What Is ThermiVa?
It is a vaginal rejuvenation treatment that does not require any painful or invasive procedures. Instead, this system delivers high-frequency radio waves that gently but effectively heat tissues in the vagina. The heat is minimal, so you feel no discomfort whatsoever. But it is just enough to prompt the body’s natural production of collagen.
Collagen is a critical protein that strengthens skin throughout the body. Its production wanes with age, and with this decrease comes looser and dryer vaginal tissues. Childbirth similarly stretches surrounding muscles so the vagina is, in turn, weaker. Between age and childbirth, women experience specific issues that include:
- Bladder leakage
- Labia sagging
- Clitoris shrinkage
- Loss of sensation
- Pain during sex
- Weaker orgasms
How Does It Work?
Before treatment, you will have a consultation appointment with our staff so we can gain a deeper understanding of your vaginal health and what you hope to gain from therapy. Your separate treatment appointment will then begin with you changing into a medical gown. You can sit back comfortably throughout the therapy, which takes less than 30 minutes.
The device we use looks like a wand. It contains a small probe and a disposable sheath for total protection. We place the probe inside the vagina for a full 360-degree treatment pattern. Radiofrequency waves that turn to heat are delivered directly to tissues. After treatment, you’ll be able to resume your normal activities – including intercourse – unless our staff tells you otherwise.
Backed by Science
When collagen is heated, science tells us that it responds by contracting into a more solidified shape. Cells that were already weak die off, and the body produces new collagen to replace that which was lost.
ThermiVa is designed to protect skin and tissue surfaces. The radio waves penetrate deeper, where collagen is produced, to deliver heat. Once results start to take effect, the treatment area will look and feel tighter. Externally, for instance, the labia appear firmer with a deeper pink hue. These changes produce a domino effect that:
- Promotes lubrication
- Heightens sensation
- Restores vaginal health
To help you understand exactly what this treatment does, we’ll start with the vaginal walls. Numerous nerves exist here, and radio waves reach more than 8,000 of them. This restores sensitivity. Meanwhile, arteries get expanded so blood flows more easily and plentifully.
Blood is essential to reducing dryness and improving vaginal health. Collagen, which we’ve talked about at length, provides more support. Vaginal walls also become more elastic – as they are in youth – and much stronger.
For an hour or two following treatment, you may feel increased warmth in the vagina. Although not uncomfortable, it can be a change that you should expect as completely normal. You may also experience some very light spotting that indicates the treatment is taking effect. You can look at both of these as signs the treatment has already started working.
ThermiVa does not require any recovery period, which helps account for its recent surge in popularity. This is especially important for intimate areas, as women already worry enough about this sensitive part. But we’re here to ease your worry and deliver treatment that produces real results.
Speaking of results, it’s time to share this: treatment is designed to be delivered in three separate sessions, each 30 days apart. These sessions build upon each other to improve vaginal strength, volume, and functionality. To receive the full effects this therapy offers, we strongly recommend you complete all three sessions.
Some patients see results immediately, so don’t be surprised if you feel a change in your vaginal strength within 24 hours. Usually, however, the treatment takes two to three weeks for effects to begin. This is the approximate time needed to jumpstart collagen production and rejuvenate tissues.
Does It Last?
Commonly, patients ask if the results provided by ThermiVa are fleeting. The truth is that most women can feel the effects for up to two years. This is great news for those who have struggled for some time with unwanted changes to their vaginas – whether caused by one strenuous birth, multiple births, or aging.
This therapy is safe enough that it can be continued to provide ongoing results. We recommend maintenance treatments every nine to 12 months. Many women incorporate this into their routine health schedules and make long-standing annual appointments.
Improvements You Can Expect
One body change women universally loathe talking about is bladder leakage. While some women experience this at a relatively young age simply because of weaker pelvic floor muscles, most start to experience it after childbirth. Unfortunately, this condition only worsens with age, with symptoms becoming increasingly noticeable between ages 35 and 40.
Bladder leakage can occur after you sneeze, cough, or laugh. It can also strike while exercising – especially when jogging or running. By tightening tissues that surround the bladder, ThermiVa can help you regain control. No longer burdened by the worry of incontinence, you can resume an active lifestyle and enjoy important events.
