Energy-based treatments are nonsurgical procedures that use heat. The treatments are done with a device that focuses the energy and heats the tissue. Energy-based devices are used for skin treatments, and more recently, for vaginal rejuvenation. When used in the vagina, the goal is to enhance collagen, blood vessels, tightness and lubrication.
Vaginal rejuvenation is a broad term that covers several vaginal corrective procedures. These procedures are meant to correct problems that can occur after giving birth or during the aging process. Conditions can include:
The two main groups of women who get this treatment are:
There are two types of energy-based treatments for vaginal rejuvenation. Both treatments use heat.
Other treatment options for vaginal rejuvenation can include:
Both types of treatment use heat. The device uses the energy to heat up the top layers of the tissue. When the tissue is heated, the underlying layers of tissue create extra collagen to help heal the area. By damaging the top layers of tissue, the lower layers make new and firmer tissue.
Energy-based treatments can be done in your doctor’s office. Little, if any, anesthetic is used during the procedure. Patients can typically continue with their day without needing recovery time.
There is typically little irritation during the treatment. The area being treated may feel warm during the procedure. A topical anesthetic may be used if there is discomfort.
There is risk of bleeding or infection, but the risk is low. In rare circumstances vaginal or vulvar scarring may result from energy-based treatments.
A patient should wait two to three days to have sex after an energy-based treatment. Obviously, if there are signs of vaginal or bladder infection or significant bright red bleeding, the patient should undergo evaluation.
No. Energy-based treatments for vaginal rejuvenation are not permanent. For the best results, the treatments will need to be done over several sessions at a time.
Most insurance plans do not cover vaginal rejuvenation. However, some insurances will pay for this therapy. Contact your insurance provider for questions regarding coverage.
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