Non-Surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation
In 2014, labiaplasty — a procedure that rejuvenates the vaginal area — was among the cosmetic surgeries that showed the largest growth year over year. The number of vaginal rejuvenation procedures continue to increase each every year, with the treatment becoming accepted as a mainstream category.
While one segment of women undergo these procedures to improve their sex lives and the appearance of their vagina post-childbirth, others are more concerned with functional issues such as incontinence and discomfort.
The loosening of the vaginal area is caused by the stretching in the diameter of the vagina and surrounding tissues when the pelvic muscles become stretched or weakened due to aging, hormonal changes and especially vaginal deliveries. In fact, all women who have given childbirth vaginally experience stretching of their vaginal tissues.
The ThermiVa is based on the "Science of Heat," in that heating the tissues to a certain temperature tightens the collagen and elastin in the heated tissue. The ThermiVA treatments use radiofrequency to gently heat the tissues to rejuvenate collagen, without discomfort or downtime. A recent study documented multiple benefits for those complaining of vaginal laxity. Usually three treatments are recommended at one month intervals for maximum results.
First, the treatments have been equated to a hot stone massage and are, in fact, quite comfortable. The treatment consists of passing the probe over the labia majora, the labia minora, and intra-vaginally, tightening all of the tissues treated. Unlike other types of treatments, such as lasers or surgery, there is no recovery time.
Benefits that can be expected are:
1. Tightening of all of the vaginal tissues
2. Diminished or elimination of urinary incontinence
3. More normal secretions from the vagina thus less painful sex, called Dysperunia
The ThermiVA, like other Thermi treatments, uses a specially designed probe to deliver the heat to the specific vaginal area to be treated, and it monitors the exact temperature being delivered. Temperature is critical for the shrinkage of tissue. Unlike the laser treatments for vaginal rejuvenation, no local anesthesia needed for the ThermiVA or recovery time, and there is no pain.
E. Ronald Finger MD., FACS
Medical director for Savannah Antiaging and Rejuvenation Center