Vaginal Laxity and Urinary Incontinence
During the aging process, the vaginal tissue looses collagen and elasticity. This loss of elasticity is further compounded by childbirth. This can cause the tone of the pelvic floor muscles to decrease leading to vaginal prolapse and sometimes urinary incontinence especially on coughing, sneezing or laughing. Most women are too embarrassed to discuss these symptoms with their doctors and suffer in silence.
How is this traditionally treated?
The first line of defense is to carry out pelvic floor exercises diligently and many women do these incorrectly and may require referral to a physiotherapist for guidance. In many women, despite carrying out these exercises, there is only a limited improvement. Those who go on to see a gynecologist may be offered surgery to carry out a “vaginal repair” for prolapse, or insertion of a tape to “lift the bladder” for incontinence. These operations don’t always succeed and can cause scarring that may lead to pain on intercourse. Furthermore, these operations need time to recover from.
What is the new way to treat this condition?
There is now a revolutionary new treatment which uses a laser inside the vagina which stimulates collagen growth and hence tightens vaginal tissues. It is called FemiLift. It uses the same Pixel CO2 laser that has been used successfully on the face for rejuvenation.
However, unlike the treatment on the face, it is pain-free and takes only 5 to 10 minutes. It does not require any local anesthetic either. There is no need to take time off work. In fact, you can go straight to work following a treatment! The treatment is carried out by an experienced gynecologist who has been trained in the use of lasers.
What is FemiLift treatment for?
This treatment is primarily used for urinary incontinence but it can also be used to enhance sexual fulfillment by “tightening” the vagina. The only difference between the two is where the laser treatment is concentrated in the vagina. You can discuss your particular needs with the gynecologist who will deliver the precise treatment for you. Treatment for both incontinence and “tightening” can be combined and delivered at the same time.
How far does the laser go?
The laser probe is inserted the full length into the vagina up to the cervix and hence about 6 to 8 cm. The laser light beam travels about 1 mm into the vaginal skin and hence not too deep but deep enough to reach the level of the skin where the new collagen needs to form.
Can I get an infection from this treatment?
The vaginal probe used is single use and therefore there is no risk of transmitting infection.
Are there any specific instructions for aftercare?
Avoid penetrative intercourse for 5 days. Avoid any strenuous exercise for 3 days and any hot baths or saunas for a similar length of time. Also avoid the use of any tampons in the week after this treatment.
How many FemiLift treatments will I need?
We think that about 70% to 90% will have some response to a single treatment which may last up to 6 to 9 months. We would recommend between 2 to 3 treatments about 4 weeks apart for the maximum response which may last up to 2 years.
What if my family is not completed yet?
If you are planning another pregnancy within the next 2 years then you ought to postpone any laser treatment to your vagina. This is simply because any benefits may be undone.
How much do FemiLift treatments cost?
$1,499 Per Treatment or 3 for $ 3,000.00