Is Incontinence affecting your life?
Make incontinence a thing of the past and get your care-free lifestyle back, discreetly and without surgery.
Unwanted or accidental urine leakage can prevent people from doing things they enjoy. Stress Urinary Incontinence can also be an embarrassing topic which means that, sadly, many people will put up with this common condition and not seek medical help. If you are a woman suffering from Stress Urinary Incontinence, About Face Brisbane can help you get your confidence and quality of life back with a quick, surgery-free laser therapy for Stress Urinary Incontinence called IncontiLase. The advice on this web page is open and honest – but our revolutionary treatment and services are very discrete.
What is Incontilase?
This video demonstration provides a good insight into the procedure and advanced technology that we use to get great results.
IncontiLase™ is a non-invasive laser therapy for the treatment of mild and moderate stress urinary incontinence.
Key facts about IncontiLase for Urinary Stress Incontinence
What is Stress Urinary Incontinence?
Some activities, such as walking, dancing, playing sport, lifting things, laughing, sneezing and coughing, can cause pressure within the abdomen. This puts pressure on the bladder. In some people, this pressure causes urine (generally only a small amount) to leak involuntarily. This is called stress incontinence. In addition to physical activities and movements that put pressure on the bladder, diabetes, chronic coughing, obesity and constipation can also contribute to stress incontinence.
Does Stress Urinary Incontinence affect both men and women?
Yes, both women and men can have issues with stress incontinence, although it is generally experienced more with women. It is very common post-pregnancy; 24 to 29 percent of women experience Stress Urinary Incontinence after having a baby. Younger women, who have not had children, can also be affected due to genetic factors.
What are the causes of Stress Urinary Incontinence?
The most common causes of Stress Urinary Incontinence in women are:
- Pregnancy and giving birth – which can cause stretching and results in the pelvic floor muscles being weakened. The resulting lack of support to the urethra during normal daily activities causes stress incontinence as extra pressure is placed on the bladder.
- Menopause – a lower amount of the female hormone oestrogen is produced during menopause, which can cause stress incontinence to occur in some women, as their urethra cannot seal properly after passing urine.
Stress incontinence in men is most often a side-effect of prostate surgery. It may take 6 – 12 months to go away by itself, so men suffering urinary stress incontinence post-surgery for prostate conditions are encouraged to talk to a doctor about treatment options.
How can About Face Brisbane help to cure my Stress Urinary Incontinence?
About Face Brisbane offers women suffering from mild to moderate Stress Urinary Incontinence a non-invasive, non-surgical and highly effective treatment called IncontiLase.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for Stress Urinary Incontinence?
If you are a woman who has mild or moderate Stress Urinary Incontinence and mild or moderate difficulty ‘holding on,’ you are likely to be a good candidate for IncontiLase.
We encourage you to make an appointment to talk to our Head Doctor, Doctor Colin Campey, who will sensitively and discreetly answer all your questions about IncontiLase.
What are the benefits of IncontiLase treatment?
- No incisions, cutting or bleeding.
- Safe, quick and easy.
- No downtime or pain relief required.
- No anaesthesia needed.
- No invasive surgery.
- Walk-in and walk-out procedure.
How does the IncontiLase laser treatment for Urinary Stress Incontinence work?
IncontiLase gently heats the urethra and vaginal walls. This stimulates the collagen regrowth in these areas, which causes them to thicken and tighten to give better support to the bladder. This prevents urine leakage. As an added bonus, IncontiLase treatment also tightens the vagina.
What should I expect before, during and after treatment?
- You will have an initial consultation with our experienced head doctor, Dr Colin Campey.
- You need to give us the results of your most recent pap smear test (conducted twelve months ago or less).
- If you have been keeping a record of your accidental or unwanted urinary leakage, please bring this with you to your initial appointment.
- Please keep in mind that you cannot have IncontiLase laser therapy while you are menstruating. The first phase of your cycle is the best time to receive laser therapy for Stress Urinary Incontinence.
- You do not need to fast before treatment – you can eat and drink as you normally would that day.
During your initial consultation, Dr Campey will examine you to ensure this treatment is suitable for you. Dr Campey will explain the IncontiLase treatment to you in detail and will provide advice on what you need to do after treatment.
After your initial consultation, if you are found to be a suitable candidate for IncontiLase laser therapy, you can choose to either have the treatment right away, or you can take as much time as you need to decide, and book in for treatment at a later date.
Along with Dr Campey, Karen Campey, About Face Brisbane’s qualified laser technician, will be present during the actual procedure. When you are ready for the treatment to begin, we will provide you with a pair of shorts to wear that has a small slit in them, and give you privacy while you change. These shorts ensure you have the maximum amount of privacy during the treatment as you will not have to be naked from the waist down.
At the start of your treatment, there are no needles as no anaesthetic is required. You will sit in a comfortable position on a treatment table (wearing your own top and the shorts we provide) in a private treatment room in our modern North Lakes Clinic. A handpiece, which is like a speculum (the handpiece used for a Pap Smear test), is gently inserted through the slit in the shorts into the vagina. This is painless and no incisions are required. Next, the handpiece delivers a series of safe laser pulses. The procedure is simple and quick – it takes only 30 minutes. The procedure is carried out by Dr Colin Campey, with Karen Campey present for the entire procedure to explain each step and answer any questions you might have. Karen has had the treatment performed on herself and will help you feel comfortable and relaxed.
