Would vaginal rejuvenation help vaginal dryness?

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Would vaginal rejuvenation help vaginal dryness?


Vaginal rejuvenation entails a surgical procedure to narrow the caliber of the vagina by reinforcing selected pelvic floor muscles and connective tissue. The procedure does not have any impact on vaginal dryness, which is usually caused by hormonal changes (mainly decrease in estrogen level). In order to improve vaginal dryness, there are either pharmacological (hormonal) or other non-surgical options available. The non-hormonal options include application of laser technology ( Monalisa Touch, FemiLift), or radiofrequency (ThermiVa) to affected tissue. The end-result of above technologies is an increase in vaginal moisture, tightening of vaginal epithelium (walls), and increase in laxity of vaginal tissue. Vaginal moisture is improved by resurfacing vaginal mucosa and increased production of collagen following stimulation by Laser or RF technology. Vaginal dryness could be also improved with hormonal treatment, which include either local preparations (creams, vaginal tablets), or systemic ones (tablets, gels, creams, and other).

Restoring and Rejuvenating with Female Genital Enhancement

I perform a variety of treatments and surgeries to enhance, restore and rejuvenate the female genital region. This includes procedures to improve moisture, sensitivity and tighten the vaginal canal; which can enhance orgasm and restore or improve the appearance of the vulva. This includes the labia minora, labia majora, the clitoral region and the vestibule of the vagina.
A vaginoplasty (commonly referred ton as vaginal rejuvenation) is when a diamond shaped section of tissue is excised from the inside of the vagina and brought down to the outside of the vagina.
Often times a small triangular area is also excised from the perineum (the area right below the vaginal opening). This is called a perineoplasty or perineorrhaphy. The size of the tissues removed rarely are larger than a domino block. If needed, sutures that bundle loose muscles together are used to narrow the vaginal opening.
If necessary, this may be combined with a #Labiaplasty which is a surgical procedure that will reduce and/or reshape the #labia. Labia minora are the inner lips of the vagina that cover the female clitoris and vaginal opening. Women with excessively large labia may experience pain during sexual relations, feel discomfort during normal activities or while wearing tight clothing. Or, the labia may be asymmetric or may #hang below the labia majora (the outer lips of the vagina) which some women find this unattractive. At times the outer labia or labia majora may also be excessively large, uneven, or may be too small. The size may be increased with fat injections.
Candidates for treatment include women concerned about the appearance of their genitals, those who experience discomfort, pain or difficulty with sexual relations.The specific problems are noted below in each section. These problems may exist at birth or with growth and development. They can occur with childbirth or other trauma to the region. All of these issues can cause a woman great emotional distress that is often difficult to talk about with their partner, friends and even their doctor.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Femilift helps with vaginal dryness

Femilift is a relative recent non surgical procedure used to help with vaginal tightening , urinary incontinence, and vaginal dryness. It uses a specialized probe that delivers a laser into the vaginal wall to stimulate collagen production in the area. This helps thicken and tighten the wall that may have been thinned or damaged. Women report improvement in lubrication and decrease in pain with penetration after just 3 treatments. I have treated over 75 patients over the past year and a half of offering this treatemnt and all have seen positive results.

Usha Rajagopal, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Non Surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation for Vaginal Dryness

Thank you for your question! I would recommend ThermiVa.  ThermiVa uses RF (radio frequency) to warm the tissue to
stimulate the collagen of the vaginal walls, increasing the blood flow and
vaginal moisture. It can also be used externally to assist in the labia
retracting giving it a more youthful look.  ThermiVa addresses vaginal
dryness, vaginal laxity & vaginal tightness. However, ThermiVa is also
known for addressing mild to moderate incontinence and increased orgasms as
well as the time it takes to reach an orgasm. With ThermiVa I have seen
immediate visual results of the inner and outer vagina after the first
treatment. I would recommend
you consulting with your treating physician to learn more. You can
visit the ThermiVa website to locate a treating physician in your
area. I hope this information helps. Good luck with your decision!

