ThermiVa® Scottsdale & Phoenix, AZ
What is ThermiVa®?
ThermiVa® is a revolutionary non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation procedure offered at Ong Institute for Plastic Surgery & Health in Scottsdale, AZ that uses controlled radio frequency energy.
The energy in the form of heat is transferred directly to the areas being treated to:
- Improve laxity of labia and vagina.
- Improve sexual pleasure.
- Improve vaginal dryness.
- Improve mild-to moderate urinary incontinence and urgency.
Radiofrequency energy has been used in the medical field for a long time. Aesthetic indications of the technology such as in skin tightening have blossomed over the last few years. ThermiVa® is a radio frequency energy device used to treat the labia and vaginal wall. It has made a significant difference in the lives of many women and couples.
ThermiVa® is safe and there has not been any reported complication associated with the procedure. The machine is engineered to allow the user to control the temperature of the treatment so that it is comfortable and safe. An experienced provider can also recommend other adjunctive treatments that might be beneficial for your problems.
Dr. Ong is very experienced and has performed hundreds of ThermiVa® procedures. She is able to preferentially treat anatomical areas to best address your concerns. Sometimes, there may be other options that may be a better alternative for concern such as platelet-rich plasma, or a surgical intervention. An experienced doctor like Dr. Ong who teaches other providers the procedure will be able to guide you through this decision making process.
We now offer the Arvati ThermiVa® experience. This is the latest Thermi technology performed on a more powerful platform. We are the first and currently ONLY practice in Arizona offering this treatment.
How do I prepare for the ThermiVa® rejuvenation procedure?
Recovery After ThermiVa® Treatment
ThermiVa® uses radio frequency energy, which penetrates the skin or lining of the vaginal wall and causes changes without creating any microscopic “wounds” like laser treatments. Because of this reason, there is no downtime after the treatment. Women are free to do anything they want after the treatment including exercising and sexual activities.
What is the Difference between ThermiVa® and the Mona Lisa Touch™?
The non-surgical energy-based systems that are currently being used include the CO2 lasers (e.g. Monalisa Touch™ and Femilift™), erbium (e.g. Diva™) and radio frequency (e.g. ThermiVa®). The purpose of these machines is to “rejuvenate” the area using various different energy systems to increase blood flow, stimulate collagen production and hence improving the problems of vaginal dryness, incontinence, and help tighten the vagina.
Lasers such as the Monalisa Touch™ are fractionated laser devices, which create small “holes” in the vaginal lining. These small wounds stimulate the wound healing mechanism. This would, in turn, create more blood flow to the area and create more collagen and layers of cells including secretory cells which would improve the problems of vaginal dryness and enhance tightening.
The radio frequency devices such as ThermiVa® uses radiofrequency energy to penetrate the lining without causing any wounds but allows for regeneration. Histologic studies in which biopsies of the vaginal lining performed from ThermiVa® and laser patients showed changes within the lining of the vaginal wall with increased collagen, and an increase in cell layer all indicating improved blood flow and regeneration of the lining.
Some of the differences are:- the size of the treating device (ThermiVa® is a smaller, slimmer device), ability to treat the external labia (ThermiVa®), time needed for treatment (Monalisa Touch™ is faster), and healing time after the treatment (2-3 days for Monalisa Touch™ vs. none for ThermiVa®). There are also some contraindications to either treatment option.
The recent introduction of two other radiofrequency devices into the market may suggest the possibility that radiofrequency technology is better suited for female rejuvenation purposes. To find the best solutions for your concerns, whether it may be ThermiVa®, MonalisaTouch™ or other options, seeing an experienced physician will be one of the best decisions you can make for yourself.
Will I See Results After One ThermiVa® Treatment? Why Are People Recommending Three Treatments?
Everyone is different, and the severity or extent of your condition can vary. The condition being treated i.e. improving vaginal laxity versus treating stress urinary incontinence is very different. Because of this variability among women, it is difficult to say exactly how many treatments you may need.
Women with mild urinary incontinence may need just one treatment. However, someone with vaginal dryness for several years may need several treatments in order to get the tissues to heal where they may be satisfied with the outcome. It takes time for the changes to occur at a cellular level after the treatment. New blood flow, collagen growth takes weeks to months to regenerate. Thus, a series of treatments can augment the results.
