Vaginal health is an important aspect of a woman’s wellbeing. The construct of the vaginal canal is an important detail that should not be overlooked. As women age and go through life experiences such as childbirth and hormonal shifts, changes occur within the lining of the vagina. We refer to this as vaginal atrophy which approximately 80% of women live with. Bucay Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics offers FemTouch Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation to correct this and other concerns.
What is FemTouch?
FemTouch is a non-surgical, non-hormonal treatment developed to reduce symptoms of vaginal atrophy. The platform is based on CO2 laser technology, the same that has been widely used in laser skin resurfacing. Though it is the same basic energy used in each of these treatments, the intensity of laser vaginal rejuvenation is gentle enough for this delicate part of a woman’s body.
How FemTouch Works
The purpose of FemTouch treatment is to incite remodeling in the mucous layer that lines the vaginal canal. Each treatment is performed in the comfort of our office without the need for anesthesia or sedation. The CO2 laser is only in place for 2 to 5 minutes. Prior to treatment, a basic vaginal exam and consultation will be performed.
During the outpatient procedure, a small, sterile applicator is inserted into the vaginal canal. It is then slowly removed and, as it is, a 360˚ pattern of laser energy is applied to the entire area of vaginal tissue. Internally, the absorption of laser energy gently ablates, or vaporizes, superficial tissue. As a result, the mucosal lining begins to regenerate with healthy new cells, as well as a production of collagen. The tissue at the vaginal opening may also tighten as a result of tissue remodeling.
Reasons for Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation
Laser vaginal rejuvenation is more than just an aesthetic procedure. FemTouch is more relevant to vaginal health and sexual wellness. Vaginal atrophy is only one of the issues that women face as they age. Childbirth and other factors also cause vaginal relaxation. Hand-in-hand, these syndromes can cause unpleasant symptoms such as pain and irritation related to vaginal dryness. Additional concerns that women express include loss of sexual pleasure, either due to pain or dryness, and stress urinary incontinence (which affects nearly half of all post-menopausal women).
Reasons for undergoing laser vaginal rejuvenation vary from one woman to the next. However, a common thread among patients is that they wish to improve vaginal health without invasive surgery. Ultimately, surgical vaginal rejuvenation can tighten loose tissue, but does not address the ongoing issue of dryness and irritation related to changing hormones. By prompting a full remodeling of the vaginal mucosa, FemTouch addresses multiple concerns at once – and without surgery.
Am I a candidate for FemTouch Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Many women are excellent candidates for laser vaginal rejuvenation with FemTouch. If you are struggling with the symptoms of vaginal relaxation and atrophy, and are in good general health, you may benefit from this outpatient treatment. Contact our La Casita or Sonterra office to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Bucay to discuss the details of treatment and how FemTouch can address your concerns.
Will I see results after one procedure?
One of the benefits reported by women treated with FemTouch is that they begin to notice results right away. Many notice results within a few days of their first treatment. It is difficult to predict how much improvement each patient may notice after each session, but patients report a decrease in urinary incontinence and a sensation of tissue density.
Most treatment plans include 2 to 4 short FemTouch treatments to encourage lasting change within the vaginal lining and external area. Dr. Bucay will schedule these appointments 4 to 6 weeks apart.
How long do FemTouch results last?
Every woman ages differently, so estimating the longevity of results can be challenging. After the initial course of treatment, improvement continues to progress for up to six months. After this original treatment plan, many patients maintain vaginal health with a single yearly FemTouch treatment.
Are there any side effects after laser vaginal rejuvenation?
There are no side effects after laser vaginal rejuvenation; just one more reason why more women are seeking this non-surgical procedure.
When can I resume my normal activities?
Because there is no sedation, incisions, or anesthesia involved in FemTouch treatments, patients resume normal activities immediately. At most, patients report mild, temporary tenderness, but nothing that stands in the way of comfort.