Conversations surrounding female sexual health were, until recently, somewhat taboo. For years, women suffered from vaginal issues, but it wasn’t until recently, when non-invasive solutions became an option, that the window opened. Vaginal rejuvenation benefits women for many reasons, but the most common one is that it allows women to feel confident about their bodies, especially if that’s been lost. And the demand for treatment shows no signs of slowing down, with more and more women opting to undergo vaginal rejuvenation. We compiled a list of 5 things you need to know about vaginal rejuvenation.
Many reasons cause changes in the vagina to arise. Natural aging, changes in hormonal levels, menopause, and even childbirth all contribute to laxity issues. But, no matter the reason, it’s common for women to experience a feeling of decreased tightness that also comes with less pleasurable sex, urinary incontinence, and even reduced libido.
One of the most effective treatments is the minimally invasive Morpheus 8 for vaginal rejuvenation. It uses a combination of radiofrequency and microneedling to address issues like painful sex, looseness, dryness, urinary incontinence, low libido, and aged labia in just a few treatments.
But before you schedule a consultation for this highly effective procedure, there’s plenty to know. Here, we’re sharing the most valuable information you need to know about vaginal rejuvenation so that you’re fully up to speed and well-versed in the procedure.
1. It rejuvenates the vagina without surgery
The first thing you need to know about vaginal rejuvenation is that the popular Morpheus8 system can effectively rejuvenate the vagina and remodel the labia. The 30-minute treatment delivers controlled pulses of radiofrequency energy deep within the vaginal walls and the external labia skin. At the same time, the device creates tiny controlled micro-injuries within the tissue to deliver the radiofrequency energy. This powerful dose of energy stimulates collagen and elastin production increase for tighter tissue that’s also thicker, more lubricated, and pliable. Tightening the vaginal wall also lifts the bladder and urethra, taking pressure off and improving any incontinence issues. Finally, the labia emerge plumper, smoother, and tighter for a more rejuvenated look.
2. It's safe for all skin tones
The issue with some lasers is that they aren’t suitable for use on darker skin. That’s because the high energy levels can pigment and burn darker skin tones. Vaginal rejuvenation with Morpheus 8 doesn’t use a laser (instead radiofrequency and microneedling), so the treatment is safe on all skin tones—even darker skin. Plus, the melanin in the skin doesn’t absorb the radiofrequency energy, making it safe for all skin types. In fact, the treatment can help lighten discoloration and boost self-confidence in some patients with existing hyperpigmentation in the area.
In addition to being a universal skin treatment, vaginal rejuvenation also works for women of all ages. You don’t have to be in the throes of menopause to do it. Women in their 20s and 30s or who have recently gone through childbirth can also notice changes to the labia and vagina, making vaginal rejuvenation a perfect option.
3. It's not painful
The idea of using not one but two technologies on the sensitive genital region may sound like it would be painful, but it’s not. Before the treatment, your provider will numb the area with topical anesthesia to make you more comfortable. During the treatment, which is pretty quick and lasts about 30 minutes, you may feel some slight pressure and warmth, but nothing that’s too hot or a burning sensation. The device is controllable, and the heat and energy can be dialed up or down to make the treatment safe and tolerable. Because collagen remodeling happens at high temperatures and energy levels, the patient’s safety is always a top priority.
4. It's downtime-free
Unlike surgical vaginal rejuvenation procedures with significant recovery periods, Morpheus 8 requires no major downtime. And there’s also no scabbing or oozing like there is with ablative laser treatments nor any incisions or scars post-treatment. A single session is quick and keeps the skin intact without causing damage. You can even drive home after the treatment and resume your normal daily activities. But everyone is different, so you may want to take some time off work or from your regular schedule to accommodate the procedure. It’s also advised to avoid intercourse and tampons for the first few days (so schedule your treatment around your menstrual cycle). After 48 hours, you should feel back to normal with no pain or soreness.
Most patients require one to three treatments to see results, which last upwards of 18 months. Maintenance sessions are recommended.
5. The results are dramatic and long-lasting.
You may not notice an immediate improvement with just one treatment (some patients do, others need upwards of three sessions). Once you get it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do a vaginal rejuvenation procedure earlier. Most patients notice an improvement in tightness and increased sensation with the first few treatments. By the end, the vagina will look younger and even plumper.
Also, for those who suffer from urinary incontinence, leaking will no longer be a problem. Tightening the tissue and the pelvic floor gives the bladder better control.
On average, patients notice an improvement that lasts up to one year. We recommend annual touch-up treatments to keep everything looking and feeling as tight and firm as possible to maintain the results.