A Closer Look
Dr. Jennifer Berman
Vaginal rejuvenation is a trendy buzzword at the moment as more and more women look to reverse the effects of time on every part of their body. Science and medicine have both come a long way, and the physical changes that used to be unavoidable to generations of the past are now highly treatable and correctible.
Sexual health is an important aspect of a woman’s life, no matter if you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s or beyond. A growing number of treatments and procedures are available to women who wish to improve the look, feel and function of the vagina and the surrounding structures. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, feminine rejuvenation is one of the most rapidly developing trends in plastic surgery.
Vaginal rejuvenation is an umbrella term that encompasses more than a few different medical procedures, including (but not limited to) surgery. Vaginal rejuvenation is often referred to as female genital cosmetic surgery, vulvovaginal plastic surgery, designer vaginal surgery, female genital rejuvenation surgery and more. These procedures can be done for cosmetic reasons or to solve issues related to aging, such as a lack of vaginal lubrication or stress urinary incontinence.
The names above all refer to a broad category of aesthetic and functional treatments for the vagina. Specific vaginal rejuvenation procedures include:
- Labia Majoraplasty
- Clitoral Hood Reduction
Surgery is sometimes the best option for women who want to achieve the most noticeable age-defying results. For many patients, however, the idea of surgery — particularly in such a sensitive area — can be daunting and undesirable. Modern feminine rejuvenation options now include minimally-invasive and nonsurgical treatments capable of addressing some of the most common issues related to women’s intimate wellness.
As a leading authority in women’s sexual health, I’m always searching for innovative ways to help my patients look and feel their best, inside and out. Contact 310-772-0072 to schedule your consultation at the Berman Women’s Wellness Center in Beverly Hills. I look forward to helping you explore your options for vaginal rejuvenation and facilitating a lasting, positive change in your life.
All these different names mentioned above refer to the same thing. Vaginal rejuvenation procedures include:
- Labia Majoraplasty
- Clitoral Hood Reduction
The Votiva System
The Radiofrequency Revolution
Energy-based treatments use the power of heat to remodel the tissues of the vulva and vagina. At the Berman Women’s Wellness Center, I perform feminine rejuvenation procedures with Votiva, a multi-functional system by InMode that treats a range of women’s health and wellness concerns with radiofrequency (RF) energy. RF energy generates a gentle heating effect when it is delivered beneath the skin. The heat safely stimulates tissue remodeling, collagen and elastin formation, and the growth of new blood vessels in the treated area. RF treatments can be done in a doctor’s office with minimal discomfort and little or no recovery time.
The Benefits of Vaginal Rejuvenation
The female body faces an immense number of changes over the course of a lifetime. Aging, childbirth, menopause and genetics can all negatively affect a woman’s ability to feel confident, be active and enjoy a fulfilling sex life. With Votiva, I help women overcome the physical and emotional impact of these changes. Votiva’s feminine rejuvenation treatments are designed to improve a wide range of symptoms related to internal and external vaginal health, including:
- Decrease in sexual interest and arousal
- Unsatisfying orgasms or difficulty reaching orgasm
- Loss of self-esteem in intimate situations
- Low blood flow and reduced sensitivity
- Pain during intercourse
- Vaginal dryness
- Laxity in the vaginal canal
- Loss of vaginal muscle tone, strength and control
- Discomfort caused by labial hypertrophy
- Elasticity or wrinkled appearance of the labia and vulva
- Stress urinary incontinence
Targeting these common physical symptoms with nonsurgical rejuvenating treatments can not only improve a woman’s sex life, but it can also improve her relationships, increase her self-confidence, reduce stress and give her a better quality of life. If you have lost your enjoyment in the bedroom or have been faced with an inability to take part in activities you once loved, I invite you to consider some of the diverse treatment options offered at Berman Women’s Wellness Center.
Nonsurgical Vaginal Rejuvenation With Votiva
Votiva is a complete system for improving women’s sexual function and feminine health. The Votiva platform combines two innovative treatments that target internal concerns related to the vaginal canal and external concerns regarding the appearance of the labia majora (outer lips), the labia minora (inner lips) and other areas of the vulva. Both treatments use radiofrequency energy to achieve results comfortably and with no downtime. Depending on the nature of your concerns, you can have both treatments together or just one. We will discuss what’s best for you during your consultation.
These are a few of the reasons I believe Votiva is a powerful tool for improving women’s lives:
- Quick and comfortable treatments
- Safe for use on all skin types
- No large incisions or visible scars
- No need for general anesthesia
- Technology ensures uniform treatment
- Low downtime with few activity restrictions
- Improvements continue for months after treatment
- Can be used in combination with other vaginal rejuvenation treatments
What Is FormaV?
FormaV is a noninvasive tightening treatment that rejuvenates the internal and external vaginal tissues. The ergonomic FormaV wand is carefully inserted into the vaginal canal and emits uniform radiofrequency energy into the surrounding tissues. When the RF energy reaches the deeper layers of tissue, it generates heat. This stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibers and improves blood circulation to enhance sexual experience, while improving muscle tone in the pelvic floor to address urinary incontinence. The wand can also be used externally on the inner and outer labia, around the clitoris and around the urethra for aesthetic improvements.
Who Is FormaV For?
