FemiLift laser therapy can treat a range of gynaecological issues including vaginal dryness, stress urinary incontinence, bacterial vaginosis and vaginal prolapse.
It rejuvenates the tissue on the vaginal walls by boosting the production of collagen and elastin and improving blood flow. This helps strengthen and tighten the area, and increase sensation and lubrication.
This non-invasive treatment works by inserting a probe into the vagina. The probe uses laser energy to create painless microtears in the vaginal walls. These tiny tears stimulate the growth of fresh tissue.
Below, we take a look at some of the specific uses for FemiLift and the problems it can treat.
What symptoms can FemiLift treat?
What causes vaginal dryness?
The main cause of vaginal dryness is low levels of oestrogen, the main female sex hormone. Oestrogen allows the female reproductive system to function properly (for example, by regulating the menstrual cycle). It’s also responsible for the development of female secondary sexual characteristics such as breasts.
Oestrogen levels drop as women reach perimenopause and menopause. During perimenopause, your body begins to prepare for the menopause, at which time you may start to experience symptoms such as hot flushes, mood swings and vaginal dryness.
What are the options for treating vaginal dryness?
Vaginal dryness can be treated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This involves using a oestrogen cream, oral medication or a ring inserted into the vagina to boost your oestrogen levels and help relieve the dryness.
Hormone treatment only works for as long as you take the hormones, once you stop taking hormone replacement medication, the symptoms can reoccur.
A more long-term treatment for vaginal dryness that doesn’t involve hormone replacement is laser treatment.
How does laser treatment with FemiLift work for vaginal dryness?
Laser treatment uses heat energy to rejuvenate and strengthen the vaginal walls by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. As the vaginal walls become stronger, the vagina itself becomes more naturally lubricated, which helps alleviate any dryness.
How long does FemiLift treatment take to work for vaginal dryness?
You can expect to see major improvements after just two sessions. For the best results, we usually advise having two to three sessions every four to six weeks.
How long do the results last?
If you have a course of two or three treatments, you can expect results to last for up to two years.
Stress urinary incontinence
What causes stress urinary incontinence?
Stress urinary incontinence is one of the most common types of urinary incontinence. Women who have this condition may find that they leak urine when there is pressure on their bladder—for example, when running, sneezing or coughing.
It happens when the muscles that support the bladder and control the release of urine weaken. In young women, it’s most often caused by tissue or nerve damage during childbirth.
Other causes of stress incontinence include the following:
- Gynaecologic surgery—such as surgery involving the pelvic floor muscles.
- Menopause—a drop in oestrogen can cause the lining of the urethra to thin and weaken and the vaginal walls and pelvic muscles may weaken with age. Although neither of these causes incontinence on their own, they do increase the risk of stress incontinence.
- Obesity or pregnancy—excess weight can increase pressure on the bladder.
What are the options for treating stress urinary incontinence?
First, your GP will recommend you strengthen your pelvic floor muscles by doing Kegel exercises. This involves squeezing the muscles upwards, as if you were stopping yourself from urinating.
A survey by Health & Aesthetics found that 29% of women who have had a baby have never done any exercises to strengthen their pelvic floor. So if you have mild incontinence and haven’t done any Kegel exercises, this is the first treatment to try.
The GP may prescribe you a hormone cream to strengthen the vagina and urethra tissue and help restore your oestrogen levels. Declining levels of oestrogen can weaken the tissue of the urethra and vagina, which can lead to incontinence.
If you have severe stress incontinence, you may need surgery to lift and support the urethra.
If you have a mild case of stress incontinence, you may be a good candidate for FemiLift treatment. It’s important to note that FemiLift can only treat stress incontinence and not other types of incontinence.
How does laser treatment with FemiLift work for stress urinary incontinence?
The aim of FemiLift treatment is to strengthen the vaginal walls by stimulating the vagina’s connective tissue. When the vaginal walls are stronger, they provide better support to the urethra and so can improve symptoms of incontinence.
During the session, Dr Tailor will treat all around your vagina but will concentrate on the front wall, where the bladder sits.
It’s important to stress that FemiLift is only suitable for patients with mild to moderate stress incontinence caused by weak pelvic floor muscles.
How long does FemiLift treatment take to work for stress urinary incontinence?
You may see a difference after the very first treatment. However, it may take two to three treatments to achieve long-lasting results.
How long do the results last?
Results can last for up to two years, provided you have three treatments spaced four to six weeks apart.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV)
What causes bacterial vaginosis?
An imbalance in the natural bacteria in the vagina can cause BV. What brings about this imbalance is unknown, but certain things can increase your risk of developing BV, including:
- being sexually active (although it’s important to note BV isn’t a sexually transmitted disease)
- using perfumed products to wash or spray your vagina
- using IUD (coil) contraception
What are the options for treating bacterial vaginosis?
BV can be treated with:
- oral antibiotics
- antibiotic cream applied to the vagina
As BV often recurs, some women look to prevent it by having treatment to restore the balance of bacteria in the vagina. FemiLift may be an option here.
How does laser treatment with FemiLift work for bacterial vaginosis?
FemiLift works by restoring the tissues lining the vagina to a much healthier condition.
It doesn’t actually treat BV infections—instead it stimulates the vagina into creating a better environment for natural bacteria to flourish, to prevent BV from recurring.
How long does FemiLift treatment take to work for bacterial vaginosis?
Femilift requires a course of three initial treatments every four to six weeks. The final results tend to show 12 weeks after the last treatment.
