The tissue of the female pelvis can go through a lot across a lifetime. Until now, there hasn’t been a solution to the widespread issue of tissue laxity besides reconstructive surgery in the most severe cases. Unfortunately, that has left many women suffering a multitude of indignities and discomforts, with the emotional baggage that comes along for the ride.
Vaginal rejuvenation includes non-invasive laser and radiofrequency treatments that stimulate cells, improving their integrity whilst tightening lax urethral, vaginal and vulvar tissue.
Laser and radiofrequency treatments are effective at vaginal tightening. They can reduce the symptoms of genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) and vaginal atrophy. As a result, vaginal rejuvenation procedures are a growing area of interest for many physicians, dermatologists, reconstructive surgeons, gynaecologists and urologists.
‘Vaginal rejuvenation’ might sound like a marketing term designed to lure you in with promises of a tight, fresh new vagina – as if the one you have isn’t quite right. But in many women, it’s not quite right, but nothing has been able to help so far.
Vaginal rejuvenation is indeed an ill-defined umbrella term. In our practice, high-tech vaginal tightening and rejuvenation procedures are a shining beacon of hope for women whose urethral, vaginal and vulvar tissue has lost its mojo. We’re very proud to offer women and those with vaginas options they’ve never had.
What is GSM and vaginal atrophy?
GSM symptoms can include poorly functioning vaginal or vulvar tissue that tears easily, is irritated by simple actions like wiping, and is prone to dryness. GSM can also include stress urinary incontinence, where a cough turns into an accident. Vulvovaginal atrophy may be part of GSM or appear on its own, reducing the function and size of vaginal cells, resulting in dryness, shrinkage and irritation.
What is vaginal laxity, and how does it impact sex?
Those who have been through vaginal labour may experience a loss of elasticity in pelvic tissue. As a result, sex might become less pleasurable since sexual responsiveness is dependent mainly (with all other ingredients being in place) on friction. Remove the friction with tissue laxity, and you are more likely to have an unsatisfying sexual experience with no apparent reason.
What is stress urinary incontinence?
Stress urinary incontinence occurs when the downward pressure on the urinary tract is too great for the pelvic floor muscle to hold and urine leaks out unexpectedly. For example, this leaking may occur when laughing, coughing, sneezing or lifting something heavy. The amount of leaking can be minuscule or significant, depending on the level of tissue laxity.
How does laser vaginal rejuvenation help?
Laser vaginal rejuvenation procedures tighten tissue in two ways and stages. The first impact of the laser or radiofrequency is the shrinking effect of heat on the tissue. In the second stage, the heat from the laser or radiofrequency stimulates collagen and elastin production.
Collagen and elastin are much slower to develop, with the process taking up to three months. This two-stage process means you can expect not only instant tightening but the results will improve in the coming weeks.
Is vagina tightening and rejuvenation scientifically proven?
Vaginal rejuvenation procedures have been subject to rigorous scientific research to see where its edges are and the tasks for which it is well-suited. What’s come from those studies is that vaginal rejuvenation techniques result in improvements of GSM or vaginal atrophy symptoms and sexual function.
The vaginal tightening and rejuvenation treatments have a very high patient satisfaction rating. Any adverse events reported were considered minor – treatment-associated pain, swelling or vaginal discharge. All side-effects resolve within a day or two.
No other vaginal treatment has ever come close to achieving these important goals for women and those with vaginas. The research concludes that radiofrequency and laser treatments effectively treat vaginal laxity and vaginal atrophy. However, more research is required to improve further our understanding of how these innovative treatments can help women be more comfortable in their bodies.
Vaginal tightening and rejuvenation procedures our Melbourne clinic offers
At ENRICH Clinic in Armadale, we offer specialist vulvovaginal laser and radiofrequency treatments. We have a vaginal rejuvenation program where we assess you and develop a unique treatment plan for you. This plan might include both laser and radiofrequency, or just one or the other, depending on your individual needs.
What is the difference between laser and radiofrequency treatments?
The reason we love using both the laser and radiofrequency treatments together is they complement one another. Laser energy treats the upper layers of tissue, while radiofrequency can penetrate deeper to target underlying structures.
Both use heat energy to exert their effect on cells, but the devices are quite different in how they go about that. We love the combination and find it works very well for patients. Each treatment is very quick, just 5-10 minutes and you’re done.
What to do next
If you have symptoms such as laxity, dryness, irritation, stress urinary incontinence, or unpleasant symptoms of menopause, book in for a personal consultation.
We’ll talk through your concerns and plot out a plan to help revive your pelvic tissue.