What is incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation?
Incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation is a procedure which is designed to restore and rejuvenate the tissues and structures of the vagina without the use of incisions or sutures. The technique addresses the stretching and other damage that may occur to the vaginal tissues following childbirth or as a result of the natural aging process, enhancing the tone and control of the vaginal muscles. In addition to improving sexual gratification, vaginal rejuvenation can also aid in reducing or eliminating some issues of incontinence which may develop as women age, and tissues and other structures lose their natural elasticity.
How does incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation work?
The incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation procedure has two primary functions: to remove the excess fatty tissues that surround the vagina, and to tighten and tone the supportive tissues and muscles of the vaginal area, that may have become stretched or damaged during childbirth, or as a result of trauma or age. Because the technique relies on lasers, the focused heat actually stimulates the development of new underlying tissues which can also help support the vaginal structures and restore the area.
What problem areas does incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation address?
For women, sexual gratification relies on friction. When vaginal tissues are stretched, friction is reduced. By tightening and toning vaginal tissues, incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation aids in improving sexual response for women, regardless of previous childbirth or age. By removing excess fatty tissue, incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation also improves the aesthetics of the vagina and surrounding structures, which can aid tremendously in improving self-confidence.
What are the advantages of incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation over other similar treatments?
Because incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation does not involve incisions or sutures, recovery time is shorter. And unlike incision-based techniques, incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation uses a laser to achieve much more precise results that can be fine-tuned to suit an individual woman’s unique preferences.
Who is a candidate for incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation?
Incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation can be an ideal solution for just about any woman who has sagging or loose vaginal tissues, weakened pelvic muscles, or an enlarged vaginal opening. Your specialist will be able to determine if you have any underlying conditions that may prevent you from undergoing the procedure.
How is the incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation performed?
Most incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation procedures are performed under local anesthetic with or without sedation in an outpatient setting. Once the area is numbed, your specialist will use a special handheld device to direct laser energy directly to the treatment area. Depending upon the areas being treated, as well as the results desired, your specialist may use more than one form of laser energy to achieve specific, precise results.
What is the recovery like?
Immediately after your incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation, you may notice some redness, swelling or discomfort which can typically be managed with over-the-counter medications and ice packs if necessary.
What will my results be like?
The goal of incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation is to create a smaller vagina that retains all of the natural anatomy and contours. Once initial redness and swelling have subsided, you will notice an improvement in aesthetics, as well as any discomfort you may have experienced prior to the procedure. The results of incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation are generally long-lasting, but patients are advised that subsequent childbirth, trauma or changes due to aging may cause tissues to stretch or to otherwise lose tone and strength. In such instances, “touch-up” procedures may be used to restore tissues.
What are the risks?
The risks of incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation are small, and include redness, swelling and discomfort following the procedure, as well as a very small risk of injury or deformity to natural tissues. Your specialist can discuss these risks with you in detail during your consultation.
Is incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation approved for use in the U.S.?
Yes, the incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation procedure is approved for use in the United States.
Is incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation covered by insurance companies?
In cases where the incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation is used to treat incontinence or other medical conditions or discomfort, some insurance companies may cover the procedure. When performed for purely aesthetic reasons, most insurance companies will not cover the cost of incisionless laser vaginal rejuvenation.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By OnlineSurgery.com Staff
Updated: October 13, 2009