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Wellbeing at Cosmetech

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“Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of year.” – Franklin P. Adams

At Cosmetech we take a Consultant Surgeon led approach to Health and Wellbeing. At The Maypole Clinic, in Holywood, where the focus is on non-surgical age management and Womens Health.

We have assembled a strong team of Doctors, Colon Hydrotherapists, Lymphatic Drainage Massage Therapists, Nutritionists  and Health care professionals who understand the demands and pressures of everyday life, and offer a synergistic approach to meet your health goals.

We can help with:

  • Elimination of waste and toxins
  • Bloating and fluid retention
  • IBS symptoms
  • Liver Cleanse and Detox
  • Parasites
  • Gut microbiome
  • Weight management
  • Nutrition and food intolerances
  • Tiredness and fatigue


Bespoke Wellbeing Package

After an initial health assessment and lifestyle consultation our practice team will create a Bespoke Wellbeing Package for the client. They will recommend appropriate treatments and offer specialist advice on gut microbiome and probiotic supplements to help re-establish gut gut bacteria.

Out range of treatments include:

Colonic Hydrotherapy – this is one of our most popular treatments which gently cleanses the colon to eliminate waste bacteria and toxins to re-establish the colon with good gut bacteria.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage – is a  form of  detox massage that helps to stimulate the lymphatic system and encourage the flow of lymph fluid. The gentle massage movements stimulate and increase the rate of  removal of waste products, toxins and excess fluid from the body helping to  boost the immune system.

Liver Cleanse Programme – to flush out trapped toxins and cholesterol to boost your digestive health and improve the immune system.

Treatment of Leaky Gut – also known as increased intestinal permeability, is a digestive condition in which bacteria and toxins are able to ” leak ” through the intestinal wall which can stress the immune system causing inflammation having a negative effect on health.

Gut Microbiome Testing – Everyone’s Gut Microbiome is different and the importance of the Microbiome has  been linked to mood , depression and weightloss.  Recent studies show that gut microbiome plays an important role in obesity and changes in the gut microbiome have a significant impact on metabolic function and weightloss.

Weight Loss and Nutrition advice – Our consultative process includes an initial 75-minute consultation. During this we gain a clear understanding of the challenges you face and construct realistic, individually tailored programmes which can deliver immediate benefits and longer lasting, sustainable improvements.


Other treatments available include:


All  treatments start with a initial health assessment and lifestyle consultation so that we can create a bespoke wellbeing programme.

Our  Mini Detox Programme starts with Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage followed by Colon Hydrotherapy Treatment. Our clients receive Gut Microbiome advice and leave with specialist Probiotic Supplements to help reestablish the good gut bacteria.

Coming soon:  We are launching a Medical Weight Loss service in September 2019.

Cosmetic Skin Tag and Mole Removal


Cosmetech’s Consultant surgeons specialise in the removal of cosmetic moles and skin tags. In the vast majority of cases all of these lesions are benign. But if there is any clinical concern about the nature of the lesion it can be sent off for testing.

Q: How are skin lesions removed?
“In most cases these can be done under a local anaesthetic. If there are no concerns about its nature, they can be either shaved off, or excised. Some skin lesions can also be treated by freezing the skin – termed cryotherapy. All options are discussed with the patient beforehand.”

Q: Does it hurt having these removed?
“Since these are treated under local anaesthetic it shouldn’t! The worse bit is having the injection of anaesthetic, which many patients describe as a mild stinging sensation. Cryotherapy does not even need anaesthetic.”

Q: How long does the procedure take?
“That depends on you! If you are the sort of person who can drive home after a filling at the dentist, then there should be no reason why not. But if you are a bit squeamish, best to bring someone with you. They can at least tell you how brave you were, even if they don’t need to drive!”

Q: What about aftercare?
“If stitches have been necessary these are generally removed after 5-7 days. For best results a combination of steristrips and scar massage are required and which you need to do will be discussed.”

