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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Viveve

Q: What is RF technology?
A: RF, or radio frequency, technology has been used in medical applications for over 75 years. Radio frequency-based systems have been used successfully for non-ablative skin rejuvenation, atrophic scar revision, treatment of unwanted hair, vascular lesions and inflammatory acne. When applied to tissue, the radio frequency device causes a gentle heating of the underlying tissues, leading to an increase in collagen production.  There is also an increase in blood flow to the treated area.  All of which leads to a tighten of the vaginal tissue.

Q: How long is the Viveve treatment?
A: The Viveve treatment takes approximately 30 minutes to complete in our office.

Q: Is the procedure painful?
A: Most women find the procedure to be very comfortable.  You may feel a cool sensation followed by a warmth.  Many women describe the sensation as being similar to that of urinating in the shower.

Q; Are there any side effects during or after the treatment?
A: There are really very few side effects, if any following your Viveve procedure

Q: Can I go back to work right after the treatment?
A: Absolutely! In most cases, you can return to normal activity immediately following your treatment.

Q: How long should I wait to have vaginal intercourse after the treatment?
A: We recommend that you wait 48 hours after your treatment before having vaginal intercourse or using tampons. This allows the treated tissue to begin recovery and start the collagen building process.

Q: How many applications of the Viveve treatment will I need to do before I can see results?
A: Just ONE!  That’s right, unlike other vaginal rejuvenation treatments, the Viveve treatment takes only ONE single 30 minute treatment in our office.

Q: Who will perform the Viveve treatment?
A: Dr. Karen Wright. Our medical staff has received hours of training by Viveve medically-certified trainers to safely and effectively administer the treatment to patients.

Q: How soon will I see improvement after the treatment?
A: Most women feel improvement within a few weeks, with noticeable improvement in sensitivity, tightness, reduction or elimination of stress incontinence within 4 to 8 weeks.

Q; How long does the treatment last?
A: The treatment is designed to last a year and for some women, lasts much longer.

Q: How much does the treatment cost?
A: The Viveve treatment is approximately $1995 and can be paid via credit card prior to the procedure. Our office offers monthly payment plans through Care Credit (

Q: How do I learn more or set up a consultation about this treatment?
A: Call our office at 541.298.5066 to schedule a consultation to see if the Viveve treatment can help you feel sensational and more confident.

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