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.

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