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The FemiLift™ – Laser Vaginal Tightening

Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Tightening at Alliance ObGyn Consultants

Vaginal looseness, or decreased sensation with sex, is a common complaint in many sexually active women. Often, but not always, this may occur as a result of vaginal deliveries or from having had large sized partners.  Although the change in sexual pleasure may be subtle in some cases, it may be drastic in others to the point of significantly affecting personal relationships and/or marriages. Some women may also experience involuntary loss of urine during exercise, laughing, coughing, and even during sex – this is referred to as urinary stress incontinence. These changes may cause individuals to feel self-conscious and inhibit them from enjoying sex or engaging in sexual activity altogether.

Until recently, the only options have been Kegel exercises or surgery.  Although Kegels are important to strengthen the pelvic floor they are often insufficient. Surgery in the form of a Vaginoplasty, to tighten the vagina, or a mid-urethral sling to support the urethra to control leakage, are good options, but they are associated with risks and the need for downtime.  Now, with advances in technology, there are some additional and exciting options available through Alliance ObGyn Consultant.

Laser Vaginal Tightening with FemiLift is a breakthrough procedure that can help restore a youthful vagina and improve urinary stress incontinence. Using a unique vaginal probe, laser energy is delivered safely to the full circumference of the vagina to promote collagen production and remodeling. This comfortable and non-invasive treatment tightens the vagina and strengthens the supporting ligaments surrounding the bladder and urethra.

The Board-certification in Obstetrics & Gynecology that Dr. Obianwu holds, along with his extensive training and experience in operating laser equipment, make this procedure extremely safe. Because this treatment is non-surgical and requires no downtime, it is a safer alternative to traditional vaginal rejuvenation procedures such as vaginoplasty and suburethral slings.

Other benefits of non-invasive laser vaginal tightening include increased sexual gratification to both, the patient and her partner as well as reduction in stress urinary incontinence symptoms. These benefits may be achieved with no surgery, no downtime, no anesthesia and no pain. A series of three treatments, 4-5 weeks apart, are recommended for optimal long lasting results.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Vaginal Tightening at Alliance ObGyn Consultants

How is non-surgical laser vaginal tightening performed?

The specialized laser probe is inserted into the vagina as the light beam penetrates the vaginal epithelium to target the tissue where new collagen is produced. Most patients report that this treatment is more comfortable than having a pap smear.

Is there any downtime following my vaginal rejuvenation procedure?

All patients return to normal, daily activities shortly following their procedure at Alliance ObGyn Consultants. However, sexual intercourse should be avoided for 5 days. A patient who is treated on a Monday may have sex by Friday night.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for laser vaginal tightening?

Laser Vaginal Tightening is safe for most women, including those with other vaginal concerns such as pelvic relaxation, vaginal prolapse, stress urinary incontinence, endometriosis, and pelvic pain. It is ideal for women who have recently given birth and are breastfeeding, especially if they want to have more children.  It is recommended to wait 3 months after childbirth to have the procedure. Women may use all forms of birth control including an IUD, or have had previous pelvic surgery such as a vaginal repair or hysterectomy.  Many women begin laser hair removal treatments during their FemiLiftTM treatments or combine FemiLiftTM with other options.

Am I a candidate if I’m post-menopausal and will I get relief from my vaginal dryness?

Laser Vaginal Tightening is ideal for the post-menopausal woman.  The FemiLiftTM promotes collagen production and remodeling in the vagina which in turn results in a return of the rugae, or architecture, that is lost with menopause. Women report improved lubrication and a decrease in pain associated with penetration.  There is a return of a more youthful vagina.

Are there any side effects I should know about?

Women should be prepared to experience increased vaginal sensation and pleasure following each treatment.  Vaginal lubrication may improve and orgasms may become more intense. Associated risks are minimal.  Some women may experience a watery discharge or spotting for only a day or two.  Any concerns you may have will be discussed during your consultation.