Understanding FemiLift

What is FemiLift™?

  • FemiLift is a laser procedure that uses a CO2 laser to heat the tissues of the vagina at a superficial level, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in tightening the vagina simultaneously strengthening the bladder and urethra

Is it a surgical procedure?

  • No. It is a non-surgical procedure. A precision laser probe is inserted into the vagina and a carefully regulated light beam creates energy which heats vaginal tissues. This heating leads to collagen production, increasing elasticity which creates a tightening of the vagina.

Is FemiLift Safe?

  • The FemiLift procedure is very safe. It is an FDA-approved procedure, which basically means that the laser does what it is supposed to do, with little to no risk to the patient. The risks that the procedure presents are minimal, and could include infection, bleeding, or swelling. The results are many-fold including decreased to eliminated urinalysis stress incontinence, increased lubrication, and greater sexual stimulation for both partners. Some patients even report an aesthetic improvement of their labia, making vaginoplasty almost obsolete. At VFemina, we screen our patients to make sure they are not at risk for infection. We also pre-treat our patients who have a history of the herpes virus, as any inflammation may cause an outbreak. After performing the procedure on many patients, we have not seen any side effects, other than mild spotting for a day or two. And, all of our patients have reported a very high level of satisfaction with the results from FemiLift.

 Are there any pre-requisites before starting FemiLift treatment?

  • Patients should have a recent normal Pap Smear with the product manufacturer recommending one within one month to eliminate any question of pre-existing disease. Patients must not have any active vaginal infection at the time of treatment. Patients must not have their period at the time of treatment. Patients will receive a urine pregnancy test the day of the treatment just before starting the procedure if not menopausal.

Is FemiLift for Me?

Am I a Candidate for FemiLift?

  • Any woman who wants to improve symptoms of mild urinary stress incontinence, such as leaking urine upon coughing, sneezing, exercising, among other activities and wants to avoid a surgical procedure. Women who have some vaginal looseness, which may diminish sexual pleasure for you or your partner, will typically find improved sexual experience after the treatments. In addition, most women experienced increased vaginal lubrication.

What conditions or factors would prevent me from having the FemiLift procedure?

  • If you have any acute vaginitis, active HPV/HSV viral infection or active chlamydia or gonorrhea, an impaired immune system, Scleroderma, previous pelvic radiation, history of vaginal or vulvar cancer you are not a candidate. If you have a history of vaginal mesh a dedicated urogynecologic consult will arranged before scheduling your procedure. Active menstruation, undiagnosed vaginal bleeding and uncontrolled diabetes will be managed first before proceeding with your procedure is performed. Further, if you have severe urinary incontinence grade III or IV you likely will need a surgical procedure.

Can the FemiLift procedure be performed with a history of previous hysterectomy?

  • Yes.

Can the FemiLift procedure be performed with a history of a previous pelvic prolapse surgery?

  • If there is a significant degree of prolapse at the time of pelvic examination, the Gynecologist will advise for surgical correction before the treatment. FemilLift will not correct prolapse, but may prevent future pelvic organ prolapse.

Quick Facts

Why consider FemiLift?
• Vaginal laxity
• Involuntary leakage of urine
• Vaginal dryness
• Uncomfortable Intercourse
• Symptoms of menopause
• Other hormonal issues

What you can expect with FemiLlift:
• Immediate results with no recovery or downtime
• Virtually painless, minimally invasive treatment
• Reduced symptoms of urinary incontinence
• A tighter, rejuvenated vagina
• Increased vaginal lubrication
• Enhanced sexual pleasure for both partners
• Improved body image and self-confidence

About the FemiLift procedure:
• Non-invasive, painless procedure
• Gentle treatment for controlled safety and accuracy
• Maximum precision with Alma C02 laser
• No recovery time. Most patients return to normal activity that day
• Performed in 10-15 minutes
• Excellent patient satisfaction record and long-term success
• Effective in reversing the atrophic effects of aging in the vagina
• A high volume of patients see the results after the first treatment
• Three treatments over 12 weeks are recommended

Can the FemiLift procedure be performed with a history of endometriosis?

  • Typically endometriosis will not prevent a procedure, however, your history should be reviewed with the FemiLift physician, prior to scheduling the procedure.

Does FemiLift work on women who don't have a cervix?

  • The FemiLift procedure works on the vaginal canal, so the cervix is irrelevant. The treatment stimulates the development of younger, healthier tissue in the vaginal canal. Younger, healthier tissue will result in the thickening of the canal, creating a thicker pelvic floor. A thicker pelvic floor creates pressure on adjacent structures, such as the urethra, allowing a woman to have greater control of unintentional leakage of urine, creating greater sexual stimulation for both partners, increasing lubrication and improving vaginal aesthetics; all without surgery, downtime, pain or anesthesia.

Am I a candidate if I am post-menopausal and will I get relief from my vaginal dryness?

  • Laser vaginal tightening is ideal for the post-menopausal woman. FemiLift promotes collagen production and remodeling in the vagina, which in turn results in a return of the rugae, or architecture, that is lost with menopause. Women report improved lubrication and a decrease in pain associated with penetration. With FemiLift, there is a return of a more youthful vagina.

The FemiLift Procedure

How does FemiLift Work?

