How Laser Therapy Works
During an office visit, a clinician can use either a CO₂ laser, most commonly used, or a YAG laser. The procedure does not require anaesthesia, is usually painless, and can be performed in about 2 minutes. Women typically receive three treatments 4 weeks apart and are advised to abstain from intercourse for 3 days after each treatment.
The laser process increases growth factors that contribute to the restoration of vaginal health. Increased collagen offers better mechanical support, increased glycogen content and delivery leads to an increase in Lactobacillus activity (the healthy bacteria of the vagina), which leads to better mucosal hydration and moisture. And the epithelial tissue of the vaginal mucosa thickens considerably, to pre-menopausal levels.
“The increased permeability of the re hydrated extracellular matrix facilitates the diffusion of nutrients, mineral salts, ions, vitamins, antibodies, and hormones from the blood vessels to the tissue of the vaginal wall,” Sokol reported.
What the studies conclude
Several recent studies have supported the therapeutic value, safety, and effectiveness of lasers for vaginal pain and dryness. In one such study 92% of the women reported being satisfied or very satisfied with the procedure, and none of the women reported being dissatisfied. And more studies are on the way.
Sokol reported that, so far, he has seen no serious adverse events in his patients or in the trials he is involved with. However, the trials to date have been small and adverse events will eventually emerge, he acknowledged.
Common adverse events with CO₂ lasers are minor and typically include a little bit of vaginal bleeding, a little discomfort, particularly after an outside treatment, and a little discharge or a minor amount of spotting.
The results are in
Results have been even more promising for mild stress urinary incontinence (SUI). These women reported leaking urine on exertion such as coughing, running or jumping. Over one third of women in their middle-aged years suffer from SUI without seeking medical assistance. The impression seems to be that this is a normal occurrence and that there are no solutions to this problem. Laser vaginal treatment has been proved to show results from the first session, but is most promising with three consecutive treatments.
Dr Leneque Lindeque of Ballito will soon be offering laser treatments for Stress urinary incontinence, vaginal dryness and vaginal tightening along with treatments for bleaching, tightening and cosmetic labiaplasty.
Contact her today on 032-586-1203 or email FemRegenX for more information.