I’d seen the pics on Instagram (athleisure-clad bodies brandishing Emsculpt paddles). I’d heard real talk from fellow beauty editors (one found the treatment too uncomfortable to endure; others described it as “odd” or “freaky”). And I’d read breathless testimonials from top dermatologists (including the notoriously skeptical ones, like New York City laser specialist Heidi Waldorf, who told me, “after just one session, my back felt better from the stimulation of deep abdominal core muscles, and the relief lasted for several days”). Still, I was dubious.
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