Have you ever said, “Sex is just not the same after babies”? You, like many other women, may have some looseness of your vagina due to the stretching and tearing of the vagina during vaginal childbirth. You don’t have to experience these problems anymore because you now have options to help. One is a surgical procedure and another is a non-invasive procedure called the V-Lase that helps tighten the vagina and help restore what childbirth took away.
How the V-Lase works
This non-invasive vaginal rejuvenation is now a well-established and popular procedure that can treat not only looseness of the vagina, but can also help treat a variety of other vaginal and vulvar disorders. The V-Lase uses gentle heat from the non-ablative laser beam to stimulate a rejuvenation cascade that helps increase the mucosal thickness of the vagina and the collagen below it. This results in a remodeling (shrink and tighten) effect of the existing collagen within the vaginal mucosa. In addition, it induces fibroblasts to divide and replicate, which results in creating new collagen, elastin, reticular fibers and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in the underlying submucosal tissue, also called the extracellular matrix.
Improve Your Sexual Experience with V-Lase
All of these actions thicken, tighten and make the vaginal walls more elastic and pliable over time. One sees a reduction of the vaginal canal diameter. The V-lase energy also stimulates formation of new superficial blood vessels, which not only provide better oxygenation and nutrition to the tissue, but may also increase vaginal moisture formation. This helps restore vaginal moisture and pH balance. It may thus also decrease vaginal itching and burning and reduce painful intercourse if caused by lack of vaginal moisture. These changes may also lower the risk of vaginal infections.
With increased collagen, vascular and fibrous structures within the vaginal mucosa, one may experience stronger muscles that form the pelvic floor, so you can tighten the muscles better. Moreover, the vaginal improvements made by the V-Lase may increase nerve sensations by inducing nerve growth, also called neurogenesis, which may improve G-spot and clitoral nerve sensitivity. All these actions thus can improve and heighten your sexual sensations, thus improving your sexual gratification.
Specifics of the Procedure
The procedure is a quick 15-minute office procedure. A sterile probe is inserted into the vagina and the internal vaginal mucosa is treated with the laser internally. There is no pain associated with the procedure. Next, usually the vulva is also treated to enhance the structures within the vulva. This may also increase the sexual sensitivity of the vulvar tissues including the nerves that innervate the clitoris, further enhancing your sexual experience.
After the procedure, you can go back to doing your normal daily activities. These include resuming intercourse, exercising, work, etc. It is literally a no downtime procedure that is painless when performed but that give great results.
Usually at least three treatments are necessary for maximal improvement. You get a treatment every month for three months, then you can do further “booster” treatments every six to twelve months as needed. The effects of the procedure usually last from 9 to 12 months. Almost all women are impressed with the effects of these V-Lase treatments with her sexual experience. Improved results improve over time as the collagen builds and the vascularity improves.
Treat Urine Incontinence and other GYN Problems with the V-Lase
In addition to enhanced sexual gratification, by giving the upper part of the vagina more support, loss of urine when you cough or sneeze (i.e. stress urinary incontinence or SUI) may be improved. SUI is a common problem for millions of women after childbirth. The stretching of the vagina from childbirth many times can result in a loss of support for the bladder and urethra, which causes the SUI. Using the laser to improve and strengthen these tissues has been shown to improve SUI. However, a thorough evaluation should be performed by your physician to evaluate if you are a candidate for this procedure.
Other gynecological conditions that have been shown to improve after V-Lase treatments include pelvic flor prolapse (where the vaginal walls stretch and fall down), dyspareunia (pain with intercourse), Lichen Schlerosis (a type of dry skin on the vulva that causes itching), and vaginal atrophy (thinning of the vaginal wall from age and lack of hormones.
Improve the Vulvar Aesthetic Appearance
When applied to the outside of the vagina, i.e. the vulvar area, the V-lase may improve the aesthetic appearance of the external female genitalia by thickening the internal structures and shrinking the collagen which tightens the skin. A common complaint of women as they grow older is the wrinkled and loose appearance of their vulva. The V-lase can give you a more youthful appearance of the vulva.
Advantages of Non-Ablative versus Ablative CO2 Lasers
Non-ablative V-Lase offers many benefits over ablative laser modalities. While other CO2 laser devices on the market use ablative fractional resurfacing, the V-Lase is a new non-ablative/non-fractional C02 laser-based device for feminine rejuvenation. In other words, it does not penetrate or create holes within the tissues as does the ablative techniques. It uses a patented chopped CW technology, a new CO2 laser advancement.
Since it does not cut into the surface tissue there is no pain during the procedure and much less risk of initiating an infection. It produces no bruising and nor discharge, and the procedure has no downtime from sexual activity, exercise (including swimming), or the use of tampons.
Because it does not irritate the mucosa or skin, another advantage of the non-ablative V-Lase is it does not initiate a local stress response. In women who have a history of genital herpes or human papillomavirus (HPV), a reactivation of the virus that creates these lesions usually does not occur with this technique. Of note, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. There are over 100 types, some of which can lead to numerous forms of cancer. It is estimated that up to 80% of all females will contract HPV at some point during their life. It’s safe to use the V-Lase for these patients.
Conversely, when using an ablative CO2 laser for vaginal rejuvenation on a patient who is currently infected with herpes or HPV there is an elevated risk of spreading or worsening the infection in that patient, as well as a risk of HPV contamination to the medical practitioner and/ or support staff assisting in the procedure. Furthermore, ablative CO2 lasers create a smoke plume, which is a natural consequence of ablation. As a non-ablative system with no smoke plume, V-Lase does not require the use of a smoke evacuator.
Other benefits of non-ablative vaginal rejuvenation include no downtime (you can go back to regular activities immediately, including sex), no need for topical anesthetic (the non-ablative produces very minimal discomfort), and no need to shave the skin (the V-Lase uses low intensity non-ablative CO2 laser light).
Call for a consultation
If you are among the many women who have one or more of the above problems and would like to learn more about the many beneficial effects of the V-Lase, call our office today to set up an appointment.