Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation in Harrison, NY
What is vaginal rejuvenation?
The term vaginal rejuvenation, or feminine rejuvenation, commonly refers to a noninvasive skin tightening treatment using applied energy at the vagina (inner canal) and vulva (external labia). Two kinds of “energy” are commonly used – laser or radiofrequency (RF). Simply put, the laser uses light energy (For you science fans its actually an acronym! Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation – but we’ll stick to “laser”). RF uses heat energy. Both heat the collagen under the skin and naturally increase new collagen and elastin growth which increases the firmness of the skin (think shrinkwrap!).
Vaginal Changes With Age
As you age you may notice less firmness at the vaginal tissue from the natural loss of collagen, and muscle (similar to when a rubber band loses its “snapback”). Vaginal childbirth may further cause vaginal laxity or scarring and an enlarged vaginal opening. Furthermore, natural thinning and dryness of the vaginal skin occurs from low estrogen levels such as birth control use, breastfeeding or menopause. These changes in the vaginal tissue and skin also contribute to a lack of bladder support. This leads to the common complaint of urine leakage such as with exercise, coughing or laughing.
Benefits Of Vaginal Rejuvenation
Feminine rejuvenation can treat both the “look” and the function of the vagina. Rejuvenation helps treat laxity, excess hanging and asymmetric skin, decreased sensitivity with intercourse, vaginal dryness and minor to moderate stress urinary incontinence. More recently it has also been used for the treatment of vulvar skin disorders such as lichen sclerosus.
Performing A Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedure
Preparing For Vaginal Rejuvenation
The most important part of preparation is finding the right provider! Vaginal and sexual dysfunction symptoms often have multiple overlapping causes and treatments. Some women may benefit from vaginal rejuvenation combined with hormone therapy and pelvic floor physical therapy. As a gynecologist, these are my areas of expertise and I’m happy to tailor an individualized program for you.
What To Expect | Recovery From Vaginal Rejuvenation
There is no true downtime after the Votiva method but you may feel some minor discomfort or sensitivity for 2-3 days after the procedure. You should wait 1 week prior to engaging in sexual intercourse.
Vaginal Rejuvenation Candidate
A wide range of women is good candidates for this procedure. Laser skin treatment in general works best between people between the ages of 30 to 60 in otherwise good health. Any woman with the symptoms we‘ve discussed would benefit from a consultation.