by Laura Johnson, FNP
When you hear of “vaginal tightening,” the mind often pictures an elderly female or mother of three. Many of us have heard our grandmothers complain about urinary frequency and “weak bladder” issues after childbirth. What about the 21-year-old gymnast? Or, the obese 30-year old without children? Not all vaginal tightening clients have incontinence caused by childbirth. That is a misconception.
Today, I will tackle some myths and discuss the atypical vaginal tightening client and solutions that About Face Med Spa has for them. Incontinence is real and the trauma it causes is often embarrassing and difficult to handle. Ladies have been suffering in silence, managing a problem that is shared by 1/3 of women! The Viveve System at About Face Med Spa can address many of these issues in just one 30-minute session.
Question: Why does the female gymnast or marathon runner need the Viveve tightening service?
Answer: You might think that female athletes, or women who exercise and maintain an active lifestyle would have control over the muscles in their body, and you’d be right! But, not entirely. Female athletes are especially susceptible to urinary incontinence for a variety of reasons. The bladder receives lots of pressure from the body’s constant activity; as you can imagine, high-impact sports (such as running) with lots of repetitive motion are the biggest offenders. Jumping can also be a major contributor. When you jump, you may be stretching when you set off, but the impact of the landing puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the bladder and through the abdomen. Around 43% of female athletes experience urine loss while practicing their sport and 42% of female athletes experience urine loss during their daily activities.
Q: Does obesity contribute to urinary incontinence?
A. Yes, it does. Women and female children who are obese are at a higher risk of developing urinary incontinence. The extra weight carried around the middle section puts undue stress and pressure on to the muscles of the pelvic floor. This extra pressure on the bladder contributes to urge incontinence. Just being overweight can also weaken your pelvic floor muscles and can cause incontinence, because of the pressure of fatty tissue on the bladder. Your symptoms may improve, and could clear up completely, if you lose the excess weight. In the meantime, one 30-minute Viveve session can help alleviate the hassle caused by frequent trips to the loo.
Q: I don’t like the way my vagina looks after childbirth. Can the Viveve treatment help me with the laxity on the outside of my vagina?
A. Yes. Not all women who seek the Viveve tightening service have incontinence or internal vaginal symptoms. The Viveve system is remarkable in tightening the vagina both internally and externally. Women who feel that they are floppy or loose, post childbirth, are adding vaginal rejuvenation to their “mommy makeover” procedures. The youthful appearance that occurs is amazing and has to be seen to be believed. See our new website for our amazing gallery of results: www.AboutFaceMedSpa.com
Q: I have vaginal dryness since the birth of my child, but I’m not incontinent. Is Viveve for me? Yes. Vaginal dryness is a common issue for women due to childbirth or aging. Using tiny pulses of radiofrequency energy, Viveve works to selectively heat vaginal tissues, causing contraction. This tightens the tissues and stimulates new collagen formation improving circulation, lubrication, and laxity. One treatment only takes about 30 minutes, and no anesthesia is required.
Ever since Laura’s procedure at About Face Med Spa I have experienced new relief with this stress incontinence. My slow drip leak is no longer there. I no longer have to wear a panty liner every day. T.A., ABQ, age 49