The Different Types of Urinary Incontinence

The Different Types of Urinary Incontinence

While sudden, unwanted bladder leaks affect up to 50% of females over the age of 50, urinary incontinence can affect women of all ages. Sadly, many of these women suffer in silence and don’t seek medical help because they are too embarrassed or because they assume it’s just an inevitable part of getting older.

At any age, bladder leaks can interfere with daily routines and seriously impact a woman’s quality of life. And the good news is that there are a variety of treatments that can reduce or eliminate bladder leaks.

Stress Urinary Incontinence

Stress incontinence is a conditions that occurs when the pelvic floor muscles are weakened due to pregnancy and delivery, hormonal changes, weigh gain or aging. When pressure or stress is put on the bladder and urethra during certain activities – like laughing, coughing, running, exercising, etc. – urine leaks can range from a few drops to much more.

Stress urinary incontinence is the most common cause of bladder leaks in women, especially women over the age of 50.

Urge Urinary Incontinence

Urge incontinence is also commonly known as “overactive bladder”.  With this condition, bladder leaks occur when the brain sends the wrong messages to your bladder at the wrong time. These nerve signals cause the bladder muscles to suddenly contract, creating a strong urge to urinate, even when the bladder is not full.

Because the sensation to urinate is so strong, the woman is often unable to hold the urine long enough to get to a bathroom. Urge incontinence can be its own separate condition, or it may be a side effect of an underlying medical issues such as an infection (UTI), diabetes, or neurological damage.

Mixed Urinary Incontinence

Mixed incontinence can be even more frustrating because it is a combination of both stress and urge urinary incontinence. As such it can result in involuntary bladder leaks due to sneezing, coughing, or exertion, as well as sudden urges to urinate unrelated to any activity.

Overflow Urinary Incontinence

Overflow incontinence occurs due to weak bladder muscles and/or a blockage in the urinary system. If the bladder muscles to weak to completely empty the bladder, it can retain urine and become too full – resulting in Involuntary urine leakage.

Causes of overflow urinary incontinence include: medications, tumors, bladder and kidney stones, loss of sensation, and other medical conditions.

Functional Urinary Incontinence

Functional incontinence is not a disease in and of itself. It refers to being unable to reach the bathroom in time due to cognitive or mobility issues that aren’t related to the urinary system.

For example, immobility, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury (TBI), can cause of functional incontinence from preventing a person to reach a toilet when they have an urge to urinate.

Viveve Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

Women CAN get relief from urinary incontinence and improve their quality of life with appropriate treatment.

The Viveve System – available at AMAE in Birmingham, MI – is a treatment designed to restore the health the pelvic area WITHOUT surgery. Viveve uses gentle, non-invasive radiofrequency energy to tightening the lax muscles which may help regain bladder control.

In clinical studies, Viveve has proven successful in treating stress, urge and mixed urinary incontinence by strengthening weak pelvic floor muscles, improving blood flow, and supporting healthy nerve and tissue function in the pelvic floor.

Viveve is a simple one-time, in-office procedure that requires no incisions, no anesthetic, and no downtime.

In addition to treating urinary incontinence, Viveve tightens loose vaginal muscles, restores thickness and elasticity to vaginal walls, and can improve sexual desire and enjoyment!

Viveve Urinary Incontinence Treatment | Birmingham, MI:  248-335-7200

How Viveve® Vaginal Rejuvenation Improves Sex

How Viveve® Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment Improves Sex

Viveve® vaginal rejuvenation uses radio-frequency energy with integrated cooling technology to help restore tightness, elasticity, lubrication and sensation to the tissue in the vagina and pelvic floor. Collagen and elastin are the natural substances in the body that are responsible for skin strength, thickness and elasticity. Viveve® radiofrequency stimulates collagen and elastin production in the vagina – while the cooling technology ensures that the procedure is more comfortable than other types of vaginal rejuvenation treatments.

Radiofrequency has been FDA approved to treat loose and “lax” skin on the face for almost a decade. Now this same safe, non-surgical technology is being used to increase collagen production in the vagina – which improves the vaginal tissue’s texture, lubrication, suppleness, thickness and elasticity.

In multiple clinical studies that were approved by the FDA, Viveve® has been clinically proven to be a safe and effective treatment for vaginal rejuvenation – without reported side effects or complications.

