Physiq and Katalyst: Which is Better for Me?

For  patients seeking non-invasive body contouring, the options of devices can be a little confusing. To add to the confusion, two of the technologies out there use the same acronym EMS to describe their technology.  (These are not to be confused by the long-standing use of EMS as an acronym for Emergency Medical Services).  For some devices, EMS stands for electromagnetic stimulation.

What is Physiq?

At Rothaus Plastic Surgery and HausMD , luxury medspas in New York,  the non invasive body contouring device that we use for patients is the Physiq by CartessaAesthetics. Physiq is an FDA approved device for body contouring and muscle toning that uses diode light and EMS to eliminate fat and tone muscle. Physiq utilizes Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) technology to achieve muscle toning and definition. The Physiq combines light energy (diode) with EMS. The purpose of the diode is to achieve reduction in the fatty subcutaneous layer. In fact, Physiq was the first device to allow simultaneous treatment in one  session with two energies for non-invasive body sculpting.  In other words, with the Physiq one can get not only muscle toning, but simultaneous fat reduction with no recovery time.

How Often Do I Need Physiq Treatments?

After a series of Physiq treatments (5 sessions over a two-month period), our board certified surgeons often recommend that the patients continue with EMS treatments alone.  Although our studies, that have been submitted for publication, documented the increase in the thickness of the rectus abdominis muscle (stomach wall muscle), we did not have published data to present  to patients to support the  long-term  efficacy in maintaining muscle tone.

However, we were very interested in the recently published Wall Street Journal article about incorporating electrical muscle stimulation in workouts.

Katalyst Workout Suits

This article, authored by Perri Ormont Blumber, describes a new exercise suit that you wear while working out. The suit is called the Katalyst  The suit is unique because it incorporates EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) to help  augment the effects on your muscles  while training.  The Katalyst system and its uses are very different from how a patient would use a Physiq system in the office, so one definitely cannot make a one-to-one comparison.  However, in our opinion, it does support the concept of the long-term use of electrical muscle stimulation as a body toning and training device. 

Physiq Body Contouring & Sculpting at Our NYC Offices

If you are interested in non-invasive Physiq body contouring and muscle toning, Rothaus Plastic Surgery has two plastic & cosmetic surgery offices in Manhattan and Westchester, NYC. During a consultation, our board-certified surgeons and physician assistants will discuss the Physiq treatment and benefits including no recovery time. If you are interested in discussing this in person, feel free to contact our offices or call 212-737-0770 to schedule a consultation.

We would be delighted to see you.