diVa (available in Ann Arbor)Ganger Dermatology is proud to offer diVa: a minimally invasive laser procedure designed to restore vaginal health, hydration and strength.
Women's bodies change over time but additional alterations in feminine health may occur as a result of two major life events: childbirth and menopause (either organic or secondary to medications or illness). With these changes, it is common for women to experience vaginal tissue laxity, decreased personal lubrication and symptoms of stress urinary incontinence. This can have a profound effect on quality of life and historically, options for treatment have been limited.
Engineered by Sciton, diVa is the world's first and only hybrid fractional laser that incorporates two lasers in one for a synergistic effect. This technology allows the simultaneous use of both non-ablative energy (tissue heating) and ablative energy (tissue vaporizing). In essence, it is an intentional, focal, controlled "wounding" of the tissue such that during the body's natural healing process, healthy tissue and collagen are generated.
Who is a good candidate for diVa?
- Women aged 18 and older who experience any of the below symptoms are considered potential candidates for treatment:
- Vaginal dryness (both at rest and with sexual activity)
- Tissue laxity from stretching or thinning of vaginal tissue (such as with childbirth or hormonal changes)
- Urine leakage (so-called "stress incontinence" wherein increased pressure such as with cough or exercise triggers urine leaks)
What results can I expect?
Women who undergo treatment with diVa see benefit with tissue tightening, increased personal lubrication, increased pleasure sensation, and improvement in symptoms of stress incontinence. Individual patient results vary depending on presenting symptoms.
How many treatments will I need?
Best results, for optimal lasting outcomes, are achieved with a series of treatments. Typically 3 treatments, spaced 4 weeks apart is recommended. Most women notice improvement after the first treatment within the first month but completion of the series provides more sustainable results. Individual circumstances may vary.
What happens before treatment?
Patients will have a medical consultation with one of our providers prior to scheduling the procedure. This allows for a review of medical history, determination of appropriateness of individual treatment and time for questions. Patients must have a pelvic exam (with or without pap smear) within the past 1 year with documentation (letter from primary physician or gynecologist) of the findings.
What happens during treatment?
Prior to your treatment, a topical numbing medication is applied to the vaginal canal. With this, discomfort is minimal (described on average by most patients as a "3 out of 10" on a pain scale with 10 representing the worst pain). The laser handpiece is placed in a disposable sheath and inserted into the vaginal canal. The sheath remains stationary while the laser delivers energy to the tissues. Total laser treatment time is typically 5 minutes.
What happens after treatment?
Mild discomfort and spotting may occur for 48-72 hours following treatment. Pain is typically minimal and responsive to over the counter medications such as Tylenol or Motrin. Patients are asked to abstain from use of tampons, sexual intercourse, submersion in water (baths, pools, lakes, oceans), douches or any other personal products or devices that are inserted intravaginally for 48-72 hours.