Vaginal health and appearance is an important part of your overall well-being, but it can be difficult to discuss due to the sensitivity and private nature of the topic. However, in recent years, major strides have been made in vaginal health technologies, such as the FemTouch system, which offers women solutions to a wide range of vaginal issues including vaginal dryness, vaginal laxity, and stress urinary incontinence.
The Lumenis FemTouch treatment is a fast, efficient and simple technique that is effective for improving vaginal appearance, tightness, and texture. To learn more about this advanced treatment for vaginal health, please contact our office and schedule a private consultation with Dr. Anureet Bajaj.
FemTouch is non-surgical treatment for vaginal health that applies the innovative powers of CO2 fractional lasers for addressing issues such as vaginal dryness, vaginitis, or vulvovaginal atrophy. Fractional CO2 laser treatments have successfully been in use in the cosmetic world as the gold standard for wide range of skin treatments. With FemTouch, the healing and remodeling powers of the fractional CO2 laser are employed to improve vaginal health.
How Does FemTouch Work?
The FemTouch is based on a non-invasive laser technology that was first developed in the 90s. It has helped all kinds of cosmetic skin treatments evolve such as facial rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction, and acne. The science behind CO2 laser systems revolves around using light energy to trigger healing reactions in the skin. CO2 lasers treatments pulse light at 10,600 nm (nanometers) in wavelength which is a wavelength specifically calibrated to be absorbed by water in skin tissue. When the laser energy is absorbed, the water in the tissues quickly reaches a boiling point which helps to evaporate older tissues. Some of the heat that is absorbed invigorates deeper skin layers, triggering a coagulation reaction and homeostasis.
Fibroblasts in the treated areas are sparked into action resulting in collagen production and growth factor activation. In layman’s terms, the heating energy of the CO2 laser signals your body’s natural healing and growth processes to restore and replace the internal lining and mucosal tissues. The result of this reaction is a restored functionality and regrowth of the vaginal canal.
Studies have shown that many negative symptoms such as itching, irritation, dryness, and incontinence are correlated with vaginal lubrication. These symptoms can be problematic enough that patients who do experience them tend to avoid sexual activity as a result. Further research has demonstrated that fractional CO2 lasers are effective in addressing lubrication and vulvovaginal atrophy. Vaginal lubrication comes from various structures like the cervix, Bartholin’s glands and within the vagina itself. Fibroblasts in vaginal tissue also play a role in overall lubrication activity. CO2 lasers are known to trigger increased fibroblast activity, resulting in collagen renewal and synthesis of important compounds such as glycosaminoglycans, glycoproteins, and hydrating compounds.
Lumenis FemTouch is the leading technology for non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation. After treatment, patients surveyed report an improved sexual experience, vaginal rejuvenation and are highly satisfied with their results. Women with symptoms such as dryness and irritation and vaginal atrophy, or other common post-menopausal issues often find relief.
In practical terms, the Lumenis FemTouch treatment is fast and convenient. The treatment is also incredibly efficient, achieving significant improvements in as few as three sessions. A single treatment can take as little as ten minutes, and there is no need for extensive preparation or downtime.
FemTouch vs. Labiaplasty
With vaginal rejuvenation, also known as female genital restoration, there are a number of different available treatments – some surgical and some non-surgical. FemTouch is a non-surgical treatment.
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that deals with the outward appearance of the feminine region, specifically, the labia minora, which are the inner lips of the vagina. The labiaplasty results in the reduction of size and shape of a labia minora that is too large or stretched. For women who have experienced irritation or physical discomfort in this area, the labiaplasty may be more appropriate.
Vaginal rejuvenation is growing in popularity as more women are learning about the benefits and capabilities of treatments. The ideal candidates for the Lumenis FemTouch are women in good overall health who are dealing with symptoms such as vaginal dryness, vulvovaginal atrophy, incontinence, or irritation during intercourse. Clinical research reveals that issues such as vulvovaginal atrophy effects as many as 80% of post-menopausal women.
Vulvovaginal atrophy is a condition where the vaginal walls have weakened and declined in overall health. The cause of this is linked to the reduction of estrogen levels that correlates with menopause. All three layers of the vaginal wall have estrogen-sensitive receptors that are impacted by estrogen loss. Estrogen loss can result in a shrinkage of the vaginal wall by as much as ten cell layers.
With thinning vaginal walls, symptoms such as bleeding during intercourse, incontinence, frequent urinary tract infections, itching, burning and overall dryness may occur. These symptoms can significantly impact the quality of life and undermine an individual’s self-confidence. Post-menopausal women are an especially vulnerable group, and studies have shown that FemTouch therapy provides effective improvement in vaginal health. However, the FemTouch treatment can benefit women from the age of 20 and up.
Patients in the Oklahoma City area can schedule a private consultation with Dr. Anureet Bajaj. At Bajaj Plastic Surgery, the trained and experienced staff take every measure to ensure you have a good experience. With the delicate and private nature of procedures involved with vaginal rejuvenation, we practice the utmost discretion and quality customer care practices. With your consultation, you will be able to discuss with Dr. Bajaj your personal goals, and symptoms in a private setting. Your medical history will be assessed, and there will be an examination to determine which approach is best suited for your personal goals. If deemed a good candidate, you will be given the opportunity to schedule your treatment, although there is no obligation to do so. To schedule your one-on-one consultation, please contact Bajaj Plastic Surgery today.
The FemTouch Treatment
Your experience with the FemTouch Treatment may differ depending on the specifics of your vaginal rejuvenation and the techniques used.
On the day of the treatment session, you will be awake and resting comfortably in a private treatment area.
A sterile, FemTouch applicator head is inserted into the vaginal canal and the fractional CO2 laser targets the inner tissues in a 360-degree pattern. The applicator is moved in an up and down motion to ensure that each section of the canal is treated.
The 360-degree pattern ensures that the CO2 laser application is effectively applied in all directions for optimal results. Some patients report a gentle, warm sensation during the procedure. The process can be completed in as little as ten minutes or even less. One of the advancements of the FemTouch system is that it offers custom energy density levels. This gives us the capability to address different issues at different tissue densities more accurately. Higher energy density levels offer deeper penetration and are more effective for thicker mucosa layers. The system is specially calibrated to achieve adequate energy penetration without affecting the lamina muscularis underneath. For safety, the energy level is capped at 12.5 mjs to avoid penetrating beyond 600 microns.
Recovery and Results
This is a non-surgical technology involving no needles, incisions or anesthesia. You will be back on your feet as soon as the procedure is over. Some patients have reported mild itchiness near the treatment area; in cases such as this, the physician can provide a soothing gel.
You can return to your routine daily activities as soon as the procedure is complete, but it’s generally advised that you avoid sexual activity for at least 72 hours afterward. For best results, patients should undergo about three treatment sessions spaced more than a month apart. Improvements to the vaginal canal are noticeable after just one session, but the best results are seen after the second or third.
Pricing of a Lumenis FemTouch treatment will vary depending on a few factors such as the number of treatment sessions desired and whether or not other vaginal rejuvenation procedures are included to provide more comprehensive results. Scheduling a consultation will allow Dr. Bajaj to determine which vaginal rejuvenation method is best for your personal situation. Please contact Bajaj Plastic Surgery today!