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Are you struggling with intimacy after breast reconstruction?

Navigating sexual intimacy after breast reconstruction Dr. Ong writes about one of the struggles affecting women after breast cancer in Breast Reconstruction: A patients guide to understanding her treatment options, a supplement to Plastic Surgery News published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) during breast cancer awareness month. Are you struggling with intimacy after breast reconstruction? You are not alone! Many women share intimacy challenges after cancer treatment. A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reported that 70 percent of the 994 cancer-treated patients who were sexually active at the time of diagnosis reported that they were still experiencing sexual difficulties two years after cancer treatment ended. (“Sexual Function After Breast Cancer, “2011) Unfortunately this topic of sexuality and intimacy may be one…


Unveiling of the next generation of vaginal health treatments: ThermiVa® Arvati

One of the great things about practicing medicine today is the growth of technology. This has resulted in an exponential growth of medical treatment options.  We have not seen a steeper growth curve than now! How it all started for me 3 years ago, non-surgical vaginal treatments were barely existent. In 2015, I visited a physician whom I had never previously met to learn how to help women with concerns of urinary leakage, vaginal dryness, and other intimate issues. These issues were not spoken of, even within the closest circle of friends. Little did I know that my visit to Laguna Beach, to the office of Dr. Red Alinsod, would completely change my practice and my professional life. That day, I was introduced to a…


The secret to maintaining your vaginal rejuvenation results is easier than you think

What can i do to maintain my vaginal rejuvenation results? Over the years, we have seen many life-changing experiences for women who have braved the way in the field of vaginal rejuvenation. Many of you have shared your stories with other women to help them navigate through the challenges of aging and the bodily changes that occur that occur because of it. Many of you have experienced the positive effects of our treatments with ThermiVA® for improvements in :- Sexual function Vaginal dryness Improved bladder control Vaginal tightness Here at Ong Institute, we take pride in being in the forefront of technology and make it our responsibility to lead the way when in comes to female health issues. We are always looking for the next best technology…


Advice from a friend: Meaningful ways to deal with breast cancer

A cancer diagnosis is something you can never prepare for. Throughout the years, I have had the opportunity through this unfortunate circumstance, meet and care for some amazing people. I have always wondered how women successfully deal with this devastating diagnosis. I reached out to my patients to get some answers. Here is great advice from a wonderful lady, Ginny, who has become a friend of the  Ong Institute for Plastic Surgery and Health. With Love From Ginny ”I hope that my comments below can touch the life of one of your patients. I am forever grateful that you have inspired me to move forward with my life.” Don’t be afraid to ask for help  I’ve always felt that I was someone who could get…


6 meaningful ways to improve your digestion

Your gut’s health is vital to your overall health. Good digestion determines which nutrients are absorbed. Good digestion will also get rid of toxins. In essence, gut health is directly linked to the health of your entire body. Your gut ecosystem Your gut is responsible for breaking down and absorbing your food. That is a very important job that requires a lot of work!  For you to have optimal health, look to great digestion. First, the bugs in your gut are like a rainforest, a large ecosystem.  It contains 3 pounds of bacteria that include some 500 different species like a chemical factory. These chemicals include the “happy hormones” your body needs such as serotonin and dopamine. That factory also helps you digest your food,…


Amazing treatment you may want to try for the aging vagina

We all know that the body slows collagen production throughout our adult life. Starting at age 18.5, we loose 1% of collagen per year , and most people have up to 20% collagen loss by age 40.  This is when we start to notice the dreadful WRINKLES! In the vaginal or outer labia area, many women want a firmer, tighter, and fuller natural look. To understand more about which treatments make sense, we should learn about the important components that help with skin structure, namely: Collagen, Elastin, Hyaluronic acid, and fat. Collagen and its role in smooth, healthy skin Collagen is a key component of the structure of the skin. Collagen is a protein that supports the functions of elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA).  Elastin…


The secret tool after female rejuvenation surgery

Vaginoplasty or labiaplasty surgery to reduce the size of the labia is the surgical process of reducing or trimming the labia. The stretched-out, large labia can cause issues such as :- Tugging Rubbing Chaffing Disomfort For many women, the freedom to wear the clothes they want, and do the activities they love in comfortable clothing seem simple enough. However, this surgery must be approached with caution. It is not JUST reducing the size of the large, bothersome piece of tissue that is many consider to be too large, too dark and uncomfortable. The question is ….How can we make this surgical procedure work in our favor to create an artistic masterpiece? Basic labiaplasty facts As with any cosmetic surgical procedure, you would want to have an…


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THERMI-O™ And PRIAPUS SHOT™

There are many changes in the body that occur as a result of normal aging and life changes including our sexual experiences. The good news is that there have been significant advances in the field of sexual medicine, which are now available to us. One of the biggest advances in regenerative medicine is the ability to regenerate tissue using the body’s own growth factors. Platelet rich plasma or PRP has really made a difference in tissue regeneration.  I am currently using PRP as a tool to aid healing in almost all my surgical procedures, in hair regeneration and to enhance the collagen production of the skin in facial rejuvenation procedures. ThermiVA™ has also revolutionized the treatment of functional problems for women. Having treated hundreds of women and witnessing…


Does THERMIVA™ Treat Vaginal Dryness ?

Many post or peri-menopausal women suffer from vaginal dryness, mainly due to the reduction of estrogen levels in the body. Hormone replacement therapy is a good treatment option for vaginal dryness. Nowadays, there are also other adjunctive treatments. These are helpful for patients who are unable to tolerate estrogen therapy such as those with certain type of estrogen sensitive cancers. Devices such as the ThermiVA™ can help improve vaginal dryness by stimulating a change in the “health of the vaginal lining “. It stimulates blood flow to the area which increases the production of collagen. Tighter new collagen that is more pliable and soft. This increased collagen thickens the vaginal lining and reduces the occurrence of painful intercourse. Many women who have long standing dryness…


THERMIVA™: How long does the results last ?

Many women are looking for nonsurgical options for vaginal rejuvenation, one of the common questions that I get asked is “How long do the results last?” The answer to that question is dependent on many factors, such as the hormonal status of the patient, genetics, age and medical history. Hormones play a very vital role in skin laxity and other concerns pertaining to vaginal health. Longevity of the results are also dependent on the “concern” that the patient is seeking treatment for. For external labia majora laxity, we see a nice and measurable improvement after just one treatment, and the results are enhanced with stacked treatments. The results are not permanent, and not as precise aesthetically compared to a surgical labiaplasty but many women are…


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