After IncontiLase laser therapy, there is no downtime and you don’t need to take any medication. There is no bleeding, no stitches, and no complications. You don’t need to take antibiotics or use any creams post treatment. You can drive or return to work straight away.
However, there are a few important instructions you must follow after your treatment. Although you haven’t had surgery, you’ve still had a medical procedure, so you need to follow a few precautions in the short term:
- You need to avoid trauma to the treated area for a couple of weeks after treatment. For this reason, you should not have sexual intercourse for two weeks after your treatment. You should also avoid any (other!) type of strenuous exercise for two weeks, including heavy lifting.
- You should not use tampons for the first four weeks following treatment.
This will be all be explained to you in detail on the day of your treatment, and we’ll give you some information to take home with you as well.
The results of IncontiLase will take up to four months to take full effect. In the four months following your treatment, we recommend you keep a record of how often you experience unwanted urinary loss so you can track your improvement.
You will need to come back and see us if you feel you would like a further treatment after two months. Everyone is different and Urinary Stress Incontinence varies from person to person – some women require one treatment, and some require two in total, depending on the severity of leakage they experienced before the procedure.
How much does IncontiLase cost?
One session of IncontiLase costs $700 including GST. Medicare rebates are available.
With About Face Brisbane now offering zipPay, (but unfortunately not zipMoney) IncontiLase treatments can be more easily afforded than ever.
The sooner you are treated, the sooner you can stop worrying about urinary leakage, so call our friendly and sensitive female staff today on 3482 2999 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your initial consultation or ask any questions you have.
Other facts about IncontiLase
What are the after-care requirements?
- No medications are required.
- No creams are required.
- There is no downtime and you can drive or return to work immediately after treatment.
- You should not have sexual intercourse for two weeks following the procedure.
- You should not perform strenuous exercise for two weeks following the procedure.
- You should not use tampons for four weeks following the procedure.
- You should not do anything that puts pressure on the bladder and treatment area, such as lifting heavy objects.
All this will be explained to you during your initial consultation and again after your treatment.
How many IncontiLase treatments will I need?
Almost all women who have IncontiLase treatment only need one or two sessions. How many treatments you require will depend on the severity of your condition and how your body responds to the treatment. Everyone is different. In addition, as women age, their bodies change, so you may require further treatment down the track.
Is IncontiLase painful?
No, IncontiLase is not painful. Almost all patients find the treatment very easy to tolerate. Some women experience a slight burning sensation at the entrance to the vagina during treatment but this occurs only for a brief moment. Karen will be there to support you through the entire process. Is important to us that you are comfortable and we will make sure your experience is a positive one.
I’m not ready to try laser treatments yet – what else can I do to improve my Stress Urinary Incontinence?
Laser procedures are extremely common these days, due to rapid and continual advancements in medical science and laser technology. However, it’s understandable for some people to be a little nervous at first when it comes to lasers, especially if they’ve never had any type of laser treatment before and aren’t sure what to expect. You may have read horror stories on the internet about people being badly hurt by lasers (what they don’t tell you is that this is the result of buying a cheap online ‘deal’). It’s important to point out that low-quality, unsafe laser machines can be purchased very cheaply from China on eBay, and anyone can import and use them – but this doesn’t mean they should.
This is why it’s so important to choose a professional clinic that only uses high-quality laser machines, and that treatments are carried out by fully qualified laser technicians and doctors. At About Face Brisbane, IncontiLase treatments are only carried out by our fully qualified and experienced doctor. Our superior quality IncontiLase laser machine was manufactured in Europe by Fotona, the world leader when it comes to medical lasers. At About Face Brisbane, you are in safe and professional hands, always.
If you’d like to try a few things at home to help your Stress Urinary Incontinence, here are a few tips:
- Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles with (regular) Kegel exercises. We sell Kegel balls at our clinic. While these improve the pelvic floor they do not tighten the vaginal walls.
- Lose any excess weight. Being overweight increases the chance you’ll suffer from Stress Urinary Incontinence.
- If you are a smoker, quit. Smoking increases your risk of developing Stress Urinary Incontinence.
- Treat a chronic cough.
Are there any surgical options to treat Stress Urinary Incontinence?
Yes. Although there are various surgeries available to treat Stress Urinary Incontinence (for men and women), IncontiLase is a much better choice as there are no needles, no incisions, no anaesthetic, no medications, no bleeding, no stitches, and no-downtime.
Options for surgical treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence for women include:
- Bulking agents (which are injected) – to allow the sphincter to close better. This is not a permanent solution and most people will need to have regular injections.
- Retropubic colosuspension – which involves internal sutures (stitches) to provide improved bladder support.
- Sling procedure – the most common surgical procedure for treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence and involves the creation of an internal hammock or sling to support the urethra.
Surgical options for men requiring Stress Urinary Incontinence treatment include internal slings or implantation of an artificial inflatable sphincter.
Is IntimaLase the same as IncontiLase?
No. Although IntimaLase and IncontiLase are both performed using the same high-quality Fotona laser machine, they are different treatments, with different aims and different outcomes.
IntimaLase will tighten the vaginal walls and reduce vaginal dryness. IncontiLase will result in a degree of vaginal tightening, but not to the same extent as IntimaLase. For detailed information on the best way to achieve a tighter vagina, visit our IntimaLase page.
Will having an IncontiLase treatment stop me from being able to have a baby?
No. IncontiLase does not have any affect at all on your ability to fall pregnant or give birth naturally.