Among the possible side effects of going through menopause, vaginal atrophy is among the most distressing, but Melissa Marie Gutierrez, MD, FACOG, practicing in Beverly Hills, California, can carry out either labiaplasty surgery or a minimally invasive vaginal revitalization treatment to restore your vaginal health. Dr. Gutierrez uses state-of-the-art laser technology to boost your body’s natural healing abilities quickly and safely. Call Beverly Hills OB/GYN today to find out more, or book an appointment online.
Vaginal revitalization is a way of restoring elasticity and lubrication for women experiencing vaginal atrophy.
Vaginal atrophy is a problem that affects many women during and after menopause, causing:
Vaginal revitalization uses laser technology to restore your vagina to full function and health and to relieve the symptoms of vaginal atrophy.
Another vaginal revitalization option if the labia minora are too long is labiaplasty, in which Dr. Gutierrez trims or reshapes the inner labia to improve their appearance and make them more comfortable.
Vaginal atrophy is a problem that affects women mainly as a result of menopause. Falling levels of estrogen and progesterone that trigger menopause and lead to the end of a woman's fertile years cause a range of side effects, one of which is vaginal atrophy.
Among its other functions, estrogen keeps the walls of your vagina strong, elastic, and well-lubricated, ensuring your comfort. When estrogen levels diminish, the walls of your vagina can dry out, causing itching, burning, and inflammation, and making sex uncomfortable. The tissues also weaken and become thinner, so your vagina loses elasticity.
Vaginal revitalization uses advanced laser technology to stimulate your body’s healing processes. The laser causes multiple, minute injuries called microlesions to the walls of your vagina. The microlesions aren’t painful, but they’re just enough to trigger your body into responding by generating new tissue.
The new tissue contains collagen and elastin fibers that restore strength and elasticity to your vaginal walls. The laser also activates the function of the vaginal mucosa that produces lubrication. As a result, your vagina is healthier, and your symptoms are alleviated.
Dr. Gutierrez can carry out your vaginal revitalization treatment during a straightforward outpatient procedure. You simply lay back on the treatment table as though you were undergoing your annual well-woman exam, and Dr. Gutierrez inserts the laser probe into your vagina for about five minutes.
The laser treatment causes minimal, if any, discomfort, and you can go back to work or carry on with your day as normal afterward. Dr. Gutierrez advises you on aftercare; for example, she may recommend avoiding sex or using tampons temporarily after treatment.
Most patients need around three treatments spaced at six-week intervals to achieve optimum results, followed by an annual booster session.
If vaginal atrophy is interfering with your life or you want to find out more about labiaplasty, call Dr. Gutierrez today or book an appointment online.