Nonsurgical Vaginal Rejuvenation

An exciting new treatment for vaginal rejuvenation promises to restore what aging and loss of collagen in vaginal tissue can take away. It also helps women experiencing vaginal laxity after childbirth or from the natural aging process.Dr. Deborah A. DeMarta, MD, is now offering treatment with ThermiVa® for vaginal rejuvenation at Institute of Colorectal Health & Wellness.

ThermiVa® procedures revitalize vulvovaginal tissue through the application of gentle radiofrequency energy. Treatments performed in the doctor’s office are painless, with no downtime. They can help resolve the aging process of menopause, including the vaginal dryness and thinning of vaginal walls that can make sexual intimacy less enjoyable or even painful.

Hormonal imbalance can cause pelvic floor weakness leading to prolapse or the gradual descent of the urinary bladder, rectum and small intestine from their normal positions before menopause.

Two of the most severe complications of prolapse include urinary incontinence when coughing or sneezing as well as fecal incontinence.

“ThermiVa works by restoring collagen in the vagina, along with restoring tightness, moisture and support,” states Deborah A. DeMarta, MD, at the Institute of Colorectal Health & Wellness. “It can relieve the symptoms that can occur from hormonal imbalance.”

“I’m thrilled to offer women this procedure,” she continues.

Improving Tone and Laxity

Many women may know to expect hot flashes and night sweats during menopause and perimenopause. They may not, however, be aware of how hormonal changes will affect the health of their vagina.

A decline in estrogen contributes to vaginal walls becoming thinner and producing less moisture.  The vaginal canal can also become shorter and less flexible. Results include vaginal dryness that not only makes sexual intimacy uncomfortable but also raises the risk of frequent yeast infections and urinary tract infections that may become recurrent.

Dr. DeMarta is a board-certified colorectal surgeon who also specializes in integrative and anti-aging and aesthetic medicine. The goal of her holistic approach is to help patients achieve optimal wellness and feel their best. She founded the Institute of Colorectal Health & Wellness to offer a comprehensive approach through medical, surgical and aesthetic services that promote health rejuvenation.

To help restore colorectal function, the ThermiVa device gives individuals an additional option for successful treatment of fecal leakage or unsightly perianal hemorrhoid skin tags.

“Fecal incontinence can be treated through dietary modification and physical therapy to strengthen the pelvic floor. However, some women need more than that. Previously, the options were pretty invasive,” notes Dr. DeMarta. “The exciting part about the ThermiVa is that it is much gentler and noninvasive.”

The ThermiVa procedure takes approximately 30 minutes, and feels like a warm massage. A treatment is recommended once a month for three consecutive months.

“No anesthesia is needed,” says Dr. DeMarta. “Patients come in, have the procedure and go home. Due to the non-existence of leakage, a pad is not needed, and normal activities can resume immediately.”

Treatments work on both the internal and external regions of the female pelvic floor. Stimulation occurs through radiofrequency and heat generation to restore collagen in the affected tissues. The formation of collagen helps improve laxity of the vagina and surrounding tissues to the pre-menopausal state.

“Most importantly, ThermiVa treatments improve a woman and her partner’s interest and sexual response that may have diminished through vaginal changes,” notes Dr. DeMarta.

“The ThermiVa is a superior addition to help women and their partners achieve and accomplish enjoyable intercourse,” she adds. “I’m excited to have this option for my patients. It not only results in enjoyable intercourse for couples, but also solves concerns such as laxity, prolapse, leakage, UTIs vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, lack of sexual desire and orgasmic dysfunction.”

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