What is Thermiva?

ThermiVa® is a non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation treatment used to treat vaginal laxity, increase sensation and sexual satisfaction it can also help with stress and urinary incontinence. ThermiVa offers a solution to many of the gynaecology problems associated with childbirth or ageing.

Treatment is fast, painless and involves minimal downtime – all of which means you can expect great results without having to resort to more invasive measures, like surgery. No anaesthesia is required and the procedure simply involves the use of a small heated wand which is inserted and moved gradually over the specific tissues.

An initial consultation is required and a course of 3 ThermiVa® treatments. A typical treatment will last around half an hour. Three treatments are recommended; however, many patients will experience a notable difference after one session.

Watch this short video for an overview of the procedure (no sound)

Treatment Summary

ThermiVa is a new non-surgical treatment that rejuvenates the vagina and vulva without plastic surgery.

Used to treat:

  • Vaginal laxity
  • Stress and urinary Incontinence (improves bladder control)
  • Vaginal rejuvenation
  • Improves sexual function

ThermiVa Q & A

1.How does ThermiVa work?

ThermiVa works by delivering radio frequency to both the internal vaginal canal and the external labia. The tissue is heated to specific temperatures, encouraging the growth of new collagen, increased blood flow and improved nerve supply. ThermiVa is FDA approved for skin tightening, however patients also report improvement to vaginal laxity and improvement in symptoms of stress and urinary incontinence.

2.How long is the treatment?

The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and requires no downtime. The typical protocol for ThermiVa treatments is three treatments, spaced four weeks apart. Many women see improvement in vaginal laxity after the first treatment, but  optimal results will be observed three months after the third treatment.

3.How long do ThermiVa results last?

The need to re-treat will be based on individual needs and expectations. In addition, both genetic and environmental factors such as smoking, weight gain/obesity and hormones will affect ageing of the vaginal tissue. The majority of women will need one treatment per year as maintenance.

4.What’s the difference between ThermiVa and lasers?

ThermiVa uses RF, or radiofrequency, whereas other machines use a CO2 laser. Both cause rejuvenation effects to the vaginal area. The difference is that ThermiVa can also be used on the labia and clitoral area, and is not painful.

5.Can ThermiVa help vaginal laxity  and sagging?

The answer to your question really depends on your clinical examination. The important part of the examination is to determine if there is any sagging or loss of support of the pelvic organs (the bladder, uterus, and rectum). If there is a mild degree of loss of support or vaginal laxity, then ThermiVa has been shown to help offer relief and improve vaginal laxity(looseness).

ThermiVa Post-Treatment Instructions

What to expect:

  • If treated externally, skin may be slightly pink to red, swollen and warm to the touch
  • Possibility of mild cramping, which should resolve in 24 hours after the treatment
  • Light spotting may occur immediately post procedure


  • Resume normal physical and sexual activity, unless otherwise directed by your provider
  • No restrictions on showering
  • No restrictions on bathing, swimming or hot tubs (Exception: if spotting or mild bleeding wait one day)

Call your Doctor if:

  • You have bleeding which lasts longer than 24 hours
  • Pain uncontrolled by over the counter medication
  • Cramping lasting longer than 24 hours
  • Fever >101 degrees

Follow up appointment:

  • One month after each treatment

 Doctor profiles


The ThermiVa treatment is carried out by Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Professor Jim Dornan at the Cosmetech, Chelsea and Holywood Clinics.

Professor Jim Dornan has delivered over 6,000 babies and was known for decades in Northern Ireland as ‘the baby doctor’ and remains very well regarded by his patients for his care and attention through pregnancy and childbirth. He is now offering ThermiVa.

Professor Dornan explains vaginal laxity and how ThermiVa can help:

“Vaginal laxity is a natural and frequently experienced consequence of pregnancy and ageing.

Radio Frequency (ThermiVA), “the science of heat”, can help restore the tone to the pelvic zones in three easy comfortable steps, a month apart.

ThermiVA not only helps you rediscover your younger self, but can also address many urinary issues that so often develop during life’s journey.

Treatments can be for maintenance, starting annual top ups from six months after childbirth, to rejuvenation courses for those already with laxity issues.

Each treatment involves gentle radio frequency application to the affected zones for a period of 20/30 minutes by a trained Healthcare provider, and anaesthesia is not indicated, ever.”

His special interests also include: Menstrual disorders and contraception, pre-menstrual and menopausal problems, psycho-sexual issues (libido/pain/consummation), general gynaecological surgery including prolapse, incontinence, hysterectomy and aesthetic vaginal surgery.


Patrick Campbell

ThermiVa treatment is also carried out by Dr Patrick Campbell, a Consultant gynaecologist and subspecialist urogynaecologist at the Belfast Trust. Patrick trained in Northern Ireland for 8 years followed by a 2 year urogynaecology training fellowship in Sheffield. His NHS practice is dedicated to treating women with pelvic floor disorders including urinary incontinence and prolapse.

Patrick has extensive research experience in urogynaecology and recently completed a study investigating vaginal laxity in over 2500 women. Patrick is qualified to offer a comprehensive range of surgical treatment options for urinary incontinence and prolapse and is now offering ThermiVa, a non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation procedure, at the Cosmetech Maypole clinic.

To book a consultation with Prof Dornan or Dr Campbell at Cosmetech please call 020 7565 0333 for Chelsea Private Clinic, London or 0289 042 3200 for Maypole Clinic, Holywood.

Patient Testimonials

“The most obvious improvement after my first treatment was that for the first time in decades I have been able to sleep through the night without getting up to use the bathroom at 3am or 4am.”

“After having my second baby last year, my pelvic floor muscles were just not the same as they were. I was nervous about going to the gym. Even a short run was something I had to ‘come prepared for’. But since I’ve had my ThermiVa® treatments I can do my circuit training and squats again, without any worries, or surgery.”

Case Study


A brighter forecast for women of a certain age…

Diane Harron Eakin

Diane Eakin talks about a revolutionary new treatment for woman which is now available in Northern Ireland and London with Cosmetech part of the 3fivetwo Group.

ThermiVa information leaflet

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ThermiVa in the Media

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ThermiVa Consent Forms

ThermiVa – Consent Form 1

ThermiVA Consent Form 2

Treatment available at

Maypole Clinic

Chelsea Private Clinic