42% of women in the UK suffer from a form of urinary incontinence, with stress incontinence the leading type. Only 25% of these women visit their doctor for advice, many suffering alone. A leading cause of stress incontinence is vaginal laxity following childbirth and/or menopause.
This is due to the damage caused to collagen in the birth canal during delivery, which never fully regains its integrity and elasticity. Tightening and restoring the physiology in this area can stop those uncomfortable moments.
Childbirth and hormonal changes, due to menopause and ageing, may affect a woman’s intimate health. These physiological changes may alter the elasticity of the vaginal canal, damage the pelvic floor, and devitalize the mucosal tone of the vaginal wall.
Vaginal laxity is one of the most common, yet overlooked, health concerns among women. About 76% of females are likely to develop vaginal laxity at some point in their lifetime. Kegel exercises and invasive surgery have previously been the only treatments available. ThermiVa helps to strengthen and tone the pelvic floor, without the need for surgery, discomfort or downtime.
Stress incontinence and vaginal laxity, as a result of the above, can undermine a woman’s body image and self-esteem. Sadly, a woman’s intimate health after childbirth and post-menopause remains a largely taboo subject.
We feel that these issues impact women daily and should no longer stay taboo.
Childbirth and the natural ageing process cause changes which may affect feminine health. A particularly strenuous vaginal childbirth or multiple births can cause stretching of the vagina. The effects of menopause can also cause physical and functional changes, such as excessive dryness. In an international survey of 563 gynaecologists, 84% of responders believe vaginal laxity is underreported by their patients, and 95% felt that vaginal laxity impacts their patients’ sexual functioning.¹ Vaginal laxity can lead to the development of conditions, like stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and diminished sexual satisfaction (orgasmic dysfunction).
At the Medical Cosmetic Centre, Dr Rosy offers ThermiVA®, a radio-frequency (RF) based treatment to stimulate collagen, improving vaginal laxity. The treatment requires no anaesthetic, with little to no discomfort and no downtime.
ThermiVa® is a non-invasive, non-surgical, in-office feminine rejuvenation treatment, that is painless and requires no downtime. ThermiVa is the first and only temperature-controlled treatment that safely and effectively uses radiofrequency energy to tighten the labia and vaginal canal.
ThermiVA® has been developed over years and used widely by world-renowned gynaecologists with great results and patient satisfaction, with over 55,000 women treated globally.
ThermiRF® is a temperature-controlled, RF energy emission device, used for non-surgical dermatological applications in aesthetics and other medical specialties.
ThermiVA®treatments use RF energy to gently heat tissue, for the treatment of vulvovaginal laxity, with little to no discomfort and no downtime. The RF disposable electrode is designed to treat internal and external tissues, which will help tighten both areas.
In a recent Thermi multi-center clinical study of 65 patients²:
Greater than 93% of women treated reported improvement in laxity.
Subjects reported statistically and clinically relevant improvement in sexual functioning during the study follow-up period.
Who is a candidate for ThermiVA®?
- Women that have vaginal laxity
- Women that are not satisfied with the appearance of their labia
- Women with orgasmic problems or sexual dissatisfaction
- Women with urinary incontinence
- Women with pelvic prolapse, such as fallen bladder or rectum
- Women suffering from vaginal dryness
- Women of any age, with or without children
How does ThermiVA® treatment work?
ThermiVa uses controlled, therapeutic, radiofrequency energy to gently contract and tighten the labia and vaginal canal. It also stimulates collagen production and may help in tissue and nerve healing.
Is there any discomfort during ThermiVA® treatment?
The treatment creates a warm sensation with no pain during or after the treatment.
Is there any downtime with the ThermiVA® procedure?
There is no downtime after the treatment. Women can immediately return to their normal activities and resume sexual activity, even on the same day. There is no discharge or odour after the treatment.
How many treatments are required?
The ThermiVa protocol is a three-treatment series, each treatment about one month apart. However, some patients are satisfied even after one or two treatments.
What are the advantages of ThermiVA® compare to other feminine rejuvenation procedures?
ThermiVa uses RF, or radiofrequency, whereas other machines use a CO2 laser. Both cause rejuvenation effects to the vaginal area. The difference is that ThermiVa can also be used on the labia and clitoral area, and is not painful.
There is no stinging or discharge and it is non-ablative.
The treatment is easy with no pain or downtime and is very affordable.
When can ThermiVA® treatment be performed after delivery?
ThermiVa can safely be performed six weeks after childbirth and in between pregnancies.
How is the ThermiVA® treatment performed?
An S-shaped hand piece with a RF tip is used to gently warm the external labia and vaginal canal. A probe is used to precisely monitor the tissue temperature, ensuring optimal treatment temperature and safety.
What are the benefits of the ThermiVa treatment?
- Tightens the labial tissues and reduces sag and “camel toe”
- Results in softer and smoother skin
- More comfort in body-conscious clothing
Vaginal Canal Tightening:
- Tightens the vaginal canal so it is noticeable to the patient and the partner
Improves Atrophic Vulvovaginitis (dryness of the labia and vagina):
- Increases vaginal moisture
- Increases vaginal comfort (before, during and post sex) without use of hormones
- Reduces labial irritation
Improves Stress Urinary Incontinence:
- Reduces urinary leakage accidents with activity
- Reduces urinary urgency symptoms
Improves Orgasmic or Sexual Dysfunction:
- Increase in orgasm sensitivity
- More coordinated and stronger muscular contractions
- Achieve orgasms in shorter time period
- Improves pelvic prolapse
- Shrinks vaginal tissues and helps improve muscular coordination and strength
How long does the ThermiVA® treatment take?
The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and requires no downtime. The typical protocol for ThermiVa treatments is three treatments, spaced four weeks apart. Many women see improvement in vaginal tightening after the first treatment, but optimal results will be observed three months after the third treatment.
When will I see the results?
Some results are immediate and they continue to improve with each treatment. Maximum benefit is around 6 months.
Is ThermiVA® treatment safe?
ThermiVa is very safe with few side effects. No burns, blisters, infections, organ or nerve damage have been reported. It’s also a safe alternative to more invasive surgical procedures.
ThermiVa uses a single use, disposable hand piece, ensuring no risk of transmission of infections.
1.Pauls et al., (2012). Vaginal laxity: a poorly understood quality of life problem; a survey of physician members of International Urogynecological Association (IUGA). The International Urogynecological Association, June 2012.
2.Rusciani, A., Curinga, G., Menichini, G., Alfano, C., Rusciani, L. (2007). Nonsurgical tightening of skin laxity: A new radiofrequency approach. Journal of Drugs and Dermatology, April 2007; Volume 6, Issue 4
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We appreciate that making an appointment can feel embarrassing and daunting, and we can assure you that all consultations and treatments are treated professionally and in the strictest of confidence.