In recent years, the conversation surrounding a woman’s changing body has increased substantially. We are no longer staying quiet about the issues that affect women’s health and wellness, such as vaginal atrophy. As a result, treatments revolving around vaginal rejuvenation have become the new norm. Much of the time, when we hear about vaginal rejuvenation, we hear about the emotional benefits that arise from improved physical comfort and confidence in the bedroom. These are significant, without a doubt. At the same time, there is a functional side to non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation that our Austin patients need to know about.
ThermiVa™ for Urinary Incontinence
The natural changes that occur in the vaginal lining and external genitalia can disrupt a woman’s life in some ways. Urinary incontinence is an excellent example. This condition does not present serious medical consequences. However, the involuntary leakage of urine during physical activities (as mild as walking or laughing) can severely alter the way a woman goes about her days. In slight cases of urinary incontinence, a woman may rely on pantyliners to support comfort. More severe vaginal laxity, however, often results in a need for larger pads or special undergarments specifically for urine leakage. This is no way for a woman to live in her highest confidence.
ThermiVa temperature-controlled radiofrequency therapy can correct the laxity that causes urinary incontinence. This in-office treatment follows on the heels of numerous advances using radiofrequency for skin tightening. ThermiVa focuses on the lining of the vaginal canal which, like external skin and connective tissue, relies on healthy collagen for strength and firmness. Within the vaginal canal, collagen is also involved in adequate lubrication.
In a comfortable, 30 to the 45-minute treatment session, our experienced ThermiVa provider applies controlled energy to the internal walls of the vagina using a smooth probe. When heated, collagen strands beneath the surface promptly constrict, immediately improving the muscular structure needed to retain urine. Over time, the heating that has occurred progressively improves vaginal tightness due to enhanced collagen proliferation.