The aging process can take its toll on the body in many ways, including a few you might not think about. Even your most intimate areas can feel the effects of aging, with changes to the vagina that can affect the appearance as well as your personal comfort. Vaginal rejuvenation has become a popular procedure for just that reason, giving women a new lease on their personal lives and their confidence level.
What is Vaginal Atrophy?
Vaginal atrophy is the underlying culprit of the changes you might see to the vagina as you reach your 50s and beyond. As the female body ages, estrogen levels drop, leading to thinning of the vaginal walls, dryness, and general discomfort. The problem can make for painful intercourse and an irritated, itchy vagina. Mild incontinence can accompany vaginal atrophy, adding embarrassment and avoidance of some social situations to the mix.
While vaginal atrophy is a natural part of the aging process, it is not an enjoyable part for most women. As many as 50 percent of all women may experience at least a few of the symptoms of vaginal atrophy just before and after menopause. The majority of these women report that the problem has negatively affected their quality of life in some way.
There are a number of factors that could increase your risk for developing vaginal atrophy:
- Age, as vaginal atrophy is more common among menopausal women
- Prolonged use of oral contraceptives
- No history of sexual activity or vaginal births
- Women who experienced traumatic vaginal birth and significant tearing
- Smoking, which affects the health of tissue throughout your body
As many as 60 percent of breast cancer patients may also experience vaginal atrophy, which compounds the difficulties already faced by the cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Reversing Vaginal Atrophy
Today, there are effective methods of reversing many of the symptoms of vaginal atrophy by restoring elasticity and firmness to the vagina. At Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics, we are now offering the revolutionary Mona Lisa Touch for this purpose. The non-surgical procedure uses fractional laser energy to stimulate collagen and elastin production within the vaginal walls to turn back the clock on your genital area.
During the procedure, a small device is placed into the vagina to emit the laser energy directly into the vaginal tissue. The energy is delivered in small pulses that create micro-injuries in the vaginal wall, stimulating the body’s own healing process and the production of collagen and elastin.
The MonaLisa Touch procedure is virtually painless and only takes a few minutes to complete in our office. You will need a series of treatment sessions to achieve full results, but you will have noticeable improvement even after your first procedure. Once you achieve full results, a touch-up treatment every year or two should be sufficient for maintaining your positive outcome.
In addition to restoring the youthful condition of the vagina, the Mona Lisa Touch reduces many of the symptoms associated with vaginal atrophy, including dryness, discomfort, and incontinence. The procedure involves minimal risk, no discomfort or downtime and results can be long-lasting.
Don’t suffer the uncomfortable symptoms of vaginal atrophy any longer. Contact Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics today at 858-943-2443 or 760-472-5088 to find out if the Mona Lisa Touch is the right treatment for you.