diVa Vaginal Laser Treatment:
Just the FAQs
If you’ve ever heard of vaginal rejuvenation, you may have some questions about what exactly it is, why it’s done, and what happens during an actual procedure. The very idea can be a strange thing to consider for many women, but if you’re suffering from a lack of intimacy or experiencing less than optimal vaginal health, it may actually be precisely what you’ve been looking for.
diVa® Vaginal Rejuvenation
By Dr. Michael Coyle, D.O.
Hello, everybody. It's Doctor Coyle coming to you live from the Coyle Institute. And today I want to talk about lasers. Actually, I do want to talk a little bit about lasers, I want to talk about the diVa vaginal laser. And I know there's a lot of buzz stuff going about the vaginal rejuvenation and vaginal lasers and stuff. Well, let's break it down, okay?
First off, let me tell you why I decided to get into lasers in the first place or at least have this to offer for my patients. As a urogynecologist, all day, every day I'm dealing with women that suffer from things that are happening to the vagina or the pelvic region, specifically atrophic vaginitis or painful intercourse.
All we have ever had to help these women out is hormones. Well, unfortunately, a lot of women either can't take hormones or they have been on hormones for years and they just don't work. And so as a urogynecologist, I'm thinking to myself, "All right, well, I need to have something that I can offer these patients." Because, like I said, the hormones, unfortunately, a lot of times don't work.
So I started looking into lasers when they first came out. We've been using lasers to treat skin for over 20 years. And so, doing more research we found out that in 2014 we started offering lasers inside of the vagina. I looked at those lasers and I wasn't quite sold yet. And then 2 years ago the Sciton system came out with the diVa. Once I saw this I was like, "Yes, that makes sense."
So let's break this down and take away a lit bit of the scariness of lasers for a second. So this is the diVa hand piece. The diVa laser is actually two lasers firing at one time. Lasers are not to destroy or to blow things up, all right? What this is doing is creating very small wounds or penetration spots into the skin and then the skin then heals those areas. And so you heal new collagen, new blood vessels, new nerve endings, and specifically inside of the vagina you're also creating new epithelium. Epithelium is where you get all your moisture from. And so a lot of these ladies that are struggling with the inability to have intercourse, it's because of vaginal dryness. And so by using a laser like this, we're able to recreate that tissue, regenerate it and get it back to being a much more youthful healthy tissue.
How this works? Like I said, it fires two lasers at the same time. This actually is the hand piece, the probe that goes inside the vagina. One of the beauties of this versus some of the other lasers that are out there is it actually comes with a vaginal probe or vaginal dilator. So instead of the laser actually itself going inside the vagina, this goes over top, it's going to have a little noise here, and now this goes inside the vagina. So that way no part of the laser head actually touches vaginal skin, which is very, very beneficial.
Second is that the piece actually dilates the skin or flattens up the skin and gives us more surface area. The diVa also is the first automated laser. So what that means is it actually would rotate itself and back itself out. So during the procedure we basically place the laser inside, push the pedal and the laser will rotate 360 degrees and back itself out. Some of the other lasers you actually have to manually turn those. And so as you can tell, it may not be giving you the same efficiency or effectiveness inside the laser. And also by having the two lasers firing at once, one laser goes deeper into the tissue and the other laser goes more superficial. So we're actually treating both layers of the vagina that we need to treat.
The procedure is very simple, you come to the office, you can actually drive yourself here, drive yourself back home. We put in a numbing cream inside of the vagina that sits there for about 10 to 15 minutes. After that, the actual procedure itself only takes about 10 minutes. One of the beauties of having this done by a urogynecologist is the fact that we actually have things that we're trying to correct, like urinary incontinence or mild pelvic prolapse, mild anterior vaginal prolapse like a systocy or a mild rectocele. Obviously, we're also trying to improve painful intercourse and things like that. We've also been very successful in treating scar tissue inside of the vagina, for example, like from in the episiotomy.
So instead of just having, you know, one pass where the laser goes in and comes out, we do more of a focus pass where we're actually trying to focus on exactly why you're here in the first place, okay? So after about 10 minutes the procedure is done. You then are able to drive yourself back home. It is a series of three treatments done one month apart. Very well tolerated, no down time. So, if you're interested, give us a call.
Who should consider diVa as a treatment option?
For women who have been through childbirth or menopause; have breastfed or undergone chemotherapy; or had a hysterectomy, diVa laser vaginal therapy can greatly benefit their vaginal health by resurfacing the tissue layers of the vaginal walls. Aging and the events of time, coupled with the stretching and trauma that each of these events can cause to the vaginal tissue, results in thinning and lack of elasticity, which can bear greatly on the quality of intimacy and cause them to feel a lack of self-confidence.
Does a diVa procedure take long?
The diVa is specifically designed to be efficient and provide quick results, requiring only three to five minutes for each treatment session.
How many treatments are necessary to be fully effective?
Depending on the specific needs of the woman, the number of treatments recommended by a specialist such as a urogynecologist or OB/GYN will vary, though the number is generally between one and three treatments. These treatments will take place at intervals between four and six weeks apart, to be followed by one additional treatment every twelve months to maintain efficacy.
Is the procedure a painful one?
The actual diVa device is ergonomically shaped in order to reduce discomfort and minimize any pain that a woman might feel during treatment. No anesthesia is necessary, though the attending physician may use topical anesthetics to numb the area being treated.
Will I feel anything during treatment?
During the procedure, it’s not uncommon to experience some slight pressure against the vaginal wall; and some women may notice an increase in sensitivity to the opening of the vagina. Overall, however, the diVa treatment sessions cause only minimal discomfort.
Will I have to be admitted to the hospital for treatment?
The diVa treatments require no admittance to the hospital and will be done during a short, in-office procedure.
Should I expect any downtime post-treatment?
There is no requirement for downtime or recovery before fully returning to daily activity, though some women might experience slight discharge, spotting, or discomfort afterward. Due to the nature of the procedure, however, sexual intercourse should be avoided for 48 hours before being resumed.
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