Q: Will I have a scar?
“Scarring is an inevitable consequence of surgery in anyone’s hands, so yes. But of course, the whole point is to be cosmetic and everything is designed to minimise this. It’s best to consider this as replacing one cosmetic blemish with another one, which should be much better. But it is unrealistic to expect an invisible scar no matter who your specialist is.”

For further information or to book a complimentary consultation please call 028 90423200.

Age-Management PDO Thread-lift Treatment by Cosmetech

The PDO Thread-lift treatment will stimulate the growth of new collagen over 1-8 months to gradually thicken and improve skin quality.

During the Thread-lift treatment PDO threads are inserted under the skin to tighten and add definition to the face. At the same time the threads will encourage the natural rejuvenation process and stimulate your skin to produce its own collagen. This will make the skin firmer, tighter and improve tone.

The treatment can be completed in less than an hour with immediate results.


We speak with Debbie after her PDO Thread-lift treatment at Cosmetech Maypole Clinic in Holywood.

Hi Debbie, why did you decide to get a PDO Thread-lift treatment ?
Debbie: I turned 43 this year and I wanted to maintain my skin quality and to rejuvenate my skin. I wanted a subtle natural looking treatment and I had read about the PDO Thread-lifts at Cosmetech which is a Consultant Surgeon led clinic. They have two clinics, the Maypole Clinic in Holywood, Northern Ireland. The company has built a good reputation with a track record of over 15 years.

What happened at your consultation?
Debbie: I booked a complimentary consultation with Consultant Surgeon Mr Philip Bell, one of the doctors at Cosmetech. He checked my medical history to determine if I was a suitable patient for the treatment and discussed the different treatment options available to achieve a fresher look. He answered any questions I had about the procedure and I felt I was in safe hands.

Can you give us an overview of the procedure on the day?
Debbie: An hour before the treatment the nurse cleansed my skin and applied a numbing cream. During the treatment the doctor made me feel very relaxed and talked me through the procedure. I had a series of PDO Threads inserted into the mid-face area which felt surprisingly pain free.



Are you happy with the results of the PDO Thread Lift?
Debbie: Yes. Once the procedure was over I followed the aftercare instructions and apart from some minor bruising the next day you would not know that I had any treatment at all. I am now a month post-procedure and have had a lot of compliments about how good my skin looks. It is a very subtle treatment and people can’t figure out why I look so fresh . One of the big changes I have noticed is that I don’t need to wear as much make up as before because my skin quality has improved. I also feel like I have better definition to my face, which is fantastic!

£50 off when you call with code: FBTHREAD

Book a complimentary consultation now.

Maypole Clinic, Holywood: +44-28-9042-3200

Procedure Time
2 x 1-2-hour sessions, 4-6 weeks apart.

Result Effect
You can see lifting results immediately. Skin rejuvenating and tightening effects start from 3- 4 weeks and continue for up to 8 months.

Result Duration
The majority of patients find the treatment results last from 12-18 months.

Local anaesthetic and topical numbing cream

Back to work
You can resume normal activity immediately following the treatment.

There may be sensitivity 24-48 hours post treatment

Risks and complications
There’s a chance of bruising, swelling and tenderness post treatment.

Who performs the treatment?
Our Consultant Surgeons have a background in head, neck and face reconstructive surgery, plastic surgery and maxillofacial surgery.   Our Principal Consultant Surgeon Mr Ashok Songra is also on the Anti-Wrinkle Validator panel of experts for the UK

Prices from £595

£50 off when you call with code: FBTHREAD

Book a complimentary consultation now.

Maypole Clinic, Holywood: +44-28-9042-3200

Viveve – A non-surgical solution to stress incontinence

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On 19th June 2018, Viveve announced impressive results from a recent study on the Geneveve treatment for stress incontinence. Geneveve uses cryogen-cooled monopolar radiofrequency technology to warm the vaginal tissues and boost the body’s natural collagen and elastin which become damaged and weakened through childbirth and ageing.

