5 Frequently Asked Questions About Vaginal Rejuvenation - Columbus, OH - Donaldson Plastic Surgery

According to a survey from the National Women’s Health Resource Center, 56 percent of women age 40 to 84 have experienced vaginal dryness after menopause. Women may also experience sexual changes as a result of childbirth or the natural effects of aging. Their lives can be impacted by decreased sexual sensation, lowered sexual function, and urinary incontinence.

While these changes can be frustrating, there are treatment options available. diVa laser vaginal rejuvenation effectively treats these symptoms by stimulating blood flow and collagen production. Here are the most common questions patients have about the diVa treatment.

What Causes Age-Related Vaginal Changes?

As women age, decreased estrogen production leads to thinning of the vaginal walls, decreased lubrication, and even tissue inflammation — all of which contribute to uncomfortable symptoms. While menopause is the most common reason for these changes, they can also occur with childbirth, breastfeeding, chemotherapy, and certain medical procedures such as a hysterectomy.

How Does Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Work?

The diVa procedure uses Hybrid Fractional Laser (HFL) technology, which allows the surgeon to individually target the treatment for each patient. When applied to the vaginal walls, the laser resurfaces the tissue and replaces it with healthy, new tissue. The lasers also stimulate the production of collagen, a vital substance for strong, healthy tissue.

What Conditions Can Be Treated With Laser Rejuvenation?

The diVa treatment can alleviate a range of symptoms, such as:

How Long Does It Take?

This is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. Each treatment takes just three to five minutes. During the procedure, most patients experience minimal discomfort and only a slight pressure in the treatment area. While some women experience noticeable relief from symptoms right away, others need one or more additional treatments a few weeks apart to receive the full benefit.

What Does the Recovery Look Like?

After the procedure, regular activities can be resumed immediately. It’s normal for patients to experience minor cramps or spotting. Women should avoid sexual intercourse for 48 hours following the treatment. As an added precaution, it’s also recommended to avoid swimming pools or bathtubs during the first 48 hours.

In the Columbus area, women considering vaginal rejuvenation can trust our team at Donaldson Plastic Surgery. As a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Donaldson completes ongoing education to offer the most innovative and safe treatments available. Call us at 614-442-7610 to schedule a consultation at our comfortable, spa-like office and learn about reducing sexual symptoms of aging without invasive surgery or hormone treatments.

Why Fall is the Best Time of Year to Have Laser Treatments

Cooler weather, leaves changing color, pumpkin spice lattes back in your favorite coffee shop — there’s only one explanation. It must be fall! That means it’s time for you to swap your summer T-shirts for some cozy sweaters, and time for us to roll out the lasers.

Yes, we technically have our lasers on hand all year round, but fall is undeniably the best time to use them. For the next few months, we’re going to be ramping up our Halo, BBL and laser hair reduction treatments.

If you’ve been wishing for glowing skin or more time between shaving, this is the time to book. Here’s why.

1. You can wipe away summer’s sun damage

Who doesn’t love lounging by the pool, vacationing in tropical places or spending a warm day in the park with their family? Soaking up that warm summer sun always feels good in the moment … but it can take a toll on your skin.

We’re talking UV-induced dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles. The best way to avoid sun damage is to avoid it altogether — applying SPF, wearing a floppy hat and staying indoors during peak sun hours. But even if you did all of that, you likely didn’t escape summer completely unscathed.

Our Halo and BBL laser treatments specifically target the effects of sun damage. So if you got a little too much sun this summer and want to hit the reset button, these lasers are the perfect solution.

For optimal results, laser hair reduction typically requires a series of six treatments spaced four to six weeks apart.

2. Lasers and the sun don’t really mix

The other reason fall (and winter, really) is such a great time to undergo laser treatments is that the cooler weather keeps us bundled in our sweaters and jeans or indoors altogether. You see, the sun can cause all kinds of trouble for recently-lasered skin.

With laser treatments, you’ll need to stay out of the sun for a few weeks before and after your treatment. That’s a hard thing to do in the summertime!

Treatment of tanned or sunburned skin puts you at an increased risk of blistering, while post-treatment sun exposure can leave you with permanent skin discoloration and even worse sun damage than you had before. This is why laser treatments are best scheduled during times of the year when we get less sun.

3. It takes time to get the full results

Lasers aren’t a one-and-done kind of treatment. To get optimal results, you’ll need to undergo a series of treatments and that takes time to do! You don’t want to start laser hair reduction in April and then not have your legs ready for that summer vacation, do you?

Here’s what the timeline looks like:

This is just a starting point. Depending on your needs and the results you’re looking for, you could need additional treatments beyond these recommendations. Starting your treatments in the fall and winter gives you plenty of time to complete your series before those coveted warm months return. It’s also a good idea to schedule a maintenance visit every year or so to maintain your results.

P.S. Check out this great video testimonial from one of Dr. Donaldson’s patients who recently had the Halo & BBL laser treatments. (Spoiler alert: she LOVES her results)

If you’ve been curious about trying laser treatments, give us a call to set up a consultation. During your appointment, we’ll perform an assessment to ensure that you are a good candidate for the laser you’re interested in and determine your best course of treatment.

*Earned by Dr. Donaldson