How Does EMTONE Reduce Cellulite?

Most women have cellulite, usually on their buttocks, thighs and belly. While normal, cellulite can be bothersome even on your most confident days.

The thing about cellulite is that it is notoriously difficult to treat. You may have tried countless creams, lotions, exercises and diets to diminish its appearance but without much success. That’s likely because cellulite is a poorly understood condition that researchers believe is the result of a multitude of factors, not all of which are easy to address.

But with major advancements in energy-based technology, there’s hope for anyone bothered by cellulite. One such solution is EMTONE by BTL, a device that combines thermal and mechanical energy to target some of the root causes of cellulite. Discover more about cellulite and explore your treatment options with EMTONE below.

What Is Cellulite?

Cellulite is a common skin condition affecting 85-90% of women and girls. It is characterized by skin dimpling on the lower body (usually in areas like the buttocks, thighs and abdomen), often described as having an “orange peel” appearance.

These visible changes get their start below the skin surface, with several factors contributing:

Fibrous Bands

Collagen strands (called fibrous septae) that connect the skin and underlying tissues thicken, shorten and retract, creating indentations in the skin surface. Fat bulges out around them.

Excess Fat

Having more fat means there’s more of it to push against the skin. While being overweight doesn’t in and of itself lead to cellulite, it can be a contributing factor.

Reduced Skin Elasticity

Cellulite becomes more prevalent as we age. With aging comes a loss of skin elasticity that can exacerbate the appearance of cellulite.

Other Underlying Causes

Your sex, genes and lifestyle can all contribute to the appearance of cellulite, as can underlying problems like hormonal imbalances and poor circulation.

It’s important to keep in mind that cellulite does not discriminate. It affects the majority of women, no matter their age, weight, activity levels and background.


EMTONE is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment for cellulite developed by BTL Aesthetics. The EMTONE device delivers a combination of radiofrequency (RF) and targeted pressure energy (TPE) to address multiple causes of cellulite.

The synergic use of two different energies makes EMTONE up to 64% more effective than many standalone treatments. The result is smoother, tighter skin with diminished cellulite, remodeled collagen fibers, improved blood flow and enhanced lymphatic drainage.

The EMTONE treatment is painless and quick with no downtime. A series of four or more sessions is recommended for optimal results. Most of our patients notice improvements within a couple of weeks and enjoy them for up to a year.

The EMTONE Experience

  • Noninvasive and needle-free: unlike some other cellulite reduction procedures, EMTONE requires no incisions or injections,
  • Quick and painless: each session is comfortable and lasts only 20 minutes
  • No downtime: you can return to your daily routine immediately after treatment
  • No lifestyle changes needed: you don’t have to alter your fitness routine or diet to see results with EMTONE
  • Suitable for all: both men and women can benefit from EMTONE, and it is FDA-cleared for use on all skin types
  • High patient satisfaction: according to BTL, 90% of treated patients are satisfied with their results

How Does EMTONE Reduce Cellulite?

The EMTONE device simultaneously emits thermal and mechanical energy in the form of monopolar RF and TPE. Here is how these two energies help make this treatment so effective:

Collagen Remodeling

The RF energy emitted by EMTONE is absorbed by the skin, which heats up to a temperature that triggers collagen remodeling. What this means is that old collagen fibers break down and are replaced by newer, healthier collagen fibers that make your skin appear smoother and tighter. This process also loosens the rigid connective tissues that create cellulite dimples by pulling down on your skin.

Fat Reduction

The RF energy delivered by EMTONE is also absorbed by underlying fat. Heating fat cells to a specific temperature causes them to rupture and die. Your immune system gradually removes these dead fat cells through its natural waste processing system, and the treated fat pockets shrink in size over several weeks to months.

Improved Circulation

EMTONE’s mechanical energy boosts microcirculation in the treatment area. Researchers believe this enhances lymphatic drainage, reduces oxidative stress and lowers inflammation — all of which help with cellulite reduction.

Greater Safety and Efficiency

Delivering TPE alongside RF has one big advantage: it makes treatment safer and more effective. That’s because TPE reduces the stability of the collagen fibers, which allows us to target the underlying problem using lower temperatures for improved safety.

Areas We Can Treat With EMTONE

EMTONE can treat cellulite in many common problem areas, including:

  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Flanks (aka love handles)
  • Lower belly
  • Upper arms
  • Knees

What the EMTONE Treatment Is Like

The combination of RF heating and TPE simultaneously heats and delivers pressure to the treatment area, explaining why some people compare EMTONE to a hot stone massage.

EMTONE is a noninvasive, quick and painless procedure. After a short consultation where we go over your medical history and talk to you about your concerns, you will get into a comfortable, relaxed position that you will remain in for the 20-minute session.

Once treatment is over, there may be minor swelling and redness that usually resolves within a couple of hours. There is no downtime involved, so you can go back to your routine as usual. We may need to schedule three more sessions spaced two to three days apart to achieve maximum improvement.

Learn More About EMTONE for Cellulite Reduction at LUCIENNE

At Lucienne Salon & Medical Spa in South Jordan, Utah, we aim to provide our clients with the most effective treatments available. Cellulite is difficult to treat, and we don’t want to waste anyone’s time with solutions that promise but don’t deliver. That’s why we choose science-backed options like EMTONE to help our clients diminish stubborn cellulite for good.

If you want to learn more about cellulite treatments at our medical spa, book your first consultation by clicking here or calling us at 801-280-9990!