For many women, vaginal changes that occur with pregnancy and menopause may seem like a normal but rather bothersome side effect of aging. Despite the significant effect it can have on a woman’s sex life and day to day functioning, many women do not realize there are treatment options available. Fortunately, symptoms of vaginal dryness, mild incontinence, and mild vagina looseness can be treated with minimally invasive laser technology.
We at Austin Labiaplasty and Vaginal Rejuvenation are pleased to offer the DiVa laser which treats both the superficial and deeper layers within the vaginal tissue. The laser works by stimulating the growth of collagen and elastin which helps to restore the normal vaginal tissue. These treatments help stimulate elasticity within the vaginal walls which leads to overall tightening of the tissue and also increases vaginal moisture. The technology behind the DiVa allows for minimal downtown and minimal to no discomfort during and after procedures.
Vaginal rejuvenation treats a myriad of conditions including vaginal dryness, atrophy, mild stress incontinence and even vaginal looseness. The benefits of these procedures include minimal downtown, no need for hospitalization and short procedure time.
Laser vaginal rejuvenation works by stimulating both the deep and superficial tissue leading to a regrowth of the collagen and elastin within the vaginal canal. As a result, women experience increased moisture, increased elasticity and tightening of the vagina.
At ALVR we use the Diva laser which treats both the superficial and deeper layers within the vaginal canal. By utilizing both coagulation and ablation we are able the treat the specific areas of tissue that contribute to vaginal dryness, laxity and incontinence. Each treatment creates tiny channels within the tissue which leads to a regrowth of collagen. These tiny channels reduce large areas of superficial tissue destruction, and therefore, cause minimal discomfort and downtime. Also unique to this laser is the DiVa’s quartz dilators which are used on the top of the laser to ensure that a majority of the vaginal mucosa will come into contact with the laser, leading to a more thorough treatment.
Laser vaginal rejuvenation is a great treatment for women who are experiencing vaginal dryness. Dryness can occur due to a reduction in estrogen after menopause, while breastfeeding and in patients with estrogen dependent breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy. Estrogen is the hormone responsible for keeping the vaginal tissue healthy, elastic and moist. When these levels are low, laser helps to restructure the vaginal tissue by treating the superficial tissue layer leading to increased moisture.
Many women, especially after vaginal delivery, develop stress incontinence or SUI. SUI is the leakage of urine with coughing, laughing, sneezing or exercising. Incontinence in any form can be embarrassing and annoying for any woman, and can affect her day to day life including in the bedroom. Laser therapy works by improving the strength of the tissue that supports the urethra.
Many women, after vaginal delivery, notice a decrease in sensation with intercourse. This typically occurs as a result of the stretching of the vaginal canal during delivery. Laser vaginal rejuvenation helps to strengthen and tighten the vaginal tissue, helping to reduce feelings of looseness.
The treatment itself only takes about 5 minutes.
You should not experience pain during or after the procedure. We do provide light oral sedation prior to the procedure so that you are relaxed. A topical numbing cream is also applied to the area of treatment a few minutes before the procedure. Some women may experience a sensation of warmth for 30 minutes to an hour post procedure.
You may experience a sensation of warmth immediately afterwards and then some discharge, light spotting or itching for the first few days after the procedure.
After the procedure, you can return to full activity, you will want to avoid intercourse for 48 hours.
The laser can also treat enlarged labia, also known as labial hypertrophy. The treatment works by using a different laser hand piece that remodels the skin of the labia, therefore, tightening the hypertrophic tissue, resulting in a reduction in size.
A series of three treatments with 4-6 weeks in between are all that’s needed for initial treatment. These are then followed by one maintenance treatment every 12-18 months.
Each treatment cost $900. Each treatment also utilizes a disposable dilator which is $300.
The DiVa laser uses a quartz technology disposal dilator for treatment which is more sanitary and minimizes any issues related to cross contamination. The dilator also helps to fully expand the vaginal tissue ensuring that more surface area is treated with each treatment.
If after 3-5 treatments, you are not noticing improvement in symptoms. A surgical option may be your best choice. Your surgeon will discuss your anatomy and likelihood of success of laser based on your symptoms.
There are a few instances in which laser vaginal rejuvenation is not indicated. Significant stress incontinence, which occurs daily and frequently and in large volumes, will likely not respond to treatment. Your surgeon will assess you to determine if you are candidate for laser, if not, there are other methods of treating SUI.
Advanced vaginal prolapse and those patients seeking definitive treatment are also not ideal candidates for laser vaginal rejuvenation. Patient with severe pelvic organ prolapse require more definitive treatments in the form of surgical prolapse repair.
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