In this recent Canadian study, 36 women with stress incontinence were treated with Geneveve and followed up 6 months later. Results included: pad-weight testing (which measures urine leakage onto an absorbent sanitary pad), combined with patient completed symptom and quality of life questionnaires.

83% of women experienced a significant reduction in urinary leaks with similar improvement in symptoms and quality of life scores.

For women affected by stress incontinence this can mean less worry about embarrassing leaks, reduced usage of sanitary pads, improved self-confidence, and the ability to get back to normal activities. And an added benefit… Geneveve has also been clinically proven to tighten the vaginal tissues and improve sexual function.

Cosmetech, Kingsbridge Private Hospital is the only clinic in Ireland offering the Geneveve treatment.

Dr Patrick Campbell from Cosmetech, has been asked by Viveve to present the findings of this recent study at an international conference in Barcelona next month.

Dr Campbell commented, ‘The results of this study are extremely encouraging. Geneveve offers women the option of a clinically proven, painless, non-surgical treatment for stress incontinence with no recovery period.’


Patrick Campbell

Dr Patrick Campbell

Consultant Gynaecologist and Sub-specialist Urogynaecologist

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Non-surgical methods of preventing and addressing incontinence

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More worrying news about mesh means more women considering non surgical methods of preventing and addressing incontinence which often follows childbirth and ageing.

We at Cosmetech and 3fivetwo Group are ahead of you and already have a range of preventative strategies provided by top experts in Physio and Medicine,  who can advise you how you can preserve and maintain what you’ve got, rejuvenate where feasible and repair when necessary using a range of contemporary NON surgical techniques and interventions including, Pelvipower, ThermiVA and Viveve (All as seen on TV) .

Make your appointment for a complimentary  consultation to see how we can help you stay or become dry, without surgery where possible.



Professor Jim Dornan

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

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5 Myths Surrounding the Pelvic Floor

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Article by Sinead Boyle, Physiotherapist at Cosmetech


There has been a lot of recent media attention into the pelvic floor muscles, changes in surgical techniques and Physiotherapy input. The pelvic floor is a hidden gem of a muscle that is underestimated and often overlooked by us all however it is crucial for daily activity and function.  The Pelvic floor muscles are arranged like a hammock or sling that attach to the tailbone at the base of the spine and stretch forward and attach to the pubic bone at the front. They provide support to the pelvic organs such as the bladder, bowel, uterus and vagina. The pelvic floor is just like any other muscle- is must be able to contract and relax in order to complete a function. One of these functions is to control our bladder and bowel movements. When this muscle does not contract or relax correctly it starts to become dysfunctional and cause symptoms such as:

  • Incontinence
  • Chronic back pain
  • Feeling of heaviness or bulge internally
  • Difficulty/ straining with emptying bladder and bowels
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Pelvic girdle pain

The NHS estimates that between 3 and 6 million people in the UKhave some degree of urinary incontinence.

Estimates suggest that approximately 3.5 million women have urinary incontinence in the UK. In general, urinary incontinence is two to three times as common in women as in men.*

In another study only 17% of patients affected with a form of incontinence had sought professional help, the perception being that incontinence was a natural part of the ageing process.**

This is not the case- do not suffer in silence or think that this is an acceptable way to live your life.

Come and be assessed and advised by a local Women’s Health Physiotherapist.



1. Your pelvic floor is always weak and needs constant strengthening

No! A proper assessment by a Women’s Health Physiotherapist will let you know how strong your pelvic floor is and what you need to do to increase or preserve the strength. Often we are completing pelvic floor exercises incorrectly, over-using the tummy muscles so the pelvic floor cannot get involved at all or that we are holding our breath. The next time you try your pelvic floor exercises- check you breathing- you should not be holding your breath. An overactive tight pelvic floor is as impacting on the system as a weak one- but there are solutions and rehab programmes for both so don’t delay!


