Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation often refers to a number of different non-surgical procedures that address common issues related to vaginal laxity. Each treatment works differently. Dr. Ashford will discuss options with you and make the recommendation that is best suited to your condition and desired outcome.
Why women consider this treatment
- Loose-feeling vagina with age or after childbirth
- Air passing from the vagina
- Decreased sensation during intimacy
- Less satisfaction from intercourse
- Increased self-consciousness
- SUI - Stress Urinary Incontinence
About Laser and Other Non-Surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatments
What does laser vaginal rejuvenation actually mean?
Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation often refers to a wide range of treatments that use non-invasive, non-surgical technology to achieve the desired treatment. This often includes treatments like:
FemiLift®, Geneveve™ by Viveve, MonaLisa Touch®, and THERMIva®. At Cosmetic & Reconstructive Gynecology, unike most facilities, we use all four of these treatments. Every woman is unique and every situation is unique. With Dr. Ashford's extensive experience, he's able to make the right recommendation for you.
About FemiLift laser treatments
The same aging process that causes loose skin on the face, neck, and body occurs in the vaginal tissue area where collagen fibers lose their elasticity while we age and give birth. Due to structural changes in the vagina and urethra area and the loss of collagen fibers’ firmness, this phenomenon can cause reduction in sexual fulfillment in addition to stress urinary incontinence at different severity levels.
The Femilift CO2 laser, made specifically for the vagina, corrects changes in the vagina by remodeling the collagen and causing contraction of the tissues as well as later more production of collagen. This all results in healthier vaginal tissue as well as tightening of the vagina. The same therapy around the collagen tissue surrounding the bladder and urethra can help decreases urinary leakage.
FAQs about Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation
Does it hurt during or after?
No. Treatment is pain free. It is more comfortable than having a smear test.
How long after treatment can I have intercourse?
You will be asked to abstain from penetrative intercourse for 5 days.
Will I bleed?
What type of equipment is used?
The equipment that comes into contact with patients inside and outside the vagina is a single-use sterile disposable that prevent transmission of infections. The energy that is used to bring about the desired tightening effect or correct urinary incontinence is in the form of a specialised laser – the same kind of laser has been used for many years on the face for rejuvenation and smoothing of wrinkles.
I want a baby in a couple of years, should I wait?
FemiLift is effective for two years. If you are planning pregnancy within two years or less, we suggest that you wait until after the birth.
Can it irritate my cystitis?
This treatment has not been associated with any worsening of cystitis type symptoms such as increased urination frequency or burning sensation when passing urine.
I suffer from pelvic endometriosis. Can I still have this treatment?
In most cases yes. If you suffer from intense deep pelvic pain during intercourse then Dr. Ashford may advise against it.
How far does the laser go?
The laser probe is inserted full length into the vagina up to the cervix about 6-8 cm deep. The laser light beam travels about 05 mm (usually about 200 micron) into the vaginal skin not very deep but deep enough to reach the level of the skin where the new collagen is formed.
Can anything go wrong?
Co2 lasers have been used for the past 30 years and have shown to be safe and effective for many applications including Gynecology. A similar laser technique has been used on the face for rejuvenation and reduction of wrinkles. It is mandatory that equipment be used by a trained medical professional. As with any medical intervention, if used by untrained individuals then it could lead to excess scarring or difficulty in passing urine.
How many treatments do I need for maximum results – and what is the ideal gap between them?
We think that about 90% will have a good response to 2-3 treatments. Treatment effectiveness is 24 months or more.
How long does the treatment last and what will happen to the area after this time?
We estimate the effectiveness of the treatment to be 24 months or more. When treatment wears off it the vaginal area will be go back to how it was originally prior to treatment. The treatment can be repeated several times without any problem
Can I have this treatment if I had a hysterectomy?
I suffer from vaginal dryness. Will this treatment make it worse?
No. If anything it may help to improve lubrication. Recent studies showed improvement in the dryness caused by menopause symptoms.
Are there any special instructions for after treatment?
Only one. Avoid penetrative intercourse for 5 days.