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    Taking a closer look at ThermiVa


    ThermiVa Treatment Tips

    Dr. Emer says he hasn’t seen a downside to offering patients the treatment. It’s important, however, to rule out medical problems before patients, undergo ThermiVa, according to Dr. Emer.

    “The biggest concern to me is that if someone has a true medical condition that needs surgery — whether it be labiaplasty or internally there are issues with the cervix or the uterus — then, I feel the uro-gynecologist or somebody that specializes in the canal area really should be addressing it,” he says.

    Ms. Williams says the practice’s plastic surgeon, Robert A. Colgrove, Jr., M.D., performs an exam on patients prior to their first ThermiVa treatment to make sure there isn’t evidence of infection or other issues. Ms. Williams gives each patient a pregnancy test, to make sure they’re not pregnant, and says it’s important to make sure patients are up to date on their gynecological exams and are cleared to have the radio frequency treatment.

    ThermiVa treatment, which RealSelf has listed at an average price of $2,650, requires time and attention, according to Ms. Williams.

    “In our office, I’m the person that handles everything from A to Z regarding this treatment. If people call the office and ask for more information, I ask the receptionist to let me talk with them directly. I answer all their questions on the phone…. They’re comfortable with me because I'm a woman, and because I'm able to give them personalized attention helping them to feel more at ease,” she says.

    The first appointment, according to Ms. Williams, generally takes an hour. That includes the exam with the doctor, some time for her to get acquainted with the patients, to detail the procedure, as well as a discussion of what’s next. Subsequent appointments take about 45 minutes, she says.

    “I like to schedule their first three treatments approximately four to six weeks apart. If it’s their third treatment, I’m explaining to them what they can expect over the next couple of months with collagen regeneration and when they would need to come back for a touchup. …with Thermi, the touchups are based on each individual. Some people come back in six months. Some of my patients come back in a year. Although it's typically not necessary, some of them like to come in every three or four months because they love the results,” she says.

    Ms. Williams says she has not experienced any patient complications from treatment. Office in-services for Thermi devices review the important aspects to avoiding complications, she says.

    “It's important to keep the temperature at a consistent, therapeutic level but, first and foremost, to be aware of the patient’s comfort at all times. While doing the treatment, I'm constantly checking in with the patient by asking how she's feeling. It helps her relax knowing I'm dedicated to her comfort,” she says.

    NEXT: The GYN’s Perspective

    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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