There are many medical laser technologies targeted at intimate care for women. These include vaginal lasers that can be used to improve vaginal dryness, promote
tightening of the vagina (particularly for post-pregnancy and childbirth), reduce the frustrating symptoms of urinary incontinence, especially
stress urinary incontinence (SUI), where you leak urine while laughing, coughing or jumping.
Typically, these conditions are related to vaginal ageing. The ageing process is linked to the lack of estrogen in our body as we grow older and can also happen as a result of temporary life events such as:
The above can cause a plunge in estrogen levels, leading to issues like vaginal dryness, vaginal laxity and urinary incontinence.
There are also events that can cause a permanent reduction in estrogen levels. These include menopause, the surgical removal of the
ovaries or damage to the ovaries as a result of chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
How do vaginal lasers help?
If vaginal ageing is caused by lack of estrogen, then logically, replacing the estrogen should resolve the symptoms of vaginal dryness, vaginal laxity, urinary incontinence and recurrent
However, estrogen replacement in the form of hormone replacement therapy comes with its own set of setbacks and should absolutely not be used in women with a history of breast cancers or blood clots.
Those who or not suitable for or not interested in undergoing estrogen therapy can turn to vaginal lasers for the local management of the symptoms of vaginal dryness, vaginal laxity, urinary incontinence and recurrent vaginal
What should we do before going for vaginal laser treatment?
Before going for a vaginal laser treatment, make sure that your doctor checks the following:
·Pap smear must be normal
·Pregnancy test must be negative
·History of genital herpes must be elucidated – if you have a history of genital herpes, then you will need to be pre-treated with antiviral tablets a few days before the vaginal laser procedure
to prevent a genital herpes flare
There are so many lasers out there. How do I know that I’m choosing the right laser for myself?
When the prerogative is to treat vaginal dryness, vaginal laxity or urinary incontinence, the goal is to use a laser that has the ability to reach the deeper layers of the vaginal wall, where the collagen lives.
Don’t subscribe to using a laser that only produces a thermal or heating effect on the surface of the vaginal walls, as these lasers do not ablate through the vaginal wall. This means that although lasers such as Erbium are typically
very safe, they are simply not going to produce the effects that you desire.
If you’re looking for a treatment that will deliver significant results for vaginal tightening, urinary incontinence and vaginal dryness, we recommend a CO2 laser.
CO2 lasers are minimally invasive and when performed by a trained doctor, can safely ablate through the vaginal wall to reach the deeper layers where the collagen lives. The newer CO2 lasers use both ablation and heat (good thermal
injury) to produce the changes in the collagen layer of the vagina to deliver more effective results.
How often will I need these treatments?
A single session of the vaginal laser application can be used to manage recurrent vaginal infections such as vaginal yeast or fungal infection and the terribly infuriating, foul smelling,
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) infection commonly known as BV.
For vaginal dryness, vaginal laxity or urinary incontinence, treatments should be done once every 4 weeks for about 3 sessions.
The remodeling of the newly formed collagen in the vaginal walls needs to be maintained. Depending on the results, maintenance can be done once every 1-2 years or even every 3-4 years.
Speak to a doctor trained in Aesthetic Gynaecology to understand the proper application and benefits of vaginal lasers. For more information, feel free to contact us.
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