Over time, the aging process of a woman’s body has an adverse effect on the female vagina, where significant sagging is often observed.
Vaginal laxity can also occur as a consequence of normal childbirth (especially if it was laborious and traumatic), obesity, lack of exercise and sudden weight loss. Rarely it may be due to hereditary factors.
The symptoms that accompany it include stress incontinence (loss of urine on coughing, laughing, running) and a reduction in sexual pleasure in both the woman and her partner.
Another major problem that 50-60% of postmenopausal women have to deal with is atrophy of the vagina, which often leads to dryness, burning, stinging and pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia). Vaginal dryness in a smaller proportion can occur even in young women, due to lack of sufficient vaginal lubrication.
In recent years, a new innovative and revolutionary method using CO2 Laser (Laser Vaginal rejuvenation) has been applied which seems to have very good results both in mild vaginal relaxation and in the whole set of symptoms caused by atrophy of the vaginal mucosa. Fractional CO2 Laser is high energy light, with a wavelength of 10600nm, which is absorbed by the intracellular water and causes tissue sublimation. Fractional CO2 laser causes a controlled and highly precise photothermal effect on the vaginal mucosa, promoting tissue contraction and tightening, restoring natural elasticity to the vaginal canal. The laser energy delivered along the vaginal wall heats the tissue without damaging it and stimulates the production of new collagen in the endopelvic fascia. The thermal energy stimulates fibroblasts in the non-surface layers to neocolagenesis, i.e. production of new collagen.
Before treatment, a complete gynecological examination is performed to exclude or treat local inflammation. It is also usually preceded by the application of a moisturizing vaginal cream a few days before.
During the treatment, the doctor will move the special sterile applicator along the vaginal wall in an outward motion, applying the laser in a 360-degree pattern covering the entire area. The whole procedure will only take a few minutes. You may feel a slight sensation of heat during the treatment, but it is very mild and you should not feel any pain.
After the treatment, you are likely to feel burning and minor discharge but these symptoms are very mild and usually subside within 1-2 days. Try to avoid sexual activity or using tampons The use of a vaginal moisturizer may help with the discomfort.