Laser Vaginal Resurfacing
Most women notice a change to their vaginal health at some point. This may occur subtly after childbirth and may increase with age. Women commonly experience vaginal atrophy which is the thinning, drying and inflammation of vaginal walls due to low estrogen. According to statistics, vaginal atrophy affects nearly 80% of post-menopausal women and can include symptoms such as:
- Diminished sexual pleasure
- Difficulty with stress urinary incontinence
- Pelvic organ prolapse
What Is Laser Vaginal Resurfacing?
Historically, vaginal atrophy and its unpleasant symptoms have been a problem addressed only through surgery. Physicians would have to excise and tighten tissue along the vaginal canal and vaginal opening in order to improve tightness. Laser vaginal resurfacing is a non-surgical method that works with the body’s natural healing mechanism to restore tightness, encourages lubrication and improve overall function including bladder control.
What is FemTouch?
FemTouch is the laser vaginal resurfacing treatment by Lumenis, Ltd., a company renowned for its development of medical devices. This decades-old process of reinstating optimal vaginal health does not involve hormones or surgery.
FemTouch is a CO2 laser device that delivers energy into the lining of the vaginal canal in a controlled manner. The energy emitted by the small probe is absorbed by tissue inside the vagina. It is a treatment that we conduct in the comfort of our office to increase natural lubrication and tissue thickness in the walls of the vagina. As a result of treatment, elasticity increases along with muscle strength to control urine flow.
FemTouch Patient Testimonial
Candidates for Laser Vaginal Resurfacing
Women as young as their twenties and women well into menopause can benefit from laser vaginal resurfacing. Reasons for seeking treatment vary by patient and can include:
- Wanting to improve sexual pleasure
- Desiring greater physical and emotional comfort
- Having urinary incontinence
- Experiencing painful intercourse
- Suffering from frequent urinary tract infections
The FemTouch Procedure
FemTouch is appealing to women who want a non-surgical, pain-free method of vaginal resurfacing. Treatment sessions take only a few minutes and do not require anesthetic or sedative medication. The process involves inserting the small applicator tip into the vaginal canal. Then, the probe releases fractional CO2 energy in a 360-degree pattern.
Due to the CO2 energy, existing collagen strands in the area contract. After initial contraction, the minor ablation that occurs during treatment leads to new collagen production that progressively remodels the mucous epithelium layer of the vagina. As the applicator is slowly removed from the vagina, laser beams contact every area of the vaginal lining. The same, gentle laser energy that provokes internal tightening may also refine the shape of external genitalia. Therefore, internal and external treatments may be performed in the same visit.
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Learn more about advancements in women’s health including a laser therapy that’s been a game-changer for hundreds of thousands of women. Get your questions answered so you can make the right decision for YOU. Join us from the privacy of your own home and find out what everyone is talking about! Dr. Richey will reveal how a simple laser treatment can improve your quality of life with no downtime.
Vaginal Resurfacing Results
Many patients start to notice subtle improvements, such as increased natural lubrication, after their first FemTouch treatment. For optimal and lasting results, we recommend approximately 3 treatment sessions. Once the desired improvements have been achieved, they can be maintained with a yearly touch-up treatment.
FemTouch is a non-surgical modality, so there is no downtime with this treatment. Our patients return to their normal activities immediately following their appointment with us. The primary guideline given is to refrain from sexual intercourse for the first 24 hours after each FemTouch treatment. Additionally, patients should avoid any extreme heat, such as a hot tub or sauna, for a day or two.
Harvard Article on Vaginal Resurfacing
Click the link to read the following article written by Harvard scholars highlighting vaginal laser procedures and how decisions should be made on informed choices not fear.
Side Effects of FemTouch
FemTouch treatments have no significant side effects. Some women do experience minor vaginal itching the day of their treatment. If this creates an unpleasant sensation, your physician may prescribe you a hydrating solution to reduce the itching.
Schedule a Consultation
Vaginal atrophy can cause unexpected and troublesome symptoms for women of all ages. If you want to revive your sex life and renew your sense of confidence by overcoming urinary incontinence, we can help you. Columbus Women’s Care has offices in Columbus, Lewis Center, and Canal Winchester. Contact us for friendly assistance. Call (614) 852-2940 to schedule a consultation.