FormaV is a safe and effective option for many women seeking nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation. Women who have given birth vaginally or who are experiencing menopause are ideal candidates for this treatment. Women who struggle with involuntary urinary leakage during exercise, coughing, sneezing, laughing or other activities may wish to consider treatment with FormaV to improve these symptoms. Women who are looking to improve sexual function and women who are interested in aesthetic enhancement of the vulva may also be interested in the benefits FormaV can offer. I customize each treatment according to the patient’s age, concerns and desired results.
How Are FormaV Treatments Performed?
FormaV treatments are performed in-office after a thorough consultation. The FormaV wand is gently passed through the vaginal canal while three electrodes at the tip of the wand emit radiofrequency energy. The wand is rotated to ensure all areas are treated evenly. While you may feel pressure or stretching during the treatment, most patients tolerate the sensations well. Treatment of the external tissues generates a mild warming feeling, similar to a heating pad. If you’re concerned about discomfort, we can start the treatment at a lower intensity and adjust as tolerated. Numbing cream is also an option we can discuss.
Is There Downtime After a FormaV Treatment?
Patients can expect little to no downtime after a FormaV treatment. Some women experience slight discomfort or sensitivity immediately after the treatment, while others notice no unusual sensations at all. Most patients can return to their daily activities as soon as they leave the Berman Women’s Wellness Center. It’s recommended to wait approximately one week before having vaginal intercourse to allow for optimal healing.
What Results Can I Expect With FormaV?
Results of a FormaV treatment can be felt and seen immediately, with continued results that develop over the following weeks. You may notice results after only one session. However, most patients require three treatments for the best and longest-lasting results. I determine the optimal number of sessions for a patient based on her treatment concerns, her goals and whether her vaginal rejuvenation plan involves a combination of modalities or a single treatment approach.
What Is Aviva?
Aviva is the second nonsurgical technology incorporated into the Votiva system. Using radiofrequency energy, Aviva restores the appearance of the vulva by delivering safe and uniform heat to the area’s soft tissues, including the labia minora, the labia majora, the clitoral hood, the vaginal opening and the perineal body. Aviva acts as a non-excisional alternative to a labiaplasty that can be done under local anesthesia in an office setting in less than 20 minutes. Potential labiaplasty patients who are intimidated by the idea of surgery or scars in such a sensitive area now have the option to choose this scarless, low-downtime treatment.
Who Is Aviva For?
Women who feel self-conscious about excess labia majora tissue or labia minora tissue, or excessive clitoral hooding, are potential candidates for Aviva. Women who experience physical discomfort from these concerns may also find relief with Aviva. Aviva is most effective for women with a mild to moderate amount of excess tissue. Women with very large labia may achieve better results with traditional surgical labiaplasty. To find out whether a scarless labiaplasty is right for you, please schedule a consultation to discuss what your concerns are and what you hope to accomplish with treatment.
How Are Aviva Treatments Performed?
Aviva scarless labiaplasty is performed in-office with the use of local anesthesia to ensure your comfort. The Aviva handpiece consists of a thin probe that travels underneath the skin and an electrode that rests on the surface of the skin. Radiofrequency energy is passed between the internal and external components of the handpiece to generate heat in the tissue. Although the minimally-invasive device makes a micro-incision in the skin, there is little discomfort during treatment and no visible scarring after the procedure. The labia majora and labia minora can be targeted in one treatment session.
Is There Downtime After an Aviva Treatment?
There is very little downtime associated with Aviva. Because the treatment is not surgery, there are no incisions to heal and there is little to no discomfort. Risks are also significantly lower compared to a surgical labiaplasty. You will be given a set of instructions to ensure you heal properly, including being asked to abstain from intercourse and tampon use for a recommended period following treatment.
What Results Can I Expect With Aviva?
You may notice the initial skin tightening effects of Aviva shortly after your treatment. Over the weeks that follow, the tissues will continue to tighten and the appearance of the treated areas will improve further. Three Aviva treatments are typically recommended for optimal results.
Experience The Dr. Berman Difference
I created the Berman Women’s Wellness Center because I believe women in Beverly Hills and beyond deserve a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art center devoted solely to their health and wellness. I approach all patients on an individual basis to determine the correct treatment approach for their needs and ensure every patient has the education she needs to make informed decisions about her care.
This starts with a thorough examination that explores your sexual history, your family history, your lifestyle habits, your physical condition and any other factors that could be affecting your urological or sexual health. Based on this initial consultation, I create a comprehensive vaginal rejuvenation plan that may incorporate multiple procedures to target your concerns from every angle. My practice offers the latest nonsurgical treatment options that can deliver life-changing results to improve your sexual health and self-confidence.
Every member of my staff shares my commitment to compassion and confidentiality. Your time with us will be comfortable and discreet, so you can spend less time feeling anxious about your procedure and more time looking forward to your results. We are committed to providing the most rewarding experience possible.
Schedule Your Vaginal Rejuvenation Consultation Today
Countless women face concerns every day about the function or appearance of their vagina, especially in regards to their sex life. If you are ready to take back control of your body and reverse the effects of time, schedule a comprehensive evaluation with me today at 310-772-0072. During your private consultation, we will develop a tailored treatment plan that can include either FormaV or Aviva, or both. I look forward to helping you enjoy the undeniable improvements you’ll achieve in your self-confidence and sexual health.