2.Incontinence only affects pregnant women or older women

We are seeing an increase in the amount of active young people, including cross-fit competitors, swimmers, hockey players etc. attending the clinic with pelvic floor dysfunction causing a range of symptoms mentioned above. This is showing that everyone is more open to talking about the pelvic floor and taking away the taboo.


3.Stopping the flow of urine is a good way to exercise your pelvic floor

On a once off occasion to self-assess your urinary control this may be advised however not repetitively as it sends mis-match signals to the pelvic floor muscles which are meant to be relaxing when passing urine. This is a poor training pattern to get involved with and just like any other muscle- if we train the hamstrings incorrectly we get an injury and the leg cannot function properly- same as with the Pelvic floor.


4.It is safer to use the toilet ‘just in case’ before leaving the house

This causes the bladder and surrounding muscles to not work to their correct potential- our bladders can on average hold up to 400 ml of fluid- use it, don’t lose it! This pattern of behaviour also initiates a psychological issue with bathroom habits before leaving the house. It is often something that we are trained to do from an early age by our parents- ‘use the toilet before we go in the car’ etc.


5.Strong tummy muscles/core muscles = strong pelvic floor

Not always- often we see ladies of all ages, children or not, who are extremely fit and active however would experience leakage when at the gym/ out running or the dreaded trampoline! Teaching how to do pelvic floor exercises properly and use of biofeedback can re-train the muscles to work efficiently and correctly.

With it being Pelvic Pain Awareness month why not book in and see your Women’s Health Physiotherapist for an assessment and informative session.

Call today and arrange to speak with a Women’s Health Physiotherapist at Cosmetech: 02890423200.


Sinead Boyle, Physiotherapist at Cosmetech.

Sinead graduated with her Physiotherapy MSc in 2013 after studying in Manchester and Galway. She completed her core rotations in the NHS developing skills in areas of respiratory, neurology, orthopaedics and musculoskeletal injuries. In 2013 she undertook training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) enabling her to become a Physiotherapist teaching Pilates to a wide range of clients from beginners to advanced level as well as developing an interest in women’s heath with her ante and post-natal groups. Her personal experience of the benefits of Pilates-based rehabilitation programmes following sporting injuries ensures she can transfer this knowledge and skills to her clients.

Sinead has completed many post-graduate CPD courses including kinesoptaping, Pilates and and acupuncture. She developed a specialised interest in Women’s Health Physiotherapy following a sporting injury and has completed courses in Real time ultrasound, Pelvic pain (Dr. Ruth Jones), PelviPower Chair and Biofeedback (Pontemed) alongside study evenings and national conferences run by the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP). Most recently she has completed the Mummy MOT (Maria Elliot) course offering a tailored post-natal assessment and rehabilitation programme to all mums no matter what age to ensure a safe return to activity and function. She is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and an affiliate member of thePelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP). She was proud to have been selected for a training scholarship by PINC and STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Trust which is due to complete shortly. She has a wide variety of musculoskeletal experience and continues to work with sports teams at various levels of competition.

She is currently working within a small unique multi-disciplinary team in the Pelvic Health clinic in Maypole, Hollywood offering Women’s Health Physiotherapy assessment and treatments for a variety of patients experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction, incontinence and pelvic pain among other conditions.


*(Cook K et al; Urinary Incontinence in the Older Adult, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, 2012)

**(Cooper J, Annappa M, Quigley A, et al; Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2015 Jul16)

PelviPower Chair at Cosmetech in Belfast


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PelviPower Chair at Cosmetech in Belfast

Cosmetech are delighted to introduce the new PelviPower Chair to our clinics in Belfast. It is now available at Cosmetech’s  Maypole Clinic, Northern Ireland.

The PelviPower Chair was developed to help men and women whose life can be restricted by embarrassing and often painful symptoms. The Chair treats patients with conditions ranging from damage and weakening of the pelvic muscles caused during childbirth, to post prostate surgery. The clinic offers a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care, and the diagnosis and treatments of pelvic floor disorders.

