Laser vaginal treatments are really on the rise, says a report released by Real Self1, one of the largest online forums for aesthetic medicines with 94 million visitors in 2017.
The report was released late 2018 and it analysed user trends on Real Self’s forum in which people can ask questions and share reviews and photos relating to cosmetic and specialised medicine.
According to the report, laser treatments reached an all-time high, surpassing injectable treatments which long held the top spot. Interest in laser vaginal rejuvenation, specifically, increased by 17%. Users gave the Mona Lisa Touch and ThermiVa top “worth-it” ratings over 90%.
Our Gynaecologist Dr Sean Burnet attributes the increased interest to a rise in awareness for women’s health issues and increasing concerns for alternative treatments.
Laser vaginal treatments, which may also be referred to as “laser gynaecology” or “laser vaginal rejuvenation,” are used to treat urinary stress incontinence and post-menopausal concerns such as vaginal atrophy, dyspareunia (painful intercourse) and dryness. They can also be used to treat post-childbirth concerns such as urinary stress incontinence or laxity. Alternative treatments may include surgery for prolapse and vaginal mesh.
“When mesh is used, there is a risk of erosion, infection and dyspareunia,” says Dr Burnet. Compared to the alternatives, laser vaginal treatments are a low-risk option, he adds, so long as they are delivered by a Gynaecologist who is trained and experienced with the technology, its application and safety protocols.
Gynaecologists at Specialist Clinics of Australia have offered vaginal laser treatments since 2015, but the recent increase in interest may also have to do with an increasing awareness in women’s health issues.
For a long time, Dr Burnet saw a lot of patients who didn’t make their own health and wellness a priority, but he thinks this is starting to shift. Women have a lot on their plates, so it’s common to sacrifice doctor visits for important deadlines at work or delay treatments to save time and resources for family commitments like childcare. The shift in view towards the importance of women’s health concerns is an important shift in a positive direction. Women are also able to discuss their health concerns more openly than in the past.
There is always some scepticism when a new treatment comes out, Dr Burnet acknowledged, but an increasing number of women have had good results with laser vaginal treatments and there is a growing body of evidence about its use.
If you are considering a vaginal laser treatment for post-baby incontinence or laxity, or for post-menopausal dryness, incontinence, dyspareunia or atrophy, be sure you have a through consultation with a qualified doctor. Although these treatments are increasing in popularity, it’s important to understand that they are still a medical procedure, and you need to discuss your candidacy for treatment and all of the potential risks and benefits with a doctor before making a decision.