Tina West, MD | Bethesda Magazine

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Tina West, MD

The West Institute

5530 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 925

Chevy Chase




You’re the first and only provider of Emsculpt in Montgomery County. How does Emsculpt work, and what is the difference between EmSculpt and CoolScultping?

Emsculpt is the first and only treatment that simultaneously burns fat and builds muscle, resulting in a “6 pack” abdomen or butt lift in four treatment sessions. It’s this duality that really sets Emsculpt apart.

Using high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) energy, Emsculpt initiates 20,000 muscle contractions in each 30-minute session. These supramaximal contractions cause thickening and strengthening of abdominal and gluteal muscles while also signaling fat cells to breakdown and die.

MRI studies show increased muscle mass at four weeks and even more at six months. With a 96 percent satisfaction rating, Emsculpt is an ideal treatment for women and men who want to tighten and firm their abdomen and buttocks, without surgery, recovery or sweating it out at the gym. The technology works especially well for athletic patients who want to take their physiques to the next level.

The West Institute was among the first practices in the country to introduce CoolSculpting, the gold standard treatment worldwide for permanent destruction of fat cells by selectively freezing them. CoolSculpting eliminates unwanted fat anywhere on the body with no downtime.

While CoolSculpting permanently destroys fat cells; Emsculpt builds muscle. At the West Institute, we recommend debulking areas of unwanted fat first with Coolsculpting, followed by muscle building and definition with Emsculpt. Emsculpt also reduces fat by approximately 20 percent when used to treat the abdomen.

With over 20 years of aesthetic expertise in Maryland, what cosmetic procedures are trending in your practice?

Prejuvenation! Our practice is seeing younger patients (21-30) interested in preventative treatments like Baby Botox, which uses micro-doses of Botox to soften wrinkles and preserve a refreshed yet natural appearance.

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