In addition to remedying pain during intercourse, Viveve® also typically improves sexual sensation. This is because the radiofrequency heat used for the treatment stimulates the body’s own collagen and elastin production, for thicker and more responsive vaginal walls.  In addition to plumping and strengthening the vaginal tissue with new collagen, Viveve also improves blood flow to the vagina. And, Viveve also stimulates the production of natural vaginal lubrication in the vagina – making the tissue less dry, so intercourse is less painful and more pleasurable.

What to Expect during Viveve® Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment

During your Viveve® vaginal rejuvenation treatment a small wand (about a thumb’s width) is gently inserted into the vagina to deliver warm radiofrequency (RF) energy. The patient experiences both a heating and cooling sensation, thanks to Viveve®’s unique, patented cooling technology.

The majority of our patients describe the procedure as comfortable, not painful. Only a single treatment is needed. The Viveve treatment itself typically only lasts approximately 30 minutes, during which time the patient can relax, use their phone, or listen to music .

Benefits of Viveve® Vaginal Rejuvenation

Since Viveve® vaginal rejuvenation is non-surgical and has no negative side effects, patients can return to work or their normal daily activities immediately after the 30-minute treatment. Patients will typically be asked to abstain from sexual intercourse for a couple days, but other than that there are no post-procedure restrictions on activities.

Viveve is also a very affordable treatment – less than a quarter of the cost of surgical vaginoplasty.

Viveve® treatment begins to work immediately. Many women report some immediate initial results, such as improved lubrication, more comfortable sex and reduced itching and dryness.

After just a few weeks most women report even greater effects including an increase in vaginal tightness and sensitivity, less or no pain during intercourse, improved sexual sensation, and a even a reduction in bladder leaks. After approximately six to nine weeks, the collagen should be substantially restored and “rejuvenated” for the maximum improvement in sexual sensation, tightness and lubrication.

Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment | Birmingham, MI

Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women in the Birmingham, MI area improve sexual intimacy and enjoyment with just a single 30 minute Viveve® vaginal rejuvenation treatment.

It is an affordable, painless, procedure performed in our Birmingham, MI (Detroit area) medical office. There is no downtime, and you will begin to notice dramatic vaginal improvement within just a few weeks.

Call us for a discreet, confidential vaginal rejuvenation consultation and see if Viveve® is right for you!

Vaginal Rejuvenation Consultation | Birmingham, MI: 248-335-7200

Vaginoplasty vs. Viveve for Vaginal Tightening

Vaginoplasty vs. Viveve for Vaginal Tightening

Vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure that “tightens up” a vagina that feels lax or loose as a result of childbirth or aging. Viveve® non-surgical radiofrequency treatment also “tightens up” the vagina. So how do you know which treatment is best for you?

Southfield, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women address vaginal looseness and restore vaginal tightness with both surgical vaginoplasty and Viveve® non-surgical radiofrequency treatment. In this article he discusses the differences between the two procedures, to help you decide what’s right for you.

Vaginoplasty Surgery for Vaginal Tightening

Vaginoplasty is a surgery that requires anesthetic. Incisions are made on the inside of the vagina, and the vaginal wall is stretched and pulled taught at the entry point to the vagina – and stitched into place.

Recovery time is typically around two weeks for vaginoplasty surgery. Although vaginoplasty is a relatively safe and “routine” surgery, as with any surgery it comes with risks.

While vaginoplasty is a very routine, safe and low-risk surgery, as with any surgical procedure rare risks include:

  • Possible scarring
  • Some risk of infection
  • Reaction to anesthesia

Additionally, because vaginoplasty is a surgery requiring an anesthesiologist and an operating room, vaginoplasty is more expensive than non-invasive treatments like Viveve. Typically vaginoplasty is NOT covered by health insurance as it is generally considered an elective cosmetic procedure.

Viveve® Radiofrequency for Vaginal Tightening

Viveve® radiofrequency treatments also achieve tightening of the vagina – but without surgery. Because it is non-surgical, there are no incisions, no anesthetic and no operating room is needed for Viveve®.

This means there are no known risks or side effects to Viveve® vaginal tightening:

  • NO pain
  • NO possible scarring
  • NO risk of infection
  • NO anesthesia so NO possible reaction

Only a single treatment is needed with Viveve®, which only takes less than an hour. Not only is there NO downtime with Viveve®, and it is about 1/4 of the cost of vaginoplasty surgery.

