What is Viveve?
Viveve (formerly Geneveve) is a treatment that uses gentle deep heating and surface cooling to stimulate the body’s natural collagen formation process. It is a comfortable, single-session, 30-minute treatment. Geneveve does not require local or topical anesthesia or analgesics and is performed by a trained healthcare professional in an outpatient setting.
Why is Viveve sometimes recommended?
Just like skin, vaginal tissue relies on collagen for its support. With the normal aging process or physical impact from childbearing, the tissue can become stretched and weakened. The result is a feeling of vaginal looseness called laxity, the side effects of which can be diminished physical sensation during intercourse and urinary incontinence.
Viveve is a unique treatment that generates healthy collagen and a renewed feeling of fitness.
About the Viveve Treatment
Viveve works at a cellular level to rebuild and restore collagen within the vaginal tissue – without surgery and without disrupting the surface tissue. During one 30-minute office visit, the Viveve treatment delivers patented, dual-mode deep heating and surface cooling to stimulate the body’s own natural regenerative processes.
How Viveve Works
The Viveve treatment is a respectful, comfortable, 30-minute, single-session, in-office treatment that does not require local or topical numbing medication. At the beginning of the procedure, the practitioner inserts a treatment tip (the size of a thumb) just inside the vaginal opening. This tip is circumferentially rotated around the opening of the vagina delivering just the right delivery of alternating pulses of heating and cooling. The vaginal tissue reacts to the heat by replenishing new youthful, cushioning collagen within the tissue. Everyone’s baseline level of laxity and natural response mechanisms vary but results typically peak at about 90 days and are still evident at 12 months.
What is vaginal laxity? What is the impact in women?
It is extremely common to experience changes in vaginal tissue with age or after childbirth, which can lead to:
- Air passing from the vagina
- Decreased sensation during intimacy
- Less satisfaction from intercourse
- Increased self-consciousness
Millions of women suffer with vaginal laxity – an incredibly common physical change in women after a vaginal delivery. Most women don't report the change to their doctors, yet vaginal laxity can have a profound effect on a woman’s overall health and well-being. One consequence can be urinary incontinence.
About Urinary incontinence
Urinary incontinence, or loss of bladder control, is a common and frustrating problem for many women. (It may in fact impact half of all older women.) Accidents can happen – and for many women, the risk of this prevents them from enjoying social activities and intimacy.
The main symptom or urinary incontinence is the leakage of urine. There are different types of incontinence. One type is stress incontinence where you leak a little urine when you laugh, cough, sneeze, jog or exercise. It is very common in younger women.
Stress incontinence happens when the muscles and tissues around the opening of the bladder get weak. When there’s more pressure against the bladder and this opening doesn’t stay closed, leakage happens. Pressure from coughing or laughing may be all it takes for you to leak. There are a few reasons why these muscles can lose strength: They may be stretched by weight gain, a sports injury, or pregnancies and vaginal childbirths.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why would I consider Viveve?
If you are experiencing the following, you may want to talk to a healthcare professional about Viveve:
• Do tampons feel like they are slipping out?
• Does your vagina feel loose during intimacy?
• Have you noticed a decrease in physical sensation during intimacy?
• Is the fit with your partner not as snug as in the past?
• Do you sometimes feel air flowing from your vagina?
What is vaginal laxity?
Just like skin, vaginal tissue is made up of collagen fibers. Over time or with trauma the collagen can lose its strength and shape, creating a feeling of looseness (laxity), especially around the vaginal opening. Common causes of vaginal laxity include childbirth, other physical stress on the tissue, aging, genetic pre-disposition and lifestyle.
If you experience vaginal laxity, you may also notice a decreased feeling of sensation and satisfaction during intercourse.
How common is vaginal laxity?
Vaginal laxity is an extremely common medical condition. A Viveve-sponsored survey of U.S. OB/GYN physicians revealed that vaginal laxity is the number one physical change that they see or their patients report following vaginal delivery; more common than weight gain, incontinence, or stretch marks. In a survey of more than four hundred women in the U.S. who had vaginal deliveries, nearly half reported some level of concern with vaginal laxity.
What do I do if I have vaginal laxity?
There are multiple ways women can address vaginal laxity:
Kegel exercises may be the most commonly known and prescribed treatment because they can strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. However, while Kegels may improve muscle tone, they do not address the loss of elasticity in the soft tissue that rests upon the muscle and contributes to vaginal laxity.
Surgical options may be effective but also may entail significant health risks, recovery time, post-procedure pain and out-of-pocket costs.
Viveve works at the cellular level to rebuild and restore collagen, without harming the vaginal opening. Currently, Viveve is specifically designed for vaginal laxity and sexual function and has been shown to be safe and effective in a large, randomized, blinded and placebo-controlled clinical trial.
What is the Viveve treatment like?
Viveve is a comfortable, 30-minute treatment that does not require local or topical anesthesia or analgesics. Viveve is performed by a trained healthcare professional in an outpatient setting. Viveve uses gentle, deep heating and surface cooling to stimulate the body’s natural collagen formation process, which revitalizes and tightens tissue just inside the vaginal opening. Because the surface of the vaginal walls is not injured, patients typically return to normal activities immediately.
What are the benefits of the Viveve treatment?
Viveve has conducted multiple clinical studies on the treatment. Two clinical studies showed statistically significant improvement in vaginal tightening, to pre-childbirth levels, at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months following a single, comfortable office-based treatment. At 12 months, improved and sustained tightening was shown in 90% of the women. Significant improvement in sexual satisfaction was also indicated through 12-month follow-up.
A third large, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical study showed that women who received the Viveve treatment were 3 times more likely to report achieving “no vaginal laxity” at 6 months than women who did not receive the treatment, with no additional safety risks.
Is the Viveve treatment safe?
Yes, It is safe and effective!
Who can have the Viveve treatment?
Your doctor will determine if Geneveve is right for you based on your medical history. However, you should NOT consider Geneveve if you have an implantable pacemaker or an Automatic Implantable Cardioverter/Defibrillator (AICD) or any other implantable metal device.
Who performs the treatment?
The Geneveve treatment is performed by a trained healthcare practitioner in a medical office or outpatient clinic.