Portland, OR women discover the befits of vaginal and labial rejuvenation treatment
The women of Portland, OR are living longer, healthier, more active lives than ever. Thanks to a vast array of available cosmetic treatments, they are not only feeling younger but also looking younger. However, until recently, the effects of age on feminine health were rarely discussed and difficult to treat. That all changed with the introduction of nonsurgical vaginal and labial rejuvenation.
The untold impact of time
Aging is a much-discussed topic. Over time, skin gets drier, and production of important components such as collagen slows down. Additionally, the underlying fatty layer thins, and other tissues begin to break down. Meanwhile, the effects of skin injuries or damage through the years can accumulate. You have probably heard those things many times, and you most likely know that they lead to facial wrinkles, sagging skin, and other cosmetic concerns. What is rarely discussed – and therefore comes as an unwelcome surprise to many women – is that genital tissues undergo similar changes.
Like other areas of the body, the vagina and labia become laxer and less elastic over time. However, these tissues are subject to damages that the rest of the body is not. Many women have scarring or permanently stretched tissue associated with natural childbirth. Additionally, along with hot flashes, mood swings, and other symptoms of menopause, the hormonal changes cause a significant reduction in vaginal blood flow.
These and other factors can lead to symptoms including:
- Urinary stress incontinence (leaking when you laugh or cough)
- Vaginal dryness
- Discomfort or lack of sensation during sex
- Loss of tissue plumpness and color
- Atrophy of tissue
Understanding your options
Historically, issues of feminine health, comfort, and quality of life were largely ignored. In recent decades, awareness and medical treatments have been gradually improving, but the only viable options were labiaplasty and vaginoplasty. These are cosmetic surgical techniques, which tighten, reposition, and if necessary, remove tissue.
If you think that labiaplasty and vaginoplasty sound very similar to facelift, neck lift, tummy tuck, and other cosmetic plastic surgeries, you are correct. Like other surgeries, they help correct tissue damage and effects of aging, but they also involve certain risks and required downtime. Until very recently there was a huge difference in the available alternatives.
For many years, patients who didn’t want surgery on the face or body could opt for noninvasive treatment with laser, radiofrequency, ultrasound, or other technologies. Countless skin tightening and rejuvenation devices and techniques have been extensively tested in clinical trials, earning FDA approval or clearance. Each of those trials and approvals focused on a specific problem or area of the body. Real-world application of these treatments is much broader in scope, but anything not specifically listed in the FDA ruling-is considered “off label.”
With extensive use and consistent results, it became apparent that most tissue rejuvenation methods could be used virtually anywhere on the body, even the most delicate areas. One of the most recent, and most exciting applications of this technology is feminine rejuvenation. Leading companies have begun developing devices specifically designed for safe and effective rejuvenation of the vagina and labia.
Until the lengthy process of gaining FDA approval is completed, feminine rejuvenation is considered and “off label” treatment. Therefore, we do not yet have statistics about the results of these treatments. However, according to the feedback we’re received from patients, the process is exceptionally comfortable, with significant cosmetic and functional improvement.
What does nonsurgical vaginal or labial rejuvenation involve?
The exact procedure depends on the type of device used. There are several on the market, which have been designed specifically for these procedures. Here at Thrive, we use Ultrafem 360 by Exilis, an industry leader in energy-based rejuvenation technology. It offers the shortest possible treatment time, with an average session taking just eight minutes. Additionally, precision temperature control reduces the risk of discomfort and post-treatment infection.
There is no need for pain medication, because the process is quite gentle. Tissue temperature is increased to 40 degrees Celsius, increasing blood flow and awakening collagen production. Most patients report a distinct feeling of warmth, but they do not describe it as painful. There is no downtime, and many women have treatment during their lunchbreaks with an immediate return to work. A series of three or more treatments is usually needed in order to achieve optimal improvement.
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