Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation
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, 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 increase firmness of the skin (think shrink wrap!).
What causes vaginal changes as you 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 of 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.
What are the benefits of vaginal rejuvenation ?
Feminine rejuvenation can treat both the “look” and 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 treatment of vulvar skin disorders such as lichen sclerosus.
What is used to perform vaginal rejuvenation?
We use a safe radiofrequency method called the Votiva by InMode. Radiofrequency (RF) is an energy type which uses electricity whereas laser uses light energy. In general, RF energy equipment can be used more safely with some patients reporting quicker healing time. RF can also treat all skin color types safely. This is an energy type also used for example for skin tightening of the face to eliminate lines and wrinkles.
This can be done comfortably in a doctor’s office using a numbing cream. The Votiva procedure uses two devices. The FormaV smooth probe is used on the inner vaginal canal and outer vulva. The FractoraV device is then used only on the outer vulvar skin. The total treatment takes about 30 – 45 minutes. Most women describe a “warmth” sensation but very rarely is there pain. Three treatments one month apart are recommended though many patients have reported they see and feel some degree of change after one session.
Radiofrequency Animation (Fractora for Face)
Votiva Detailed Animation Video
What can you expect after feminine rejuvenation and how long is recovery?
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.
How can I prepare 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.
Who is a good candidate for feminine rejuvenation?
A wide range of women are good candidates for this procedure. Laser skin treatment in general works best between in people of the ages of 30 to 60 in otherwise good health. Any woman with the symptoms we‘ve discussed would benefit from a consultation.
Votiva Vaginal Rejuvenation Patient Testimony