Women young and old can suffer from incontinence due to vaginal laxity. This can be from stress, menopause, childbirth or other reasons. We have a non-surgical solution at our skincare and laser clinic, called ThermiVa®. This long-lasting, radio frequency treatment can be a so-called ‘cure’ for women’s urinary incontinence (or, a far safer, easier option than other solutions). It only requires yearly maintenance. Or, it can be even less frequent, depending on each person. And, it’s totally painless, with no downtime!
- Cross your legs when you cough or sneeze
- Rush to the bathroom to prevent an accident
- Avoid jumping jacks and other similar exercises
- Wear a pad when exercising
You may have urinary incontinence. The good news is, we can help fix that!
What is there to love about ThermiVa® technology to reduce incontinence?
ThermiVa® doesn’t involve medications, hormones or pads. It also doesn’t ask you to do Kegel exercises on your pelvic floor. And best of all, no invasive vaginoplasty surgery is needed. Patients are in-and-out of sessions within about 1.5 hours.
There is no downtime with ThermiVa®, since tissues are not damaged with its technology. It is also a comfortable, painless procedure that does not require anesthetic.
To add to the benefits, ThermiVa® also has the aftereffects of:
- Reduced vaginal dryness, and increased lubrication.
- Vaginal tightening.
- Improved sensation and sexual pleasure.
- Decreased pelvic pain during intercourse.
After the first series of treatments, additional maintenance sessions may be needed about once a year. But, effects can last longer for some people. So, it’s almost a ‘set it and forget it’ treatment for this condition, which affects women’s daily lives. That makes it an easy, comfortable way to deal with incontinence issues.
This vaginal rejuvenation treatment has an 85% “worth it” rating on RealSelf.
What else can ThermiVa® be used for?
ThermiVa® is not just for incontinence. It also treats the following conditions:
- Overactive bladder
- Vaginal atrophy
- Loosening and stretching of the vagina (due to childbirth or menopause aging processes)
- Dryness in the vagina
ThermiVa® works on the external parts of the vagina, as well as the vaginal canal. This makes it a versatile option for those seeking both cosmetic vaginal restoration, and a healthy vaginal structure.
How does ThermiVa® work for vagina tightening and incontinence solutions?
ThermiVa® uses radio frequency waves to heat the tissues on the vagina. Through the heating process, collagen production is stimulated under the surface of the skin (including the tissues inside the vagina).
It’s the lack of collagen that causes the loosening of the vagina in the first place, which leads to the above complications in women. So, an easy way to solve this issue is by reviving the body’s natural ability to create collagen, and tighten the skin. Thankfully, radiofrequency that has long been used in other cosmetic applications, can also work inside the vagina.
During treatment, a simple wand-like handpiece will be stroked around your external vagina parts, and inserted into your vaginal canal, as far up to the cervix. The handpiece is only about half an inch wide. The radio frequency will be activated on a small tip at the end of the handpiece. The idea is to create contact between this small tip and the skin tissues around the entire treatment area. It’s kind of like trying to evenly spread mayo on a hot dog bun, using a butter knife…except not exactly! You may sense some heat from the tip of the handpiece, but not a lot. It’s bearable.
No anesthetic or icing is required for this treatment. Most women find it comfortable and easy to manage.
How many treatments does ThermiVa® require to see vaginal rejuvenation results?
For optimal results, a series of three ThermiVa® treatments are required at the outset, spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart.
After about a year, additional maintenance sessions may be needed. The number of additional treatments, and the frequency of them, will depend on the severity of your case. Women with healthy bodies and good hormonal balance tend to experience longer-lasting results.
Is there downtime after ThermiVa® treatments? What about side effects?
There is no official downtime with ThermiVa® in the sense that you won’t be able to carry on with your normal day-to-day life.
Side effects can include pain and cramps after treatment (which usually goes away). Blood spotting, redness and swelling can also occur.
The technology behind ThermiVa®, called Thermi®, is used in medical applications around the world. So it is not limited to usage in the vagina. Tens of thousands of patients have undergone treatment with ThermiVa®, which is cleared by the FDA in the United States.
ThermiVa® should not be used on women who are pregnant. It also should not be used if you have an infection or fever.
What is the cost of vagina tightening treatments with ThermiVa® at your skin clinic? Is it covered by MSP?
Vagina tightening and rejuvenation with ThermiVa® requires at least three sessions, spaced 3 – 4 weeks apart. Three treatment sessions at our laser clinic in Surrey come to $2,800 CAD (plus tax). They are priced together, and shouldn’t be bought individually if it’s your first round of treatments,. You’ll need to commit to the schedule to see results. Thereafter, individual treatment sessions cost $1,000. The single, one-off treatments are usually for yearly maintenance.
We do require you book an in-person consultation with us before you begin ThermiVa® treatments. This will help us evaluate your case, give advice, and answer any questions you may have. While the consultation does have a fee, the cost can be used towards treatments at our clinic later.
We also offer 0% financing options.
Unfortunately, ThermiVa® is not covered by B.C.’s Medical Services Plan.
Note: Procedure results may vary from patient to patient.