Patients are often nervous to undergo surgical vaginal rejuvenation in La Jolla & San Diego and opt instead for non-surgical ThermiVa treatment. ThermiVa is a new, non-surgical and painless procedure that does not require incisions, recovery time or hospitalization. In addition to labia and vaginal tightening, ThermiVa also reduces the severity of symptoms associated with mild to moderate stress incontinence, vulvovaginal atrophy (dryness) and orgasmic dysfunction due to laxity and dryness.
How does ThermiVa work?
The ability for ThermiVa to provide non-surgical, in-office vaginal tightening stems from radiofrequency (RF) technology. RF energy emits safe levels of therapeutic heat that effectively promotes synthesis of collagen within vulvovaginal tissues while also shrinking and tightening these same, damaged tissues resulting in vaginal tightening. RF technology has been used for over 10 years in various cosmetic dermatology treatments for smoothing wrinkles, improving skin texture and tightening sagging skin.
ThermiVa’s controlled RF heat is applied to the interior and exterior of the vagina using a small, curved, handheld wand that is passed lightly over tissues. As tissues absorb RF waves, they begin initiating a healing response to the heat. As a result of this natural response, your skin and tissue start producing new collagen (collagen remodeling) to repair RF-treated tissues. Collagen remodeling is what happens when facial wrinkling is treated using RF technology. The process of collagen remodeling not only replaces old skin with “new” skin, but also shrinks and tightens lax tissues to provide a rejuvenated appearance and texture.
As collagen remodeling enhances the health of aging vulvovaginal tissues, the ability of these tissues to secrete moisture and lubrication increases rapidly. One of the chief complaints older women have involves vaginal atrophy or dryness, which prevents them from enjoying a spontaneous sex life. Estrogen loss is the main reason why vaginal dryness occurs in women over 45, a condition exacerbated by the general deterioration of tissues due to aging. Instead of choosing hormone replacement therapy to increase estrogen levels, many women are now electing ThermiVa treatments for improving symptoms of vaginal laxity and dryness.