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Published April 28, 2015 9:04 AM by Mina Grasso
For several months, we have been offering a minimally invasive skin tightening procedure called ThermiTight injectable RF that allows us to tighten skin of the jowls and neck, upper arms, abdomen, knees and thighs. This device uses the ThermiRF radiofrequency platform for various applications with unique real-time precise thermoster controlled mircro-invasive and non-invasive treatments.

The most recent application is called ThermiVa. ThermiVa was introduced at the IMCAS World Conference as a breakthrough in non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation.

Years ago we offered laser vaginal rejuvenation in our clinic by OB/GYNs specialized in performing the procedure, creating a more aesthetic appearance, but it required surgery and involved downtime. The procedure is still performed today, but if given an option, most women would prefer a non-surgical approach without downtime.

ThermiVa requires a specific vulvovaginal radiofrequency applicator to work with the ThermiRF platform. ThermiVa is completely performed non-surgically and requires no anesthesia. There is no downtime required after the procedure. Gentle gradual heating allows the patient to tolerate therapeutic temperatures that stimulate collagen contraction and therefore skin tightening resulting in vulvovaginal rejuvenation. It's like performing a vulvovaginal "face lift" without surgery in an aesthetic clinic.

Vulvovaginal laxity, dryness, tissue stretching, nerve impairment, incontinence due to aging and loss of collagen are common issues that many women learn to live with and are often not discussed. Some women never even bring up these issues to their gynecologist thinking that nothing could be done anyway. Unfortunately, any one of these issues can make a woman feel less attractive, reduce her sense of well-being, impede sexual satisfaction and interfere with intimacy.

Red Alinsod, MD, FACOG, FACS, ACGE, a global leader of temperature controlled RF in vulvovaginal laxity, presented the findings of a pilot study using the ThermiVa procedure to treat vulvovaginal tissue using temperature controlled radio frequency. Alinsod is the Chairman of the ThermiGyn Women's Health Advisory Clinical Board.

Alinsod's study results showed both vulvar laxity and vaginal laxity improved significantly for all patients after the first treatment and continued to improve after the third and final treatment. In addition, participants reported improvement in sexual satisfaction, vulvovaginal tightening as well as improved vaginal moisture and improved continence as a result of the treatment.  Dr. Alinsod noted, "The potential for a simple and safe temperature controlled RF device to treat vulvovaginal laxity, atrophic vaginitis, mild to moderate stress incontinence, overactive bladder, and orgasmic dysfunctions holds great promise and could be transformational.

The aging process affecting the vulvovaginal skin treated with a non-invasive method can now be provided as a simple no downtime office procedure to those seeking aesthetic enhancements and may provide improvement in sexual enhancement and sense of well-being.

posted by Mina Grasso


Have received the anti hormone drug, Exemestane, for 5 years because of breast cancer; can't use vaginal hormones either. At 69 years of age, I feel my sex life is over because of the dryness, pain, irritation and leakage. Is this a safe treatment for breast cancer survivors? Is there a doctor in my area that reliably does the procedure?

Patti, RN September 28, 2015 11:21 PM
Pt Charlotte FL

Looking for a Doctor who has experience performing the Thermiva procedure in the Minneapolis/St Paul MN area.

JoAnna Growe July 28, 2015 1:03 PM
Shoreview MN

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