There’s never any shame in wanting to look your best and feel comfortable in your body, no matter your age, though it’s important to seek genuine improvements and steer clear of unrealistic promises. That makes the guidance of practiced professionals, like those at Glow Medispa in West Seattle, an invaluable resource on the path toward realizing your true beauty. There, founder Dr. Kate Dee and her friendly staff offer skin care, laser resurfacing, skin tightening, injectables, and body-sculpting services tailored to your personal goals, in a judgment-free setting.
Before shifting to aesthetic medicine, Dee worked as a breast cancer specialist for 16 years, establishing herself as one of the top doctors in the city. Throughout her life, she had always held a healthy skepticism for the beauty industry, and now, each of her patients benefits from her measured, fact-based approach—she would never suggest a treatment or a technology that she wouldn’t use on herself.
One such device is the state-of-the-art Emsculpt NEO. “We got ours at the end of November, and we were one of the first offices in the country to get it,” Dee explains. Its innovative design combines two procedures to maximize results. Simultaneously, radiofrequency heats and kills fat cells, while HIFEM+, or high-intensity focused electromagnetic field, stimulates and strengthens muscles. “It was a big improvement with the same amount of time involved,” she adds. “It’s a half-hour session, with four sessions total.”
The treatment doesn’t cause pain, although it can feel powerful, with different protocols ramping up or lessening to allow lactic acid in the muscles to deplete. “It’s a very strong contraction of the muscle, stronger than you can actually do with your brain. It does that 20,000 times in half an hour. So it’s super intense, but it doesn’t hurt,” Dee says. “At times it can feel like maybe it’s going to be a little crampy, then it’s not. Once you ease into it, it starts to feel really good. Usually by the end, it’s like, Ooh, when can I do this again?”
Radiofrequency is tuned to “melt” fat cells, but it only warms the skin, so it can make some people a little sweaty, too. Ultimately, fat is reabsorbed by the surrounding tissue and naturally excreted from your body over time. “We see close to maximum results around one month after you’re done, although you generally see it improving a little bit over the next three to five months,” Dee adds.
Outcomes with the first-generation Emsculpt (which Glow Medispa has used since 2018) were already impressive, but the NEO takes them even further—on average, leading to a 25% increase in muscle mass and a 30% loss in fat, measured by CT, MRI, and ultrasound. “So far, people are really excited about it. We can already feel that it’s quicker and more dramatic,” Dee says. “People are saying they’ve lost inches off of their waistline, which is cool.”
Emsculpt NEO is FDA-cleared for treatment on your abdominals, buttocks, arms, calves, and thighs. Almost anyone is amenable to the process; however, people with pacemakers, metal implants in the target area, or rare lymphatic system disorders are ineligible. Glow Medispa has a full suite of complementary body-sculpting tools, including Vanquish ME, Exilis Ultra, and Cellutone, providing additional noninvasive alternatives to traditional liposuction surgeries.
Before utilizing any machines, Dee and her team consult with each patient in person or virtually to determine what course of action is best suited to them. Whether you’re looking to tighten your belly after childbirth or get rid of stubborn love handles or saddle bags, the Glow Medispa team will use the latest advancements in the field and years of expertise to help you get there. “We only have treatments that are scientifically sound and make sense, and we treat people like friends,” Dee says.
At this time, Glow Medispa – West Seattle is the only office that offers the Emsculpt NEO. To make an appointment, visit glowspaseattle.com.