Vaginal issues are difficult to talk about. Many women are too embarrassed to share any discomfort or fear they have surrounding their vaginal health with anyone but their doctors. While most of us think of the symptoms of aging as a few wrinkles and sagging skin, changes in hormones, childbirth, and other events throughout a woman’s life can affect vaginal health over time. With aging, the vaginal tissue starts to lose collagen and volume, which can lead to dryness, irritation, discomfort, involuntary urination, and pain during normal activities like exercise, sexual activity, or even just when out running errands. Even without issues such as stress incontinence or discomfort, many women feel that vaginal laxity reduces their enjoyment of sex and changes their lifestyle. If you’ve started to notice any of these symptoms, you may be a good candidate for FemTouch laser treatments with Dr. Masri and his team at Masri Clinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery in Birmingham, MI or Dearborn, MI.
What is FemTouch?
Carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers have been used cosmetically for decades to treat wrinkles and other signs of aging, particularly for facial treatments. In the last few years, this technology has advanced to become gentler while still delivering great results. FemTouch is a member of the latest generation of fractional lasers, offering patients the benefits of laser treatments without the discomfort and downtime. FemTouch is an FDA-approved treatment that is used to rejuvenate the vaginal walls, stimulating collagen production, which allows the body to restore vaginal tissue for increased comfort and better vaginal health.
Benefits of FemTouch Laser Treatments
While many vaginal rejuvenation treatments are focused solely on the external appearance of the genitalia, FemTouch is a solution for women who are experiencing problems due to vaginal atrophy internally. FemTouch has the benefit of offering a convenient, minimally-invasive solution for women experiencing a variety of vaginal health issues. FemTouch treatments can help improve problems like the following:
- Vaginal dryness or post-birth scarring
- Pain or discomfort during sex/exercise
- Stress urinary incontinence and recurring UTIs
In addition to relieving or reducing symptoms like these, many women report that their sex lives improve and their quality of life is overall better than before treatment. The treatments are quick, convenient, and nearly painless, making them easy to fit into busy lifestyles.
Are You a Candidate?
If you think you may be a good candidate for FemTouch treatments, you will need to discuss your health history with a qualified physician to ensure that there are no contraindications for treatment before moving forward. Candidates for FemTouch are adult women in general good health who are experiencing mild to moderate vaginal atrophy and/or stress incontinence. Patients who are also interested in external cosmetic rejuvenation will need external treatments as well. FemTouch is not appropriate for women who have a chronic vaginal infection or have had an abnormal PAP smear within the last 12 months.
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Your FemTouch Consultation
Before you schedule your first FemTouch treatment, you will need to schedule a consultation with our experts at Masri Clinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery to discuss the procedure and assess your candidacy. This meeting gives you an opportunity to ensure that the procedure is appropriate for your needs. You and your doctor will go over your health history, discuss the concerns you have about your vaginal health, and make a determination about the best course of treatment. This is the perfect time to address any questions you have about the FemTouch procedure and to get to know the staff so that you feel as comfortable as possible during your treatments.
The FemTouch procedure requires no anesthesia, unless external rejuvenation is part of the treatment plan. In this case, a topical numbing cream will be applied to reduce any discomfort during the procedure. A specialized sterile wand is inserted into the vagina, which then delivers fractional CO2 energy to the vaginal walls. The device delivers 360-degree energy to the entire area, stimulating collagen production, which eventually creates new tissue. The internal procedure is nearly painless and feels similar to a vaginal exam. The treatment lasts under 10 minutes, unless external treatment is performed as well.
Recovery & Downtime
Women can return to most of their normal activities immediately after each treatment. Patients may be prescribed a hydrating gel to relieve any itching or discomfort following the procedure. Some discharge may occur following the procedure, which is normal. Patients should avoid hot showers, saunas, and hot tubs for the first 24 hours, and they should abstain from sex for the first 72 hours after each treatment.
How long does it take before results can be expected?
Some women report results almost immediately after the first treatment. With that said, collagen development is a slow process that can take 3-6 months to complete, as well as several treatments. Patients can expect some improvement in the first few weeks but will enjoy more comprehensive results as the treatment plan progresses.
What are the risks? Is the procedure safe?
FemTouch is FDA-approved and developed by Lumenis, the leading CO2 laser pioneer. Like all cosmetic treatments, there is a chance for complications, but these are rare. Infection, redness, and pigmentation changes are some of the very few possible risks of FemTouch. Overall, the procedure is very safe, especially when performed by a highly skilled physician.
Are the treatments painful?
Patients may experience a warming sensation during treatment, but no anesthesia is needed as the treatment is overall very comfortable. The sensation is similar to that of a vaginal exam, since the device must be inserted into the vagina.
How many treatments will be needed for good results?
While some women notice improvement after the first treatment, typically around 3-4 treatments are needed for optimal results. These treatments are spaced approximately four weeks apart in order to allow the tissues to heal and new tissue to form. Generally, one week after menstruation is the best timing for FemTouch treatments.
When is it safe to have sex after each treatment?
Patients should wait at least 72 hours after each treatment to resume sexual intercourse. The vaginal tissues need time to heal and sex could irritate them, increasing risks for complications and impeding results. Most women notice a positive difference once they do resume sexual activity after treatment.
Is FemTouch safe during pregnancy?
FemTouch has not been shown to be harmful during pregnancy, but you should always discuss your individual health with your doctor before moving forward. In general, it may be better to wait until after childbirth to receive treatment, since the vagina will experience significant changes during and after pregnancy and childbirth.
How long do the results last?
FemTouch encourages the body’s natural responses, which provides ongoing improvement for months after treatment. The longevity of results depends on the patient, but FemTouch treatments typically produce long-lasting results. Touch up treatments may be needed every 1-2 years as aging continues to progress and collagen levels drop once again.
Is it sanitary?
Safety and hygiene are of the utmost importance in FemTouch treatments, and the equipment used is sterilized and sanitary.
What’s the right age for FemTouch treatments?
Women of all ages who suffer from issues related to vaginal atrophy can benefit from FemTouch treatments. While most women are menopausal or post-menopausal, some younger woman may also need FemTouch treatments to maintain their vaginal health.
Are most patients happy with the results?
Both patients and doctors have been amazed by the results FemTouch can provide. Most women are thrilled with their results and find they are not only more comfortable but they feel more confident as well.
Gaining Control of Your Vaginal Health
If you’re frustrated with your vaginal health and want a simple solution, FemTouch might be just what you’ve been looking for. To learn more about the treatments and to find out if you are a good candidate, call Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Michigan today at 866-487-3223. Our experienced team will work with you to design a treatment plan that suits your individual needs.