Vaginal tightening: It isn’t always talked about openly, but it is something an increasing number of women are curious about.
Why? Well, our vaginas age in the same way as the rest of our bodies, and the consequences of this can sometimes be unpleasant.
The good news is, whether you are experiencing vaginal atrophy (the degeneration in vaginal tissue, commonly associated with menopause), stress incontinence (or light bladder leakage), vaginal laxity post-childbirth, low sexual gratification or a combination of symptoms, there are vaginal rejuvenation treatments out there that can help.
One such treatment is High Intense Focused Ultrasound(HIFU): a vaginal tightening treatment program that promises to help tighten and rejuvenate your vagina, without the need for surgery.
Are the results permanent? I have read/heard about muscle memory and that it goes back to pre-treatment state.
The treatment does not affect muscle directly. It stimulates the reproduction of collagen and renewal of the thickness and moisture-holding ability of the vaginal mucosa, to help reinstate lubrication.
Collagen deteriorates as we age so there is a need for maintenance. [How long results last for] varies for each individual, their presentation and their age. We follow up with patients regularly and only recommend maintenance if their improvement starts to wane, which may be a single treatment once or twice a year.
Is there a hospital stay required or is it a day procedure?
No hospital stay is required. It is a simple procedure carried out in a gynaecology room, either using one of our laser treatments or our radio frequency machine. The treatment itself takes around 30 minutes and is a relatively painless procedure, without any downtime.
Are there any restrictions post-procedure, like no lifting weights or exercise?
As this is an internal treatment on the vaginal and vulval tissue only, there is no restriction post-procedure on lifting weights or babies, or exercise, however, we still like to recommend to our patients that you refrain from any of these for at least 72 hours. It is recommended clients abstain from sexual activity for two to five days.
Are there any health risks? For example, does it affect the reproductive system and the ability to give birth etc.?
There are no known health risks associated with this treatment. It is done locally within the vagina and vulva externally, and has no effect on the cervix, the uterus or ovaries. Therefore, it cannot have an effect on the reproductive
system or the ability to give birth.
What age group is it best suited to?
“There are no age restrictions, it depends on what the presenting concern is. For improvement of vaginal laxity and stress incontinence, most women become aware of these symptoms in their 30s or 40s, but the treatment will work at any age. For the treatment of menopausal dryness and atrophy, most women begin to experience symptoms within a year or two of stopping their periods (usually in their late 40s or 50s).
As HIFU is a simple high intense focused ultrasound tightening and strengthening procedure, rather than invasive surgery, it works better for women who treat their symptoms early, before they become too severe.
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