Most women who have reached adulthood in this era had never heard their mothers talk about things like vaginal atrophy. How could they? This part of biological aging wasn’t even a concept fifty years ago. When doctors started offering services like vaginal rejuvenation, the point was largely misunderstood. Procedures like vaginoplasty and labiaplasty were never about giving women a “designer vagina;” they were about helping women feel like themselves again. Now, we’ve taken another leap forward in the area of vaginal rejuvenation. Here, we discuss the value of ThermiVa non-surgical treatment for vaginal atrophy.
What is ThermiVa?
ThermiVa is a radiofrequency device that is used in the office, not the operating room. There is no anesthesia involved in the treatment, nor incisions. ThermiVa works by incrementally raising the temperature of the vaginal lining and external tissue (labia) using radiofrequency waves. The subcutaneous tissue absorbs these waves and, in response, tightens. The body responds to radiofrequency absorption by sending an influx of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid to the targeted area. In this case, that area is the vaginal canal and the labia.
The controlled heating of the subcutaneous tissue in and around the vaginal opening achieves more than a little tightening. While vaginal tightness does improve, women attain additional benefits, including:
- Improved vaginal lubrication, which can greatly improve sexual satisfaction. Better vaginal moisture can also reduce instances of itching, vaginosis, and urinary tract infections caused by persistent dryness.
- Reduction in stress urinary incontinence. Accidental urine leakage is a prominent symptom of vaginal atrophy. It happens because the muscles and tissues of the pelvic floor loosen with age. With increased collagen and elastin, this area of the body regains the strength necessary to reduce or eliminate those embarrassing leaks.
- Improved labia shape. Many women note that, with age, their external genitalia changes. The outer labia may become deflated and elongated. The same can happen to the labia minora, the inner pieces of tissue. ThermiVa treatment can address this area to reduce the size of the labia so they not only look better but are also more physically comfortable.
- Greater nerve sensitivity. Having more collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid in the vaginal canal and near the vaginal opening awakens nerve endings to be more responsive to stimulation. Women who have had ThermiVa have noted much-improved sensation, sometimes to a point of better orgasms.
We understand that any vaginal treatment can sound painful, especially when vaginal atrophy has already begun to create general discomfort. Fortunately, ThermiVa is quite comfortable. Tissues are not heated to a point of pain. The sensation of treatment feels warm. The procedure also takes only a few minutes, and the treatment applicator is very small, measuring only about one-half inch wide. After ThermiVa, patients may immediately resume their usual activities.