Laser Vaginal Tightening and Rejuvenation (FemiLift)

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Questions and Answers

What is FemiLift?

FemiLift is a CO2 laser treatment done internally to rejuvenate the vagina. It can tighten the vagina, improve menopausal dryness, and reduce urinary incontinence.*

*Results may vary.

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How are treatments done?

In the doctor's office, a laser probe is inserted into the vagina. Laser energy is delivered which causes tiny injuries to the vaginal lining. As these injuries heal, collagen is produced which tightens the lining.*
 

The equipment that comes into contact with patients inside and outside the vagina is a single-use sterile disposable.

The same kind of laser has been used for many years on the face for rejuvenation and smoothing of wrinkles.

This is a walk-in, walk-out procedure with no downtime. 

 
*Results may vary.
 
 

What conditions can be treated using the FemiLift?

Laser vaginal resurfacing with the FemiLift can bring vaginal tightening which can enhance sexual gratification for you and your partner.*
 
Urinary incontinence can improve.* 
 
Post-menopausal vaginal atrophy (thin dry, irritated tissue) can improve.*
 
*Results may vary.


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Who is a good candidate for FemiLift treatments?

FemiLift is suitable for most women who are experiencing vaginal looseness, post-menopausal vaginal dryness, and/or mild urinary incontinence. 
 
In some cases, problems are too severe for the laser to be effective enough, and surgery needs to be considered. This is the case in moderate to severe prolapse (falling of the bladder, uterus, or rectum into the vagina). 
 
It is not suitable for women who have had surgery involving insertion of mesh or slings (bladder suspension) or those who have undergone radiation treatments to the area. 
 
You can't have treatments if you are pregnant, have an active Herpes infection, or you are on your period (blood will prevent the laser energy from reaching the vaginal lining).
 

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What are the alternatives to FemiLift?

Traditional alternatives are surgery and/or hormone therapy, both of which carry risks.

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How much does it hurt?

The treatment is virtually painless. There may be some very mild discomfort. Most women report that it is more comfortable than having a Pap smear. 
 
No anesthetic of any kind is required.
 
There is no pain after the procedure, and you can return to normal activity immediately with the exception of intercourse which you will avoid for three days.
 
 
 

What are the risks of the FemiLift treatment?

Risks are minimal because of the limited surface area that is damaged and the very shallow penetration of the laser.
 
Because the vaginal lining has been disrupted, it is at risk of infection, but this is extremely unlikely.
 
Mild internal swelling will occur, and this will resolve in a few days. 
 
Genital Herpes can be triggered if you are prone to it.
 
The FemiLift can injure the surface of the eye. You will be provided with goggles during treatment.


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Does FemiLift treatment increase my risk for cancer?

Absolutely not. The wavelength of light that produces cancer is in the ultraviolet range of the spectrum.

The FemiLift produces light at the opposite end of the spectrum in the infrared range. It will not cause cancer.
 
 

Are the results of FemiLift treatments permanent?

The FemiLift treatment is trying to reverse damage from overstretching and aging of the vagina. It doesn’t stop the aging process. Poor vaginal tone and weakening of the lining will eventually return. Maintenance treatments are needed, perhaps one treatment every year or two.*
 
*Results may vary.


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How many treatments will be required?

Generally, three sessions are required for the initial treatment. Maintenance usually only requires a single session. 

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How long do treatments take?

We will be booking 30 minutes for your visit, but the treatment portion only takes about 10 minutes. 

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At what intervals are treatments repeated?

We usually book your 3 sessions at 3 to 5 week intervals.

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What can I expect following treatment?

You will not have any post-treatment discomfort. There may be a mild discharge for a few days, and it might be slightly blood-tinged. 

*Results may vary.
 

 

What are my restrictions after treatment?

For 3 days you should avoid penetrating sexual activity, tampons, hot-tubs, and pools.  
 
