As women undergo physical changes over the decades of aging and with vaginal deliveries, the birth canal and skin of the external labia stretches causing looseness or laxity. After menopause or when taking anti-estrogen medication for treating breast cancer, lubrication or moisture is diminished or lost. Tightness and painful intercourse may follow. Stress urinary incontinence which causes leakage with coughing sneezing or laughing commonly results from poor muscle tone in the vagina. Many women wish to regain their prior youthful vaginal and vulva appearance and function – whether following vaginal childbirth, anti-estrogen hormonal therapy, or the natural aging process. Although vaginal rejuvenation surgery has been the traditional method for correcting vaginal or labial tissue that has been stretched, weakened, is excessively dry, or functions abnormally, women can correct these problems with the non-surgical procedure known as ThermiVa®. In addition ThermiVa can effectively treat dryness and discomfort typically seen after menopause and post hormone therapy for breast cancer.
ThermiVa is the first and most effective temperature-controlled system that utilizes radiofrequency energy to tighten the vaginal and labial tissues, restore vagina muscle function and moisture, and tighten skin of the vulva for more youthful skin tone and appearance. Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, PC is the only practice within 100 miles of Albany offering ThermiVa vaginal rejuvenation. This state-of-the-art procedure helps our patients to reclaim their pre-baby body, restore their comfort, and revive their intimacy. ThermiVa creates softer, thicker, more lubricated vaginal mucosa in those bothered by dryness, chaffing and painful intercourse and helps nerves to regenerate to enhance vaginal and clitoral sensation with intimacy. Many treated older women report a greater ability to reach orgasm. It is a painless “lunchtime” procedure, due to its short 30-minute treatment time and lack of downtime. Women feel little to no discomfort during the treatment and report that they are thrilled with the results they have achieved. They can resume all of their activities including sexual relations on the treatment day.
Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven Yarinsky, and his expertly trained and experienced ThermiVa technician have found that while not appropriate for all patients, since the labia minora are not significantly reduced in size, ThermiVa treatments can successfully help patients with the following concerns:
- Loose tissue or skin of the vagina canal, vulva, and labia majora which often occurs after childbirth and with aging
- Dryness of the external skin and internal vaginal canal or atrophic vaginitis which often occurs after menopause and post anti-estrogen hormone therapy for breast cancer.
- Mild to moderate urinary stress incontinence or leakage with sneezing, coughing or laughing
- Sexual dysfunction including painful sex due to dryness and diminished sensation and difficulty achieving orgasm
- Mild to moderate pelvic prolapse due to vaginal muscle looseness
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Does ThermiVa Work?
Since being cleared by the FDA in 2013, ThermiVa has helped numerous women improve their vaginal health and wellness. Since 2016 the procedure has been performed more than 115,000 times worldwide. In a study evaluating the popular treatment’s potential, 78 percent of the female participants said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their results. The women achieved positive changes in a variety of cosmetic and functional concerns, including significant improvement in sexual satisfaction, reversal of atrophic vaginitis (causing pain and dryness seen with aging and after hormone therapy for treating breast cancer), and correction of vulvovaginal laxity (looseness seen after childbirth). For a closer look at the four-month study and its unprecedented data, read the article below.
As ThermiVa continues to grow in popularity, the procedure has been recognized as one of the 2019 “Most Worth It” procedures on RealSelf. This status was achieved by only 53 aesthetic procedures out of the over 500 presented on RealSelf.com. 86 percent of women treated rated the results “worth it.” As a “Most Worth It” procedure, ThermiVa has been ranked one of the top cosmetic procedures by RealSelf users who were treated.
The ThermiVa procedure is performed in our private in-house treatment suite. Using a disposable handpiece, Dr. Yarinsky and his staff deliver warmth with radiofrequency energy to effectively tighten the internal and/or external vulvovaginal tissue. Treated areas include the labia minora, labia majora and vaginal canal. This painless gentle heating process promotes new collagen production and healing of the tissue, increases blood flow, stimulates sensory nerve regeneration and restores youthful vaginal tightness and lubrication. With its thin, gently curved thermistor tip, ThermiVa allows complete control over the heat delivery and provides optimal comfort for the patient.
Each painless session takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, and three treatments, spaced a month apart, are typically recommended to achieve optimum desired results. Since there is no pain or stinging throughout the procedure, no anesthesia or numbing agents are necessary. Regular activities can be immediately resumed.
What Our ThermiVa Patients Have To Say
Recovery from ThermiVa
There is absolutely no downtime following a ThermiVa session. Patients can go back to their daily activities immediately, and sexual activity can also be resumed immediately after treatment. Many women notice the positive effects within days after their first treatment. They experience gradual improvement over the course of three to four months with a series of the recommended three monthly sessions. As the vaginal and labial tissue continues to improve resulting in more youthful quality, patients can benefit from the following:
- More comfort in tight clothing due to tightened labial and vaginal tissue (external tightening)
- Noticeably smoother, moister and softer skin
- Increased vaginal canal moisture and less irritation or pain with sexual intercourse
- Reduction of mild to moderate bladder/pelvic prolapse
- Reduction of looseness seen after vaginal childbirth
- Reduction in urinary leakage and accidents with sneezing, coughing or laughing
- Heightened sensitivity in the vagina and clitoris and improved muscular contractions, often restoring the ability to achieve orgasm in those who have sexual dysfunction and helps them to climax more rapidly
Results often last for up to 9-12 months, but single maintenance treatments can be performed as often as one to two times per year to preserve the results and benefits.
Schedule Your Consultation
To learn more about the revolutionary ThermiVa system and how it can treat and correct your intimate concerns without surgery or downtime, please contact us. During your consultation with Dr. Yarinsky, he will explain what you can expect from the procedure and answer any questions you may have to help you feel confident and at-ease about your treatment.