Women rarely feel comfortable discussing their concerns about reduced vaginal sensation and how it affects their sex lives or causes urinary incontinence. Candid conversations about vaginal rejuvenation with patients at my Atlanta practice are essential. These frank discussions help my patients understand that their experiences are common and that nonsurgical treatment can help.
By addressing these issues directly in this blog post, I hope to minimize the initial embarrassment some women feel about scheduling appointments to discuss their vaginal rejuvenation options. I’ll explain what the phrase vaginal rejuvenation means and spell out how the laser procedure we use—FDA-approved CO2RE® Intima—works and how it’s different from other treatment options.
What Is Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Vaginal rejuvenation is an umbrella term that often includes both nonsurgical and surgical procedures such as labiaplasty. Generally, a vaginal rejuvenation procedure addresses one or more of the following concerns:
- Loss of vaginal sensitivity
- Vaginal laxity
- Stress urinary incontinence
- Self-consciousness about the vagina’s appearance
Not all nonsurgical treatments are approved by the FDA to address the internal vagina, a feature that sets CO2RE Intima apart from other procedures. But patients seeking what’s sometimes referred to as a “designer vagina” usually require plastic surgery to achieve their goals.
How Do Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatments Work?
Nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments rely on some type of thermal energy to heat vaginal tissues. As with laser skin resurfacing treatments for the face, controlled heating triggers the production of new collagen. Collagen is an essential element of smoother, firmer tissue, which tightens the vaginal canal and labia. It also improves the flow of blood lubrication to the tissue and enhances the support of the urethra and bladder.
ThermiVa®, a nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to heat tissue, is approved by the FDA only for use on the external vaginal tissue.
Does Vaginal Rejuvenation Hurt?
The women who come to our Atlanta med spa for CO2RE Intima treatments tolerate the procedure quite well. Our providers may apply a topical anesthetic if requested by the patient, but the procedure is typically viewed as painless. That’s actually true of most laser or radiofrequency vaginal rejuvenation treatments.
Will Vaginal Rejuvenation Affect My Sex Life?
One of the primary reasons women consider vaginal rejuvenation treatments is because they no longer enjoy intercourse as much as they once did. The reasons vary for this, but it’s often associated with either having children or aging. The results of CO2RE Intima procedures include improved lubrication, increased blood flow, and tighter vaginal tissues—all of which can lead to a more satisfying sex life.
Is the Treatment Right for Me?
If any of the concerns I’ve mentioned in this blog post sound familiar, it’s likely you can benefit from vaginal rejuvenation. There’s only one way to really know, however, and that’s to schedule a consultation with a highly trained and experienced provider.
Our entire team is sensitive to the delicate nature of setting up an appointment to discuss vaginal rejuvenation, and our staff is always dedicated to making patients feel safe and secure. You can contact us using the online form to request a consultation or call our office at (404) 233-3937.