It wasn’t that long ago that women who had health concerns about vaginal laxity, dryness and lack of lubrication, diminished sexual function, or pain during sex had few choices for treatment. In some cases, it was hard to even find someone willing to discuss these issues! Thankfully, medicine has come a long way, and at West Coast Women’s Reproductive Center in Sherman Oaks, CA, we offer the innovative Viveve vaginal treatment to deliver effective vaginal rejuvenation.
What Should You Expect From a Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment?
It’s understandable that many women want to know what to expect from a treatment involving their most intimate area, and we believe knowledge empowers you to make the best decisions for your own treatment. If you seek a rejuvenation treatment, here’s what you can expect:
The first time you come to see us, we’ll sit down for a consultation that lets us assess whether this is the right treatment for you. This should be a frank and open conversation, but also an entirely discreet and professional one.
We’ll talk about your expectations and goals, gather some medical history from you, and find out if you’re currently working through any medical conditions or taking any medications or supplements. We’ll also want to know if you’ve ever been pregnant or if you’re planning to get pregnant.
Depending on where you are in your normal routine of exams and tests, we may ask you to complete certain lab tests or exams to be sure this is a good treatment for you.
There’s not a lot you need to do in order to be ready for treatment, but following a few rules will allow you to enjoy the best possible results. Once we meet you in person and go over your unique situation, there may be instructions especially applicable to your situation, but in general, we ask everyone to do a few things.
First, you’ll get the best results if you avoid alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine for 24 hours before your treatment. You’ll also give your body a boost if you drink plenty of water for the two or three days before having treatment. We also ask you to shave the treatment area before coming and to reschedule your appointment if you start menstruating.
On the day of treatment, you’ll have the best experience if you wear loose, comfy clothes and avoid using any lotions or perfumes in the treatment area. You won’t have to worry about finding someone to drive you home or taking time off from work: you’ll be fine to drive yourself and to resume most of your regular schedule.
Treatment With Viveve
This treatment just takes about 30 minutes, and it’s all done right in our office on an out-patient basis. We use the Viveve device, a non-invasive, radiofrequency treatment that will stimulate your body’s natural rejuvenation process to produce fantastic results.
When you arrive, we’ll be able to answer any last-minute questions you may have. Then we’ll take you to a private treatment room where you’ll be able to relax.
Cleanse and Gel
Our first step will be to cleanse the treatment area for your safety. Then we’ll apply a gel. This gel serves two purposes. First, it protects the skin from the thermal energy generated by the device. Second, it allows us to move the device freely to reach every area effectively.
Most people don’t need any kind of numbing cream for this treatment, as it’s perfectly comfortable. If you’re concerned about discomfort or simply don’t want to feel anything at all, talk to us about your options.
Using the Device
Treatment is done using a small, handheld piece that easily fits into the vaginal canal. Most women find this comfortable and experience no pain. We will move the wand around to reach the entire area. As it moves, the device emits radiofrequency energy that stimulates your body to renew and rejuvenate the cells, tighten the skin, and improve blood flow to the vaginal area.
The device delivers cryogen-cooled radiofrequency, which allows for gentle, even heating at the moment of treatment and effective cooling immediately after. That’s the secret to a comfortable experience and why you don’t need to worry about burns or any damage to the skin.
Immediately after treatment, we’ll give you a list of instructions that will include anything particularly applicable to your situation. However, in general, we suggest that people do much the same after treatment as they did before: avoid alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco for a day, drink plenty of water, and moisturize whenever they feel they need it.
Remember that immediately following treatment, your body will be producing new collagen and working to renew skin cells, blood vessels, muscle, and more. Our bodies need our support during times of renewal and regeneration, and you can support your body best by eating well, avoiding refined sugars and junk food, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep.
The word “recovery” is almost too strong a term to be used in conjunction with this treatment. Most people go right back to their daily lives after treatment, whether that means picking up the kids from school, going back to work, running some errands, or getting in a session of light exercise.
The only things we may suggest are that you abstain from vaginal intercourse and heavy, sweat-inducing exercise for a few days after treatment. This will allow you to avoid all possibility of irritation and get you the best possible results.
