WATCH: Island Family Health in Merritt Island Host Open House Today, Highlights New EMFace Machine

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Open House runs from 12-6 p.m. today

WATCH: Primary care physician Dr. Nikolaos Kanellopoulos of Island Family Health discusses state-of-the-art body sculpting technology, including Emsculpt® NEO, which builds muscle and sculpts the body. “It uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic and radiofrequency technology that burns stubborn fat, tones and strengthens the muscles in the area being targeted and even tightens the skin in those areas.”

ABOVE VIDEO: Primary care physician Dr. Nikolaos Kanellopoulos of Island Family Health demonstrates state-of-the-art body sculpting technology, Emsculpt® NEO on Space Coast Daily’s Karina Connor.

BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – We work out prodigiously and carefully watch our food intake, but it seems that no matter how hard we may try, that nasty fat prevents us from having the abs and thighs of our dreams, the arms, legs, and derriere of our desire.

“Fat is very hard to lose,” said primary care physician Dr. Nikolaos Kanellopoulos of Island Family Health in Merritt Island.

We need not be slaves to exercise and diet, however, for state-of-the-art body sculpting technology exists to burn that stubborn fat and replace it with tight, beautiful musculature, sans the never-ending squats, lunges and salads.

It is called Emsculpt® NEO and its results can seem almost miraculous, because not only does it work well, but it requires no downtime and is non-invasive, to boot.

“Emsculpt® NEO builds muscle and sculpts the body,” added Dr. Kanellopoulos.

“It uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic and radiofrequency technology that burns stubborn fat, tones and strengthens the muscles in the area being targeted and even tightens the skin in those areas.”

EMSCULPT NEO builds off the legacy of its predecessor, EMSCULPT, by simultaneously emitting both radiofrequency and high-intensity electromagnetic energies. The end result is more fat reduction and muscle growth than any single gold-standard product, for less time and less money. Best of all, EMSCULPT NEO has broad appeal as it can treat patients up to BMI 35.

It is so effective that it was selected by InStyle magazine as one of the best, non-invasive, cutting-edge beauty treatments of 2021.

Emsculpt NEO takes the already effective and FDA-approved Emsculpt to the next generation of efficacy in reshaping troublesome spots such as thighs, arms, stomach and buttocks.

In just a 30-minute session, the device safely and painlessly heats fat cells to death, with lipids safely released into the lymph system, where they are in time excreted from the body. It then “tricks” muscles into thinking you have achieved 20,000 crunches or squats by triggering approximately 24,000 muscle contractions in the targeted area.

Think how long it would be to actually do 20,000 crunches.

“It allows you to reach a level of fitness that otherwise would not be possible in that short an amount of time,” said Dr. Kanellopoulos.

Clinical studies note that after four treatments, Emsculpt NEO typically experiences a 30 percent decrease in fat in the target area, plus a 25 percent increase in muscle growth.

Four sessions seem to be the magic number for optimal results. Patients may notice muscles becoming taut after the first session, but fat melts slowly, with best results appearing one to three months after the last session.

“Some patients may need more sessions, but I recommend patients go through at least four sessions to achieve the best results,” said Dr. Kanellopoulos.

Sessions can be spaced five to 10 days apart. The treatment is best suited for women or men with a Body Mass Index, or BMI, of no more than 35, individuals who are just having a tough go getting rid of stubborn fat.

Athletes who need a boost in their muscular strength are also good candidates. It is not a replacement for liposuction and it is not advised for patients with metal implants such as pacemakers or IUDs.

Unlike other body contouring devices, which carry the possible side effect of pulmonary arterial hypertension, Emsculpt NEO has no known side effects.

There are also no needles or pain. The patient lies comfortably on a table as the applicator is placed on the targeted area for 30 minutes. They will feel the contractions and start to notice a positive change almost immediately.

They may break into a sweat because the body believes it is working out, but that is the extent of the discomfort. Treatment is quick and patients can continue their daily routine, be it going back to work or going out with friends, immediately afterward.

An exercise regime, recommended by Dr. Kanellopoulos and his Island Family health staff, helps maintain the improvements over time. While the fat cells are gone, it is not a permit to hog the buffet, since residual fat cells could increase in size with significant weight gain.

An exercise regime, recommended by Dr. Kanellopoulos and his Island Family health staff, helps maintain the improvements over time. While the fat cells are gone, it is not a permit to hog the buffet, since residual fat cells could increase in size with significant weight gain.

Emsculpt NEO can be used in conjunction with BTL Emsella® chair – which targets the muscles of the pelvic floor – for patients with urinary incontinence for “Core to Floor” therapy. Patients sit fully clothed on a special chair that simulates more than 11,000 Kegel exercises in order to tone bladder and pelvic floor muscles. There is no surgery, no medications.

In addition to Emsculpt NEO and the BTL Emsella Chair, Island Family Health offers UltraSlim®, the only non-invasive and immediate fat loss device to be approved by the FDA. UltraSlim offers faster results than CoolSculpting®, SculpSure® or truSculpt iD® without the accompanying recovery time and discomfort of these methods.

UltraSlim® works with a specific wavelength of visible red light to open pores on the fat cell wall, allowing fat to leak out of the cells for up to 48 hours. This red light is cool to the touch and does not cause heat or cellular damage to the fat cells. As a result, no unwanted tissue side effects have been noted with UltraSlim. Patients do not experience any discomfort during treatments, which typically last half an hour.

Additionally, this red-light therapy causes a photochemical reaction in skin cells that can tighten skin and create a more youthful appearance in the treated area. This technique has been used in hospitals for medical purposes for many years to accelerate healing.

Additional treatment options include Botox®, the well-trusted injections that provide predictable results, and fillers such as Juvederm®, the top filler collection in the world.

Island Family Health is unique in that it combines a comprehensive family practice with a state-of-the-art medical weight loss, body shaping and aesthetic services facility, making for a “one-stop-shop” for healthcare.

Dr. Kanellopoulos is a board-certified primary care physician and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, as well as of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians.

For patients like Siobhan, Island Family Health is the go-to place for both routine healthcare and aesthetics. With Emsculpt NEO, she dropped 16 inches in weight and four inches in the waist.

“I can feel good about wearing a bathing suit again,” she said.

She also feels comfortable depending on the practice for regular healthcare issues.

“Dr. Kanellopoulos doesn’t treat you like a patient, he treats you like a member of the family,” she said.

Island Family Health is at 260 N. Tropical Trail, Suite 105, Merritt Island. For more information, see IslandFamilyHealth.com or call 321-208-8258 for primary care or 321-423-8012.

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