Currently, women are more aware of their bodies than ever before. Modern females groom their bodies to reveal the beautiful appearance of their skin. They are confidently exposing previously hidden areas such as back of the neck, arm pit and genital region. This has been possible because of the development of laser hair reduction technology which, in fact, is one of the most commonly performed non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the United States every year. The advent of this technology has brought a new concern among females these days: the appearance of genitalia that were previously covered by their pubic hair. In addition, women are subjected to significant pressure due to the internet which has created a “new standard of attractiveness” today.
However, there is not really a standard of appearance and size of women’s external genitalia today. “Enlarged” labia minora (inner vaginal lips) and labia majora (outer vaginal lips) are not uncommon. They usually do not harm the woman, but eventually they cause cosmetic concerns and discomfort with undergarments or during intercourse. Several factors including genetics, age and childbirth can contribute for women to develop laxity and extra skin surrounding their vagina.
There is a treatment for the extra skin around the vagina or labia minora redundancy. It is an office based procedure called Labiapllasty and is performed under local anesthesia with mild oral sedation. During Labiaplasty surgery, the doctor will trim labial tissue to make it smaller and balanced, yet still natural-looking.
Patients are often surprised with how little discomfort there is with this procedure and return to work 2-4 days after surgery. After the procedure, patients may experience soreness for 3-4 days. During the first month post-surgery, patients must be very gentle with the tissue because of the small, dissolvable sutures used. Patients will be prescribed antibiotic ointment to apply to the labia and should refrain from sexual activity and strenuous exercise for 6 weeks. Although all surgeries create scars, the scars after Labiaplasty are virtually invisible.
A good candidate for cosmetic rejuvenation of the vagina is a healthy woman who desires a fine-looking and comfortable genital region. She should have realistic expectations, be in good overall health and not be pregnant or nursing. Common conditions corrected with Labiaplasty:
- Thinned out skin
- Poorly shaped skin
- Too large labia minora or protrusion
- Uncomfortable genital region with and without clothing
- Painful intercourse
- Uneven labia
- Difficult hygiene
ThermiVa is a non-surgical procedure used for women to restore feminine wellness. Pregnancy and vaginal delivery can lead to trauma and stretching of the vaginal wall, which can result in the loss of vaginal tightness. With age, hormonal changes or radiation treatment for cancer, some women may notice a loss of vaginal lubrication, resulting in painful intercourse. ThermiVa applications deliver temperature controlled radiofrequency energy to gently heat tissue to tighten the labia and internal vaginal anatomy. Recent scientific publications indicate the benefits of heat delivered by radiofrequency in the vulvo-vaginal region such as vaginal tightening, reduction of urinary incontinence, enhancement of sexual function, increase of vaginal moisture and reduction of anorgasmia. These improvements are thought to be the result of enhanced blood flow.
This minimally invasive procedure is typically well tolerated and requires no anesthesia. ThermiVa doesn't cause trauma to the vagina or surrounded skin, so there is minimal to no tenderness and no downtime. Results are almost immediate with improvement continuing after each treatment. It is recommend undergoing a series of three ThermiVa sessions set approximately one month apart to achieve the added effect of each treatment for your best results. Yearly treatments may be needed to maintain long-lasting benefits.
A good candidate for ThermiVa is a healthy adult woman who wants to recover the tightness in their vaginal tissues.