If you have urinary leakage when you cough or sneeze or seem to have less intense orgasms than you once did, then vaginal rejuvenation could be the solution. If that brings to mind painful surgery, you'll be happy to know you can receive vaginal rejuvenation treatments in your dermatologist's office. The treatments are quick, and for the most part, they are pain free. Here are a few things to know.
How Vaginal Rejuvenation Works
Vaginal rejuvenation treatments are received during a visit to your dermatologist. No anesthesia is required for the vaginal treatments, and they are not painful. If you also have the outer labia treated, the doctor will use anesthetic cream on that area before treatment. This is sometimes done to smooth the skin and make the labia appear younger. The rejuvenation procedure is carried out with a laser or radiofrequency device. This is similar to the equipment used on facial skin to stimulate the production of collagen.
The treatment device is placed inside the vagina. The laser or radiofrequency energy penetrates the skin and stimulates the collagen underneath. As the collagen grows, the vagina tightens and bladder support strengthens. You'll need a few treatments spaced months apart to get the best results. After that, you'll probably need treatments yearly for maintenance.
What To Expect After Treatments
You may not notice results right away because it takes time for the skin to replace collagen. Gradually, you'll notice an improvement in the tone of your vagina. This can help reduce urinary leakage and improve sexual pleasure. It can also reduce pain that was once experienced during sexual intercourse, and that could revive interest in your sex life. Depending on the type of equipment used and the area treated, you may need to wait a period of time before resuming sexual activity to give time for your vagina to heal. There might be some soreness you notice when you sit, and there might be a slight discharge, but these after effects should clear up quickly.
Vaginal rejuvenation isn't the right choice for everyone. Your dermatologist will consult with your medical doctor or gynecologist to assess your medical condition. If your bladder is prolapsed or if you have severe vaginal atrophy, HPV, cancer, or other pelvic floor disease, you may need to undergo other treatments first. Surgery may be a better choice in some situations. However, if your problems are associated with childbirth or aging, then your doctors may agree that vaginal rejuvenation is appropriate and potentially helpful.