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Vaginal laser treatments are relatively new in the mainstream world, but they have actually been around as a gynaecology treatment option for longer than you think!
What are laser gynecology treatments?
Laser is a word that many of us know and use, and we’re familiar with common skin rejuvenations and skin-tightening lasers.
Laser technology began being used in the field of gynecology in the early 1970s, when it was used to treat cervical erosions. Now, multiple types of laser gynecology treatments Toronto exist to treat several common gynecological and vaginal issues.
Benefits of Laser Gynecology
Vaginal laser treatments can target a variety of concerns, but one of the most common ones that many women suffer from is incontinence (also known as SUI in the vaginal treatment world). This problem is much more common than many people believe it is, and it often goes unreported to doctors, as many women feel embarrassed by it. The most common type of incontinence, stress urinary incontinence (SUI), occurs when pressure is increased on the bladder.
This can occur from sneezing, exercising, and laughing, and it causes urine to involuntarily leak from the bladder. Stress urinary incontinence occurs because of weak muscles in the pelvic floor as well as the connective tissue that supports that region. With age and after childbirth, the weakening of the muscles and tissues is normal.
Now, with laser gynecology treatments Toronto, there is a solution to this very common problem. Lasers for stress urinary incontinence are non-ablative and work by stimulating collagen production and tightening and shrinking vaginal tissue, which effectively causes greater support to the bladder.
Another issue that many women face is vaginal relaxation syndrome (VRS). Vaginal relaxation syndrome has characteristic symptoms, including vaginal laxity and an increase in vaginal canal diameter. This is typically caused by childbirth, with stronger symptoms occurring after multiple childbirths. VRS can be treated by laser gynecology treatments Toronto. Thermal energy is directed to the vaginal area in short and quick bursts. This laser treatment causes the wavelengths emitted to initiate collagen production and shrink the skin cells of the vagina, resulting in the tightening of the vaginal canal.
Lastly, a third common issue is pelvic organ prolapse, or POP. This is a type of pelvic floor disorder that affects about one-third of all women throughout their lifetime. The pelvic floor refers to a group of muscles in the pelvic opening region. Normally, these muscles and their corresponding tissues are meant to keep the pelvic organs in place internally. With age and after childbirth, pelvic organ prolapse becomes more common among women. The term prolapse refers to a descending of organs. These organs can include the bladder, uterus, and the vagina. There is a laser gynecological treatment that treats pelvic organ prolapse in a gentle and non-invasive way. It works by tightening the tissue in the affected area to contract the vaginal canal and effectively treat the issue of pelvic organ prolapse.
How much does it cost?
Laser gynaecology treatments typically cost anywhere between $800 and $1,000 per treatment, depending on the vaginal medical issue and laser used. (Note that these prices are subject to change over time and vary according to geographical region.) Multiple treatments are typically required to achieve optimal results. At Sovereign Skin, we offer a discounted, packaged price if a series of treatments is purchased. Typically, 4 to 6 treatments spaced a few weeks apart provide the patient with long-lasting results. The cost for vaginal laser treatments is best if purchased as a package of laser treatments rather than singular sessions.
Why is it important to choose an expert to do your treatment?
It is imperative that you choose not only a qualified and experienced laser practitioner, but also a laser clinic that you feel very comfortable with and that has a good reputation. Choosing to do a laser gynecological treatment is a very personal decision, so complete trust in the medical professional performing the treatment is essential for optimal results and for your own satisfaction.
There are many types of medical clinics that offer laser gynecological treatments, including plastic surgeons and gynecologists. But it is equally as important to choose the right kind of specialist to perform a laser gynecological treatment. The key is to choose someone who has extensive training in laser gynecological treatments. Ideally, an experienced cosmetic gynecological surgeon is an ideal choice for this line of treatment. Cosmetic gynecological surgeons are medical doctors who specialize in aesthetic vaginal surgery, which makes these doctors the most specialized and knowledgeable about laser gynecological treatments.
Even with cosmetic gynecologists, it is important to know the answers to some key questions, including:
Asking for verification of the vaginal laser clinic’s medical professionals to ensure that they are properly trained
Asking about the clinic’s experience and the number of vaginal treatments they have completed
Asking for some patient testimonials
How to Prepare for Vaginal Laser Treatments
To prepare for a laser gynecological treatment, it is important to ensure that you have a normal PAP test received within the past year, that you are not pregnant, and that you do not have menstrual bleeding at the time of the vaginal laser treatment.
What to expect during treatment:
Laser vaginal treatments are minimally invasive treatments. During a treatment, only a small and gentle insertion piece is placed in the affected area. Often described by patients are being comfortable or even “warm”, the insertion piece does not cause pain to the patient. In some cases, a numbing cream may be applied before the onset of the vaginal treatment to make sure the patient is not in any discomfort throughout the treatment. Some patients have said they experience slight irritation or tingling in the affected area during the treatment. During a vaginal laser treatment, the skin in the area is neither cut nor burned, as the gynecological laser treatment is designed to be minimally invasive and comfortable.
What to expect after treatment:
After having laser gynecological treatments Toronto, it is normal to have mild swelling and erythema in the treated area. In some cases, patients may observe spotting or an increase in vaginal secretions for a few days after the treatment. Some patients have noted a discomfort similar to mild menstrual cramps right after receiving the treatment. These are all normal and quite common after a vaginal laser treatment.
To ensure the best results, it is important to take care to prevent any trauma to the treated area. This can be achieved by abstaining from sexual intercourse for at least 7 days post-treatment, refraining from inserting tampons for one menstrual cycle, and generally avoiding any activities that cause a rapid increase in pressure onto the bladder for about a month after the treatment.
Possible risks and complications
Other than the short-term side effects mentioned above, including mild swelling, erythema, and increased vaginal secretions, there are no long-term effects associated with laser gynaecological treatments.
Need more information?
At Sovereign Skin, we understand that undergoing vaginal laser treatments are a discreet and very personal decision. Our staff is well equipped to answer your questions. We would also be happy to set up a free consultation for you, where you can find out if any of our vaginal laser treatments are suited to you and your needs.
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