What is Thermiva?
ThermiVa® is a new non-invasive treatment which 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.
The first initial consultation is complimentary.
Watch this short video for an overview of the procedure (no sound)
ThermiVa is a new non-surgical treatment that rejuvenates the vagina and vulva without plastic surgery.
Used to treat:
- Urinary Incontinence (improves bladder control)
- Vaginal Tightening
- Vaginal rejuvenation
- Improves sexual Function
- Sexual Enhancement
- Labia reduction
- Female Genital Enhancement
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 increased sensation, moisture 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 tightening 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 looseness 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 looseness, then ThermiVa has been shown to help offer relief and provide vaginal tightening.
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
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
FEELING WARM, WITH A REDUCED RISK OF PRECIPITATION
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.
– ThermiVa Testimonial by Diane Eakin
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