Viveve London

THE TREATMENT

Viveve is a non-surgical, clinically proven treatment that safely and comfortably rejuvenates vaginal tissue and improves its responsiveness. Like the skin, vaginal tissue changes over time. When collagen support fibres lose their youthful strength and vitality, a feeling of looseness, especially around the vaginal opening, occurs. Vaginal laxity is an extremely common medical condition caused by ageing, childbirth, genetics and lifestyle. Millions of women suffer silently with vaginal laxity and the resulting loss of sexual sensation and satisfaction.

 

The Viveve treatment is not a cosmetic procedure; it’s not about how you look—it’s about how you feel. Viveve is a painless procedure performed by a cosmetic physician and designed to treat vaginal laxity and increase physical sensation during intercourse. The treatment takes approximately 45 minutes with no anesthesia or downtime.

 

Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment London

 

How it works

Using patented deep heating and surface cooling techniques with radio frequency energy, the Viveve treatment stimulates the body’s natural collagen formation process. This dual heating and cooling method maintains the patient’s safety and comfort throughout the procedure, all while triggering the regeneration of collagen to tighten and firm the lax skin in the vaginal area.

 

Women who have had the Viveve treatment agree it works. In fact, 90% of the patients in clinical studies reported significant, sustained tightening, sensation and satisfaction 12 months after treatment.

 

The Viveve procedure can also treat urinary stress incontinence, also known as involuntary urination. The leakage of urine is a common and distressing issue, which affects many women worldwide and may have a large impact on quality of life. However, it can now be treated in one single session by the Viveve procedure at Revere Clinics.

 

Who is this right candidate?

If you are a woman suffering from vaginal laxity or/and urinary stress incontinence, the Viveve treatment could be right for you. However, this treatment is contraindicated for patients with either an implantable pacemaker or an Automatic Implantable Cardioverter/Defibrillator (AICD), or any other implantable device. 

Everything You Need To Know About Postnatal Incontinence

Postnatal incontinence affects many women to some extent, though for the majority of mothers, will resolve itself within a few months. However, when this doesn’t happen, women can be left struggling with symptoms of stress incontinence while also dealing with the pressures of being a new mother! Many traditional treatments for stress incontinence, including postnatal incontinence, either involve long, intensive recovery periods and surgical intervention or are very time-consuming, leaving sufferers struggling for longer than they need. At Battersea Skin and Beauty, we are passionate about helping women suffering from postnatal incontinence take back control of their lives and freeing them from their symptoms using the revolutionary Viveve treatment. Keep reading to find out more about how postnatal incontinence can affect you, and how we can help treat it.

What Is Postnatal Incontinence and What Causes It? 

Postnatal incontinence is a condition that affects over a third of new mothers at some point. However, when it doesn’t resolve on its own (usually within 3-4 months), it can become a chronic, debilitating condition.

Postnatal incontinence occurs when the pelvic floor muscles are stretched or damaged by the strain of vaginal childbirth. Normally, the pelvic floor muscles help to support the bladder and pelvic organs by wrapping tightly around them in a sling shape, giving support and helping to hold the bladder closed. This helps to ensure that the bladder only opens and empties when we consciously decide to. However, due to the location of the pelvic floor muscles, and the role they play during the process of vaginal childbirth, they are often damaged during childbirth, leaving them slack or damaged, and unable to hold the bladder as tightly as before. This can result in many women being unable to control their bladder function when strain is put on the pelvic floor muscles, such as when we laugh, cough, lift heavy objects, jump or engage in other high-impact activities. This means that women suffering from postnatal incontinence experience dribbles and leaks on a regular basis, which can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and a massive knock to their confidence.

Postnatal incontinence can happen to almost any woman after giving birth, but there are several factors that increase the likelihood of stress incontinence becoming more severe or chronic. These include having multiple vaginal births, especially in relatively close succession; having a long or problematic birth, which increases the strain felt by the pelvic floor muscles; the birth of larger or heavier babies; being obese; being a smoker; or giving birth over the age of around 35, as muscle strength, tone and density are already beginning to decline by this point.

The Impact Of Postnatal Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence occurs when the pelvic floor muscles are damaged, meaning they can’t hold the bladder as tightly or effectively, and they may relax when strain is put on the area, causing urine leakage. 

