Women’s wellness is a key part of the our practice at Aviva Plastic Surgery, and the non-surgical vaginal treatment Votiva helps us treat patients with concerns of vaginal changes and laxity, dryness, and decreased sensation or sexual satisfaction.
What is Votiva?
Votiva is one of the most popular treatments that we perform in the office. We as women go through physical changes as we age, experience hormone changes, or have children. These changes are normal and a part of the human process, but we are not always satisfied with the results. Many women complain of vaginal laxity (sensation of looseness), vaginal dryness, or decreased sexual stimulation. All these things can be treated and improved with Votiva treatment.
Votiva is a series of three treatments using non-invasive radiofrequency energy to target the weak muscles and tissues of the vaginal canal. This treatment also improves the appearance of enlarged or stretched labia, improves sexual stimulation, and even improves mild urinary stress incontinence.
While some women are great treatment candidates, not every patient meets the criteria for Votiva treatments. Votiva treatments should be avoided if the patient is on her menstrual period or if she is pregnant. Any vaginal rings for birth control or hormone replacement will have to be removed before Votiva treatments. Treatment preparation and recovery are simple; we don’t encourage patients to douche or insert any vaginal supplements before or in between treatments. Preparation is simple as well; we ask patients shave or trim the pubic hair two days prior to the Votiva treatment.
What does a Votiva treatment feel like?
For the most part, patients describe a gentle heating sensation from the radiofrequency energy. While discomfort is possible, it is highly uncommon with the Votiva treatment, and has not been a part of our patients’ experience. Votiva treatments have no downtime, and patients may return to work and resume their daily activities after the procedure. We encourage patients to avoid any strenuous activity or tampon use 24 hours after each treatment. The most common question that we get is “when can I have sex again,” and we suggest that patients wait for 2-3 days before any sexual activity after the treatment is done.
When do patient see results?
Most patients may start to notice the beneficial results of the treatment a week to two weeks after the first procedure, and they will continue to improve over time and after multiple treatments are completed. Our recommendations are typically a series of 3 Votiva treatments, with an additional annual treatment thereafter; treatments should be spaced by 4-8 weeks. Votiva may also be combined with PRP or platelet-rich plasma to help improve decreased sensation and stimulation. PRP is the process of using the patient’s own plasma from blood and injecting into the vaginal canal, around the G-spot, and sometimes around the opening of the urethra (for patients complaining of urinary incontinence). While the additional PRP treatment is optional, we often recommend it to many patients to for the best results in intimate wellness.
Knowledge is power, and our patients are more interested in health and intimate wellness than ever. If you are ready to improve your sexual health or have questions about intimate wellness, give our office a call at (678)974-8435 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to being a part of your health journey!