FemiLift

Dr. Joi Davis is the first physician in Wisconsin to offer a breakthrough and noninvasive treatment for vaginal aging called Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation. Femilift, by Alma Lasers, is a pixel CO2 laser which delivers concentrated thermal energy to the vaginal walls. This ablative and thermal energy activates natural regeneration and healing of collagen and elastin fibers in the vagina – improving dryness or mild incontinence with 3 easy treatments.

 

The Femilift laser has been FDA approved since 2014. Thousands of procedures have been performed with no adverse effects and high patient satisfaction. The treatment is safe, quick and virtually painless. Tighter tissue and enhanced vaginal tone helps to prevent urinary incontinence and enhances sexual stimulation for both partners. Improved vaginal tissue strength promotes vaginal lubrication and blood circulation. “I am impressed with the results we are seeing with even the first treatment” says Dr. Davis. “It does require careful patient selection, so I feel that my 22 year OB/GYN experience is important for success.”

 

The Femilift protocol involves three monthly treatments. These are typically done in 15 minutes, so it can literally be done on a coffee break. There is no anesthesia or pain medication needed and women can return to their usual activity almost right away. Some patients have noticed immediate results but the actual repair process improves over a few months for maximal benefit. Though results can last years, annual maintenance treatments may be necessary to combat the results of aging.

 

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Below are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.  We encourage you to contact us if you have any additional questions.

WHAT IS FEMILIFT?

Femilift is a FDA approved pixel CO2 laser for vaginal remodeling. It is indicated for women with mild to moderate vaginal relaxation, mild to moderate stress urinary incontinence, and vaginal dryness. It also can enhance sexual sensation for both partners.

HOW DOES FEMILIFT WORK?

Femilift works by superficially heating the vaginal tissue, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. This increases the tone and elasticity of the vagina. Unlike surgery, it is painless and non-invasive. It is performed in an outpatient setting with no downtime.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF REMODELING OF THE VAGINAL TISSUE?

Childbirth, hormonal changes, weight changes and aging contribute to weakness and thinning of the vaginal tissue and bladder. Femilift treatment increases collagen remodeling therefore improving the tightness, firmness and lubrication of the vagina. Sexual experience and symptoms of stress urinary incontinence are significantly improved. There is also enhanced vaginal lubrication and reduction of pain with intercourse.

HOW DEEP DOES THE LASER PENETRATE THE TISSUES DURING TREATMENT?

The laser penetrates.about 300 microns (0.03 mm) in depth. This is enough to penetrate the superficial layer (epidermis) of the vagina. This recruits new elastin and collagen production.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NECESSARY?

Patients have 3 treatments 1 month apart and 6 month follow up visit. At this time, it is recommended patients have single annual treatment to maintain results. Results and timing of maintenance treatments will vary individually.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE?

Any woman who wants to improve vaginal lubrication, sexual satisfaction and or mild to moderate urinary stress incontinence (from laughing, sneezing, coughing, some exercise). This is great alternative for women wanting to avoid use of estrogen and surgery. The procedure would not be performed during pregnancy or breast feeding. However, it can be performed 3 months after delivery or pelvic surgery. This allows the natural healing of the body to occur.

WHAT PREPARATIONS ARE NECESSARY BEFORE STARTING TREATMENTS WITH FEMILIFT?

Patients should have a pelvic exam within the past year. Pap smear should be normal and up to date according to current guidelines and personal history. Patients should not have any active vaginal infections, including HSV or HPV, at the time of treatment. No vaginal bleeding present. Pregnancy should be ruled out.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

Most patients report NO side effects during or after the treatment. Some women may experience a light discharge for a day or two after the procedure. Others report mild warmth or tingling in the pelvis lasting no longer than a few days. To date, there have been no adverse events reported using the Alma Femilift.

IS IT SAFE?

Yes! This procedure is non-invasive and pain free for women. There is no sedation or anesthetic needed for this procedure. Each patient has their own probe cover used during their procedures. The laser treatment does not cause vaginal infections. No vaginal or pelvic traumas, including burns, have been reported with use of Alma Fernilift laser worldwide since 2011.

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

The procedure itself only takes 10-15 minutes and requires no downtime.

The results of Femilift vary from woman to woman but generally last 1 year or longer. It is important to continue kegal exercises even after treatment. Women may benefit from additional annual treatments.

WHEN WILL RESULTS BE NOTED?

Most patients sense tighter vaginal walls, improved lubrication and less urine leakage almost immediately after the 1st or 2nd procedure. However the repair process continues for the weeks following the Femilift treatments. As with other laser procedures, collagen remodeling continues to rejuvenate tissue up to 4-6months after treatment.

ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS?

There is no downtime. Routine physical activity and exercise can be immediately resumed following Femilift treatment. Tampons should not be used for 3 days following the treatment.

HOW LONG AFTER FEMILIFT TREATMENT CAN INTERCOURSE BE RESUMED?

Intercourse can be resumed 3 days after the procedure.

CAN THE FEMILIFT PROCEDURE BE PERFORMED WHILE TAKING OR USING ANY FORM OF BIRTH CONTROL?

Yes. It can be performed with all types of birth control including coils, implants or IUD. It can also be performed after a hysterectomy.