How long do the results last?
To maintain the results, you need to have another single treatment after 12 to 18 months.
What causes vaginal prolapse?
The pelvic floor muscles hold the pelvic organs in place. If these muscles weaken, it can cause the pelvic organs to drop down into the vagina.
One of the most common causes of vaginal prolapse (also known as pelvic organ prolapse) is childbirth, particularly if the birth is difficult or produces more than one child.
What are the options for treating vaginal prolapse?
It depends on how severe the prolapse is. You can treat mild cases by:
- doing exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles (known as Kegel exercises)
- losing weight, if you’re obese
- avoiding high-impact exercise (such as running and aerobics)
How does laser treatment with FemiLift work for vaginal prolapse?
FemiLift helps prevent vaginal prolapse by strengthening the walls of the vagina. The lasers used in the procedure create tiny, painless tears in the tissue of the vaginal walls, which stimulates the growth of new, stronger tissue.
How long does FemiLift treatment take to work for vaginal prolapse?
For the best results, we recommend having a course of three initial treatments every four to six weeks.
How long do the results last?
To maintain the results, you must have another single treatment after 12 to 18 months.
What conditions can FemiLift treat?
FemiLift after a hysterectomy
FemiLift laser therapy can treat symptoms associated with a hysterectomy, such as vaginal dryness and pain during sex.
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of a woman’s reproductive organs. Depending on the procedure, this may include removing the womb, cervix and/or ovaries.
After having a hysterectomy, some women experience vaginal dryness, particularly if they’ve had their ovaries removed. This causes a drop in oestrogen, the hormone that helps keeps the vagina lubricated and flexible.
Vaginal dryness can cause pain during sex, vaginal itching or burning, or unusual discharge—all of which can affect your quality of life.
How FemiLift can help women who have had a hysterectomy
FemiLift laser treatment can help improve the thickness, flexibility and lubrication of the vagina, by rejuvenating the tissue of the vagina wall.
You can have FemiLift treatment no matter what type of hysterectomy you’ve had, even if you’ve had your cervix removed.
It’s normal to feel that your vagina is tighter or looser than it was before you had your hysterectomy. FemiLift treatment can help restore your vagina so that the tightness and sensations you experience are similar to how they were pre-hysterectomy.
Postpartum FemiLift for vaginal tightening
After childbirth, your vagina may feel wider than it did before you had your baby, especially if you’ve had a large baby, more than one baby, or a complicated birth.
This is completely normal, and although it’s unlikely your vagina will return completely to the shape and tightness it had before the birth, for many women this isn’t a problem.
However, some women experience problems such as vaginal prolapse or stress urinary incontinence due to the pelvic floor muscles weakening, or a lack of sexual satisfaction due to the vagina not being as tight as it was pre-birth. FemiLift can help with these issues.
How FemiLift can help women who have postpartum vagina issues
The key benefit of vagina rejuvenation with FemiLift is that it improves the quality of the vagina wall tissue. Using lasers to create tiny tears in the tissue, FemiLift helps to stimulate the growth of collagen, which tightens the vagina walls and gives them more elasticity.
This process also strengthens the vagina walls, which can help ease or prevent common postpartum issues such as stress urinary incontinence and vaginal prolapse.
Post-menopausal vaginal atrophy (thin, dry, irritated vagina tissue)
When you go through the menopause, you’ll stop having periods and will no longer be able to conceive naturally. Common side effects of menopause include vaginal dryness and irritation, due to the drop in oestrogen levels that the menopause brings.
Low levels of oestrogen post-menopause can make the lining of the vagina thinner, drier and less flexible. This can make sex more painful, as the vagina walls are fragile and susceptible to tearing during intercourse. FemiLift therapy can help treat these side effects.
How FemiLift can help women post-menopause
FemiLift treatment stimulates the growth of collagen in the vagina. This can strengthen the vaginal walls and increase lubrication, making sex much less painful.
The term ‘designer vagina’ means changing the shape of the labia or the shape and surface of the vagina using a variety of invasive or non-invasive techniques.
The official name for the process is cosmetic gynaecology, which can refer to a number of medical procedures including the following:
- Female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS)—this changes the structure and appearance of internal and external genitalia. This includes labiaplasty—surgery to reduce the size of the labia minora, which are the ‘lips’ on either side of the opening of the vagina.
- Vaginoplasty—surgery to tighten the vaginal canal. The procedure involves removing a section of skin from the back of the vagina before stitching the vaginal wall back together to give the vagina more tightness.
- Non-surgical procedures—these involve inserting a probe with lasers or radiofrequency energy into the vagina to rejuvenate the tissue of the vaginal wall. This treatment is non-invasive and doesn’t require surgery. FemiLift in particular can be used to treat non-aesthetic issues such as vaginal dryness and stress urinary incontinence.
How FemiLift can help create a ‘designer vagina’
FemiLift is a popular, non-invasive option for giving the vagina more tightness and sensation. It doesn’t involve surgery, so it won’t chance the shape of the vagina or the external genitalia. However, the treatment does rejuvenate the vaginal walls to improve lubrication and tightness.
You won’t be able to see the results of having FemiLift treatment as the improvements are made inside the vagina, but you should be able to feel the changes.
How much does ‘designer vagina’ surgery cost?
This will depend on which procedure you choose to have.
- Labiaplasty surgery costs between £1,000 and £3,000
- Vaginoplasty surgery costs between £2,500 and £4,500
- FemiLift laser therapy costs £3,000 for a course of three treatments
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