Vaginal Atrophy refers to the thinning of the vaginal wall that often occurs after menopause due to a lack of estrogen. It is associated with dryness, irritation and painful sexual intercourse. Until now, hormone replacement therapy was the only solution; however this treatment option can cause increased risk of other major conditions.
Learn about our laser treatment for vaginal atrophy below or book your complementary consultation.
RenovaLase® is a non-invasive Er:YAG laser therapy for the treatment of Vaginal Atrophy. This non-ablative therapy uses mild and controlled thermal energy to stimulate the formation of new blood vessels and collagen regeneration resulting in increased thickness and vascularization of the vaginal mucosa. This procedure will also reduce symptoms of dryness, itching, irritation and painful sexual intercourse.
RenovaLase® is performed using Fotona’s 2940nm non-invasive laser with proprietary ‘Smooth-mode’ technology. A device similar to a speculum is inserted into the vagina to allow short laser pulses to thermally affect the targeted area, eliminating the need for long-term estrogen administration.
A consultation is necessary to determine suitability for treatment and Dr. Tonia Winchester, ND has partnered with Nanaimo Medi Spa to complete a medical intake and assist with any test or exam that may be required.
Two treatments are administered, one month apart. Each treatment is 20 minutes long and you can leave immediately after, with no down-time to your daily routine. There may be some mild sensitivity after the procedure and a transparent discharge for 2 to 3 days afterwards. Sexual intercourse is not recommended for one week after the procedure.
I’m especially thrilled with the positive results we’ve had when treating vaginal atrophy. The use of the FotonaSmooth® laser in this very common pathology has set a new standard of treatment for my practice. We are able to move away from long-term hormone replacement therapies that have received negative media attention and created concern in our patients, and toward laser light treatments that have the patient symptom-free for many months with no adverse complications.
– Adrian Gaspar, MD,
Mendoza University, Argentina
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