Different technnologies, similar effect
Both technologies are effective in shrinking vaginal tissues, leading to improved vaginal laxity, improvement or cure of mild to moderate urinary incontinence, and in many cases improvement in sexual and orgasmic function. It also helps significantly with vaginal lubrication in women with postmenopausal atrophy.
Thermiva works by heating the vaginal tissues to a degree than new collagen and nerves form in the vaginal tissues, using radiofrequency energy. The laser products work by using a laser to cut tiny little pits into the tissue throughout the vagina. Both procedures are painless and cause similar effect in the vagina. Thermiva has the advantage in that it can be used on the outer vagina / labia as well to treat cosmetic sag of the labia majora, not uncommon as women increase in age or have children.
Our practice uses Thermiva because we see it as more comfortable for our patients, and can also be offered at a lower price point than laser (as the laser equipment is nearly 3x the cost of Thermiva equipment). Our patients have been tremendously happy with Thermiva.
MonaLisa RF uses a fractional CO2 laser to stimulate collagen and some downtime, unlike the ThermiVa. Both procedures are painless, and treat the same conditions.
As a certified ThermiVA trainer in the Atlanta area, I have trained many
doctors on how to safely use ThermiVA and we have the most
experience with ThermiVA in Georgia. ThermiVa and MonaLisa are both effective for vaginal tightening. However, ThermiVa is the only technology that can treat both the outside and inside of the vagina. The probes for ThermiVa is a one time, non reusable probe! Themiva is a wonderful procedure
tightening for vaginal laxity, stress urinary urgency, orgasmic
dysfunction, labial reduction. ThermiVA is the latest technology for
vaginal rejuvenation without surgery, or downtime. The excellent results
from Thermiva has been supported by studies, patient testimonial, and
numerous reviews. In our certified center, those that are not
candidates for ThermiVa are offered other options such as labialplasty
or vaginoplasty during the confidential consultation.
However, your best plastic surgeon has the experience,
training, and results that relates to you. Do your research and find a real
Plastic Surgeon and book a paid consultation. Free consults are just a sales
pitch and does not work in your best interest. People always say “you get what
you pay for”. This is very true in Plastic Surgery.
Below are other criteria to use when selecting a Plastic surgeon.
Questions to ask your potential plastic surgeon (Answering NO is a big red
1) Are you a plastic surgeon? (You should research the differences between
cosmetic surgeon & plastic surgeon. Make sure that your plastic surgeon is
a trained surgeon! You may be surprised)
2) Are you board certified in Plastic Surgery? (Board certified in what? You
are looking for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. There are many boards
and some are fake. Make sure that the certifying board is a member board of the
American Board of Medical Specialties or the American Osteopathic Association.)
3) Will the procedure be performed at a fully accredited & certified procedure
room or ambulatory surgery center, or hospital
4) Do you have hospital privilege to perform the same procedure you do in the
office? Which Hospital?
5) Do you offer complication insurance. How do you handle complications and
revision (it does happen, it better to be safe)
The most important decision is to do your homework well. Good luck.
THERMiva & MonaLisa, why we made our choice.
Both procedures are painless and
cause similar effect in the vagina. THERMiva allows for treatment with the
outside labia area, whereas MonaLisa does not.
Our practice decided on THERMiva
because it has NO re-usable components reducing the risk of infection. THERMiva
can also be offered at a much lower price point than laser (as the laser
equipment was nearly 2x the cost of THERMiva equipment).
have been very pleased with our decision as every patient has been over the
moon with the experience, treatment, and success with THERMiva.
Radiofrequency heat vs CO2 laser
Ultimately, the differences are in the technology and the end results. Though they both treat for lubrication, ThermiVa also treats the outside labia, whereas MonaLisa does not. I've created a comparison chart on my blog linked below for your reference.
Difference Between ThermiVa (RF) And MonaLisa Touch (C02)
ThermiVa uses radio frequency waves that produce energy. This energy gently heats the vaginal, labial and surrounding tissue to create an improvement in collagen. This creates healthier, tighter tissue. It also improves stress incontinence that may women have with age or childbirth and improves the ability to have orgasms. The Mona Lisa uses a laser such as a fractional CO2 laser. The lasers that can help externally need special handpicks and local anesthesia. If you want vaginal tightening, plus vulvar tightening, enhanced sensation with no down time and completely painless, you should choose ThermiVa.
#ThermiVA uses RF (Radiofrequency) whereas the #MonaLisa and #FemiLift use a CO2 laser. Both cause rejuvenation effects to the vaginal area. The difference is that ThermiVa can also be used on the labia and clitoral area and is not painful.
What is the difference between ThermiVA and MonaLisa RF treatments? How do you choose?
Mona Lisa Touch and Femi Lift are both fractional CO2 laser treatments. ThermiVA is a radio frequency based device. This
technology is not able to raise tissue temperatures sufficiently to promote new
collagen growth (Neocollagenesis), which is necessary for any lasting results.
It has been shown that Neocollagenesis occurs ONLY when the tissues are heated
to 60-70C. ThermiVa absolutely does not heat tissues to 60-70C, but only
achieves perhaps 45-50 degrees Celsius. By heating the vaginal lining
tissues, ThermiVa causes swelling, or edema. There is no scientific basis that
supports the notion of ThermiVa producing long lasting results Fractional laser
devices, such as Femi Lift by Alma lasers, actually have been shown through
rigorous scientific study, to promote Neocollagenesis by heating the vaginal
lining tissues to 60-70 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, Femi Lift also causes
fractional ablation of the vaginal lining, resulting in regrowth of a thicker
and more youthful vaginal lining. In my practice we have treated dozens of
patients with Femi Lift and I have nor seen a single treatment failure.
Furthermore, most, if not all of my stress urinary incontinence patients (mild
to moderate severity) have completely resolved their SUI. Lastly many have posted that ThermiVa is a "newer" technology. That is just patently untrue. Fractional CO2 laser technology was first used clinically in the early 2000's. Radio frequency has been in use since the 1980's and the external application (like ThermiVa) was how RF was first used. People, do your homework and do not trust those who are untruthful!
Thermi Va (RF) versus Mona Lisa (CO2)
you can acutally do both treatments to get improvement as one uses heat to stimulate collagen/tightening and the other uses laser to cause wounds that heal and tighten. It depends on the condition being treated. Best, Dr. Emer.
ThermiVa RF vs MonaLisa CO2 Laser vs FemiLift CO2 Laser vs IntimaLase Erbium Laser
All of these nonsurgical vaginal treatments involve heating the skin of the vaginal canal to stimulate collagen formation and improve blood flow. RF (ThermiVA) heats the skin slowly and less intensely than the lasers while the lasers use higher energy to drill micropixels (tiny pores) into the skin. They both stimulate the same collagen formation process through slightly different technologies. I don't think you'll go wrong with either of these technologies.