Incontinence can be a frustrating and embarrassing issue., and can even be so disruptive as to reduce your quality of life. However, at Nuance Cosmetic Surgery in Sacramento, CA, we offer EMSELLA, a treatment that can strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and reduce incontinence symptoms.
How Long Does It Take to See Results From EMSELLA?
EMSELLA is a powerful, non-invasive treatment that can quickly reduce incontinence symptoms. Many patients will notice a marked improvement in bladder urgency after a single treatment session. Your final results will appear about two to four weeks after your last treatment session. For optimal results, you will likely need a few treatment sessions to retrain your pelvic floor muscles.
Most patients will need a series of four to six treatment sessions. These appointments are spaced a few days apart so that two appointments are scheduled a week. However, your treatment plan will be customized to your unique needs, so you may have six appointments spaced one week apart to get the best results.
What Can You Expect From Your Appointment?
Your appointment will only take half an hour to complete; in fact, the electromagnetic stimulation cycle takes just 28 minutes to run its full course. During your treatment, you will be seated on a specialized instrument. You will need to keep your spine straight for the duration of the treatment, keep your pelvis in the correct position, and have your feet flat on the ground. Dress in comfortable clothing for your appointment.
This treatment is very comfortable. The sensation of this treatment is most often compared to a mild tingling as muscles rapidly contract and relax. There is no cramping associated with this treatment.
How Does This Treatment Work?
This treatment uses the power of electromagnetic energy to stimulate muscle contractions in your pelvic floor. By stimulating thousands of muscle contractions in the pelvic floor, this treatment helps you retrain your muscles. Essentially, this treatment helps your body complete 11,000 Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor and regain control over urinary incontinence urges.
Is There Any Recovery Time?
There are no restrictions on your physical activities after treatment, so you can exercise as usual, go back to work, and run errands. You will also be able to drive yourself home. Stretching and drinking plenty of water after your treatment may be beneficial.
What Are the Benefits of This Treatment?
EMSELLA is specifically designed to address urinary incontinence caused by weakened pelvic floor muscles. Weak muscles in the pelvic floor are a common byproduct of natural aging for both women and men, although women who have been pregnant may experience weak pelvic floor muscles earlier in life. The main benefit of this treatment is to improve both urinary and fecal incontinence.
However, many other patients can use this treatment to improve sexual performance. For women, vaginal atrophy can make intercourse painful or cause reduced sensation that can make it harder to reach sexual completion. For men, problems such as erectile dysfunction can be caused by a weak pelvic floor. With this treatment, all of these issues can be effectively addressed.
How Effective Is This Treatment?
For the vast majority of patients, this treatment is the best non-surgical option to reduce incontinence issues. After completing all of your treatment sessions, you will likely experience a 95% improvement in your symptoms, even if you are using this treatment to address sexual performance concerns.
Many patients prefer using this treatment since it is non-invasive and uses the body’s natural muscle strength to control symptoms. While there are oral medications to control incontinence, these medications are not always effective. Likewise, surgery to address the pelvic floor may not address all of your symptoms.
How Long Do Results Last?
After your initial round of treatments, your results will last for six to 12 months at a time. To maintain your desired results, you may need to schedule annual maintenance appointments once a year. You may be able to help your results last longer if you work on biofeedback to read bladder cues more quickly.
The severity of your incontinence issues can influence how long your results last. Your age may also be a factor. Pelvic floor muscles will weaken more quickly when you are older, so mature people may only be able to enjoy results for six months rather than 12. People who have mild incontinence concerns may be able to enjoy longer-lasting results.
What Are the Symptoms of Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is very common, with over 200 million people across the world affected by the condition. However, while suddenly needing to use the restroom or having accidents is a clear sign of incontinence issues, an urgent need to go to the bathroom isn’t the only symptom of urinary incontinence.
For some people, urinary leaking during activities or because of coughing and sneezing is also a common symptom. While these symptoms may be less disruptive than an urgent bladder, they are also an early sign that your pelvic floor muscles are weakening.
Who Are Candidates for This Treatment?
Candidates for this incontinence treatment include men and women of all ages. For women, the best candidates are those who have incontinence issues, women who have recently had children, and women who have certain hormonal issues. For men, good candidates include those who have urinary incontinence and sexual performance concerns.
You are not a candidate for this treatment if you are currently pregnant. If you have certain metal devices in your body, such as screws from a hip replacement, you may not be eligible for this treatment. Women who have a copper IUD cannot use this treatment. Men and women who have pacemakers, cardiac conditions, drug pumps, or electronic implants are also not eligible for this treatment.
Reduce Incontinence and Bladder Urgency Today
A non-invasive treatment to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles can significantly reduce incontinence incidents for both women and men. This treatment is fast and can produce long-lasting results for most patients. So, to see if you are a good candidate for EMSELLA, get in touch with Nuance Cosmetic Surgery in Folsom, CA today.