  • As women age, we lose collagen and elastin, both outside our bodies, as well as inside. For our vaginal tissue, this may be compounded as a result of hormonal changes, vaginal childbirth and menopause. The FemiLift laser works by creating minor channels of thermal stimulation in the vaginal canal. This stimulates the cells in your body that are responsible for the development of collagen and elastin to kick into action. More collagen and elastin equals thicker tissue in your vaginal canal. Thicker tissue increases pressure on the urethra and adjacent structures, which helps with urinary stress incontinence. Moreover, a tighter vagina creates more sensation for both partners during intercourse and younger, healthier tissue may restore your vagina to its original appearance.

Is FemiLift painful?

  • No. While you may experience some sensation during the procedure, it would not be considered painful. Most patients find it more comfortable than a pap smear.

How long does the FemiLift procedure take?

  • The procedure will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

How deep does the laser penetrate the vaginal tissue during the treatment?

  • The laser penetrates about 300 microns (0.3 mm) in depth, enough to promote the production of collagen and elastin in the vagina.

If I request, can I have topical cream or even sedation given to me?

  • Yes, our goal is to make each and every patient completely comfortable with their V Femina experience.

How many FemiLift treatments are recommended?

  • Three (3) treatments, one month apart, are recommended for maximum results Most patients see an improvement of symptoms within a week of the first treatment. A touch-up procedure maybe needed 12-18 months after the final treatment. Thereafter, periodic treatments maybe desired.

Can the FemiLift procedure be performed while taking or using any form of birth control method, including pills or having a coil in place?

  • Yes.

Can the FemiLift procedure be performed while breast-feeding?

  • No.

How soon after childbirth can the FemiLift procedure be performed?

  • FemiLift should not be performed until you are 3 months post vaginal delivery, to allow the body to recuperate, allow any tears/scars from vaginal repairs to adequately heal, and allow the vaginal tone to be naturally recovered.

Can pregnancy occur after a FemiLift procedure?

  • Yes. You may need to repeat the FemiLift treatments after childbirth.

Can the FemiLift procedure help or prevent pelvic organ prolapse?

  • If there is a significant degree of prolapse at the time of pelvic examination, the Gynecologist will advise for surgical correction before the treatment. FemilLift will not correct prolapse, but may prevent future pelvic organ prolapse.

Are there any side effects I should know about?

  • Most patients report NO side effects after the treatment. Some patients report mild cramping or spotting lasting 1-2 days, not requiring any treatment. There is typically no heavy bleeding during or after the procedure. There will be some short restrictions on exercise and intercourse.

Recovery Time

Is there any recovery or downtime after the procedure?

  • Generally not. While there are some minor activity restrictions, immediately after the procedure you may return to work or normal daily activities.

How long after the FemiLift treatment can intercourse be resumed?

  • It is recommended that you not resume intercourse for 3 days after the procedure. Caution should be exercised with the use of any objects during sexual activity, which may cause any damage to the vaginal tissue.

Are there any other restrictions after the FemiLift procedure?

  • While you may resume normal daily activity, you should avoid overly strenuous exercise for up to 3 days.

FemiLift Results

Can the FemiLift procedure increase vaginal lubrication?

  • Patients complaining of vaginal dryness before the treatment report an improvement afterwards, as well as an improvement in the sexual experience overall.

How long do the effects of FemiLift treatment last?

  • Long-term results can be expected. Yearly maintenance treatments might be necessary, depending on recurrence of symptoms and personal activity.

Other Questions

What is rejuvanation of the vaginal tissue?

  • Many things can contribute to the loss of strength of vaginal tissue including, childbirth, hormonal changes, weight changes, and aging. These can lead to reduction in tightness of the vagina and adjacent structures, such as the bladder and urethra. Vaginal rejuvenation, by the use of a laser, improves the tightness and firmness of the vagina. The procedure results in a remodeling of the vagina mucosa, which provides vaginal tissues that feel younger.

What are the effects of vaginal remodeling?

  • By increasing the tightness, firmness and health of the vaginal mucosa and adjacent structures, the sexual experience, vaginal lubrication, and the symptoms of urinary stress incontinence are significantly improved.

What is urinary incontinence?

  • More than 13 million people in the United States experience urinary incontinence or bladder leaking. Women experience incontinence twice as often as men. Pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, and the structure of the female urinary tract account for this difference. Urinary incontinence is defined as the accidental release of urine. It can happen when you cough, sneeze, laugh, bear down, jump, or jog. Incontinence often leads to embarrassing situations where one has to change their clothes or wear sanitary pads continuously. Patients may have modest leaking that keeps them from being fully active and living a full life or worse complain that they smell like urine and are afraid to leave their home because of the fear of wetting themselves. This problem is common and completely curable.Stress Incontinence occurs when you sneeze, cough, laugh, jog, or do other things that put pressure on the bladder. This is the most common type of bladder control problem in women. It is the kind of leakage that Femilft performed by our Board Certified gynecologists manages virtually painlessly without surgery. Stress incontinence can be caused by childbirth, weight gain, or other conditions that stretch the pelvic floor muscles. When these muscles cannot support the bladder or urethra properly, they drop down and urine leaks out.

What is urge incontinence?

  • Urge incontinence happens when you have a strong desire or need to urinate but can’t make it to the toilet on time. Some women may have no warning before they accidentally leak urine. Other women may leak urine when they hear or touch running water. This is caused by an overactive bladder muscle that involuntarily begins to contract as urine fills the bladder, eventually leading to leakage.