BTL Treatments Boost Control, Countenance

One device provides a face-lift sans stitches and needles. The other strengthens pelvic muscles.

What Tami* describes as “the best Christmas present I’ve ever received” came from her husband. It was a three-week trip to Italy, although the couple waited nearly four years to embark.

“COVID,” Tami says flatly. “We were originally scheduled to take the trip in May 2020, but by then COVID was raging everywhere, so we had to postpone it. It wasn’t until late last summer that we finally went, but it was worth the wait.

Emsculpt NEO

“We spent a full week in Rome, a week in Tuscany and three days in Venice. It was the trip of a lifetime, something I had been wanting to do since I was a kid. And I enjoyed every minute. I’m not sure I would have, had it not been for Island Family Health.”

Established by Nikolaos Kanellopoulos, MD, in 2018, Island Family Health provides primary care, family medicine and several leading-edge medical aesthetic services, including supervised weight loss and body contouring.

Tami, 52, discovered the practice early last year, when she tagged along with a friend to an open house hosted by Rania Donous, a body contour specialist who is also the practice’s aesthetics manager.

“I didn’t go there looking for anything in particular,” Tami offers. “I was just curious about some of their aesthetic services. But I wound up winning a raffle for a small package of services that included something I really needed, so it worked out really well for me.”

The prize included one treatment session with three of Island Family Health’s most popular aesthetic and body contouring devices from BTL: Emsculpt NEO®, Emsella® chair and Emface®.

Two-in-One Procedure

Emsculpt NEO treatments burn fat while toning and strengthening the muscles in the target area; the Emsella chair treatments strengthen pelvic floor muscles, and Emface provides what Rania refers to as a “needle-free face-lift.”

“I’ve heard nothing but great things about Emsculpt NEO, so I was really happy that was in the package,” Tami offers. “The two items in the package I was most excited about, though, were the Emsella chair and Emface treatments.

“I’m a mother of three, and a couple of years ago, I started to have some serious problems with urinary incontinence. Anytime I sneezed, coughed or laughed really hard, I would have some leakage. And I was finding it harder and harder to control my bladder.

Emsella chair

“I was really starting to worry this would ruin our trip, so I was ecstatic to learn about the Emsella chair. And what woman in her 50s wouldn’t want a little touch up aesthetically? I know I did, so I signed up for the Emsella chair and Emface treatments that night.”

As its name suggests, the Emsella chair is just that — a chair that patients sit on comfortably while fully clothed. The chair emits pulses of electromagnetic energy that create muscle contractions in the pelvic floor that
simulate Kegel exercises.

But the degree of contractions created by the Emsella chair is far greater than any human can achieve, and studies show that a course of two 30-minute treatments per week for three weeks typically restores neuromuscular control.

“The Emsella chair is amazing,” Tami raves. “You just sit there, and it gives this pelvic floor workout that took away my leakage and incontinence problem in a matter of weeks. It absolutely restored my bladder control and my confidence.”

Tami’s confidence got another boost from Emface, a drug-free nonsurgical aesthetic treatment that uses radiofrequency (RF) and high-intensity facial electromagnetic stimulation (HIFES) to tone muscles and lift the face.

During each treatment, synchronized RF creates thermal energy that promotes collagen and elastin production while the HIFES generates pulses that selectively stimulate facial muscle contractions.

“Emface specifically targets the forehead and the three muscles under the zygomatic cheekbone,” Dr. Kanellopoulos explains. “Those three muscles below the zygomatic cheekbone are the ones that lose laxity as we age. But Emface helps build them back up.

“This is the only procedure that provides synchronized RF to improve skin texture and smoothness and muscle toning at the same time. It’s a needle-free, two-in-one procedure that provides great results.”

The results of nine clinical studies assessing more than 700 treatments shows that in addition to reducing wrinkles by 37 percent, Emface treatments improve muscle tone by 30 percent, collagen production by 26 percent and provide 23 percent lift to the face.

“Men can benefit from Emface as much as women, and there are no restrictions in terms of skin type or tone,” Rania adds. “This is an excellent anti-aging solution that can even be used by someone receiving BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments or other neurotoxins or fillers.”

Relaxing Facial Massage

Tami has done BOTOX in the past, so she was eager to see what “a more natural treatment approach” would do. The results, she says, exceeded her hopes and expectations.


“First of all, it’s a very relaxing treatment, not painful in anyway” Tami informs. “You just lie there for 30 minutes and relax, and these pads that they put on your forehead and cheeks do the rest.

“It’s like getting a facial massage, and the results are just incredible. I noticed a difference the very next day. My skin was smoother and much firmer. It plumps your face up but in a way that looks very natural. It just makes you look fresher.”

Tami is among the more than 90 percent of patients who say they are pleased with the results of their Emface treatments. She’s so pleased that she intends to get “maintenance treatments” every few months to retain the refreshed look.

“I could not be happier with the results of both the Emsella chair and Emface treatments,” Tami confirms. “They’ve made me feel and look like I’m 15 years younger, and they made my trip to Italy a lot better.

“I didn’t have to worry at all about laughing or sneezing or coughing and didn’t feel a need to search for the nearest bathroom at every stop we made. And the pictures we took are amazing. I look as beautiful as some of the settings they were taken in.

“So, yes, I’m a fan of the Emsella chair and Emface, and I’m a big fan of Island Family Health. Dr. K and Rania and her staff are just wonderful. They go above and beyond for their patients, and they’re all so friendly and kind. I recommend them to anyone.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Product photos courtesy of BTL. mkb
* Patient’s name changed at her request.
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    • Island Family Health

      Island Family Health is a Family Practice providing a wide array of primary care services founded by Dr. Nik Kanellopoulos in 2018 and is located in beautiful Merritt Island, Florida. The top priority of Island Family Health providers and st... Read More

    • Nikolaos Kanellopoulos, MD

      Nikolaos Kanellopoulos, MD, is a board-certified primary care physician with more than 15 years of experience. He was born and raised in Greece and received his medical degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Medicine in ... Read More