Vaginal surgery is extreme, and in some cases warranted, but if you are struggling with vaginal laxity, there may be other useful treatment strategies: radiofrequency and laser.
Our Melbourne clinic has been offering women radiofrequency and laser treatments using the ThermiVa and Juilet for several years, with excellent results for vaginal laxity, stress urinary incontinence, and menopausal vaginal symptoms like dryness and thinning tissue. We firmly believe that vaginal surgery should be a treatment of last resort, due to the potential for complications, and where possible, new innovations should step in to rejuvenate vaginal tissue.
Vaginal surgery versus vaginal rejuvenation
Research regarding just where the edges of vaginal tightening and rejuvenation treatments are compared to vaginal surgery are emerging. These vaginal treatments are not supposed to replace vaginal surgery, because vaginal surgery will not be performed unless absolutely necessary. A perfectly healthy vagina is not going to have vaginal surgery performed on it, ever, so there is a gap in the market for women who want to boost the function of their vaginas and urinary systems.
Currently, our Intimate Program involves alternating treatments with the ThermiVa and laser, the Juliet. This targets both deeper layers and the top layer of the vaginal tissue, achieving a deep and sustained impact.
The first sham study on radiofrequency treatments in the vagina have been performed in the United States, showing a significant and sustained effect of radiofrequency treatments in vaginal tightness and function.
The study was performed on 155 fertile-age women, with the women split into two groups: one group received a real radiofrequency treatment at a high-power rate, while the others had a very, very low-power rate, but had the same overall ‘treatment experience’. This is what ‘sham’ study means – one group gets the real thing, while the other group believes they are getting the real thing.
Women had to have a laxity rating of 3 or less, with the laxity scale ranging from 0, being very loose, or 7, very tight. At six months, those in the treatment group were more than three times as likely to have no vaginal laxity compared with the women in the sham treatment group. Over half the women in the treatment group moved at least two points on the vaginal tightness scale.
There was a significant and sustained improvement in sexual function as well, after just one single treatment.
The treatments stimulate collagen production, which triggers a natural tightening of collagen that has been stretched or degraded over time, but that won’t be naturally replaced by the body because ‘it’s still fine’ and it’s not falling apart. This doesn’t help women who have uncomfortable or unpleasant vaginal, vulvar or urethral symptoms, unfortunately, which is where these treatments step in.
The treatments are well tolerated with many benefits, including immediate contraction of collagen (so quick sensation of tightening, while the collagen deeper inside actually regenerates), increased blood flow, and restoration of normal nerve signalling that results in vaginal lubrication.
We love our ThermiVa and Juliet, so if you are experiencing vaginal laxity, stress urinary incontinence or menopausal vaginal symptoms, we are happy to sit down with you for a chat about your body to see if this sort of treatment is right for you. While not everyone is a good candidate, these treatments can make the world of difference in functional terms for women who are straddling the not-like-it-used-to-be vaginal conundrum.
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