Dr. Fazil Mohamed, OB/GYN
Vaginal Laxity or a “loose” vagina is a loss of the optimum structure of the vagina. Millions of American women suffer from some form of vaginal laxity. Most commonly, woman feel laxity of the vaginal introitus, (the opening to the vagina). Gynecologists have long counseled women on the physical change they notice in the muscle tone of the vaginal and pelvic region post-childbirth. Additionally, stress urinary incontinence (leaking urine when straining, laughing, sneezing) can accompany pelvic relaxation and vaginal laxity. Fortunately, advancements in technology and surgical technique provide significant improvement to not only the symptoms, but the lifestyle compromises women have long endured.
The pelvic floor can be thought of as the “hammock” to the pelvic structures. After the muscles, ligaments and vaginal fascia and fibers have been stretched beyond their limit, weakness and damage to the collagen fibers can occur. Once the tissue has been overstretched, it is very difficult for them to naturally correct, often creating excess laxity. Childbirth can cause significant stress to the pelvic floor. Other contributors such as heavy lifting, obesity, smoking, recurrent straining or inherent weakness of the supporting muscles can also cause vaginal laxity and pelvic relaxation.
Vaginal laxity can contribute to decreased sensation with intimacy and can be associated with a feeling of pelvic pressure or with urinary and bowel issues.
Renewal Cosmetic Gynecology specializes in providing a range of treatments to address vaginal laxity and symptoms of pelvic relaxation. The solutions we offer range from non-invasive, non-surgical procedures to definitive laser based vagina tightening surgical procedures which address the anatomical source of the problem.
ThermiVa® is a non-invasive, non-surgical, radiofrequency (RF) platform used to create thermal zones within the tissues which stimulate the cells that make collagen (fibroblasts) and encourage the formation of new blood vessels (neovascularization). The effect is a healthier vaginal lining with improved blood flow creating a more robust structure of the vaginal walls. The increased blood flow improves sensation during intercourse and natural vaginal lubrication. The ThermiVa® procedure also treats the vulva (outer area of the vagina) including the labia minora and majora and tissues around the clitoris. The increased blood flow restores volume, giving these areas a fuller, more youthful appearance and may help relieve mild to moderate stress urinary incontinence.
Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation (LVR) was developed through decades of research, technological advancements, and refinement to vaginal tightening surgical technique. Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation is a general term to refer to a group of very specific, very delicate procedures that address the anatomical causes of vaginal laxity, stress urinary incontinence, and sexual dysfunction. The vaginal tightening surgery uses a precise (ND-YAG) laser incision to ensure the preservation of delicate vaginal tissues. These procedures must be meticulously planned and executed based on the specific anatomy of the patient. They are done in the office, either awake or with sedation. LVR allows for repair and restoration of vulvar and vaginal tissues, not able to be adequately treated with nonsurgical techniques.
Providing excellent care and treatment is the cornerstone of Renewal Cosmetic Gynecology. To determine the best course of treatment for our patients, our healthcare specialist will complete a thorough pelvic evaluation. In consultation, our provider will discuss the solutions to best treat the patient’s concerns.