Embrace Your Beauty

Summer is filled with so many fun activities for me and my family! It is most definitely my favorite time of year. When I think of summer, all things physical come to mind! Running, jumping on the trampoline, swimming, chasing after my kids, or playing hopscotch with them!

Prior to having my own vaginal rejuvenation treatment, when I would think of those things I would instantly think about peeing my pants! After having 3 babies I really struggled with stress incontinence. I was always worried about when it would happen, and so I would find myself not doing the things that I love. My kids would laugh at me when I would jump on the trampoline for 2 jumps and then have to get off and go to the bathroom! And they just couldn’t understand what I was doing!

I also love to run, but there was nothing worse than being out on the open road and just peeing my pants with every stride that I took. It really stinks when you are trying to focus and have a good workout, but those lovely little dribbles just totally distracted me! Having this treatment was so life changing for me! The only thing that I wish I would have done differently was do it sooner!

Often, I think about how life changing this treatment was for me and think that I can't be the only mom out there! We often put everyone else before ourselves and sometimes we just shouldn’t! If you are reading this and you also struggle with stress urinary incontinence, you should really think about coming in and talking with us. The consultation is complimentary, so all it will cost you is a little bit of your time (which I know is a hot commodity as well!). The consult can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. During your consult we will teach you about the treatment and how it can help you, as well as what to expect during and after the treatment.

Vaginal rejuvenation doesn’t just treat stress incontinence, it will also help with vaginal dryness, decrease in sensation, and vaginal laxity. So, if you can mark yes to any of these symptoms you should come see us! We can help you no longer dread those trampolines, summertime sneezes or jumping! Enjoy the last bit of summer and soak up the sunshine (with your sunscreen on, of course)!

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We all know that with aging comes unwanted things, right? Well for me aging and 3 kids really did me in down there! I started to struggle with stress urinary incontinence after my second baby. I will never forget my first outing after having her. We were on a hayride and I jumped off the trailer and peed my pants!! I peed my pants so much that we had to leave because my pants were soaked – I was mortified. After that I knew I had to rectify the problem. Being an RN at Genesis Medspa, and having helped other women with this same issue, I knew we offered just the treatments to help me with my issue. After a consultation with Dr. Ferris I began my treatment plan.

I started initially with vaginal rejuvenation using radio frequency. This treatment is called Vitalia. It is done in a series of 3 treatments, 1 month apart. The treatment is very comfortable to have done. It is performed by having a small probe inserted into the vagina, and the probe is then moved back and forth. The total time for this treatment is about 45 minutes. After the treatment you have no downtime at all. You may feel some fullness for a day, but after that it's business as usual. After my third treatment I could tell a difference in my incontinence and it was so great! I could jump on the trampoline with my son and could exercise while not having to worry about peeing my pants. For the next 2 years I did a maintenance treatment every 6 months just to maintain my results. This treatment can also help ladies who struggle with vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, decrease in sensation, and vaginal laxity.

Well fast forward a couple of years and I had another baby! From the get-go that was my hardest pregnancy... guess it was preparing me for my crazy life that was to come. (On a side note... 3 kids... holy moly, they keep me on my toes and keep me hopping, which means I don’t have time to be worrying about peeing my pants.) During that pregnancy, my stress incontinence reared its ugly head again. Obviously I didn’t do any treatments during pregnancy, but afterward I knew I had to start back on treatments again. Like I said earlier, 3rd pregnancy and 3rd kid did me in. I didn’t really start working out again until probably 10 months after delivery. That is when I really noticed how bad my incontinence was again.

I started back on treatments and this time I started with a different treatment. I had the O-Shot. If you don’t know what the O-Shot is, it is where we draw your own blood, spin it down, and then extract off the top portion, which is called PRP (platelet rich plasma). Dr. Ferris then takes the PRP and injects it into the vaginal area. The purpose of this treatment is to cause your body to repair itself. Pretty cool, right... repair your body with your own goods! This treatment is done in the office, you are here for about an hour, but the injection time is less than 5 minutes! We use numbing cream to help with the needle stick and I will have to say, I never felt a one. The really great thing about this treatment is that there is no downtime either.

About a month after this treatment I decided to start another series of Vitalia as well. I am currently about 2 months out from my last Vitalia treatment and I am happy to report that I have a HUGE difference in my stress incontinence. I went from having to wear a jumbo pad while working out to just a light day panty liner on some days, not every day. I highly recommend this treatment, and I think every woman should invest in herself a little... because no one deserves to have to pee their pants.

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“If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.” – Unknown

Photo of Kimberly, her husband, and her two children.Change has been happening a lot in my life lately. Some changes small, others a little bigger! In July we welcomed our daughter Blake Rylee into our lives. She is absolutely perfect and she completed the last piece of our family puzzle. We are truly blessed to have her, but adding another baby came with change! We are adapting, and big brother loves her and loves his new role as big brother! I was fortunate enough to be able to spend nine weeks home with her, and that time flew by! I love my babies and loved being home with them, but I also like being a working woman!

I had a few butterflies floating around before I came back, and to say a few might be an understatement. I worried about balance! As working women we have a lot to balance on a daily basis. But with all the worry, I was still very ready and excited to come back to work!

I was most excited about being able to come back and be a full time esthetic nurse! I have had the pleasure of working in Dr. Prasad’s esthetic clinic for several years now, but now I get to focus all my time here and I am SO excited about that! The change is going to be so great; I never imagined I would be doing this in my nursing career! But that is what is so great about nursing… you can do whatever you want.

Illustration of a multitasking mother.I am about four weeks into coming back, and so far so good; lots of learning is taking place and I love being back and seeing everyone! It’s a hard balance, but totally worth it and doable, so kudos to all the working mommas out there! We all deserve a pat on the back or a massage or a pedicure or a facial…! So when all you hard-working mommas need a break from this ever-changing, busy world, come in and let us pamper you!

I hope that everyone is ready for the change of season! Fall is my favorite season. I love all things fall: the leaves changing, the cooler air, hayrides, pumpkin everything, and wine! When the leaves start turning to their beautiful colors, stop and take a moment to enjoy the season of your life that you are in… because in a blink of an eye it will change, too!

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