The Game-Changing, Noninvasive Treatment for Female Stress Incontinence

Female incontinence is an extremely common problem, however, the disorder is rarely talked about in the open. Shame and embarrassment keep most women from sharing the issue of urine leakage with their family or friends, especially when they feel far too young to be having ‘accidents’. Plastic Surgery Associates’ Dr. Heather Furnas and Dr. Francisco Canales want these women to know there is hope close at hand, and it does not require painful surgery or a long recovery.

Stress Incontinence: More Common Than You Think

More than 15 million adult women in the United States struggle with urinary incontinence, or unexpected leakage of urine from the bladder. Stress incontinence can result from a loss of muscle elasticity. As vaginal muscles become lax, even the slightest pressure on the bladder can mean mild to moderate urine leakage. The most common bladder control issue in women, stress incontinence generally begins around menopause. Along with normal changes in muscle tone, additional factors such as smoking, obesity, childbirth, and medical history (including hysterectomy) can make stress incontinence more likely. Stress incontinence means urine leakage with:

  • Exercise
  • Coughing
  • Laughing
  • Sneezing
  • Heavy lifting

Women struggling with stress incontinence may find their normal routine suddenly disrupted. They may begin to get up three or more times at night to pee, frequently stop the car to go to the bathroom, and even begin skipping important events for fear of an accident.

Viveve for Stress Incontinence

Noninvasive Viveve offers a game-changing option for women of any age to put an end stress incontinence. A unique, cryogen-cooled radiofrequency device, designed especially for use on the delicate tissues of the vagina, Viveve kickstarts the body’s own collagen and elastin production. Over time, vaginal walls will become stronger and the associated muscles will increase in strength, dramatically improving the symptoms of stress incontinence. Each session with Viveveis performed in the office, taking about 20 minutes. The handheld applicator fits comfortably inside of the vagina, emitting a gentle, volumetric heating. Viveve’s custom-tailored radiofrequency penetrates at a depth of 3-5mm, tightening both the muscles and submucosal tissues. Best of all, the innovative Viveve applicator stays cool on surface tissues, ensuring a comfortable treatment that requires no anesthesia. Viveve can improve incontinence in just one treatment, although multiple sessions may be needed for optimal results. The cutting-edge heating applicator kickstarts the body’s collagen formation process, naturally enhancing the vaginal walls over the following months. Not only will women no longer leak urine at the most inopportune time, such as laughing or sneezing, they will get the added benefit of an improved sex life.


Struggling with stress incontinence? Find out why Viveveis used by women in more than 50 countries around the world. Talk to the board-certified plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Associates to find out if Viveve could be right for you. Contact our office at 707.537.2111 or fill out our online contact us form with questions or concerns. Ask about a confidential consultation with Dr. Furnas or Dr. Canales, either in-person or online.

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