A REVOLUTIONARY new laser treatment is having a “game-changing” effect on women with vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence and mild prolapses.
The treatment, available from Southern Cosmetics, stimulates collagen production in the vagina and tightens the vaginal canal.
The result? Improved support to the bladder, greater sexual satisfaction and a better quality of life!
Dr Colin Sabau, our resident gynaecologist, said in the past, patients had to resort to surgery if pelvic floor exercises or hormone replacement therapy failed to relieve their symptoms, but finally there was a middle-ground option for women. “This is going to be huge,” he said. “For the women who identify this as an issue and who are going through the procedure, this is a game-changer. It’s not only about the lubrication, but also the elasticity of the vaginal canal.”
What does the gynaecological laser treat?
- Post-menopausal vaginal atrophy (dryness) and associated pain during sex
- Urinary incontinence
- Mild prolapse issues
Post-menopausal vaginal atrophy and relaxation
After menopause, the vaginal wall can thin due to a lack of estrogen. As a result, the vagina can become dry – a condition referred to as vaginal atrophy. Vaginal relaxation is laxity of the vaginal wall, commonly caused by overstretching during childbirth and ageing. Both conditions can impact negatively on a woman’s sex life. Until now, hormone therapy and surgery were the only options available to women with vaginal relaxation and atrophy.
Changes in the pelvic floor region associated with childbirth, obesity and ageing can cause a woman to involuntary lose urine, due to a weakening of the urethral closure mechanism. In the past, if Kegel exercises (muscular training) failed to improve symptoms, surgery (a urethral sling) was recommended. However, now there’s another option for women – one that does not require hospitalisation.
How does the gynaecological laser work?
The gynecological laser has a photo-thermal (heating) effect on collagen in both the vaginal walls and the urethra, which causes restructuring and regrowth of collagen. This results in thickening and tightening of the vaginal walls and urethra to improve atrophy and prevent urine loss.
How does it feel?
The treatment is safe, quick and easy. It’s minimally invasive and there is no downtime – you walk in and walk out. An attachment, similar to the speculum used during pap smears, is inserted into the vagina, and the vagina is treated with short laser pulses. Patients may feel a warm sensation and mild sensitivity after the treatment, but no pain killers or anaesthetic are required. Each treatment takes about 15 minutes. Patients are advised to avoid sexual intercourse, strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for two weeks.
What’s the process?
During your initial consultation, Dr Sabau will make an assessment about whether our gynaecological laser treatments are suitable for you. Three sessions are recommended – the second at six weeks, and the third at six months. After the second procedure, patients really start to notice a difference. The effects usually last up to two years, after which time Dr Sabau may recommend ongoing laser treatments once a year for maintenance.
How much does it cost?
The initial specialist consultation with Dr Sabau is $170, minus the Medicare rebate (roughly $95 out of pocket). This consultation usually takes at least 30 minutes, and includes an examination, plus an explanation about the issues you are experiencing and how the laser procedures might help. Whilst other service providers charge up to $1000 per treatment, Southern Cosmetics would like to make the treatment available to as wide a demographic of people as possible, which is why we have priced the treatments so competitively, at $600 each. We usually recommend a package of three treatments ($1800).
Real results, as verified by scientific case studies
Dr Sabau has treated approximately 50 Melbourne-based women so far, and is seeing amazing results. “What I find is there is a significant improvement in these patients’ lives,” he said. Please get in touch to arrange a consultation.
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