More and more women are seeking non-surgical and non-invasive vaginal rejuvenation and structural treatments than ever before. We explain why Fotona’s IntimaLase® and IncontiLase ® treatments may provide the perfect solution for you.
There are many reasons why women are now undergoing vaginal corrective procedures than ever before. This is especially prevalent for women who suffer from urinary incontinence, vaginal atrophy, vaginal dryness or vaginal laxity.
So what are the primary causes? Let’s start with the age factor.
The vaginal tissue is like your skin and is made up of a complex network of collagen fibres, a protein that strengthens the vaginal canal. As we age, the density and synthesis of the collagen fibres reduce significantly and the structure and function can create a feeling of looseness in the vaginal wall.
Here are some of the symptoms that can materialise as a result of the reduction in collagen fibres:
Urinary incontinence: Known as stress incontinence, this often silent condition commonly affects postmenopausal or postpartum women. It is the association of collagen fibres between the vaginal wall, the connective paraurethral tissues and levator ani muscles that underpin incontinence. In some cases, the embarrassment and stigma associated with the inability to control the passage of urine may even prevent women from seeking treatment.
Other symptoms that may accompany the primary symptom include:
- Stress urinary incontinence: This is when pressure is exerted such as coughing, laughing, sneezing, or with physical activities such as running, jumping, or exercising.
- Urgency urinary incontinence: This is when there is a sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate, especially after sitting down after a lengthy period of time. It can result in leakage on the way to the bathroom.
- Mixed incontinence: This is when both stress and urgency are mixed together.
In addition to the above, younger women may also experience a wide range of postpartum conditions including vaginal laxity [also known as Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome], which affects the vaginal canal.
Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome refers to a loss in vaginal tightness that occurs in the vagina and is caused by the postpartum stretching of the vaginal tissue after childbirth. This is especially prevalent with women who have had more than one child, given birth to a large baby or underwent a forceps delivery.
Vaginal Atrophy is another common condition resulting from the body producing less estrogen, often affecting post-menopausal women, cancer patients or patients who have undergone hysterectomies. In the same way, medications can also cause a drop in estrogen levels.
The accompanying symptoms often include:
- Thinning and tightening of the vaginal canal
- inflammation of the vaginal wall
- decreased vaginal lubrication
Reclaim your feminine power:
There is no need to resign yourself to living a life without comfort and confidence when you suffer from these symptoms.
One of the most effective treatments which can help rebuild natural collagen to improve the structural integrity of the vagina and to support the urethra is Fotona’s IntimaLase® or IncontiLase® patent-pending and non-invasive Er:YAG laser therapies.
Fotona’s IntimaLase® is a minimally invasive and incisionless procedure designed for the treatment of vaginal relaxation syndrome. Using Fotona’s non-ablative laser with proprietary “smooth-mode” technology to create a photothermal heating effect on collagen remodelling and synthesis of new collagen fibres in the vaginal canal, the mild heating effect will not only tighten and strengthen the integrity of the vaginal wall but also induce enhanced sensation and lubrication.
Fotona’s IncontiLase® works in a similar way to IntimaLase® for the treatment of mild and moderate stress urinary incontinence. Based on the non-ablative photothermal stimulation of collagen neogenesis, shrinking and tightening of vaginal mucosa tissue and collagen-rich endopelvic fascia, the short laser pulses and photothermal heating will help restructure and promote collagen synthesis. The end result will see the thickening and tightening of the vaginal walls and urethra to prevent urine loss.
What can I expect when undergoing either treatment?
Both are simple and quick, with no downtime. A painless walk-in and walk-out procedure, no anaesthesia is required as there are no incisions. A special handpiece similar to a speculum as used during a Pap test is inserted into the vagina and the heat from the photothermal pulses causes contraction and the new formation of collagen begins to rejuvenate and strengthen the vaginal cavity.
How long does it take?
The treatment typically takes 20 to 30 minutes.
How many treatments will I initially require?
Three treatments are recommended each month for an optimal effect, with maintenance sessions as needed.
Is the treatment painful?
No. Most patients will instead feel a warm sensation in the treatment area.
Is there any downtime?
No, this is a fast, patient-friendly procedure that doesn’t involve any anaesthesia, which in turn allows you to return to your normal routine right away.
When will I notice the results?
You will begin to feel the results after a few days with the build-up of collagen beginning to take effect in the vaginal mucosa. This process will continue to progress over the following months, leaving you with restored elasticity and moisture.
In fact, Fotona’s clinical studies confirmed that 97% of patients reported a high level of treatment satisfaction, with an average shrinkage of the vaginal canal at 17%.
Are the results permanent?
Each treatment’s results will vary, based on your age and laxity, especially as the density of collagen fibres reduce significantly after menopause. Maintenance treatments will be recommended every year to maximise new collagen growth and to maintain the strength and hydration of the vaginal canal.
Are there any side effects?
No. Each is non-surgical and non-invasive treatments and Dr Chang’s extensive training is at the forefront of the treatment’s safety, comfort and effect.
How much does it cost?
$2900 for the series of three treatments [*pricing may change without notice]. If you require a fourth treatment, a package will be tailored for you.
Are there any pre or post-care precaution protocols?
We recommend that you first your yearly gynaecological examination with your doctor before undergoing the treatment. A referral will also be required.
No aftercare is required but we do advise to wait a week before resuming any sexual activity.
For all appointments and consultations, please contact practice manager, Jane Luong on 97446755. Photos (c) Shutterstock under licence and courtesy of Fotona.
*Individual results may vary