by Chrissie Seals, WHNP, Salud Spa
The effects of the aging process, childbirth and hormone fluctuations on the skin and muscle in your vagina can leave you with problems such as vaginal laxity, dryness, urinary incontinence and reduced sexual sensation.
Viveve is a treatment that provides the only non-invasive, single treatment option to resolve a number of issues associated with aging. It is a one-time, 30- to 50-minute outpatient procedure to improve symptoms of laxity or loss of sensation, changes in sexual function and urinary stress incontinence.
Like all body tissues, the skin and muscles in your vagina weaken and lose elasticity with age. Signs of aging can include: vaginal pain including burning and itching, decreased lubrication, vaginal laxity, decreased libido and orgasms, and urinary issues such as incontinence.
The Viveve device delivers a noticeable tightening of the vagina for increased friction and pleasure during sexual intimacy, greater bladder control, and more youthful vaginal tissue. It uses clinically-proven cryogen-cooled monopolar radiofrequency to uniformly deliver gentle heating while simultaneously cooling delicate surface tissue.
This technology stimulates the body’s natural collagen to give soft tissue in the vagina a more youthful tone and resiliency. The radiofrequency technology treatment uses integrated contact cooling to safely and effectively treat the conditions associated with vaginal aging.
In most cases, you can return to normal activity immediately following your session. It is recommended that you wait 48 hours after your treatment before having sexual intercourse to allow the treated tissue to begin healing and start the collagen restoration process.
Most women feel some improvement within a few weeks, with a noticeable improvement in sensitivity, tightness and reduction or elimination of stress incontinence within six to 12 weeks. Your vagina will continue to age naturally, but the treatment is designed to last for at least a year, if not longer.
The InControl devices used in conjunction with the Viveve procedure offer several at-home options to treat mild to severe urinary incontinence, as well as sexual function. Apex M is a device used to treat urinary leaking. The Intensity device is intended to improve sexual function.
InControl devices are cleared by the FDA to treat both stress and urge urinary incontinence, weak pelvic floor muscles, and an overactive bladder.