Gynecological / IncontiLase Tightening
What is Gynecologic Laser Therapy?
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is the involuntary leakage of urine with activities such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting or exercise. The most common causes of urinary incontinence are pregnancy, childbirth, decreased estrogen or menopause, advanced age and obesity. It is believed that 1 in 4 Canadians experience some level of incontinence in their lifetime.
In addition, the normal aging process and childbirth also results in stretching and looseness of the vaginal canal. This decreases the support of the bladder and diminishes the friction during sexual intercourse, resulting in decrease or loss of sexual gratification.
Previously, kegel exercises, pelvic floor physio or pessaries were the only treatment options for these conditions. These were often only mildly effective and had a long waiting list to even be assessed. Studies have also shown that women may also be too embarrassed to discuss this condition with their physicians, so 75% of cases go unreported and untreated.
For more severe conditions, invasive surgery was recommended. However, due to the significant risk of complications and a long recovery period, most women preferred to just deal with the condition. However, the SP Dynamis Fotona laser has revolutionized the treatment of this condition and provided a life-changing option for women. This non-invasive treatment heats up the collagen fibers below the surface of the skin to stimulate collagen growth with little or no pain, and virtually no risk.
How does it IncontiLase work?
The Erbium SMOOTH mode creates non-ablation thermal effects in the vaginal tissue that stimulates collagen remodeling. The first laser hand piece directs the energy to the anterior portion of the wall to support the bladder, the second hand piece directs the energy around the entire circumference to tighten the entire vaginal canal.
As the tissues heat and contract, there is some immediate shrinkage. Afterwards, new Collagen is deposited in about 3 weeks.
Following the procedure, Collagen continues to be formed for 6-8 months following the procedure, providing continued and long time improvement.
The final result of collagen remodelling and formation is tightening of the entire vaginal canal and greater support to the bladder and urethra which dramatically improves incontinence while simultaneously increasing sexual gratification.
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Advantages of Laser Treatment
There are many benefits of laser treatment. Laser treatment is minimally invasive. This means, there is no cutting, bleeding, or ablation of the tissue. It is also extremely fast and can be done in 45 minutes. Another advantage of laser treatment is that it has very little risk, and 70% of patients report being completely dry after just two months. Patients love this procedure. 95% of of patients reported that the procedure improved sexual gratification.
How To Prepare For Gynecologic Laser Therapy?
To prepare for the Gynecologic Laser Procedure, you must have had a normal PAP smear within the past 12 months, you cannot be pregnant, and you cannot have been on ACCUTANE within the past 6 months as it can lead to delayed healing. You also need to have no active cold sores, herpes, or abrasions, and you cannot use anticoagulants (Coumadin, Warin, Xaralto, etc.). In addition, if you have Diabetes, we recommend having your blood sugar under control before undergoing the therapy.
Other things we look at include:
- Must have had an examination from their family physician or gynecologist ensuring there are no physical abnormalities to the vaginal canal or exterior perineal region
- Cannot have pessary in place during procedure
- Patients with an IUD can still proceed with treatment
- Cannot be a heavy smoker (decreased vascularity limits level of improvement)
- No menstrual bleeding at time of treatment
- Patients who are not overweight obtain the best results (BMI <33 is best, however we have also seen good results in patients with a BMI >33
- No history of atypical or cancerous moles in the region to be treated
- No current urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Post-menopausal women with vaginal atrophy symptoms that result in impaired blood flow should be assessed by physician to consider adjunctive topical estrogen therapy
IncontiLase Tightening Maintenance
For proper maintenance, we recommend a minimum of 2-3 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart for optimal results. Additional treatments may be required to obtain optimal results and will depend on the severity of your condition, your age, weight, and response to treatment.