Vaginal rejuvenation treatments have become quite the buzz phrase…well, technically, it is two words, vaginal rejuvenation. You know what I’m talking about. Even Jada Pinkett-Smith shared her experience of getting it done a few months ago. Vaginal rejuvenation, vaginal tightening, laser and radiofrequency, oh me oh my! What is a lady to do? Which option do I need? Which treatment is better? Which is the most effective? Everyone is selling their wares, how am I supposed to sort the sales pitch from the facts?
We are totally with you! Linda and I have done soooooo much research on vaginal rejuvenation treatments when we were deciding which option would be the most beneficial to our patients. Not only do we want to provide the very best products and treatments.…we want the best, too! So, I’ve made an attempt to break down the differences between all of vaginal rejuvenation treatments available. I tried to make you a table, but my therapy skills far exceed my computer skills and I couldn’t fit it all in one table.
A note: When I put quotes on something, it means I retrieved it directly from the manufacturer website. Does some of the info sound vague? Or is it not available? That’s a whole other topic related to FDA approval and what the manufacturer is allowed to market their machine for in the United States (if they’re even allowed to market it at all…).
Non-Surgical Vaginal Tightening
Who is it for?: "In the U.S. for dermatological and general surgical procedures for electrocoagulation and hemostasis. In EU for eletrocoagulation of soft tissues for vulvovaginal laxity.
What does it do?: "By using radiofrequency energy, skin is heated to stimulate and rebuild your body's own collagen naturally"
Possible side-effects: transient pain in the procedure area, erythema and edema"
Number of sessions: 3 (4-6 weeks apart)
Length of each session: 15-30 minutes
Downtime: 2-3 days of restricted activity
Who is it for?: “The Viveve System is indicated for use in general surgical procedures of electrocoagulation and hemostasis in the United States.” “Viveve is currently enrolling a clinical trial for sexual function under an IDE and has no reportable adverse events as in the first 100 treatments.” “Viveve also has a Stress Urinary Incontinence IDE under FDA review.”
What does it do?: It uses “patented cryogen-cooling to protect the tissue and radiofrequency waves to heat the tissue. This prompts the production of new collagen to reinvigorate the tissue.”
Possible side-effects: “slight, white vaginal discharge; redness or swelling; slight abdominal discomfort, focal, transient altered sensation and tingling following treatment”
Number of sessions: 1
Length of each session: 60-90 minutes
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