The reason why many doctors are recommending 3 treatments is that the pilot ThermiVa® study performed by Dr. Alinsod was created with a protocol of 3 treatments. Based on this study, a significant improvement in sexual satisfaction and vaginal looseness was seen in women after three treatments.
Dr. Ong’s personal opinion on this is that physicians should treat the symptom or condition rather than be “sold” on the number of treatments. Some women may need less and some more. Some women may need adjunctive treatments such as hormonal creams, non-hormonal growth factors, or the O-shot™. Once the results are achieved, many women will need an additional treatment between 9-15 months since the environment being treated is constantly changing with time. The “cause” of the condition i.e. lack of estrogen or aging is a constant on-going factor.
Is a ThermiVa® treatment painful?
The ThermiVa® handpiece was designed with comfort in mind. The width of the active tip that delivers the radiofrequency energy is just 0.5 inches. Its shape is patterned after the natural curvature of the vaginal walls. Warm ultrasound gel is used during treatment. When the RF energy is delivered patients feel a gentle warming in the vagina, but the sensation is not painful.
How is the ThermiVa® procedure performed?
A small s-shaped wand applicator is used to deliver the RF energy both to the interior walls of the vagina and to the external labia and other tissues. When the RF energy converts to heat, there is a slight feeling of “warmth”. There is minimal discomfort and no topical or local anesthetic is required.
A ThermiVa® procedure at Ong Institute takes just 30 minutes. It is non-invasive and there isn’t any downtime. Once delivered, the RF energy immediately begins tightening the interior and exterior tissues.
Would I be a good candidate for ThermiVa®?
As we get older, our bodies change and this can impact our sex lives. If you feel as if you have lost some sensation during sex, if you feel as if you’ve become dryer than you used to be, and if you have occasional episodes of urinary incontinence, ThermiVa® could be an excellent procedure for you. A side benefit of the radiofrequency energy is that it tightens and firms the outer labia.
Is there recovery or downtime after a ThermiVa® treatment?
ThermiVa® is completely non-invasive and not painful at all. You can return to your normal activities as soon as you leave our office.
Can I have ThermiVa® if I am pregnant?
Can I have ThermiVa® if I am on my period?
It can be a little messy but most of the time, as long as you are not on the heaviest day of your menstrual period, it is okay to have the procedure performed. Some patients choose not to have the treatment due to mild discomfort and cramping from the menstrual cycle itself.
Can I have ThermiVa® if I am on hormone replacement?
Yes. RF treatments with enhance the results of hormonal replacement therapies to improve vaginal tightness, improve moisture, and help with urine incontinence.
How soon will I see results after a ThermiVa® session?
ThermiVa’s radiofrequency energy delivers immediate results, and they continue to improve over the next three to four months after your session. Your results should last for about one year, but if you maintain your treatments at least once yearly, these results can expand for up to three years.
“Dr. Ong, and her staff are excellent. They are so professional, and caring. Since, Dr. Ong is a pioneer in ThermiVa, I thought I would give it a try. I’m a 67 yr. old woman. Sexual relations were very painful. With the O shot, I could not believe the improvement, and it keeps getting better! It is amazing!! I had such success with the Ong institute, that I also had the Vampire Facial. My skin looks so much smoother, and pores smaller. Again, well worth it!! A great find!!”
“Good morning Dr Ong, I wanted to tell you how extremely happy I am with my Thermiva treatment so far. I took a dance /exercise class last night and I jumped and skipped and hopped like a person without incontinence issues!!! Hard to believe there has been such a change in only 10 days. You are a God-send, if that’s even a word 😊 thank you so much!
“I first had a consultation with Dr. Ong. She went over the procedure, and what it entailed. She was well-spoken, took her time with me, and answered my questions. I went to see Dr. Ong, because after having five children, I had a prolapsed uterus. After only the first treatment, (the series includes 3 treatments), the pressure from the prolapse was gone, and my internal muscles were tighter. It is now easier, and more efficient to practice Kegal exercises. The treatment only takes a half hour, and there is no pain or downtime at all.