Camille Cash, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Vaginal Rejuvenation and Dryness

Vaginal dryness is usually a symptom of Vulvo-Vaginal Atrophy (VVA) which is a result of hormonal decline and the aging process, and is most common in post-menopausal women. Surgical options for vaginal rejuvenation will not have any effect on vaginal dryness, and may even create more discomfort from scar tissue. There is an FDA approved procedure called MonaLisa Touch which is a laser treatment that actually restores the vagina mucosa to a healthy state. Treated women may enjoy a rapid improvement in vaginal lubrication even after the first treatment. As a side benefit, patients often also experience some tightening of the vaginal canal from this procedure. If you are also looking to further tighten the vagina you may want to look into a procedure called Fotona Intimalase, which can tighten the vaginal canal by an average of 17% without surgery, pain, or side effects. Hope this helps.

Shelena Lalji, MD
Sugar Land OB/GYN
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Vaginal dryness and atrophy

requires medical management with hormonal adjustments and if this doesn't work, intravagional lasers (Mona Lisa) or radiofrequency (ThermiVA) can be done with excellent outcomes.  Reviews on realself have been all good.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
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Would vaginal rejuvenation help vaginal dryness?

Femi Lift fractional CO2 vaginal resurfacing helps vaginal dryness. Even more importantly though, there is a difference between Fractionated CO2 laser vaginal treatments and Radiofrequency (RF) treatment outcomes. The CO2 laser delivers both thermal energy AND ablative effects to the vaginal lining. Both are important in terms of outcome. Furthermore, RF does not raise tissue temperatures sufficiently to promote new collagen growth (Neocollagenesis) which is essential to promote new tissue growth, yielding LONG TERM LASTING RESULTS. Only the CO2 laser  is ablative. Ablation is essential to gain effective and lasting vaginal rejuvenation because, as a result of fractional ablation, the vaginal lining regrows new, and more youthful tissues. Tissue biopsy studies have proven that CO2 laser treatments result in improved microscopic architecture in the vaginal lining, including an increase in glandular density (glands that produce vaginal lubrication). The current RF devices use old monopolar RF technology, originally developed 15 years ago for body contouring. I have used both technologies many times over the course of my career and the CO2 laser is vastly superior to old RF technology for vaginal rejuvenation. Thank you for your excellent question!

Steven M. Gitt, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Vaginal surgery vs laser

Hello, vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure and helps for tightening and cosmetic appearance.  But the new laser and radio frequency modalities improve vaginal mucosal tissue.  This may help with the dryness issue.

ThermiVa definitely, Surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation -No

The most exciting vaginal rejuvenation method is ThermiVa. Why? Because it only takes 30 minutes, it is totally Non-surgical, Non-invasive and has No Down-time. ThermiVa rejuvenates genital structures by stimulating blood flow to the outer vaginal skin, inner vaginal mucosa, muscles and nerves. It also stimulates collagen formation. This is done by using radio-frequency energy which gently heats the tissues to a precise temperature (45 degree C) for a specified length of time. 

The benefits are:
  1. Restores natural lubrication and moisture
  2. Tightens the vaginal muscle tone and outer loose skin
  3. Heightened and/or multiple Orgasms through improved blood flow to nerves at the G-spot and Clitoris
  4. Restores urinary continence for women with mild to moderate stress urinary incontinence
  5. Reduces urinary urgency symptoms
  6. Treats low grade vaginal prolapse
  7. Noticeably shrinks excess labial skin immediately following the first treatment

Women are able to return to 100% of their normal activities following ThermiVa, including sexual intimacy. Ladies may have sufficient resolution of symptoms with a single treatment. However, the studies showed the best results occurred after 3 treatment sessions. Treatments can be 2-4 weeks apart. ThermiVa has no reported burns and is not a laser.

For many years Gyn doctors had to rely on creams, pills or injections to attempt to restore the moisture due to declining hormone levels. A lack of hormones causes decreased nutrition in the form of blood supply to aging skin.

Would vaginal rejuvenation help vaginal dryness?

thanks for asking
Depend what is the cause of vaginal dryness, treatment varies.
if the dryness is from menopause or premenopausal status, or decrease in lubrication, yes CO2 laser vaginal rejuvenation dose help your problem.
these laser machines currently are available in USA under name of FemiLift and MonaLisa Touch.
you will need a series of 3 treatment for maximum effect.
Good Luck and best of health

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