Approximately 1 in 3 women experience women’s health problems from a weak pelvic floor at some point in their lifetime. For many years women thought that their incontinence, bladder control and other problems, especially after childbirth, were to be expected and that they just had to tolerate them. They were sometimes either too embarrassed to seek help, or unaware that there are effective treatments available, and sometimes had to plan their days and journeys around knowing where toilets are located, in order to avoid ‘accidents’. Very often we can help these people.

The clinic undertakes a number of assessment procedures. Patients present typically with a variety of conditions, including poor bowel control or incontinence, long term constipation problems and difficulty in emptying the bowel. Treatment may require surgery, but more often it involves non-surgical options including bowel habit retraining with the Biofeedback Training, Pelvic Floor Treatment Chair or ThermiVa & Viveve (radio frequency) treatments.
Biofeedback Training
Bowel habit retraining known as Biofeedback. This non-invasive treatment involves retraining muscles to relax, or the strengthening of muscle tone in the back passage and pelvic floor, depending on the patients’ symptoms. The programme can last around six months and has an 80% success rate.
PelviPower Chair
The clinic has introduced a new non-invasive training method for your pelvic floor which is a treatment chair that treats you with Magnetic field therapy to strengthen the musculature. You sit on the chair and train in your normal clothing, for 20 minutes per session (for a minimum of 4 sessions depending on the programme) with a specialist nurse or physiotherapist. It is more effective than standard individual training and is confirmed by scientific studies and recommended by doctors. You will notice improvement in your muscles from the first session.
Indications include:
• Incontinence (bowel weakness, bladder weakness, leaking, prevention)
• Young mothers (post natal, bladder weakness, increased libido) Female vitality (menopause, cellulite, libido)
• Male Vitality (increased potency,post- prostatectomy rehabilitation) Back pain (relaxation and posture)
• TissueToning (prevention, strengthening and tissue toning)

Cosmetech has also introduced a new radio frequency device called ThermiVa. This is a new non-surgical treatment that rejuvenates the vagina and vulva without plastic surgery. The treatments use radiofrequency energy to gently heat tissue, without discomfort or downtime.

Used to treat:
• Urinary Incontinence (improves bladder control)
• Vaginal Tightening
• Vaginal rejuvenation
• Improves sexual Function
• Sexual Enhancement
• Labia reduction
• Female Genital Enhancement
“The therapy has shown great success. Almost all patients experienced a substantial improvement or complete alleviation of their symptoms.” – Dr. MED. UNIV. Darius Chovghi


Treatment available at:

Maypole Clinic

Chelsea Private Clinic

Caroline Clegg shares her experience of non-surgical Thread-lift

It’s not your wrinkles but your JAW LINE that is ageing you: Latest cosmetic treatment sees patients having their jowls and double chin tightened with Thread-Lifts.

Before front thread-lift                    After Front thread-lift

Photographs of Caroline Clegg before and after non-surgical Thread Lift treatment at Cosmetech.


Thread-lift at Cosmetech 

Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon Mr Ashok Songra sees a host of celebrities at his Holywood (Northern Ireland)  and says that the most recent trend is patients coming in every day asking how to improve a sagging jawline and double chin.

The first thing that our mind assesses when it comes to judging the age of the person is the shape of their face, a youth full face is the shape of an upside down triangle with high cheek bones and a defined jaw line as we age the shape of the face changes to a square shape with the development of  jowls and a sagging chin.

The shape of the face is much more important than the lines and folds. In fact, according to recent research we universally recognise as younger, a person who has wrinkles but has a youthful face shape. Thus, traditional anti-wrinkle injections on the forehead alone doesn’t improve youthfulness, but changing the shape of your face and tightening your jaw line, does.

Side before thread-lift                    Side after thread-lift

Photographs of Caroline Clegg before and after non-surgical Thread Lift treatment at Cosmetech


Caroline Clegg shares her experience of this non-surgical Thread-lift

‘I have been going to Mr Songra for years at Cosmetech – he is very gentle and caring, and I trust him implicitly. On this occasion, I went in with a saggy jawline and double chin and came out with a much smoother defined jawline 45 minutes later!