Vaginal Tightening & Sexual Sensation

There is  improved “friction” after vaginoplasty surgery, due to the tightened vaginal tissues, which may improve sexual response and enjoyment for the female patients and for her partner. Some surgeons claim vaginoplasty also improves sexual sensitivity – but this claim is strongly disputed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Viveve® also typically improves sexual sensation. This is because the radiofrequency heat used for the treatment stimulates the body’s own collagen and elastin production, for thicker and more responsive vaginal walls.  In addition to plumping and strengthening the vaginal tissue with new collagen, Viveve also improves blood flow to the vagina. And, Viveve also stimulates the production of natural vaginal lubrication in the vagina – making the tissue less dry, so intercourse is less painful and more pleasurable.

Vaginal Tightening Doctor | Southfield Area

Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women in the Southfield area tighten a lax vagina, stop bladder leaks and improve sexual intimacy with just a single Viveve® treatment!

Viveve vaginal tightening is an affordable, painless, procedure performed in our Birmingham, MI (Southfield area) medical office and spa. There is no downtime, and you will begin to notice vaginal improvement within just a few weeks.

Call us for a discreet, confidential vaginal rejuvenation consultation and see if Viveve® or vaginoplasty surgery is right for you!

Vaginal Tightening Consultation | Southfield Area: 248-335-7200


Labiaplasty Surgery vs Viveve Non-Surgical Labia Remodeling

Non-Surgical Labia Remodeling Instead of Labiaplasty –  

An important component of enjoying a sex life that is both happy and healthy is self-confidence in the bedroom. But for many women, insecurities about their body make that kind of confidence seem almost impossible. The root of such insecurities for many such women is an above-average sized labia, or a labia that is loose or wrinkled. In the past, the only way to correct such issues was through labiaplasty surgery. Today, however, Detroit area women now also have access to an innovative non-surgical labiaplasty alternative.

Thanks to recent technological developments in the field of gynecology, non-surgical labiaplasty is a noninvasive alternative to traditional labiaplasty surgery. Renowned Detroit area plastic surgeon is pleased to offer both labiaplasty and non-surgical Viveve radiofrequency labia remodeling.

Through Viveve non-surgical labiaplasty, our patients are able to improve the overall appearance of their labia, shrinking and tightening it to deliver results to rival surgical labiaplasty. In this article, board certified Detroit area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali discusses the difference between traditional labiaplasty surgery and Viveve non-surgical labiaplasty.

Labiaplasty Surgery

Also known as “labia edge excision,” surgical labiaplasty is performed by physically cutting excess skin off of the labia. Unlike non-surgical labiaplasty, traditional labiaplasty surgery requires our Detroit area patients to undergo anesthetic prior to their procedure. Even the largest of labias can be trimmed to a beautiful length with labiaplasty surgery.

Typically, labiaplasty surgery patients must allow for at least two full days of bed rest following treatment, something not required of our non-surgical labiaplasty patients. Traditional labiaplasty differs further from non-surgical labiaplasty in that, following surgery, at least a week of downtime is required. Following this, labiaplasty surgery patients must also avoid strenuous physical activity -as well as sexual intercourse- for at least 4 to 6 weeks.

During the healing process, pain medication will be prescribed as needed, to treat any discomfort.

Viveve Non-surgical Labiaplasty Alternative

At AMAE Plastic Surgery and Med Spa, we not only offer our Detroit area patients not only traditional labiaplasty, but also provide Viveve radiofrequency non-surgical labiaplasty alternative. Viveve is a perfect alternative to surgery for Detroit area women with mild to moderate labial distention – or wrinkled labia. Greater amounts of labial distention may, however, benefit more from traditional surgery, rather than this non-surgical labiaplasty alternative.

Using a slim device resembling a wand, Viveve non-surgical labiaplasty is capable of remodeling the labia on a deep, cellular level by emitting radiofrequency energy. Patients who choose Viveve non-surgical labiaplasty walk away from treatment with a labia that is smoother, smaller, and more youthful in appearance. And, as the effects develop over time, the l;abia will continue to become smaller, smoother and more youthful looking.

Radiofrequency (“RF”) – the technology used in Viveve –  has a long history of incredible skin tightening, toning, and contouring results. When used to treat the skin of the face, RF treatments are referred to as being a “non-surgical facelift.” The radiofrequency energy in Viveve offers the same level of skin tightening, and toning on the labia. So, in many ways,  Viveve non-surgical labiaplasty is like a “facelift for the labia.”

