New Treatment for Incontinence

Grant Stevens, M.D., FACS, founder and medical director of Marina Plastic Surgery Associates in Marina del Rey, CA and medical director for Body by OrangeTwist aesthetic centers, addresses the issue of female incontinence.

“Geneveve by Viveve uses cryogen-cooled monopolar radiofrequency to uniformly deliver gentle volumetric heating while cooling surface tissue. This device tightens the vagina, which reduces dryness and reduces urinary incontinence in women,” Dr. Stevens said. He added that the procedure stimulates the body’s natural collagen formation process. Learn more here.

Approved in 51 countries, the procedure dramatically changes lives. Dr. Stevens did not realize the magnitude of incontinence affecting women until patients confided that they get up three or more times a night to urinate, were forced to use adult diapers and could not even dance or sit through a child’s baseball game, a wedding or graduation because of leakage or the need to urinate.

Geneveve, unlike other similar devices penetrates 3-5 mm deep where it targets and tightens the muscular and submuscosal tissues. This is the ideal depth for generating new collagen,” Dr. Stevens said. He said that Geneveve is one 20-minute procedure where the wand is rotated clockwise. Other devices require three or four treatment sessions to achieve the same results. It’s a more palatable treatment for patient and provider, is highly effective and the results last longer.

Women treated no longer leak urine when they laugh, sneeze, cough or work out. An added bonus is an improved sex life. “Since some menopausal women can’t take systemic estrogen replacement therapy for health reasons, these women had to use estrogen cream to treat severe vaginal atrophy. Not anymore,” Dr. Stevens said. “This treatment has a dramatic improvement on quality of life.” While vaginal rejuvenation surgery is right for some patients, many more just need a simple non-surgical out-patient treatment that requires no anesthesia.

Dr. Stevens is the Chairman of the USC-Marina Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship and the Director of the USC Division of Aesthetic Surgery. He is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the USC Keck School of Medicine, Division of Plastic Surgery. He is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons. Dr. Stevens is also on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Stevens serves as chairman of the Viveve’s Aesthetic Advisory Board.

For more information, visit http://www.marinaplasticsurgery.com/lasers-and-injectable-procedures/geneveve-by-viveve; on Facebook at Marina Plastic Surgery Associates; and on Twitter @DrGrantStevens.

About Dr. Grant Stevens

W. GRANT STEVENS, MD, FACS Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery University of Southern California Grant Stevens, MD, FACS, is the founder and medical director of Marina Plastic Surgery and the Marina Med Spa in Marina Del Rey, California. He is a Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Southern California, Chairman of the USC-Marina Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship and the Director of the USC Division of Aesthetic Surgery. Dr. Stevens is President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). He is third Vice President of the board of directors of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). He was elected by his peers into "The Guide to Top Doctors" and Castle Connolly's "Top Doctor Guide," recognizing him as one of the best plastic surgeons in America and one of the select few to be featured in "Plastic Surgery: The World's Top Surgeons & Clinics." Dr. Stevens is an active member at Marina Del Rey Hospital, where he is the past Chairman of the Department of Surgery, the Chairman of the Liposuction Committee and the Medical Director of The Breast Center. He is also on staff at St. John's Medical Center, the Marina Outpatient Surgery Center and USC. Dr. Stevens graduated with honors from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis where he was awarded the Senior Prize in Surgery. He completed his general surgery training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center then returned to Washington University-Barnes Hospital where he completed a Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with Dr. Paul Weeks, Dr. Leroy Young, Dr. Tom Mustoe, Dr. Jeffrey Marsh and Dr. R. Christie Wray. He is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons. He was appointed by the governor of California to the Medical Board of California Medical Quality Review Board. Dr. Stevens is an ASAPS and ISAPS Traveling Professor lecturing at numerous international, national and regional meetings and is an invited visiting professor at numerous U.S. and international universities. Dr. Stevens has authored more than 90 articles and chapters on aesthetic plastic surgery. He is a member of many medical societies, including ASAPS, ISAPS, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, International College of Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery. Dr. Stevens is the past Chairman of the California Medical Association Advisory Panel on Plastic Surgery. He received the California State Assembly and the California State Senate Certificate of Recognition. He has also received the Special Congressional Certificate of Recognition and the Distinguished Service Citation from the Medical Board of California. He has been interviewed for articles including those in Time, USA Today, People, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour, Vogue, Allure, Cosmetic Surgery Times, Business Week, Men's Fitness, LA Times Magazine, Discovery and numerous newspapers. He has appeared on more than 125 television programs including CNN, Discovery, 60 Minutes, MSNBC, The Learning Channel, PBS Nightly Business Report and many other TV and radio interviews.

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