St. Louis' West County Plastic Surgeons Helps With Bladder Control After Childbirth and Aging
As noted on our urinary incontinence page, the problem of bladder control can be due to any of several different factors, including weakness in the pelvic floor. Fortunately, there are also options for incontinence relief. St. Louis' West County Plastic Surgeons works with each patient to determine the root cause of the issue in order to develop an effective treatment plan.
Because incontinence is often related to other symptoms of vaginal atrophy, vaginal rejuvenation can be effective in providing incontinence relief while also addressing other problems, such as dryness and a loss of sensation during intercourse. That said, incontinence relief can also be pursued on its own. The goal of any treatment is to deliver results tailored to the patient in order to meet her needs.
West County Plastic Surgeons is committed to helping women get a better quality of life, including via incontinence relief, in St. Louis at Washington University. Come in for a consultation to discuss the problem of incontinence—and its possible solutions. Call (314) 996-8800 or send a message online.Request Your Consultation
Who Needs Incontinence Relief?
Anyone who struggles with keeping urine from escaping at inappropriate times is a candidate for incontinence relief. Women seeking treatment frequently cite what is known as "stress incontinence," which is a small amount of leakage when stress is put on the bladder due to activity. "Stress" here indicates physical force.
Imagine a water balloon with a loose knot: Water may not escape on its own, but a leak will be evident if someone shakes or presses on the balloon. Similarly, a bladder may hold urine well under resting conditions, but sudden jolts—due to foot impacts while jogging or jumping, an unexpected laugh or sneeze, or lifting a heavy object—can cause a small amount of urine to leak out.
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This is because the bladder’s typical support system in the pelvic floor can weaken over time, after trauma, or due to medical treatments, such as for breast cancer, making it more difficult for key muscles and tissues to properly do their job of keeping the bladder closed. Stress incontinence is common among women who have given birth vaginally, especially multiple times, as each pregnancy and birth can impact tissues in the pelvic floor and vaginal area. The problem is also associated with menopause because hormone shifts can trigger changes in these same tissues, which can also grow lax over time.
The various other types of incontinence are explored elsewhere on this site, but include urge incontinence (which manifests as a sudden, overwhelming need to relieve yourself), overflow incontinence (which takes the form of constant dribbling), functional incontinence (which involves physical impediments to making it to the toilet on time), and mixed incontinence, which can be any combination of these problems. Urge incontinence paired with functional incontinence can be a big problem, for instance, since the unexpected immediate need to urinate can be further complicated by a disability that makes unfastening buttons and zippers a difficult task.
What Are the Options for Incontinence Relief in St. Louis?
Effective incontinence relief depends on accurately diagnosing the reason for the urine leakage.
If the problem can be traced to a urinary tract infection or constipation, both of which can include incontinence as a symptom, the solution for incontinence relief may be in antibiotics or a laxative, respectively.
If the problem is due to pelvic floor laxity, an incontinence relief treatment to strengthen the pelvic floor can restore proper bladder support, allowing this key organ to function as it should despite urges, stress, and more.
Nonsurgical Incontinence Relief
West County Plastic Surgeons uses Geneveve™ by Viveve, which employs radiofrequency energy to prompt the formation of new collagen, a protein that provides support, structure, and strength in soft tissues throughout the body.
The device is easily inserted directly into the vaginal canal, and the radiofrequency energy is absorbed by the tissues there. In addition to incontinence relief, this treatment can tighten the canal and increase lubrication, leading to improved sensations during intercourse and a boost in libido.
Beyond Incontinence Relief
Women dealing with the realities of a post-childbirth body may want to address more than incontinence. A Mommy Makeover can include procedures all over the body, including the vaginal area (labiaplasty or vaginoplasty), breasts (augmentation or a lift), the abdomen (liposuction and/or a tummy tuck), and more.
Meeting with a qualified medical team prepared to assess each patient as an individual with unique needs is an important first step of any journey, from incontinence relief to a head-to-toe transformation. Discover the available options—surgical and nonsurgical alike—today by reaching out.