If you don’t quite feel like yourself after pregnancy, childbirth or simply due to the effects of the natural aging process, you’re not alone. Many women feel self-conscious about the way their vaginal region looks or feels after a major change in their lives, which can have a negative impact on their body image and confidence.
Fortunately, there is an innovative nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatment called Viveve®. The first step to achieving your rejuvenation goals is to schedule a consultation with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who focuses on vaginal rejuvenation treatments.
Prior to your consultation, prepare a few questions to help you get the most out of your appointment. Here are a few commonly asked questions about Viveve® that you may want to bring up to help you better understand the procedure and determine if this treatment is right for you.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Women of nearly any age may benefit from a vaginal rejuvenation procedure.* Thus, most women who experience any amount of vaginal laxity can be great candidates for Viveve® nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation.* Ideally, however, you should be in good physical health and want to address your physical and cosmetic concerns without pursuing a more extensive surgical procedure.
At your Viveve® consultation, your plastic surgeon will listen to your goals and provide an evaluation of your physical needs to help you decide if Viveve® is the right choice for you.
If the size or appearance of your inner or outer vaginal lips is also a concern, your plastic surgeon may recommend labiaplasty. Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that carefully and delicately removes and reshapes excess labial tissue. Overly large labia can contribute to both physical and emotional discomfort.
How Does Viveve® Work?
Viveve® uses innovative technology known as cryogen-cooled monopolar radiofrequency, or CMRF. The wand-shaped device heats the targeted tissue gently and precisely, while simultaneously providing a cooling sensation to maximize your comfort throughout the procedure.
This treatment is also the first and only of its kind to use algorithmically-controlled cooling, which ensures that you receive the exact level of heating and cooling necessary.
Because of this precision, Viveve® is a very comfortable and pain-free procedure.* Most women report experiencing only mild heating and cooling sensations during their treatment session, without any uncomfortable side effects afterwards.*
What Are the Benefits?
There are a number of benefits that come along with Viveve®, which is why so many women are now asking about this procedure. Just some of the issues that Viveve® may be able to treat include:*
- Improved vaginal laxity due to pregnancy, childbirth, aging or other factors
- Increased sexual satisfaction and comfort
- Improved confidence and a renewed sense of self
- Quick and comfortable single-session treatment
During your Viveve® consultation, be sure to discuss your specific goals with your plastic surgeon so that he or she understands what you’d like to get out of this procedure and better determine if Viveve® is the best treatment to help you reach those goals.
How Long Will Viveve® Take to Perform?
Many women are surprised to learn that Viveve® is a quick and easy procedure that usually just takes about 30 minutes to complete.* As an added bonus, most women only require one treatment session to achieve their full results, which is not always the case for other nonsurgical treatment options.*
At your consult, your plastic surgeon will explain the details of the procedure with you, as well as provide some instructions for how to prepare for your appointment and what you can expect in the days and weeks following your vaginal rejuvenation appointment.
Is There Downtime?
Unlike a surgical procedure, Viveve® vaginal tightening does not require any downtime following your treatment session.*
You can easily schedule Viveve® into a free afternoon or even your lunch break, and return to work or your other regular activities immediately afterwards.*
In addition, most women don’t experience any lingering discomfort, thanks to the unique CMRF heating and cooling method used during your procedure.*
When Will I See Results?
Although you might notice some immediate tightening effects directly after your Viveve® appointment, most women see their full results within 3 months following treatment.* The rejuvenation process will happen over time, gradually revealing your final results.*
Clinical trials for Viveve® have shown that most women enjoy their results for 12 months or longer, although individual results can vary.
If, after a long period of time or following another pregnancy, you feel that you could benefit from an additional treatment, Viveve® is safe and gentle enough to be repeated down the road.*
Are There Any Risks?
Clinical trials for Viveve® found no adverse side effects associated with this treatment.* However, women with a pacemaker or an automatic implantable cardioverty/defibrillator (AICD) are most likely not candidates for this procedure, so it’s important to disclose this information to your plastic surgeon prior to treatment.
Although adverse effects after Viveve® are very unlikely,* it is a good idea to discuss your medical and family health history with your plastic surgeon during your Viveve® consultation to ensure your safety, comfort and optimum results.*
*This information is for education only, courtesy of www.viveve.com, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.