This refers to vaginal looseness and can be associated with a host of other problems. Notable symptoms include a loss of sensation during intercourse and diminished sexual satisfaction. While these issues can be difficult enough to grapple with, they’re also likely to negatively impact a woman’s body image. She may see herself as no longer able to please her partner, and rather than continuing to want sex, she’s likely to shy away from it.
It’s hard to know how many women are affected by laxity because it’s typically under-reported. Meaning, women don’t like to talk about it and therefore don’t. But ThermiVa rejuvenates the vagina from within and specifically tightens the vaginal canal. Patients routinely tell us how surprised they are at the difference in how they feel after treatment.
Still another topic women struggle to discuss is that of vaginal appearance. So many derogative terms exist in streamline media that it can be uncomfortable to talk about loose tissues that are externally visible. At our office, we want to remove the stigma and provide a warm, welcoming environment where you are free to discuss anything – without judgment and without cause for concern.
With the exception of surgery, collagen production and increased blood flow are the only ways to rejuvenate outer tissues. The goal here is to plump and tighten for a more youthful appearance. With these changes, you’ll feel more confident in knowing your body is once again the best it can be.
Dryness is among the most commonly experienced symptom among peri-menopausal and menopausal women. At one time, moisture loss was accepted as something women simply had to live with. This meant also dealing with the pain and itchiness that accompanies dry tissues.
Now, however, we know these effects can be combated if you have the right tools. We already discussed that by opening arteries, radiofrequency improves blood flow. The effect is increased lubrication, which the vagina is designed to have naturally. Dryness is a sign of unhealthy tissues, and restored hydration can mean:
- More comfort throughout the day
- Less itching
- Increased sexual desire
- More pleasure during intercourse
Restoration of vaginal sensation takes intercourse pleasure one step further and helps promote a healthier sexual lifestyle altogether. As vaginal tissues are strengthened, the density of small nerve fibers increases. This enhances your ability to reach orgasm, thereby making sex more enjoyable for you and your partner.
Compared to Labiaplasty
This cosmetic surgery aims to improve the appearance of loose labia. During the procedure, an incision is made and tissues are sewn together to reduce stretching. Labiaplasty can be highly successful, but it is associated with side effects like bruising, swelling, and pain. It also comes with a healing process that prevents women from participating in many activities.
When compared to ThermiVa, it’s important to note that labiaplasty does not address internal issues. Although it rejuvenates the vagina’s external appearance, you won’t see any improvement to dryness, sexual pain, or bladder incontinence. Treatment, therefore, provides much broader results than surgery, without incisions or downtime.
Is This Right for You?
As a treatment that delivers fast results without any recovery time, we recommend ThermiVa for most patients. It is particularly beneficial because it doesn’t rely on artificial changes to the vagina. As stated earlier, it simply works with processes that already exist in the body but need a kickstart.
For women with sensitive skin or skin allergies, this therapy poses very little risk of complications or adverse reactions. Having said all of that, we can turn the focus to you. If you have noticed a diminished sex life, dryness, or vaginal looseness – such as needing larger tampons than previously used – this therapy may be right for you.
Patients of all ages (over 18) can receive treatment. We recommend women wait between six and eight weeks after pregnancy to ensure they’ve properly healed.
Who Isn’t a Candidate?
A few conditions may exclude you from this therapy, but because we evaluate each case individually, we recommend you still speak to us. In general, vaginal health concerns such as infections or bacterial sensitivities may reduce treatment benefits. Additionally, this treatment cannot correct substantial pelvic organ prolapse. It may, however, still restore sensation.
Ways to Prolong Effects
Refraining from future pregnancies is the best way to extend treatment results. The effects cannot be felt after vaginal birth, so you would need to start over your treatment.
You can also promote overall vaginal health by watching your diet. Foods high in sugar can promote the growth of yeast, so avoiding them is a viable way to stave off infections and keep flora balanced. Alcohol can augment PMS symptoms like bloating and cramps, so take care when you imbibe. Last, drinking water can keep tissues hydrated and help prevent urinary tract infections.
An Empowering Decision
Women who take their health into their own hands feel emboldened, and never is this more true than when talking about the vagina. Additionally, the results can impact multiple areas of your life: confidence, physical comfort, and sexual pleasure, just to name a few.
ThermiVa provides lasting results in a convenient and completely safe therapy. It’s backed by science and designed to work with your natural biological processes. Call the caring staff of Chetco Medical & Aesthetics in Brookings, OR, today; we look forward to booking your first appointment and setting you on the path of empowerment.