Solving an Intimate Problem for New York-Area Women
Over time, a woman may find that her vaginal health is not what it used to be, leading her to consider vaginal rejuvenation. At the New York offices of Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh, the team offers help for women with a range of vaginal problems, including dryness, lack of sensation during intercourse, and discomfort or pain.
By resurfacing the vaginal canal and prompting new collagen growth with a diVa® laser device, Dr. Alizadeh can help restore the tight tissues and moisture of a young, healthy vagina—all without the need for surgery.
Many natural conditions can lead to vaginal laxity and dryness, collectively known as atrophy. The two primary causes are childbirth and menopause. Other women–including cancer survivors who have undergone chemotherapy and athletes (in particular, weightlifters)–may also experience symptoms of vaginal laxity and atrophy. This atrophy can create several issues, including dyspareunia (uncomfortable or painful intercourse), urinary incontinence or urine leakage, genital itching, burning, and light bleeding after intercourse.
Childbirth can cause dramatic physical changes to the vaginal area, and while a woman's body is more than capable of repairing itself, significant trauma can alter the tissues there so that they do not return to their original state. Over years, as estrogen levels drop, laxity can lead to diminished sensation during sexual intercourse, as well as stress incontinence, as the pelvic floor is unable to properly support the bladder. Additionally, athletes who spend years straining or bearing down on their pelvic floor during exercise may experience urinary leakage at an early age due to weakening of the muscles of the pelvic floor and urethral support structures.
Menopause, officially diagnosed when a woman goes a full year without having her period, marks a drop-off in estrogen levels, which can also diminish vaginal health. As tissues thin and produce less lubrication, intercourse can become uncomfortable or painful, leading to a loss of libido.
Breast cancer survivors who have undergone chemotherapy are often unable to take exogenous or supplemental hormones, such as estrogen, and may also experience increased vaginal dryness and dyspareunia after their cancer treatments.
The diVa® device emits a carefully focused laser that resurfaces the vaginal lining, remodels existing collagen, and prompts new collagen growth over time. Fresh collagen strengthens and thickens weak and thin tissues, as well as encourages increased moisture.
The treatment itself lasts only three to five minutes, during which the entire length of the vaginal canal can be resurfaced. Every woman is different, so the number of treatments needed to achieve ideal results varies. Generally, patients can expect one to three treatments spaced four weeks apart. To maintain their vaginal rejuvenation results, a single treatment can be employed every six to 12 months.
During the treatment session, women will feel slight pressure for a few minutes against their vaginal wall while the device is inserted. No anesthetic is necessary, but anyone concerned about the sensation can discuss comfort options prior to the session.
Since this is a nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatment, there is no need for recovery afterward, though patients should refrain from sexual intercourse for 48 hours after their session. In that time, there may be minimal discharge, spotting, or slight discomfort.
Dr. Alizadeh also offers labiaplasty, which is labia reduction surgery for women who want to change the size and shape of their labia for cosmetic reasons or matters of physical comfort. Age and pregnancies can cause labia to lengthen, lose volume, and grow asymmetrical over time.