

She’ll get you in and out quickly so you can go about the rest of your day.

You’ll see the best results from living a healthy lifestyle after your Emsculpt treatment series (including regular exercise) and returning for maintenance treatment sessions every six months.

How much do the Emsculpt treatments cost?


Package of 4 Package of 6 Package of 8
Emsculpt Treatments $1,200 $1,500 $1,950

Emsculpt Before & After Photos

Because Emsculpt is new to our practice, we don’t yet have pictures of our own patients. We appreciate the practices listed below letting us share pictures of their patients until we have time to get our own.

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