Meet the 8 West team


8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic is proud to be the home of facial, skin, and body rejuvenation professionals who are at the top of their field, which includes our highly qualified medical aestheticians and aesthetic nurses.

Equally as important as their skills and experience, our team also develops long-term relationships with their patients. This is so we can have a comprehensive understanding of your body anatomy, your concerns, and their evolution through treatment. This allows us to tailor your treatment plan to best achieve your individual aesthetic goals.

Our aesthetic nurses and medical aestheticians offer a comprehensive and complimentary consultation to discuss your desired results, and provide quotes on your treatment plan.


Benefits of Emsculpt NEO


Emsculpt NEO is an advanced, FDA- and Health Canada-approved technology that can help you build muscle and burn fat simultaneously without undergoing strenuous exercises or surgery. With Emsculpt NEO, you can target specific areas of your body such as your abdomen, arms, legs, and buttocks, and sculpt them into your desired shape.

There are plenty of reasons why we love Emsculpt NEO:

  • Clinical studies showed an average 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat, and a muscle volume increase of 25%—a double-duty treatment with results you can see and feel
  • Treatments are quick and simple, and only take a lunch break per session
  • This is a non-invasive procedure—no need for anesthesia or surgery
  • There is no downtime, so you can head straight back to work or your other activities

Am I a Candidate?


Emsculpt is particularly useful for people who want to tone and strengthen their muscles while shaping their body, but have trouble achieving their desired results with traditional exercises alone. With the advanced NEO technology, the new addition of radiofrequency includes a simultaneous fat reduction element as well as skin tightening for even more effective results.

Athletes and anyone hoping to elevate their physical performance are often great candidates, but Emsculpt NEO in general is a versatile and non-invasive option for just about anyone looking for body contouring or for boosting muscle tone and shape while tackling stubborn areas of fat. While the treatment can be used to treat patients up to a BMI of 35, it is best suited for those who are close to their ideal weight. The most common Emsculpt NEO treatments are for:

  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Arms
  • Calves
  • Thighs

Another popular body contouring treatment you might think of is CoolSculpting, which is considered the gold standard non-surgical body sculpting treatment for fat loss. Emsculpt NEO is generally best for those who are focused more on building muscle rather than losing fat, but it is a good choice for those who would like both resultsthe benefits of muscle toning along with the extra boost of fat reduction.

Along with decades of experience, our medical aestheticians will suggest a treatment that will yield the results you are looking for. Take advantage of our complimentary consultations to determine if you are a candidate for Emsculpt NEO.



How is Emsculpt NEO Performed?


How exactly your Emsculpt NEO treatment will be performed depends on the area you are having treated. We will ensure that you are as comfortable as possible for the procedure. Your medical aesthetician will then locate the ideal areas for treatment. The paddle-like Emsculpt NEO applicator(s) will be placed over the skin on the treatment area, and secured comfortably with a velcro band. 

Once the treatment starts, the machine will then begin to work its HIFEM+ and RF magic on your body according to the settings that your treatment provider has customized for you based on your assessment. The machine is fully automated from this point, and all you will have to do is relax for the half-hour treatment until your medical aesthetician removes the applicator(s) and completes the treatment.

If you are receiving multiple Emsculpt NEO sessions as per your customized treatment plan, this process will then be repeated in a different area.



Emsculpt NEO abdomen treatment in Vancouver, BC


How Emsculpt NEO Works


You can think of Emsculpt NEO as a high-tech workout machine that safely uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic muscle stimulation (HIFEM+®) in conjunction with radiofrequency (RF) energy in a controlled manner to stimulate your muscles and heat layers of tissue, as if you were doing intense exercises for targeted areas of the body.

During an Emsculpt NEO treatment session, the device emits HIFEM+, which uses a powerful but harmless form of electromagnetic stimulation to contract the muscles in a targeted area. How exactly does HIFEM+ work? To answer that question, it’s important to understand the science behind muscle contractions. Muscles contract when electrical signals are sent from the brain to the muscle fibers. These signals cause the fibers to contract, which in turn causes the muscle to move.

Emsculpt NEO uses a similar principle to stimulate muscle contractions, but instead of relying on signals from the brain, it uses electromagnetic energy to directly stimulate the muscles. The HIFEM energy creates an electromagnetic field that penetrates the skin, passing electrical currents to the muscles in the targeted area. This energy causes the muscles to contract and release rapidly. These involuntary contractions are more intense than what can be achieved through voluntary muscle movements. Ultimately, this stimulates muscle growth and strengthens the targeted muscles.

At the same time, the Emsculpt NEO device also emits radiofrequency energy, which adds heat to the tissues in the area and boosts blood supply to the muscles for a more efficacious muscle toning treatment. The RF energy is also able to heat up the layers of fat cells in the area, causing them to physically break down. These fat cells get naturally metabolized by your body, and then flushed through your lymphatic system. This process results in reduced fat and increased muscle mass in the treated area.

What to Expect


During the treatment session, you will lie down in a private treatment room while the Emsculpt NEO device is placed on the targeted area of your body. You’ll feel the device emit high-intensity electromagnetic waves that cause involuntary muscle contractions, which can feel like an intense workout. You may also feel a warming sensation, similar to the feeling of a hot stone massage, as the device emits radiofrequency energy to heat up your fat cells.

There is no pre-preparation required for this procedure, but your medical aesthetician will have asked you to come to your treatment making sure you are well-hydrated. The more hydrated your skin and muscle tissues are, the less resistance they will have towards the radiofrequency energy being used with Emsculpt NEO. This allows the energy to travel more efficiently in order to selectively heat fat cells. Ultimately, this means a more effective but also a more comfortable treatment.

Each treatment session typically lasts a quick 30 minutes, and you will be able to resume your regular activities immediately after the session. Many patients describe the post-treatment sensation as feeling like they have just completed a great workout, but there is no pain or discomfort otherwise.

Results can vary depending on the individual and the targeted area of the body, but optimal results are typically seen about 3 months after completing your Emsculpt NEO treatment plan, which for most will consist of 4 sessions spaced 5-10 days apart.

On average, patients will find their Emsculpt NEO results lasting between 6 months to 1 year.  You can come in for maintenance sessions anytime within the 6 months to 1 year, but adhering to a regular exercise routine and maintaining a healthy diet will help to prolong your results.



Complementary Treatments


As Emsculpt NEO is primarily intended moreso to help enhance muscle tone, we may suggest the strategic inclusion of CoolSculpting in your body contouring treatment plan if more dedicated fat reduction is something that is recommended. Injectable contouring is also available by way of Sculptra, which can be used to augment the buttocks in a natural manner with a series of Sculptra Non-Surgical Butt Lift treatments.

Radiofrequency technology doesn’t end with Emsculpt, and further skin tightening and treatment of laxity or crepiness and texture on the body may also be used to complement results from Emsculpt NEO using treatments like Potenza RF Microneedling.

Our IV Therapy may also be of interest to you, and our series of NAD and vitamin IV treatments host a series of benefits for your health and wellness. Ask any of our wonderful staff for more information on our IV Therapies and benefits.



Learn More with a Consultation


The first step on your body contouring journey is to book a complimentary consultation with one of our aesthetic nurses and medical aestheticians. This is where you will discuss your concerns and treatment goals, and so we can do a thorough assessment to ensure Emsculpt NEO will help you achieve these. These consultations are absolutely free of charge, and we will provide you with all the information you need, including pricing, your treatment plan, and more information on the treatment itself.

If you would like to book a free consultation at 8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic, call us on (604) 733-1669 or complete this online form to receive a call back.