Differences between Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatments?
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Differences between Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatments?
Different Lasers for Vaginal therapies
Mona Lisa Touch is a CO2 fractional laser which actually treats the atrophic vagina and improves the tissue, thereby relieving vaginal dryness and pain with sex. There are several other off label uses where the physican may offer it's use. The Mona Lisa Touch is the only CO2 fractional laser specifically designed for this. Femilift is another co2 laser, but is more similar to the standard fractional lasers and not specifically designed for treating the vagina.
Intimalase is a UYAG laser, again different design. ThemiVa is a radiofrequency machine which delivers heat for vaginal contouring and not to treat atrophic vaginal tisse.
Bottom line, know what you need and know where to go to get it
Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation & Tightening Options
Many new procedures are being marketed as nonsurgical alternatives. Here's the lowdown:
Femilift, the Mona Lisa Touch, IntimaLase and ThermiVa procedures are nonsurgical laser procedures (ThermiVa is radiofrequency heat) that treat the skin of the vaginal canal. They use the same technology of fractional laser skin peeling and radiofrequency(RF) tightening used for the face.
When the vagina loosens after childbirth, it's the muscles that have loosened. The skin stretches too, but the distances between the levator muscles (Kegel muscles) and the muscles of perineum is commonly permanently widened. In addition, the attachments of pelvic floor muscles, the bladder, and the rectum can become damaged. Procedures generally known as vaginoplasty and pelvic floor reconstruction are designed to fix the damage, tighten the muscles, and tighten the skin to create a long lasting and effective solution. LVT, cures none of these things. It's designed to provide a mild superficial and temporary shrink to the vaginal skin only, not the muscles and not to damage to the pelvic floor. It's a trade-off. If you want something nonsurgical with no downtime that's less expensive, that yields milder, temporary results, then LVT or RF might be your thing. For my patients, the decision process is similar to choosing between Botox and a facelift. They both improve wrinkles, but one requires a much larger commitment of time, courage and dollars. I offer both options in my center and my patients appreciate the opportunity to explore all of their alternatives.
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Diva for vaginal rejuvenation
Patients report improved sexual function, less irritation/dryness, and improved leaking (especially after childbirth). What I love about this laser is that it does not require an in and out motion during the treatment like the others (I wouldn't feel comfortable, even as a woman, with the "manipulation" required by the other treatments out there). The treatment takes 3 minutes and is very well tolerated with just numbing cream.
All in all, an awesome thing to do for yourself.
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Vaginal Tightening Treatments
Laser or RF vaginal tightening. FemiLift, Mona Lisa Touch, ThermiVa for vaginal tightening
I have previously answered this questions a few times- check the key words... Briefly, all of the systems you mention give similar results and cost ~ the same. They all use either light wave energy (Laser- FemiLift, IntimaLase, Mona Lisa) or sound wave energy (RF- ThermiVa) to modestly "snug" the vagina at one power setting, or to "loosen and rejuvenate" a tight, atrophic vagina at another power setting. **PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR FULL DETAILS on FemiLift (the sysrtem I have in my office); the same info really applies to all of the Laser systems.
Here is the important thing!! DO NOT go to a doc for vaginal tightening who ONLY offers Laser/RF as the only method they have; make sure the surgeon you see is also savvy and skilled at SURGICAL vaginal tightening, and is prepared to work with you with pelvic floor P.T. (physical therapy). While Laser or RF tightening is perfect for some, it is woefully inadequate for those patients who have significant laxity, and it does nothing to alter the physical appearance of the opening. If a doc only offers Laser/RF as their only vaginal tightening procedure, it means they are not trained to surgically deal with the area, and may offer you an inadequate procedure. Additionally, whichever you choose, the ultimate long-term success hinges as well on the P.T. work that you yourself do.
Michael P Goodman MD
Laser vaginal rejuvenation treatments
Several vaginal rejuvenation laser options exist and this treatment is becoming very popular. WHile all the treatments do have benefits, the Fractional Co2 options (Femtouch, Monalisa) are excellent at improving vaginal dryness, stress incontinence, and tissue atrophy or fragility. These treatments are painless and take about 5 minutes to perform, healing is painless and complete in three days with results noticeable thereafter. It is recommended for people to get three treatments 1 month apart. The treatment is very predicable and reliable and is not dependent on heating tissue to a certain temperature like the ThermiVa The ThermiVA treatment requires a bulk heating of the vaginal tissue which takes about 30 minutes. The treatment is very manual and therefore a more uncomfortable and awkward treatment to administer.
Vaginal health lasers
The Mona Lisa Touch , aCO2 laser and Intimilase and Incontilase by Fotona An Erbium Yag laser are great devices used to treat vaginal atrophy of the menopause and vaginal relaxation syndrome. Incontilase By Fotona treats mild to moderate urinary stress incontinence as well.The radiofrequency devises are less powerful than the laser devices.
We have been using the Incontilase and Intimilase for over a year now and our patients are extremely satisfied with the results for incontinence,atrphy and tightening!.
Vaginal therapy options
There are a variety of vaginal laser and radiofrequency options that have come out over the past two years to treat Vulvovaginal atrophy. Many of these options have added benefit of improving incontinence and laxity issues. The options include fractional CO2 lasers (MonaLisa Touch & Femilift), Radiofrequency (TERMIva) and now erbium laser (Diva). The first to market and to have the most scientific data behind these technologies is the MonaLisa Touch laser. All other technologies are trying to catch-up and replicate its results. The radiofrequency option TERMIva has been anecdotally shown to improve lubrication and cosmetic results as well as mild urinary incontinence. Many physicians around the country believe in "their" laser technology and why they use them. However, the Monalisa appears to be the current leader in providing scientific relevance for women who suffer from vaginal atrophy, Incontinence and possibly bladder infections. As an expert in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery our office offers Mona Lisa Touch and TERMIva as options.
Differences Between Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatments
It can increase blood flow, sensitivity, and orgasm. It can increase moisture and decrease urinary incontinence for many women.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma ) can be added to these procedures which may make a difference in the outcome. It can be injected into the vaginal mucosa to increase circulation and vaginal health, O-shot. PRP can also be used for a “G” Shot which is injected into the G-spot.
Such non-surgical laser vaginal rejuvenation require approximately 3 sessions. Once or twice yearly follow up treatments are recommended to maintain vaginal health. Also, if PRP is being added there is an additional fee per treatment session.
However, surgery is the most common treatment. It can usually corrected your concern in less than one hour with the use of a local anaesthetic. Often, many women feel more comfortable and relaxed with a quick twilight or general anaesthetic. Each procedure is customized to the physical findings as well as the desired goals of the patient.
There is no one right solution for all patients, but there is a solution for every woman. The outcome of a Labiaplasty is a more youthful appearance, ability to wear all types of clothing without discomfort and/or embarrassment, and a more confident sex life.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.