No Downtime With Viveve Non-surgical Labiaplasty

Our Detroit area Viveve non-surgical labiaplasty patients are not subject to the downtime that comes with traditional labiaplasty surgery, nor do they require pain medication to manage discomfort. And unlike traditional labiaplasty patients, Viveve non-surgical labiaplasty patients have the luxury of returning to their normal daily routine as soon as they leave their appointment. Following treatment, our Detroit area patients are free to engage in sexual intercourse and other strenuous physical activities the same day as their Viveve non-surgical labiaplasty!

Viveve non-surgical labiaplasty results in no scarring, no risk of infection, and no ongoing pain with this safe, effective non-surgical labiaplasty alternative.

Non-surgical Labiaplasty – Detroit Area

At AMAE Med Spa, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali is one of the only physicians in the Detroit area to offer both labiaplasty surgery and non-surgical labia remodelling.

If you are suffering from the discomfort or embarrassment of a large, distended or wrinkled labia, contact us today for more information, and see if either of these life-changing treatments are right for your needs.

Non-surgical Labiaplasty Consultation – Detroit Area:  248-335-7200

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The Best Christmas Gift of 2021: Better Sex with Viveve!

The Most Intimate Christmas Gift: Better Sex with Vaginal Rejuvenation

Just as things were getting back to normal, another coronavirus variant is surfacing – making Christmas shopping in 2021 challenging! What if we told you we had the perfect gift that keeps on giving, is guaranteed to “fit” and that can be purchased online with a few clicks?

Why not give your partner AND yourself the gift of better sex and improved intimacy this holiday season with a  Gift Certificate for vaginal rejuvenation at AMAE in the Detroit area?

Improve Sexual Intimacy with Vaginal Rejuvenation

Sexual intimacy is an important part of any couple’s relationship! And, during 2021, many couples are spending more time at  home together during the pandemic – so an active and satisfying sex life has become even more important to couple. Revolutionary non-surgical, radiofrequency Viveve Vaginal Rejuvenation may be just what you both need to reinvigorate your love life.

What Is Vaginal Rejuvenation?

In the early days of romance or marriage, the couple’s sexual relationship is often the focal point of their time together. But as responsibilities such as children, careers, and mortgages take center stage, sexual relations can often get shifted to the back burner. Unfortunately, once the kids are older, careers are established, and a couple finally has more time for one another again, physiological changes in a woman’s body can make sexual intimacy less than satisfying for both partners. Even worse, in many cases, sexual intercourse actually becomes painful for many woman.

Childbirth, aging and post-menopausal hormone decrease all take their toll on the vagina. The vaginal lining can become loose, lax (lacking in tone), dry, and less sensitive. This results in painful sex for the woman, as well as less sensation and less satisfaction for both partners.

But the fantastic news is that a painless, one-time, non-surgical Viveve vaginal rejuvenation treatment can “turn back the clock” on female intimacy problems. Radiofrequency “vaginal rejuvenation” restores tightness, elasticity, lubrication and sensation to the vagina – in just one treatment, without surgery and without hormones and with no downtime.

Radiofrequency stimulates the vaginal tissue to produce more collagen and elastin, the building blocks of firm, thick, elastic skin. This promotes the regeneration of vaginal walls and helps restore and rejuvenate the vagina to a more youthful state. The vaginal becomes tighter, more toned and more lubricated – improving intimacy for the woman and her partner.

Cost of Vaginal Rejuvenation in Detroit

So what’s the catch? There really isn’t one! There are no side effects, no downtime and no complications from this safe and natural treatment. The only issue, for some women, is the “price tag” – since insurance does not currently cover vaginal rejuvenation. And, as we all know, many women are notorious for not spending money on themselves.

But what better gift can you give her (and yourself) this holiday season, than a  Gift Certificate for better sexual health and improved intimacy?

The average middle-class married couple spends more than $1000 every year on Christmas gifts alone! Couples also typically invest this much money in a good mattress set. And a new car payment alone can run from $2500 to $4500 or more per year. Isn’t your intimacy as a couple also worth a small investment as well?

Men: You can purchase a  Gift Certificate at our Detroit area medical office for the cost of vaginal rejuvenation treatment. You will be giving your wife or partner the gift of heightened sexual sensation and pain-free sex – while also giving yourself the present of more satisfying sex with the woman you love.

Women: Treat yourselves to more comfortable and satisfying sex – while giving the man you love the holiday gift of more frequent and pleasurable sexual intimacy! There is still time to schedule Viveve vaginal rejuvenation before Christmas. But hurry! Time is running out.

SHOP ONLINE for a Vaginal Rejuvenation Gift Certificates – Or Call: 248.335.7200