If there’s one area most of us aren’t comfortable thinking about, much less talking about, it is the changes that occur with our vagina and vulva. We’re all prepared for aging on our faces and other areas of our figure, but many of us never even considered vaginal rejuvenation being a thing.
Reality is, pregnancy and childbirth, and natural aging of our tissues can create issues with dryness, internal and external looseness, decreased sensitivity, and even urinary incontinence. That’s why more and more women are opting to have vaginal rejuvenation procedures. At Skintology, we offer Votiva, a non-invasive technology that targets both the internal and external changes that occur with our vagina and vulva.
What Is Votiva?
Votiva puts radiofrequency energy to work in two different treatments: Forma V and Fractora V. The two treatments utilize different handpieces that deliver uniform radiofrequency energy to remodel existing collagen, and trigger new production of collagen and elastin to tighten and improve skin tone. Both procedures are nonsurgical.
What Can Votiva Treat?
Votiva can treat both internal and external vaginal issues.
Internal issues include:
- Low blood flow or sensitivity
- Lowered sexual interest
- Painful sensations
External issues include:
- Wrinkled appearance of the labia and vulva
Who Could Benefit From Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Votiva procedures are intended for women who want to reverse the results of pregnancy, delivery, and natural aging on their vaginal tissues. This would include women after childbirth, perimenopausal and menopausal women, women who want enhanced sexual sensation, women who have some degree of urinary incontinence, and women who want some vaginal cosmetic improvements. These are generally conditions experienced by women approaching menopause or who have completed it.
These are some specific symptoms that good candidates may be experiencing:
- Increased vaginal dryness
- Reduced vaginal sensation
- Increased sexual dysfunction
- Pain during intercourse
- Urinary incontinence from pressure such as coughing
- Redness in the vaginal tissues
- Slight vaginal discharge
Is Votiva Right For Me?
Votiva could be right for you if you have undergone menopause or are experiencing the symptoms common in postmenopausal women. Votiva can also help if you experience vaginal dryness or have given childbirth. Votiva results can be seen immediately with full results becoming noticeable in just a few weeks.
What Are The Votiva Treatments Like?
Although both Forma V and Fractora V use radiofrequency energy as their mode of rejuvenating vaginal tissues, the procedures are different.
- Forma V — The small handpiece is first placed inside the vagina to deliver sub-dermal heating to the interior tissues. This heats the vaginal mucosa and initiates new collagen and elastin production. This tightens and rejuvenates the vaginal walls. The handpiece tip is then used to deliver the same heating to the outer genitalia. This tightens these tissues.
- Fractora V — The same principals of fractional facial skin resurfacing apply here. The Fractora V handpiece is placed against the outer vaginal tissues and its series of fine pins deliver the radiofrequency energy. This RF energy stimulates the vaginal tissue, immediately remodeling the existing collagen and initiating new production, as well. This tightens the vaginal tissues.
What Is Forma V?
When radiofrequency energy is delivered onto the skin it penetrates the epidermis and converts to heat. This is known a sub-dermal heating. When the body senses heating beneath the epidermis, it responds as if a wound has occurred. This means increased production of collagen and elastin that is sent to the treatment area to heal the perceived wound, even though there isn’t an actual wound of any sort.
What does that do for the vaginal area? The RF energy in Forma V is delivered through a small, completely comfortable handpiece that applies uniform RF energy to both internal and external vaginal tissues. The sub-dermal heating tightens loosened internal vaginal tissues, as well as the outer labia.
What Is Fractora V?
Fractional skin resurfacing is a popular method for improving facial skin by delivering energy in a “fractional” manner. This means that only a fraction of the skin is impacted, but the wound response occurs just the same. Fractora delivers RF energy through bipolar arrays of pin electrodes that result in localized heating and coagulation of the tissue in direct contact with the pins. Plus, the untreated tissue aids in the skin rejuvenation of the adjacent tissue.
How Long Before I See Results From My Votiva Treatments?
Each patient’s response time can vary. Most patients tell us they experience an immediate change in sensation and tightening, as the existing collagen remodels. But these procedures deliver most of their results in the weeks following your treatments. Your vaginal tightness and the appearance of your labia continue to improve as the collagen and elastin production is ramped up as the body’s response to the RF energy.
How Long Will My Results Last With Votiva?
The new collagen and elastin produced are not going anywhere. The problem is, your body’s production of collagen and elastin decreases by one additional percentage point every year after your 20th birthday. So, by your 50th birthday, your body is producing one third less collagen. That’s why your skin slackens with age. This creates lines and wrinkles and thinning skin on the face. In the vaginal area, it creates laxity and sagging labia. You should experience a difference in sensation, tightness, and appearance for up to one year. Yearly treatments can maintain your results.
Will Votiva Increase My Sexual Sensation?
These procedures do increase sexual sensation by improving vaginal lubrication and tightening the overall tissues. Plus, when the appearance of the labia is improved, confidence improves at the same time, always an important aspect to enjoying intimacy.
Is Votiva Painful?
The delivery of radiofrequency energy is not painful. You will feel a sensation of heating, but it will not be uncomfortable. Insertion of the two handpieces in the Votiva treatments is no different than your typical gynecological checkup.
Can I Have These Treatments If I Plan On Having Children?
These procedures only initiate the body to improve the skin tone and firmness. They in no way have any impact on reproductive capability or function.
What Are The Risks Involved With These Votiva Procedures?
These are non-invasive procedures and have proven to have little risk. Patients need to simply abstain from intercourse for three days after their Votiva treatments, and to avoid hot tubs, pools, and hot baths for the same period.
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Why Choose Skintology
At Skintology MedSpa by Dr. Jennifer Walden, we choose to use only the highest quality of products. We are committed to using these prodcuts with advanced technology for more comfortable and less invasive treatments. As part of this commitment, we use injectables such as Sculptra Aesthetic that contain natural compounds that work with your body to give you a more natural result. Contact us today to learn more, and to set up your consultation with our experts!
Our mission is to help our clients achieve the results they have been dreaming of as quickly as possible. That is why we employ such a diverse array of procedures and can work on multiple treatment areas in a single session. We invite you to call us today at (212) 832-2225 to schedule your free consultation with our experts.