The use of radiofrequency technology for medical and cosmetic procedures has become a popular and effective choice for both medical offices and consumers. According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the non-invasive, electric current technology is proven to tighten skin, reduce wrinkles and scarring, smooth surfaces and stimulate collagen production.1
That same technology is now being used for women who suffer from stress incontinence or vaginal dryness, as well as those who simply want to rejuvenate the look of what age and childbirth may have taken away.
Created by Red Alinsod, MD, a gynecologist and reconstructive surgeon, Thermiva is a non-surgical therapy which tightens the skin and tissues on both the external labia and the internal region. Dr. Alinsod reported on The Doctors that this new technology offers an option to surgery and increases access for more women who suffer from stress urinary incontinence or post-menopausal vaginal dryness. He adds that the temperature-controlled heat creates brand new collagen that is softer and improves blood flow to the region, so the sensitivity in the area is dramatically increased as well.
How does it work?
The device used by medical professionals is a small wand (thinner than an index finger) which produces temperature-controlled heat and is gently applied to the area both externally and internally. The in-office procedure takes only a few minutes and three treatments one month apart are recommended. There is no down time and patients can resume normal activity immediately, including intercourse.
According to Alinsod and other doctors using the technology, patients see same-day results and continue to improve for up to three months as new collagen is produced. Annual touch ups are also recommended.
â€œWe are seeing tremendous results with our patients,â€ says Joan Warren, MD, of Palm Desert. â€œThose who struggle with mild to moderate stress incontinence often experience tightening of the lower bladder wall which helps control the issue; others whose external structure has changed due to natural childbirth are feeling confident in their appearance once again.â€ Warren adds that the treatment is simple, efficient and very comfortable for patients.
The parent company, Thermi, states that there are no known adverse reactions or complications as the device is temperature controlled. It was also noted on The Doctors that vaginal rejuvenation and cosmetic labiaplasty are considered controversial by some doctors who feel that medical professionals should not be sending the message that there is an ideal feminine aesthetic. However, the doctors on the show were quick to state that they all support the right to choose for either medical or cosmetic purposes.
For more information on Thermiva visit www.thermi.com.
References: 1) NIHâ€™s PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22913399.