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Urinary incontinence starts slowly. At first, it’s a leak during a hard sneeze or a heavy lift at the gym. Then it becomes more frequent. You find yourself getting up several times a night to use the bathroom (no wonder you’ve been feeling groggy lately). Eventually, you can’t exercise without worrying about an embarrassing accident, you’re nervous on long drives and you struggle to relax at work or social events. Now urinary incontinence is affecting your quality of life.
At Krch Aesthetic Medicine, we’re excited to bring the latest technology for treating urinary incontinence to Phoenix — BTL’s Emsella. Emsella strengthens the pelvic floor muscles by stimulating thousands of contractions per session. This unique technology treats the entire pelvic floor while you sit comfortably in the treatment chair and remain fully clothed. Contact us to request your Emsella consultation today.
Why Does Pelvic Floor Strength Matter?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles located at the base of the pelvis. These muscles act as a support structure keeping various organs — including the bladder, the uterus (in women) and the prostate (in men) — in place. They also help maintain bladder and bowel control and play a role in sexual sensation and function.
When your pelvic floor is healthy, you can go to the bathroom without issues. Your body tightens and relaxes the pelvic floor muscles just like it does when using any other muscle. But if you have pelvic floor dysfunction, your muscles may be excessively tight or too relaxed, which prevents your body from contracting and relaxing them as it should.
Weakened pelvic floor muscles cannot fully support your internal organs and you may have difficulty controlling the release of urine. Targeted strengthening of these muscles can rehabilitate them, restore control and help you feel like yourself again.
What is Emsella?
From the makers of Emsculpt NEO, Emsella is a ground-breaking noninvasive treatment for incontinence. Emsella is a special chair equipped with electromagnetic energy technology that induces pelvic floor muscle contractions — a movement similar to Kegel exercises, but far more powerful than any pelvic floor training you could do on your own.
Over time, these contractions re-educate your pelvic floor muscles. They develop the strength to hold fluids in and support your bladder the way they’re supposed to. As a bonus, some people notice improved sexual sensation or performance, since the same muscles are involved in supporting the vaginal canal in women and erectile function and ejaculation control in men.
How Does Emsella Work?
The technology that powers Emsella is the same technology behind Emsculpt and Emsculpt NEO: high-intensity focused electromagnetic (HIFEM) energy. The Emsella chair (which some have colorfully dubbed the “Kegel Throne”) sends this energy through clothing and skin to trigger rapid supramaximal pelvic floor muscle contractions. This replicates the act of doing Kegel exercises, but eliminates the need to worry about doing them correctly and regularly. A single Emsella session is equal to performing thousands of Kegel exercises, and all it takes is 30 minutes.
What Conditions Can Emsella Improve?
Emsella is most effective for levels 0 and 1 stress urinary incontinence. With this type of incontinence, urine leaks when pressure is exerted on the abdomen and bladder. This commonly happens during:
- Heavy lifting
- Bending over
Stress incontinence is especially common in women.
How Do I Know If I’m a Good Candidate for Emsella?
Emsella is an option for women of any age who are struggling with loss of bladder control. Female urinary incontinence is linked to a variety of causes, including pregnancy, childbirth, aging, menopause, hysterectomy and neurological disorders. Emsella may be the solution you’re seeking if:
- You leak urine when you exercise, sneeze, laugh or cough
- You use the bathroom frequently and often have to rush to get there
- Your fear of leaks prevents you from enjoying social activities
- You worry about losing control during intimate moments
- You hesitate to spend extended periods of time away from home
- You’re tired of spending money on adult incontinence products
Most people can safely undergo treatment with Emsella. Generally, the only patients who are not good candidates for Emsella are those who are pregnant, have certain medical conditions or have a pacemaker or other implanted metal device.
How Effective Is Emsella?
Five clinical studies have been published on Emsella to date. In these studies, 95 percent of patients report an improved quality of life after completion of the Emsella treatment program. Please note that individual results may vary with any medical treatment.
How Should I Prepare For Emsella Treatment?
You don’t need to do much before an Emsella treatment. The most important step of preparation is coming in for a consultation. During this initial meeting, we’ll confirm that Emsella is the right choice for your concerns and let you know what to expect from the treatment process.
Emsella is a noninvasive treatment, so you won’t need anesthesia and you won’t need to arrange for someone to take you home. You won’t even need to undress (incontinence can be embarrassing, but getting treatment for it shouldn’t have to be). We recommended wearing comfortable clothes and removing jewelry and any other metal accessories.
What Should I Expect After an Emsella Treatment?
There is no downtime following an Emsella treatment. You may resume daily activities right away, including work and exercise. Emsella doesn’t require you to make adjustments to your usual routine, and sessions are so short that you can easily squeeze them into a lunch hour or a break between errands.
What About Emsella For Men?
Good news, gents — Emsella is now FDA-approved for male urinary incontinence, too. Incontinence in men is often linked to prostate problems or their treatments. An enlarged prostate may affect the flow of urine, causing a weak stream, frequent urination or leaking. Stress incontinence can occur when the prostate gland is removed and the lower part of the bladder doesn’t have enough support. Other factors that may contribute to male incontinence include certain neurological disorders, smoking, being overweight and family history.
What is Emsella Treatment Like?
Your Phoenix Emsella treatment should be a comfortable and convenient experience. You’ll simply sit down on the chair, fully clothed, and relax until the session is complete. Feel free to read a book, watch your favorite show or catch up on the emails you’ve been ignoring.
A typical Emsella treatment takes about 30 minutes. You will feel your pelvic floor muscles contracting and a tingling sensation. It may feel unusual, but it won’t feel painful. You won’t need to take medication or use anesthesia during your treatment sessions.
What Results Can I Achieve with Emsella?
You may notice improved bladder control after a single Emsella session. On top of those immediate improvements, results typically continue to improve over the next few weeks. Results build gradually as your pelvic floor muscles become stronger.
How Many Emsella Treatments Will I Need?
Just like building strong muscles in the gym requires multiple workouts, most people benefit from undergoing a series of Emsella treatments. The most common treatment program consists of six 30-minute sessions. Doing two treatments weekly is ideal, but you can also do one per week for six weeks if that’s better for your schedule. You may also benefit from doing routine maintenance sessions after you’ve completed your initial series.
Contact Krch AESTHETIC MEDICINE
At Krch Aesthetic Medicine, our focus is the overall well-being and quality of life of our patients — what we like to call ‘complete revitalization.’ Dr. Krch and his team are dedicated to providing the most effective aesthetic procedures, as well as treatments that improve your health and confidence. We believe our beloved Phoenix community deserves the best, and the best is never just skin deep.
To learn more about Emsella for urinary incontinence, call Krch Aesthetic Medicine at 480-493-5833 or contact us online to arrange a complimentary in-person or virtual consultation.