“Collagen isn’t just for the face anymore.”
Common name – Vaginal Rejuvenation, Vaginal Tightening, Stress Urinary Incontinence Treatment.
Technical name/also known as – Viveve.
Benefits of Viveve
This non-surgical procedure is for women who have vaginal laxity and/or stress urinary incontinence. Vaginal laxity can occur with aging, especially for women post childbirth. Collagen in the walls of the vaginal decrease with time and can result in vaginal dryness, pain with intercourse, loss of interest in sex, difficulty achieving orgasm, and difficulty with arousal. This loss of collagen can also contribute to stress urinary incontinence. Coughing, sneezing, and laughing can cause urine to leak. Exercise can similarly cause stress incontinence (which affects 25% of college athletes, not just reserved for women as they age). Both of these women’s health issues are common, and not all who suffer are candidates (or desire) medical or surgical treatment. Viveve uses radio frequency to cause a controlled thermal injury in the vaginal wall, resulting in increased collagen and improvement (and in many cases, resolution) of these common and frustrating symptoms.
How it is done: How the vagina is rejuvenated
This procedure involves inserting a treatment tip into the vagina and delivering both heating and cooling to the vagina. The procedure is virtually painless, though some sensitivity may be noted for women who have had a tear or an episiotomy during vaginal birth. One set of passes is done for vaginal symptoms; two sets of passes for stress urinary incontinence.
This single session treatment increases vaginal lubrication, reduces discomfort during intercourse, increases arousal and orgasm, and reduces stress urinary
Because the success of the treatment relies on the wound healing response, the results are not instantaneous. Many women report a change within 2-4 weeks with improvement of symptoms by 3 months.
Who pays for this
This is a cosmetic procedure, paid for by the patient.
What to expect
Length of operation
In or out patient
Time until final appearance
2 to 3 months.
Length of results
2 years or more, this varies from person to person.
Temporary swelling and discharge may occur. Sensation may be different initially.
Risks of procedure
All surgery carries risk. I recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise. Risks include pain, bleeding, infection, damage to nearby structures, need for other procedures, recurrence of laxity, dissatisfaction with results.
“While recovery can be a challenge, patients love their smooth and even skin.”
– Dr. Danielle DeLuca-Pytell
While we are under social distancing and shelter at-home instructions, I am offering virtual consultations for new patients interested in meeting with me.
You can do this from a computer (via an invitation) or a smartphone (via an invitation and the Google Meet app).
There are four parts to the consultation:
1. Arrange a consultation by phone or email,
2. Download the new patient forms. Click here.
After you fill them out, you can either fax or email them to me.
3. Once the consultation is arranged, a meeting invite will be sent to you with the link for the consultation. At our prearranged time, follow the link to our secure and private consultation.
There, you and I will have time to talk about your goals, medical history, and all about the procedure.
While the examination is limited to observation in two dimensions, I should be able to determine whether or not you are a candidate for surgery.
4. If you are indeed a surgical candidate, you will be contacted by Andrea, my patient coordinator, to get a surgical quote (or if insurance-based, your expected out of pocket costs), and an opportunity to hold a surgical date.
You will also be given a follow-up visit to confirm with your exam that you are a candidate and preoperative visit time for us to prepare you for surgery.
I hope to virtually see you soon!
Your Next Step!
Call or email us to schedule an appointment and find out if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.
Our phone number
Give our office a call Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to 3pm.
Our email address
Please also email us anytime with questions you have.
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Before and After Gallery
When you come into the office for your appointment, you will be able to see more ‘before and after’ photos of this procedure including different options.
If healing proceeds as expected:
Rest at home (princess treatment) 2 weeks (no housework or exercise). Rest with your head up for the first two weeks to help reduce swelling.
Return to gentle exercise and household chores at two weeks. May cover pink skin with makeup once scabs or open areas are gone. May resume work if it is sedentary. Gradually increase exercise.
Returning to Work
This depends on the type of work that you do. Many women can return to sedentary work at two weeks (or less), though not everyone is ready to return to work by then. The “ugly duckling” phase after this procedure can be difficult for patients.
Time until final appearance
4-6 months, depending on how the redness fades.
Length of results
Long-lasting, but varies from patient to patient.
Smoking and Surgery
If you smoke, it is imperative that you quit six weeks both before and after surgery. To better understand why, please click this link:
Prior to a deep chemical peel, it is recommended to prepare the skin with topical treatments that help even the skin out before the peel to maximize results. Plan to bring a scarf with you on the day of the procedure as well as dark glasses to camouflage your temporarily swollen appearance on leaving the hospital or office. For other suggestions during the “ugly ducking” stage, click here
If you color your hair, do so right before surgery as you will not be able to color your hair until three weeks following the procedure. Plan to bring a scarf with you to the hospital on the day of the procedure as well as dark glasses to camouflage your temporarily swollen appearance on leaving the hospital.
See what her patients have to say about their surgical experience.
Follow the link to read some of the many letters received by Dr. Danielle DeLuca-Pytell.
When you visit the office for your appointment, we will talk about the side effects and risks of this procedure.
You will have the chance to ask any questions you might have.
Don’t forget: it is your body! There is no such thing as a bad or silly question!