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    Taking a closer look at ThermiVa

    Based on RealSelf Worth It ratings, ThermiVa’s track record with patients is impressive. At last glance, with 164 ratings during 24 months, 95% say the radio frequency nonsurgical vaginal tightening treatment is worth it.

    The RealSelf “vaginal rejuvenation” category, under which ThermiVa (Thermi Aesthetics) resides, has grown 37% year over year, with 3.8 million visits to the RealSelf website in 2016. And the number of consults has skyrocketed 52% in the vaginal rejuvenation, according to RealSelf statistics.

    ThermiVa’s inventor Red Alinsod, M.D., a uro-gynecologist who practices in Laguna Beach, Calif., and is medical director for women’s health for Thermi Aesthetics, coauthored a paper in 2016 in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gyneacology of India, suggesting ThermiVa is revolutionizing vulvovaginal rejuvenation and noninvasive management of female stress urinary incontinence.

    “It seems that the time has come, when women shall ever be grateful to their gynecologist for management of [stress urinary incontinence] with ThermiVa without an incision,” the authors write.

    Dr. EmerBeverly Hills, Calif., dermatologic surgeon Jason Emer, M.D., says ThermiVa has been a winning addition to his practice, which offers a range of providers experienced in noninvasive and surgical vaginal rejuvenation options. 

    “My patients love it,” Dr. Emer says. “The women notice a cosmetic improvement immediately because the soft tissue gets heated up, it gets swollen and immediately you get collagen production. We actually show them with a mirror before treatment; then, immediately after treatment.”

    Dr. Emer says he has received calls from grateful husbands who say ThermiVa treatment restored their wives’ vaginal moisture and sensitivity.

    “Now we have a subscription service, where we do monthly treatments for women… to maintain outcomes,” Dr. Emer says.

    Ms. WilliamsClinical Aesthetician Carla Williams, with the plastic surgery practice Vinings Surgery Center, in Atlanta, Ga., tells much the same story about her experience offering ThermiVa.

    Patients love it, she says. So much, in fact, that she no longer offers laser treatments and chemical peels at the practice because all she has time to do is ThermiVa procedures.

    “Truly, we have spent nearly no advertising dollars on ThermiVa,” she says. “A couple of great RealSelf reviews and word of mouth from happy patients has driven most of this to our office. It has been a great investment.”

    Ms. Williams says her patients range in age from 21 to 89.

    Twenty year olds are looking for more of a cosmetic benefit, while older patients are there to address a range of concerns, from vaginal laxity and sexual dysfunction to stress urinary incontinence and overactive bladder, she says.

    Ms. William’s oldest patient, an 89-year-old, was getting up two to three times a night because of overactive bladder.

    “After three treatments, she said she was only having to get up once,” she says. “We've also had patients come in that survived different types of cancer. They were suffering from severe vaginal dryness, but for their safety, their doctors refrained from prescribing them estrogen creams and hormones. They hadn't had sex with their husbands, sometimes in years, because they were so dry down there. After these treatments, their natural moisture production was turned back on and sex became more comfortable for them. One of them called me and said, ‘I think you saved my marriage!’”

    NEXT: ThermiVa Treatment Tips

    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has written about health care, the science and business of medicine, fitness and wellness ...

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