Postnatal stress incontinence can be a debilitating condition and which can affect the confidence of sufferers, leaving them feeling upset, embarrassed and isolated. Despite being a very common condition, the stigma around stress incontinence and other common conditions faced by postnatal women means that many people are reluctant to talk about their experiences or struggles. This can mean sufferers often don’t seek the help they need, despite facing a debilitating and isolating condition. Postnatal incontinence can trigger a wide range of difficulties for sufferers, including:

  • A loss of confidence, independence and an inability to try new things, due to embarrassment and the need to always know where the nearest toilet is, in case of an accident. For new mothers, this can be especially significant as it may prevent them from spending time and bonding with other new mothers, many of whom may be facing the same struggles.
  • Spending large amounts of money on expensive incontinence pads and other stopgap solutions, which can cost hundreds of pounds every year
  • Sleeplessness due to having to get up in the night to go to the toilet regularly, alongside the responsibilities and lack of sleep that comes as part and parcel of being a new parent.
  • A decline in intimacy and a lack of confidence and enjoyment in the sex lives of many women. Fear of leaks and anxiety about their condition during intimacy can prevent many sufferers from feeling like their best and most confident selves when it comes to their sex lives and close romantic relationships.

How Can You Treat Postnatal Incontinence?

Traditional treatments prescribed for stress incontinence sufferers, such as kegel exercises, can be more time-consuming and often take a long time to have a significant effect. For many sufferers, especially new mothers, finding the time to spend on these kinds of exercises can be hard, and with results taking a long time to appear, stress incontinence symptoms continue to be felt. Traditional surgical treatments such as colposuspension, sling surgery and the controversial vaginal mesh surgery are also sometimes available to sufferers of stress incontinence, but these are time-consuming, incredibly invasive and carry the risk of infection, as well as a hospital stay and the need for general anaesthetic.

However, a new wave of non-surgical treatments for the symptoms of stress incontinence, including postnatal incontinence, are now available, including the market-leading, revolutionary Viveve treatment, available at Battersea Skin and Beauty.

Viveve is such an effective treatment as it uses the body’s own natural processes to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and the muscles around the neck of the bladder. It does this by gently heating the tissues in the vaginal canal using a specially designed wand which is inserted into the vagina and moved back and forth during treatment. This gentle heat penetrates the tissues in the area to a depth of up to 7mm, and kickstarts the body’s own regeneration processes to increase collagen production, thereby strengthening the tissues through neo-collagenesis. The treatment is completely painless, and many patients report a pleasant warmth throughout their treatment experience. Viveve is so effective as it is the only treatment available on the UK market that uses Cryogen-cooled Monopolar Radiofrequency (CMRF) technology, which allows heat to penetrate the body further without causing any pain, resulting in longer-lasting, and far more deeply effective results.

To find out how postnatal stress incontinence can affect you, learn more about the incredible Viveve treatment or book your consultation with the experts at Battersea Skin and Beauty today, contact us on 020 7228 7773, or email info@batterseaskinandbeauty.com

Common Causes Of Bladder Urgency

When it comes to feeling those tell-tale leaks and dribbles, or the familiar urge to go to the toilet but nothing comes, you might be worried, confused and uncomfortable. There are a wide variety of reasons you might be experiencing bladder leakage or urgency, so keep reading to find out more about the common causes, and what you can do about them.

There are many common causes of bladder urgency in women, though most aren’t particularly serious and can be treated quickly. 

One of the most common causes of bladder urgency is an overactive bladder (OAB), which is a condition in which the bladder puts pressure on the urethra to release urine even when it isn’t full. This may be a signal of an underlying condition, or be treated with medication, bladder training or pelvic floor exercises.

Other common causes of bladder urgency include:

Most of these causes have a simple solution, are easily treated or will go away on their own in time. However, damage to the bladder and the muscles around it, often caused by childbirth or surgery in the area, can be more serious and difficult to treat. Damage to muscles at the neck of the bladder or to the pelvic floor muscles (the muscles that hold the bladder) can cause stress incontinence, making it difficult for women to hold urine for long periods of time, and making the sensation of  bladder urgency far more frequent.

Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence is a condition characterised by the feeling of bladder urgency, as well as frequent leaks and dribbles of urine when pressure is put on the bladder, such as when we cough, sneeze, run, jump or lift heavy objects. Stress incontinence occurs when the muscles around the bladder become weakened, often by childbirth, surgery or muscle weakness after menopause.

When women reach menopause, there is a sharp drop in oestrogen and collagen production, which can have many different effects, including a loss of muscle tone all over the body, including in the pelvic floor muscles. This means that when pressure is put on the bladder and urethra the muscles aren’t strong enough to support them.

