Are you thinking about getting nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatment like Viveve, but not quite sure if it could be right for you? Lots of women have questions about this popular in-office treatment, including a few that might seem a little awkward. But not to worry, there’s no reason to feel embarrassed about vaginal rejuvenation. Here are the answers to some of your burning questions about Viveve to help you decide if this easy nonsurgical treatment could be a good fit for you.
1. Can I Get Viveve after a Hysterectomy?
Yes, you can absolutely get Viveve treatments after a hysterectomy, provided you’ve had enough time to heal. Check in with your doctor before scheduling your treatment just to be sure the timing is right. Viveve treats the outer third of your vaginal canal so it won’t come into contact with the areas that were addressed during your hysterectomy.
Many women may still want to address vaginal laxity, dryness or stress urinary incontinence after having a hysterectomy. In this case, a nonsurgical treatment like Viveve could be an excellent solution.
2. Can I Get Viveve while Breastfeeding?
It is not recommended to get your Viveve treatment while breastfeeding, only because there have been no studies to confirm its safety while nursing. For this reason, it’s best to wait until you’ve finished breastfeeding to schedule your treatment. In the meantime, however, you can go ahead and schedule a consultation with your provider to discuss your goals, answer your questions and plan out a treatment timeline that will work for you.
The good news is that Viveve only takes about 30 minutes to complete, and most people only require a single treatment to see maximum results.
If you’re not nursing but have recently had a vaginal birth, your doctor may recommend that you wait six months before getting your Viveve treatment.
3. Will Nonsurgical Vaginal Rejuvenation Improve My Sex Life?
Your Viveve results can last up to 1 year before you may want a touch-up treatment.
One of the reasons why many women choose to schedule a Viveve nonsurgical rejuvenation treatment is to help improve vaginal laxity and therefore also boost their love life. Viveve can also improve vaginal dryness, giving many women more confidence and satisfaction in the bedroom.
Viveve works by emitting cryogen-cooled monopolar radiofrequency waves (CMRF), which gently heat the underlying tissue to stimulate collagen, creating a tightening and toning effect. Since Viveve doesn’t require any downtime, you can resume your normal activities directly after treatment, including sexual intimacy. Just keep in mind that most women notice results around 30 days after their Viveve appointment, so don’t bet discouraged if you don’t see an improvement overnight.
4. Can Feminine Rejuvenation Address Urinary Incontinence?
Yes, feminine rejuvenation can help to improve stress urinary incontinence by tightening and toning your pelvic muscles and the surrounding tissue. In fact, Viveve has been FDA approved for an ongoing study regarding its groundbreaking use as a treatment for stress urinary incontinence.
Most women see maximum results after only one 30-minute treatment session, with full results developing over the next 3 months.
If you think Viveve might be right for you, schedule a consultation with a qualified provider to go over any additional questions you might have, as well as your specific concerns and treatment timeline.
Dr. Jennifer Harrington is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota. Harrington Plastic Surgery is pleased to offer the most advanced cosmetic and reconstructive techniques performed by a highly specialized all-female team of board-certified plastic surgeons and professional staff.