Vaginal health is an important part of your overall well-being, but it can be difficult to discuss due to the sensitivity and private nature of the topic. In recent years, major strides have been made in vaginal health technologies, such as the FemTouch™ system. FemTouch™ offers women solutions to a wide range of vaginal issues including vaginal dryness, vaginal laxity, and stress urinary incontinence.
What is FemTouch™?
FemTouch™ is a non-surgical treatment for vaginal health that applies the innovative powers of CO2 fractional lasers for addressing issues such as vaginal dryness, vaginitis, or vulvovaginal atrophy. FemTouch™ uses the remodeling capacities of the fractional CO2 laser, which is a non-invasive laser, to improve vaginal health. While CO2 technology is not new, it’s use in this arena is.
How FemTouch™ Works
Studies have shown that many negative symptoms such as itching, irritation, dryness, and incontinence are correlated with vaginal lubrication. FemTouch™’s CO2 laser system operates by using light energy to trigger healing reactions in the skin. CO2 lasers are calibrated to be absorbed by water in skin tissue and have been used for skin resurfacing for decades. When the laser energy is absorbed, the water in the tissues quickly reaches a boiling point, which evaporates older tissues. Some of the heat that is absorbed invigorates deeper skin layers and triggers a coagulation reaction and homeostasis. The heating energy of the CO2 laser signals your body’s natural healing and growth processes to restore and replace the internal lining and mucosal tissues. This restores functionality and regrowth of the vaginal canal.
FemTouch™ vs. Labiaplasty
While FemTouch™ is a non-surgical procedure that requires minimal downtime and provides satisfying results, some patients may also benefit from surgery.
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that addresses the outward appearance of the labia minora, which are the inner lips of the vagina. Labiaplasty reduces the size and shape of a labia minora if it is too large or stretched. For some women who have experienced irritation or physical discomfort in this area, labiaplasty may be more appropriate.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for FemTouch™?
Candidates for the Lumenis FemTouch are women in overall good health who are experiencing symptoms such as vaginal dryness, vulvovaginal atrophy, incontinence, or irritation during intercourse.
During your consultation, Dr. Bajaj will perform a brief history and examination to determine if you are a good candidate. You will also need to provide a copy of your most recent pap smear within the past two years.
FemTouch™ Treatment Procedure
FemTouch™ treatment may differ depending on specific symptoms and needs. A sterile, applicator is inserted into the vaginal canal. The fractional CO2 laser targets the inner tissues in a 360-degree pattern. The applicator is moved gently to ensure that each section of the canal is treated. Some patients report a gentle, warm sensation during the procedure. The process can be completed in as little as ten minutes.
Recovery and Results
You can return to your routine daily activities as soon as the procedure is complete. It’s advised that you avoid sexual activity for at least 72 hours. For best results, patients should undergo about three treatment sessions spaced more than a month apart. Improvements to the vaginal canal may be noticeable after one session, but best results are seen after the second or third.
After treatment, patients have reported an improved sexual experience and a high degree of satisfaction. Women with symptoms such as dryness, irritation, vaginal atrophy, and other common post-menopausal issues often find relief, although results vary.
Pricing of Lumenis FemTouch™ treatment varies for each specific case and number of sessions needed. Schedule a consultation to determine if FemTouch™ is right for you.