RejuVAnate: Feminine Rejuvenation

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This treatment is appropriate for vaginal and vulvar symptoms due to a history of childbirth, breastfeeding, hysterectomies, cancer treatments and/or menopause. RejuVAnate can also be used to improve both vaginal sensation and external appearance.

Energy-based devices, such as our CO2 laser, are widely used for their tissue remodeling properties by inducing the production of new collagen, elastin and increased blood flow. The application in the vaginal canal for feminine rejuvenation represents an expansion of their therapeutic uses. This has become an increasingly popular alternative to treatments like estrogen creams, hormone replacement therapy and even surgery for the following concerns:

  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal atrophy or dryness
  • Dyspareunia (pain or discomfort during sex)
  • Decreased vaginal sensation
  • General dissatisfaction with the area’s appearance

How does it work?

RejuVAnate treatments use laser energy to produce small columns of microscopic damage in the soft tissue of vaginal and/or vulvar walls. The healing response, in turn, stimulates collagen and thickens vaginal skin to increase lubrication and elasticity. The vaginal mucosa becomes more nourished and hydrated while the vaginal walls become thicker, more toned and elastic. Healthier vaginal tissues at the urethral opening may reduce problems with incontinence and improve sexual function.

Studies (Fillippini et al.) show that this quick treatment (ranging from 10-30 minutes) can reduce vaginal dryness by up to 60%, vaginal burning by 56%, dyspareunia up to 49%, itching up to 56% and soreness by 73%. There is very high patient satisfaction with this treatment. The majority of partners also notice a difference after the procedure as well.

What to expect

The entire procedure takes approximately 10-20 mins. A topical numbing cream may be applied for the external treatment. A specific laser handpiece is inserted and laser energy is directed to the vaginal wall gently and painlessly. Typically no anesthetic is required with the internal treatment.

Each laser treatment triggers a tissue regeneration process lasting many weeks. Significant improvements can be noticed even after just the first treatment, and will improve over time. For maximal results, a series of 3 treatments may be recommended in 4-6 week intervals.

There is very minimal downtime. Sexual intercourse can be resumed after 3 days (7 for external treatments). Results can last approximately 1 year. A booster treatment may be recommended to maintain the benefits.

The following are contraindications for RejuVAnate treatments:

  • Pregnancy
  • Have injury or active infection in the treated area
  • Have undiagnosed vaginal bleeding
  • Had a MESH or Sling procedure
  • Have an abnormal PAP smear that is not treated

Coming in for treatment or have more questions? See Pre- and Post Treatment information.