Introducing Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center’s miracle treatment to bring "her" back to life. Considered a “female Viagra” by many, this non-invasive procedure is opening doors for new conversations between women, their partners and their doctors. ThermiVa (pronounced thur-ME-vuh) is a unique, temperature-controlled radiofrequency system used to restore normal function to the labial and vulvar tissues on two levels, both cosmetic appearance and biological function. For more reliable bodily functions, it also treats conditions like stress incontinence (pee when you cough?) and atrophic vaginitis (thinning and dryness of vaginal membranes).
Watch enough television and you are sure to see frequent commercials about men dealing with intimacy issues like erectile dysfunction. Often lost in this sea of drug-focused medical treatments are stories about the women who deal with comparable issues. It has long been accepted that women of a certain age will likely experience intimacy problems that may include incontinence, increased vaginal laxity and dryness, and overall dissatisfaction with sex. Along with aging, childbirth or other factors, this laundry list of issues can complicate relationships and hamper enjoyment of daily life. “I think a lot people feel that this is just the way it is, or it was just a part of being older, or that it would be much too difficult to take care of,” revealed Dr. Denis F. Branson, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Fayetteville. “But what they don’t realize is that it can be taken care of with a 20-30 minute, in-office procedure with no anesthetic and little, if any, discomfort. In most cases, you can receive a surgical result with a non-surgical treatment.”.
“ThermiVa uses radio frequency energy to gently heat tissue to rejuvenate collagen,” explains dermatologist Harold Lancer, MD, one of the first doctors to offer the FDA approved experience. "A special wand applicator delivers energy to the external labia and vulvar tissues, helping to restore normal tissue tone and function. The handpiece may also deliver radiofrequency energy to the internal vaginal walls to revive both atrophic tissue and other structures.” Yes, vaginal collagen is a thing! Collagen in our skin is like the reinforcing iron mesh in concrete. As we age, this mesh loses strength. Treating the skin with radiofrequency energy changes the collagen by immediately contracting the molecule itself, remodeling or "reorganizing" the molecular network, and stimulating fibroblasts (the cells that build the collagen "mesh") to create new collagen.
The ThermiVa procedure currently has a 91 percent approval rating on RealSelf, an independent patient-review website for aesthetic and cosmetic treatments. Those who’ve had it give rave reviews, but getting the conversation started can be daunting at first. That’s what makes us at Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center the easiest place to go. We’re women. We’ve tried it and we love it. Ask us. We can’t wait to tell you about it!
“About 50 percent of my patients come for the cosmetic aspect of the procedure; they are looking for visible improvement – just as they look for it on their face or neck,” says Courtney Lo, CSLC's Founder and Clinical Director. “About a third are looking to improve the sexual experience for themselves and their partner; and then a small number are working on urinary symptoms.” Not only does ThermiVa help with the biology, “it has a tremendous impact on boosting self-esteem and confidence, which translates to sex drive, and really all aspects of your life, intimate or otherwise."
“I actually don’t have any issues – YET. But, I’m doing this preventively because I hear my friends talking and they DO have issues. I’m 45 and I figure it’s important to maintain what I have.” GK, Harbor Springs
“Sex just wasn’t what it used to be. I’m 55 but my husband still treats me like I’m 25 in bed… now I actually enjoy it!” LT, Traverse City
“I hated living in constant fear of leaking every time I went to a workout class. Now I don’t have to wear a panty liner worrying I’ll leak when I exercise, sneeze, or cough. It’s completely freeing.” CR, Petoskey
“The appearance change was the most important treatment benefit to me. I’m comfortable in my tight yoga pants again; like it doesn’t look funny down there any more.” TP, Boyne
Thin skin doesn’t age well, whether it’s your eyelids or your vagina. The Oh! Shot, used alone or in conjunction with ThermiVa, heightens orgasmic response, boosts lubrication, stimulates firmer vaginal skin, and reduces stress incontinence. After PRF is harvested, topical numbing is applied and microfine needles are used to place the PRF just in the areas that matter the most. The Oh! Shot can be used alone or in conjunction with ThermiVa and discomfort is minimal. This long-lasting treatment may be repeated every 6-12 months. Sexual activity may be resumed immediately.
“Sex is better than ever - I actually have natural lubrication and my orgasms are dramatically improved. I would highly recommend this treatment for pretty much anyone.” HR, Petoskey
“Well, it doesn’t feel like sandpaper when I walk anymore. Even on hormone therapy, the area was constantly irritated – I don’t currently have a sexual partner but I feel like a new woman!” JS, Traverse City