Some areas were a bit uncomfortable, but apparently I was unlucky and some people hardly feel anything. I had 30 mini-threads inserted in total.  I was coated with industrial amounts of topical numbing cream one hour beforehand and looked like a man about to have a big shave, so you need to take a book along with you. There is no downtime whatsoever – I could have gone to a party that same night!

Although I was told there’s a one in ten chance of bruising and to expect bruising which can last up to two weeks, I was lucky in that I had no bruising or swelling at all.  The treated areas feel a little tight and tender, but even these feelings seem to be rapidly disappearing.  Out of the three people I have seen, separately, so far, each one has paid me a compliment, and said I was looking good! 

That suits me fine – I always think if people can tell what you have had done, then it was too much.  All in all I could not recommend mini-threading more highly.’


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To book a complimentary consultation please call or e-mail: [email protected]

ThermiVa, a brighter forecast for women of a certain age…



A brighter forecast for women of a certain age…

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

Do you remember that blissful point in your life when your first baby slept all through the night for the first time and you woke up fresh in the morning after a full night’s sleep?  A red letter day to be shared with all family and friends and an opportunity to bask in the shining thought that maybe this parenting thing was not going to be so difficult after all.

But let us move on a few years – and the odds are that you’re not sharing and talking about the unfortunate and mostly secret legacy of the birth of that baby, and subsequent babies…a legacy that is a common problem for many women – that of not being able to sleep through the night without waking and having to get up to pee.  That, and the stress incontinence – even mild – that means you leak when you laugh, when you cough, or God forbid, when you decide to humour the grandchildren and have a wee jump on their trampoline.

It gets worse (depending on your point of view)…those vaginal muscles were stretched and damaged during birth – sex is painful, the vagina is dry, either too tight or too flabby, an orgasm is difficult and sometimes almost impossible to achieve…and again all of these little milestones you certainly don’t share with women friends and family.  It’s your shameful secret.  Of course, giving birth isn’t the only cause of this damage – rotten old aging can have the same results – none of them good!

It’s a funny thing – women discuss almost everything personal – their husbands, lovers, partners, work worries, their illnesses, their children, teenagers, grandchildren…but not, it seems their leaks!

It is only when you notice that there seems to be a lot of advertisements on television and in women’s magazines for absorbent panty liners that you start to think that you might not be alone. Maybe other women also leak if they cough or attend an exercise class and bounce up and down, perhaps other women have to get up once, twice, even three times a night to go to the loo even when their last drink is taken at 6 p.m.…. maybe more women know that when they feel they need to “go” they “have to go” almost right away or there will be an accident.  Of course that is the price we pay for having children.  Or getting older.  And there is nothing we can do about it.  Or is there?

Well there is a procedure available which, it is claimed, could change our lives in the leaking, stress incontinence, flabby vagina, vaginal dryness, rare orgasm, poor sex, department.  It is a procedure that our American female cousins have been enjoying for the last few years, and it has just started to be used in Great Britain.  Next stop could be Ireland and I was invited to be part of the trial being conducted by the 3fivetwo Organisation to test the efficacy of the procedure.  Read again the sentence at the top of this paragraph and is it any wonder we don’t discuss this with even our most intimate friends.

Well, men are manning up – they are starting to discuss openly their testicles and prostate, and restricted flow.  We need to woman up!  We leak.  Get over it!  We need to talk, we need to try this, we are not alone…and this procedure would appear to be getting the forecasted phenomenal results.

I nearly laughed out loud when I went to try this treatment as I discovered that the long thin bit of equipment (rather like hair tongs only thinner) which is inserted inside the vagina is called a wand. But only nearly laughed as what can you do when the Gynae doctor is waving this around, calling it a wand and you are thinking “magic wand” and trying not to laugh as you know if you laugh you will leak all over his nice clean paper towels on the bed!

