Childbirth, menopause, the natural process of aging, and a combination of various other factors can all contribute to changes in vaginal tissue over time. Some of the most common symptoms women can experience include vaginal dryness, tissue laxity, decreased sexual sensation, and even stress urinary incontinence (leaking urine when you laugh, sneeze, or exercise). Many women think they have to live with these symptoms. We’re here to tell you that no, you do not have to just “deal with it.” You have options. One of them is diVa Vaginal Therapy.
In short, the diVa helps to revitalize vaginal function with little-to-no downtime. DiVa is similar to a HALO treatment, but it’s designed specifically for vaginal tissue. It utilizes two different wavelengths simultaneously to provide a controlled injury to the tissue. It stimulates the remodeling of that tissue, producing more collagen and elastin and causing the tissue to thicken.
Most of the diVa patients we see at DermacareHR are pre-menopausal and menopausal women. But we also treat those who are younger and want to stay on top of any changes to vaginal tissue. If you’re experiencing dryness, painful intercourse, and/or stress incontinence symptoms, diVa may be able to help!
DiVa is performed in a series of three treatments over the course of three months. When you arrive, your Dermacare medical provider will insert a vaginal numbing cream into the vaginal canal. Once you’re numb (about 30 minutes), a speculum will be inserted and the numbing cream will be gently swabbed out. We’ll complete 2-3 passes with the diVa laser, which takes around 10 minutes.
Fun Fact: The laser actually uses a clear quartz dilator that is only functional for 30 minutes once attached to the machine. This means each dilator can only be used once, for a single treatment for a single patient! This dilator is also important because it helps to gently stretch the vaginal tissue so that more surface area can be treated by the laser. Additionally, the quartz dilator ensures that the laser energy delivered at the end of the treatment is just as strong and as fully transmitted as the energy at the beginning of the treatment since the laser itself isn’t coming into contact with the tissue. All of this helps to provide our patients with the most thorough and efficacious treatment possible.
What’s unique about diVa is that the laser doesn’t come into contact with your skin, only the dilator does. This means there is zero risk for burned tissue adhering to the laser itself and decreasing the efficacy of the laser treatment itself. Other treatments on the market actually are designed to have the laser itself come directly into contact with the skin. This means that burned tissue can get onto the laser face and make the treatment less effective. Because the diVa’s laser is protected by the quartz dilator,, the last pulse of the diVa is just as strongly delivered as the first!
We typically recommend a maintenance treatment once per year, depending on when your symptoms begin to return. For some patients, that may be a little shy of a year; for others, that may be a little past a year. Everybody is different, and your Dermacare Expert can help you determine how often you may want to come back for maintenance treatments.
Most patients rate the discomfort around a 3 on a pain scale of 1-10. Many patients describe it as feeling like a light tapping sensation. We should note that if you have any scar tissue from childbirth, it could be slightly more sensitive to the laser in those particular spots. Once again, everybody is different!
You should expect spotting to light bleeding anywhere from a few hours to a few days post treatment. We recommend wearing a pad for 1-3 days. You can go to the gym right away, though. The only restriction is that nothing goes into the vagina for at least 48 hours, and you can’t go swimming or sit in a bathtub for the first few days. (Showering is fine!)
Everyone is different. We typically recommend a maintenance treatment once per year, depending on when symptoms return. If you begin to reexperience dryness or stress urinary incontinence before a year is up, then you’ll want to come back sooner. Everybody is different, and your Dermacare Expert can help you determine how often you may want to come back for a maintenance treatment.
Friendly reminder that all our consultations are private, and we can do them in person or over the phone. We understand your concerns and want to help you live your life to the fullest.
Of all the treatments available here at DermacareHR, our patients say that diVa is the most life changing. If you’re premenopausal, menopausal, and/or experiencing vaginal dryness or stress urinary incontinence when you go to the gym or laugh—we can help! You don’t have to live with the symptoms of aging. Call us at (757) 317-3587 or make a consultation appointment HERE.