Rejuvenation for Atrophic Vaginitis and Laxity
A Non-Surgical Solution for Improving Sexual Satisfaction in St. Louis
While there are surgical rejuvenation options to counter the symptoms of atrophic vaginitis in St. Louis, nonsurgical rejuvenation at West County Plastic Surgeons is an appealing choice to many women who want to improve their vaginal conditions without the risks and recovery time associated with surgery.
The West County Plastic Surgeons team uses a single treatment device—Geneveve™ by Viveve—which can yield a variety of benefits for atrophic vaginitis sufferers, even after just one visit. Geneveve™ deploys radiofrequency energy to stimulate new collagen production that can strengthen and tighten vaginal tissue. Results can last a year or longer.
West County Plastic Surgeons is committed to helping women get a better quality of life by addressing laxity and atrophic vaginitis in St. Louis at Washington University. Come in for a consultation to discuss the benefits of Geneveve™ by Viveve. Call (314) 996-8800 or send a message online.Request Your Consultation
What Causes Atrophic Vaginitis and Laxity?
Throughout a woman's younger years, her vaginal tissues are typically tight, firm, and well lubricated. Over time, two factors can cause unfavorable changes:
- menopause (or any cause for a long-term lack of estrogen, such as cancer treatment)
Vaginal delivery causes trauma to the tissues in the vaginal region, which—coupled with hormone fluctuations—can lead to laxity, especially if there are multiple births, a particularly large baby, or age-related tissues changes already at work during the birth.
A drop in estrogen levels—common to post-menopausal women, but also a symptom of certain health conditions and treatments—can cause vaginal tissues to thin, shrink, and become drier, collectively known as atrophic vaginitis.
All told, vaginal laxity and atrophic vaginitis—whether women experience one, the other, or both—can spell an overall decrease in physical sensation in the area, leading to diminished sexual satisfaction.
An article published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found that vaginal laxity is both widespread and under-treated. One cited study revealed that more than three quarters of women concerned with vaginal laxity—a full 83 percent—didn't talk about their diminished sexual function, quality of life, or related relationship happiness with a medical professional.
Treatment for Atrophic Vaginitis and Laxity
Surgery, vaginal-muscle-specific exercise, and radiofrequency treatments have all been used to counter the effects of atrophic vaginitis and vaginal delivery. Surgery, however, carries risks of scarring and nerve damage, while muscle training has not yet built a body of convincing evidence showing how effective it is.
Radiofrequency, such as employed by Geneveve™ by Viveve, was the subject of a highly regulated trial that found it to be both effective and safe in treating vaginal laxity. Women who received the treatment reported a significant improvement in sexual function and satisfaction due to a tightenied vagina and other benefits.
Collagen generated by the treatment does more than improve laxity as examined in the study. It can also address the symptoms of atrophic vaginitis.
Increased Blood Flow
Heat generated by the atrophic vaginitis treatment encourages blood to flow in the targeted area, improving circulation and nourishing the tissues.
Healthy vaginal tissues are moist and well lubricated—a state that can be achieved with application of RF energy.
Vaginal tissues are not only strengthened, but are made more pliable. Increased collagen and moisture make them more elastic, returning to their previous shape more easily after being stretched.
While radiofrequency energy tightens the internal vaginal tissues, it can also cause the labia—the "lips" of the vagina—to tighten, reducing them in size so they are not as prominent. This can also reduce chafing and similar unpleasant sensations.
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Geneveve™ by Viveve Session Details
Atrophic vaginitis and vaginal laxity patients can expect a treatment session to last only about half an hour. Since this is not a surgery, there are no pre-surgical guidelines for patients to follow, and anesthesia is unnecessary.
Though the device generates heat in deeper layers of tissue (a matter of a few millimeters), it also cools the surface throughout the application. This improves patient comfort—a definite high point for many women dealing with atrophic vaginitis, since the tissues in the area can be particularly sensitive and delicate. The device is precisely controlled for uniform distribution of heat and consistent results.
Studies in both the United States and Japan have shown no adverse reactions in patients. There are no incisions that require monitoring, no sutures to be removed, and no post-surgical recuperation requirements.
In the days, weeks, and months after a session, collagen will begin to grow and improve the targeted area, reducing the symptoms of atrophic vaginitis. Two separate studies showed that women were still enjoying tightened tissue after 12 months. Nine out of 10 women in a different vaginal laxity study reported significant improvement in sexual arousal, orgasm, or both.
Surgical Options for Atrophic Vaginitis and Laxity
Some women may choose a longer-lasting solution to treat their atrophic vaginitis and laxity. Labiaplasty is a surgery that focuses on physically reducing the size and altering the shape of the vaginal lips, while vaginoplasty is a surgery that focuses on tightening the internal structures.
Women dealing with atrophic vaginitis, laxity, urinary incontinence, sexual dissatisfaction, and other problems due to childbirth or hormone changes can discuss their concerns with a doctor during a consultation to determine the nature of the problem—and learn of potential solutions.
Set up a consultation to discuss treatment for laxity and atrophic vaginitis at the St. Louis-based West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University. Call (314) 996-8800 or send a message online.Request Your Consultation