The trial for this procedure was fairly uncharted territory for me, so I was relieved to find a brochure in the waiting room explaining what was to happen and what it hoped to achieve…it is called ThermiVa.   (It is, according to the doctor rather like the cosmetic treatment Thermage you can get on your face to restore collagen and make you look younger.  Not my bag, as they say, but I understand the analogy.)

So, here comes the science: 

Excessive stretching of the vaginal muscles is a common occurrence after vaginal birth or due to aging.  Damage can diminish sensation during sexual activity, reduce satisfaction and change the relationship between partners. 

ThermiVa treatments use radiofrequency energy to gently heat tissue to reclaim, restore and revive feminine wellness, without discomfort or downtime. ThermiVa uses a special wand applicator which may be applied externally to labia and vulvar tissues to restore normal tissue tone and function. The specially designed handpiece may also deliver radiofrequency energy inside the vagina to revive atrophic tissue and other structures.

A recent study of 23 patients showed:

All patients showed significant improvement in laxity.

Notable improvement was also seen in cases including:

  • atrophic vaginitis (n=5, improved moisture and comfort)
  • stress urinary incontinence (n=5, noticeable reductions and leakage)
  • orgasmic dysfunction (n=6, noticeable improvement reported)

Patients were able to resume all activity, including sexual intercourse, as normal, immediately after each treatment

That is the science, according to the brochure.  Then came the invitation to try it at The Maypole Clinic in Holywood, Co.Down, home to 3fivetwo Healthcare and Cosmetech, both part of the 3fivetwo Group.

In the waiting room I got talking to a woman who had just had the treatment.  A heavy dose of “sameboatness”  became obvious and I found myself discussing the most intimate details with her.  She was a mother of two boys who have grown up and left home.  She was chicly dressed and confident.  She was in her early sixties and was an enthusiastic runner. Running was causing all sorts of leaking problems.

I spoke to another woman.  She had had twins, had suffered a prolapse of the womb and was still suffering.   She wanted to avoid surgery and has tried other remedies to no avail.  She was trying this procedure to see if it made a difference.

The man with the magic wand is Prof Jim Dornan MD (Hons) FRCOG FRCPI, Chair Health & Life Sciences UU, Emeritus Professor Fetal Medicine QUB  – you could say a very serious baby doctor and gynaecologist.  “Would it help a prolapse in addition to all the other improvements?” I asked.  His reply was conservative but encouraging.  “It can help but it does depend on the extent of the prolapse”.   The patient with the prolapse has agreed to keep in touch with me and report back.

It is recommended that patients have three treatments, each one month apart, and then once a year to keep up the improvements.

I had my first treatment.  I am not sharing all my intimate details but I can say the most obvious improvement after this first treatment is that for the first time in decades I have been able to sleep through the night without getting up to  pee at 3 a.m. or 4 a.m.   If you have a baby still waking for a feed twice a night you will understand the pleasure I’m having from this.  (Another notable improvement is only for me and my husband to enjoy!)

The treatment lasts 30 minutes.  On occasions the wand seemed to get a little warm and when I flinched the machine was turned down and I was comfortable again – and for me there was a desperate urge to urinate all through the procedure so I was lying with white knuckles and tensed vagina muscles for 30 minutes which probably did wonders for my pelvic floor but lessened the enjoyment of what would otherwise have been a surprisingly comfortable procedure.

I have now had my second treatment  (and perhaps it was as a result of the first or maybe because I was more relaxed) I didn’t feel I needed to pee throughout.

I am feeling the benefit, and I am going to discuss leaking and urinary urge and dry vaginas at every opportunity with my female contemporaries.  We need to have this conversation.  There is a sea-change out there and we need to do this – for ourselves.  What women used to accept as a prevailing condition no longer has to be such a gloomy forecast.

Diane Harron Eakin

ThermiVa Article by Diane Eakin