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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have a course of two or three treatments, you can expect results to last for up to two years.
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:
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.
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.
You may see a difference after the very first treatment. However, it may take two to three treatments to achieve long-lasting results.
Results can last for up to two years, provided you have three treatments spaced four to six weeks apart.
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:
BV can be treated with:
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.
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.
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.
To maintain the results, you need to have another single treatment after 12 to 18 months.
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.
It depends on how severe the prolapse is. You can treat mild cases by:
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.
For the best results, we recommend having a course of three initial treatments every four to six weeks.
To maintain the results, you must have another single treatment after 12 to 18 months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
This will depend on which procedure you choose to have.
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