Estimates from the National Association for Continence tell us that over 200 million people worldwide are affected by some form of incontinence

Stress incontinence is also very commonly caused by pregnancy and childbirth. While every pregnancy and birth is different, most women who are pregnant or give birth vaginally will experience incontinence or urinary leakage to some degree. For example, during pregnancy, the weight of the baby pressing on the bladder can disrupt the way your bladder and pelvic floor muscles are meant to work, leading to symptoms of stress incontinence. Vaginal birth also affects the pelvic floor muscles, due to the understandable strain the process puts the pelvic floor muscles under. 

For most women who have given normal vaginal birth, it is expected that some degree of incontinence is very common, and that normal bladder function will return a few months postnatally. However, if symptoms of stress incontinence persist after birth and are disrupting your life as a parent, it may be worth looking into treatment. Chronic stress incontinence after childbirth is made more likely if you have had a particularly long or problematic birth, given birth to larger babies or had multiple vaginal births, given birth over the age of 35 or are obese or a smoker.

Treatment For Stress Incontinence And Bladder Urgency

The most commonly prescribed treatment for incontinence after menopause are exercises like Kegels, however these are time consuming, difficult and for some women with very weak pelvic floor muscles, can’t actually be carried out.

For many years the only alternatives for women with more severe stress incontinence were surgical options including colposuspension surgery, sling surgery or the controversial vaginal mesh treatment. All of these treatments have long recovery times, an increased potential for complication, the need for general anaesthetic and potential for infection. 

However, there is now a new wave of non-surgical treatments available to help treat stress incontinence, including Viveve, available at Battersea Skin and Beauty.

Viveve Treatment

Viveve treatment is a completely non-surgical radio frequency treatment that helps improve the symptoms of stress incontinence, including bladder urgency.

Viveve is unique in the field of vaginal rejuvenation and treatment of stress incontinence symptoms, as it offers radio frequency heating to help improve collagen regeneration, while also cooling to ensure the safety of the treatment, and allowing us to get deeply effective treatment results that actually last.

During Viveve treatment, radio frequency waves are emitted by the treatment device which your practitioner will move gently up and down the vaginal canal. The device works by gently heating the cells in the area which prompts the tissues to produce new collagen. This increase in collagen production over time strengthens the tissues in the vagina and around the neck of the bladder, helping to reduce the symptoms of stress incontinence and reduce the sensation of bladder urgency.

By using both heating and cooling techniques in your treatment, Viveve can reach deep tissues (7mm), which helps to create life-changing results that are more effective and last longer than other non-surgical treatments.

To find out more about stress incontinence, the Viveve treatment and how we can help free you from symptoms of stress incontinence, including bladder urgency, contact the team at Battersea Skin & Beauty today on 020 7228 7773.

What Makes Viveve Different?

At Battersea Skin and Beauty, we are incredibly proud to be a UK provider of the Viveve treatment from Viveve Medical. Viveve is a unique treatment using radio frequency waves and cooling technology to improve the tightness and tone of the vagina and pelvic floor muscles, while also improving a variety of conditions associated with age, such as dryness and difficulty reaching orgasm.

What Does Viveve Treat?

The Viveve system is a radio frequency treatment that can be used to improve the symptoms of stress incontinence and vaginal laxity, by promoting neocollagenesis, or new collagen growth in the vaginal canal and improving tone of the pelvic floor muscles.

As we age, the level of collagen in our bodies declines, which leads to poor muscle tone all over the body, the appearance of sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles – while less commonly talked about, but just as prevalent – vaginal laxity. Vaginal laxity can also be part of a roster of genitourinary symptoms of menopause (GSM). These can include:

  • Vaginal dryness and a lack of lubrication.
  • Decreased sensation during sex for both partners.
  • Pain during sex.
  • The feeling of ‘chafing’ around the vaginal opening.
  • Difficulty becoming aroused and reaching orgasm.

Vaginal laxity is a condition that occurs in many women as they reach menopause, and is also common in postnatal women after giving birth vaginally. While the vagina is designed to contract and relax, after the strain of childbirth on the tissues, or the loss in muscle and tissue tone during menopause, the tissues may not return to the way they were. This is where the Viveve treatment comes in, to help rejuvenate the tissues in the vaginal canal and help the pelvic floor muscles regain strength.

Heating and Cooling Treatment

Viveve is unique among the new generation of intimate rejuvenation treatments as it offers both radio frequency heating and cooling during one treatment, to give deeply effective, risk free results.