Some of your results will be obvious almost immediately. Most women notice a tightening of the vaginal canal within 24 hours. The other benefits, like better lubrication, increased bladder control, and greater sensitivity, will develop over the next few weeks. Full results show up for most women at about the two- to three-month mark.
FAQ About the Vaginal Rejuvenation Process
Is This Treatment Right for Me?
This treatment is right for nearly any adult woman suffering from certain feminine health concerns. In general, any aging concern related to the function or structure of the vagina can potentially be treated with Viveve.
At least 40% of women will have an issue with at least one of these concerns over the course of their lifetime:
- Stretching of the labia
- Vaginal laxity
- Lack of sensation
- A weakening of the vaginal tissues
- Difficulty in reaching orgasm
- Lack of natural lubrication
- Stress urinary incontinence
- Lack of sexual interest
- Pain during intercourse
All of these issues can potentially be addressed by vaginal rejuvenation, and none of them are likely to go away by themselves. Don’t just resign yourself to living with these symptoms, and don’t assume that they are something temporary or unusual. These are common issues for women after they age or after childbirth, and we can help.
Are These Results Permanent?
The results of treatment with Viveve usually last about 12 months, making it one of the longer-lasting treatments in the cosmetic world. If you pursue a maintenance treatment every year, you can expect to keep up your results indefinitely.
There are a few things that can undo your results, such as a vaginal birth. However, in general, living a generally healthy lifestyle will be the best way to keep your results fresh for as long as possible.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
One of the best things about Viveve is that where other similar treatments often require two or three treatments to get the best results, with Viveve, you only need one. Viveve offers patented radiofrequency technology that is unlike anything else on the market.
The RF energy of this treatment is capable of reaching deeper tissues than with similar vaginal rejuvenation treatments, and it has an unmatched 98% satisfaction rate.
Is This a Safe Treatment?
Because this treatment doesn’t involve any invasive procedures, nor does it inject anything into the body, there are virtually no risks for allergic reactions or side effects. It has been proven safe and effective in both clinical trials and real-world applications since it was developed.
When Should I Get a Treatment?
There really is no “best time” for treatment. The only reasons you might delay treatment are if you are menstruating or pregnant. If you are menstruating, simply postpone treatment until the end of your cycle. If you are currently pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the near future, we advise you to wait until after childbirth to get your treatment. This is because a vaginal birth is likely to undo all your results.
What Are the Signs of Vaginal Aging?
Some women may be unsure whether they are in need of rejuvenation at all! In some cases, this could be because you genuinely don’t need a rejuvenation treatment. In other cases, however, women have been known to minimize their symptoms, assuming them to be a “natural” part of aging and thus something they must simply learn to live with. And while, as a society, we talk a lot about other signs of aging, like wrinkles or menopause, we don’t often think about the effects of aging on the vagina.
The good news is that you’re not alone in suffering these effects. The even better news is that you don’t have to live with them. Some of the signs of aging you may notice include a growing dryness to the vagina, making sex less pleasurable. Sometimes this dryness even makes it uncomfortable to wear certain clothing.
As we age, the vagina may also atrophy or become looser and sag. Stretched and thin vaginal walls become loose, making sex less satisfying and reducing sensitivity. This, in turn, can make it difficult, if not impossible, to have an orgasm, and orgasms themselves can be less intense. Another sign you may be suffering from vaginal aging is bladder leakage or stress urinary incontinence.
Does Health Insurance Cover Treatment?
Most insurance plans don’t cover a treatment like Viveve if it’s done for aesthetic purposes only. In some cases, rejuvenation can be considered medically necessary, but come talk to us about your options. Before treatment, it’s always a good idea to talk with your insurance provider so you know where you stand.
Get Started or Learn More
We believe no woman should have to just put up with these common feminine health issues. If you’re suffering from vaginal laxity, find sex less enjoyable, aren’t pleased with the look of your vagina, or have any of the symptoms listed above, treatment with Viveve could make an amazing difference.
To learn more or get started on your initial consultation, contact us today at West Coast Women’s Reproductive Center in Sherman Oaks, CA. Women’s health and wellness is our passion. We’ve helped many women reverse the symptoms of vaginal aging, and we can’t wait to help you, too.