You can return to your normal activities immediately. This is a walk-in, walk-out procedure. There is no downtime.
 
No special after-care is required.  


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When can I expect to feel the benefits of FemiLift treatments?

Vaginal rejuvenation depends on new collagen production and new blood vessel formation, both of which require time. Peak effects are seen 3-6 months after the last treatment.

However, many women report positive effects almost immediately.* Initially, this is probably due to a bit of swelling. There is a also some instantaneous contraction of collagen that will give immediate tightening.
 
And it will keep getting better, since the full benefit will be evident about 4 months after your third treatment.* 
 

*Results may vary.

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Why would I choose FemiLift?
 

There are several devices out there. They use CO2 laser, erbium laser, and radio-frequency treatment modalities.

The manufacturer of the FemiLift laser (Alma Lasers) builds devices that use all of these modalities. They could have chosen any of them to develop a vaginal rejuvenation treatment. They chose CO2 because it was the most effective.

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Does OHIP cover the cost of FemiLift treatments?

No. This treatment is considered to be cosmetic.

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Does extended health insurance or Health Spending Accounts cover the cost of FemiLift treatments?

Generally speaking, extended health insurance will not cover the cost, but this depends on your policy. Check with your insurance agent.

Health Spending Accounts can probably be used to cover the cost since the treatment is provided by a physician. Check with your Human Resources officer. 

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Is FemiLift treatment eligible for tax credits?

Starting in 2010, tax credits could no longer be claimed for cosmetic treatments.

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How do I book a consultation?

Call (905) 853-3200!

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What is your cancellation policy?

We require 48 hours notice for cancellation of your consultation or treatment, in order to fill the appointment time. If sufficient notice is not given, the full value of the treatment to be done may be charged. The minimum charge for a missed appointment or late cancellation is $100 (one hundred dollars). If you have booked a package , the missed treatment will be deemed to have been given.

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Here are a few more questions of a more specific nature. Feel free to contact us via the form at the top to ask us anything else.

Can I have FemiLift if I have a coil (IUD) already fitted?

Yes.

I want a baby in a couple of years, should I wait?

FemiLift is expected to be effective for about two years. If you are planning pregnancy within two years or less, we suggest that you wait until after the birth.

Can I get an infection from this treatment?

Single-use disposables prevent any risk of infection transmission.

If I have vaginal thrush, will this treatment make it worse?

No, it will not make it worse, but yeast infections should be under control during treatment. Otherwise, the yeast plaques can block the laser energy from getting to the vaginal lining. If you are prone to getting thrush then it would be a good idea to obtain an over-the-counter treatment such as Canesten about 3 or 4 days prior to your planned laser treatment.

Can it irritate my cystitis?

This treatment has not been associated with any worsening of cystitis symptoms such as increased urination frequency or burning sensation when passing water.

I am having laser hair removal on my bikini line. Is it ok to have FemiLift?

No problem.

I think I might have a STD, can I have FemiLift?

It is better to have this checked out and treated before you have Femilift. 

Can you exercise straight after?

Yes. You can return to your normal activities immediately except for penetrative sexual activity. 

Can I have a hot shower or bath or use the sauna after the treatment?

Yes, but no hot-tubs.

Will this treatment help or prevent prolapse?

It may help with mild prolapse but is unlikely to prevent prolapse long-term.

Can I have this treatment if I have had a hysterectomy?

Yes.

I suffer from vaginal dryness. Will this treatment make it worse?

No. If anything it may help to improve lubrication. Recent studies showed improvement in the dryness caused by menopause symptoms.

How long after giving birth can I undergo treatment?

After a vaginal birth, it would be advisable to wait 3 months to ensure that any scars from tears or episiotomy have had a chance to heal and the vaginal tone has recovered naturally.

Can I have the treatment while breast feeding?

Yes

Can it hurt my clitoris?

No, the clitoral nerves are safe and far from the treated area.

 

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