Radio frequency waves are emitted by the treatment tip as it is moved up and down the vaginal canal, which causes the cells to be gently heated, and triggers the tissues to produce new collagen, lifting, boosting and regenerating the area. 

Viveve’s use of reverse thermal gradient means that it is one of the most effective radio frequency treatments on the market. While the deep tissue is heated by the radio frequency waves, the surface tissues and mucosa are cooled and protected, to ensure your safety and comfort. In treatments without Viveve’s cooling technology, the temperature and depth of the radio frequency waves are much lower than Viveve’s – Viveve can reach tissue depths of 3-7mm to ensure effective regeneration. This means that the results with competitor products are not as effective and won’t last for as long as those from Viveve treatment. 

Viveve Only Takes One Session

Because Viveve is able to reach much deeper tissue depth and increase neocollagenesis in a more significant and long lasting way, Viveve treatment is also much shorter than with many competitor devices.

With other treatments, you may need to go for multiple lengthy appointments, which can be costly as well as taking up a lot of time. As Viveve is able to get deeper, more effective results, only one treatment is required, and you can get back to your day straight away.

While other treatments boast 20 or 30 minute treatment times, you will often have to go to between four and six treatment sessions to see optimum results. Using Viveve, you only need to take one 60 minute treatment, so the maths speaks for itself! 

As a completely non-surgical treatment, there is no downtime after Viveve treatment, and you can get back to your day straight away. The treatment doesn’t have any side effects or other symptoms, and the results will continue to develop over time as neocollagenesis picks up.

Comfortable and Effective

Viveve treatment isn’t painful or uncomfortable. At the start of treatment, you may feel a slight hot or cold sensation, but thanks to Viveve’s reproducible delivery and algorithmic system, we can instantly tailor the treatment to you. Then, the treatment feels comfortable and balanced, and only takes an hour to get deeply effective tightening and rejuvenation results.

Many patients bring a book or magazine to their Viveve treatment, or you can just sit back and relax while our qualified technician carries out the Viveve treatment.

Improved Muscle Tone And Tissue Rejuvenation

Almost immediately after the treatment you will feel a considerable difference in the tightness and tone of the vagina and vaginal canal. Over time this will continue to improve due to the natural results of neocollagenesis.

Due to its unique heating and cooling system, the results of Viveve last longer and are more effective than other radio frequency treatments, vastly improving tissue rejuvenation and helping to make women feel comfortable in their bodies.

To find out more about Viveve and how it is changing the lives of our clients, or to find out about any of the other treatments we offer at Battersea Skin and Beauty, contact our team today on 020 7228 7773.

Menopause and our sexual selves

Every woman will go through menopause, which is the single most complex transition a woman will experience, yet it appears that we, as a species, are wholly unprepared for it.

We all know about hot flushes or “tropical moments” as we hilariously underplay it. We also know about vaginal dryness and sexual discomfort but blush and fluster at the thought of buying a simple lubricant. What nobody has thought to tell us about is the confusion, mood swings, feelings of being unable to cope, skin softening, lessened muscle tone, bigger waists, thinning hair, feelings of frumpiness and general “where did I go?” feelings that menopause brings. We don’t like who we’ve become and lack the motivation to do anything about it so we give up rather than fight. Sadly women don’t seem to share their menopause experiences or they don’t realise that these feelings are related and so they soldier on alone and miserable. Their sexual selves get lost somewhere within all this confusion and change.

A woman who doesn’t like this version of herself can feel useless because she is not coping as well as she used to and she may find it hard to see herself as a sexual being. Even the act of having sex just to keep her partner happy, may be seen as an act of love but due to lack of lubrication in the vagina can be a painful experience. So even the “lying back and thinking of England” approach may be difficult.

NEWSFLASH – Lack of motivation is not menopause’s fault, it’s ours and we need to fight back and learn to love this new version of ourselves.

There is a lot of help out there in terms of therapy and treatments such as vaginal rejuvenation can go a long way to raising a woman’s self esteem and enjoying this time in her life.

We want to take a “woman of a certain age” who perceives herself to be old, fat, dry, sore, tired miserable and frightened and work with her to help her realise that she is in fact a “woman of a certain age” who is gorgeous, curvaceous, soft, vibrant and definitely sexy. The person she actually always was, she just needed help to find her!

Click here to find out more about how we can help solve some of those problems with intimacy that come with the ageing process.