Sciton Aesthetic & Medical Lasers has created a unique technology that was first available in the Halo™, a device used for facial rejuvenation. The laser utilizes Hybrid Laser Technology, where a combination of wavelengths treats various layers of skin during a single session, effectively improving a number of conditions with little downtime. The original Hybrid Fractional Laser (HFL) now shares its innovative technology with a new device used in feminine therapy: the diVa®. Dr. Rucker of the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Eau Claire, Wisconsin is now offering non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation through the use of the diVa® laser.
What is Non-Surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Previous rejuvenating procedures required surgery, but the evolution of laser technology has created powerful light therapy that can provide comparable results to the anterior of the vagina. The energy emitted from the diVa® does not temporarily tighten the vaginal walls, but actually remodels the tissue by prompting the formation of new collagen and elastin. Essentially, the laser causes the skin to restructure itself into a healthier, more uniform tissue, which benefits vaginal health and comfort.
Why do Women Seek Rejuvenation with diVa®?
A healthy vaginal canal is moist, thick, elastic, and tight as a structure, while atrophy, or degeneration of the vagina, can cause the canal to become dry, thin, and susceptible to damage. The extent at which the vaginal lining stretches can negatively impact the function of the tissue. While vaginal rejuvenation is often classified as cosmetic repair, it does treat medical issues that women experience after childbirth, menopause, hysterectomy, or certain cancer treatments (chemotherapy medications change a woman’s hormone levels and simulate the effects of menopause). These conditions or subsequent treatments can cause a loss in the hormone estrogen, which thins the vaginal walls. As a result, the vagina may experience laxity and dryness, which can cause physical and emotional discomfort during sexual intimacy. Urinary leakage while exercising, or even regular body functions like laughing and coughing that occur alongside vaginal issues, can be dramatically improved or reversed through this treatment.
While topical estrogen cream is a suitable treatment for some women, this is not an option for cancer patients who experience vaginal discomfort. Additionally, estrogen cream requires maintenance while the diVa® laser treatment offers continual improvement without the regular use of messy prescription creams.
How diVa® is Performed
When the patient arrives to the Eau Claire Plastic Surgery Clinic of Eau Claire, she will be setup in a private treatment room. Depending on the patient’s age and sexual history, she may be required to take a pregnancy test to ensure a safe procedure. The woman will disrobe and be prepped with a topical local anesthetic ointment. The pre-treatment anesthesia remains inside the patient’s vagina for approximately 20 minutes and is then removed. At this time, the treatment will begin.
The wavelengths on the laser are adjusted to cater to each patient’s unique needs. Then, the ergonomic diVa® hand piece, fitted with a sanitary single-use dilator, is inserted into the vagina to deliver laser technology to the area. The laser is operated by a foot pedal to distribute a uniform amount of energy to the vaginal canal. The hand piece is rotated within the dilator, targeting 360 degrees of the vaginal walls. Different passes of the device can treat specific issues of the vagina. A first rotation may target the anterior wall, tightening the skin around the urethra to treat issues of incontinence, while a second rotation may treat the vaginal canal to improve laxity and lubrication. While the first session can produce noticeable results, the diVa® treatment is divided into three sessions. Through HFL science, patients experience two simultaneous therapies: top layer skin resurfacing and heating of the lower collagen-containing tissues.
The procedure takes anywhere from 5-10 minutes to perform, and results in very little discomfort. Women report feeling pressure associated with the insertion or rotation of the diVa® laser, or very low-level pain. There is no downtime, and patients are typically cleared for more strenuous activities in the next day or two, and sex about three days after the laser session.
The Benefits of diVa®
After just three relatively painless office visits, women can enjoy more regular urinary functions and improved vaginal health. Over time, enhanced cell turnover of the vaginal canal will create healthier tissue that women experienced as their younger, more vital selves. The dryness and discomfort of everyday life is effectively improved. There is no recuperation period or associated medications. Essentially, the laser manipulates the natural healing properties of the skin, producing micro-injuries that the body’s own repair system rushes to reconstruct.
Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation with diVa® is a progressive therapy, and women typically notice improvements following each session. Three sessions offers the maximal amount of area improvement. In a recent diVa® clinical study, women reported:
- Minimal to little discomfort
- No adverse events
- 92% reported expectations were met
Sciton’s diVa® laser therapy can be paired with other procedures to address all the areas of a woman’s body that she is dissatisfied with. The mommy makeover includes abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and often a combination of breast augmentation (implants), mastopexy (breast lift), or reduction mammoplasty (breast reduction). When combined with non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation, each area of postpartum change can be cosmetically improved. In women who are concerned with changes to their face and body associated with aging, laser skin resurfacing or BOTOX® and DYSPORT® Cosmetic injections of the face can treat the cosmetic effects of time without plastic surgery.
Candidates for diVa® Non-Surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation
Women who experience leaky bladders, vaginal laxity and dryness, and a lack of confidence due to their changed anatomy may be candidates for non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation. These issues are caused by childbirth or hormonal changes brought on by menopause, a hysterectomy, or chemotherapy from area cancers. Patients should be healthy women who are not currently pregnant and do not plan to become pregnant during the course of their treatment. Mothers seeking this corrective procedure should be done having children. Cancer patients should be medically cleared for vaginal tightening in order to undergo diVa® laser therapy. Dr. Rucker will determine candidacy for the procedure during the initial in-office visit after reviewing the woman’s medical history and performing an examination of her vagina and vaginal canal.
FAQs about diVa®
Generally, the treatment time is between 3-5 minutes. While the laser operates quickly and efficiently, there are other steps in the procedure that will require more time, such as patient preparation, including the topical local anesthetic that will remain in place for approximately 20 minutes.
Women who are experiencing challenges of their changing bodies and have concerns of their vaginal health.
The treatments series consists of three visits to Plastic Surgery Clinic of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where laser vaginal rejuvenation is performed every 4-6 weeks. Dr. Rucker typically recommends patients schedule a yearly visit for a checkup and maintenance.
The numbing cream helps women to feel comfortable during the treatment, but they may feel some pressure, mild discomfort, and sensitivity around the opening of the vagina. The side effects disappear in the following days. After the procedure, some women notice some discharge, light spotting, and may feel a little discomfort. Sexual intercourse or vaginal insertion (tampons, menstrual cups, douching) must wait 48 hours or longer post-procedure.
The laser treatment will be administered by Dr. Rucker or his Registered Nurse, who has experience in the operating room (OR) and post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). Both are skilled treatment providers and our Registered Nurse as part of the care team offers patients the option of a female performing their laser treatment.
Dr. Joseph Rucker of Plastic Surgery Clinic of Eau Claire, WI
Dr. Joseph Rucker completed his medical school training at Michigan State University and has been in private practice in west central Wisconsin in the Eau Claire area since 1984. He has performed over 10,000 reconstructive and cosmetic surgery procedures and sees patients in Eau Claire, WI. Dr. Rucker is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and serves as the physician provider at Enza Medispa in Eau Claire.