Laserderm wass the first center in Canada to offer the FemiLift as part of our new Women’s Health Program. The recent advances in non-surgical treatment options for women with pelvic health issues prompted us to look at this emerging field. We also recognized that there is growing number of women who have pelvic health needs which are not being met by traditional therapies.
The use of lasers in gynecology predate the use of lasers in dermatology, so the marriage of the two concepts for optimization of vaginal and sexual health is a natural one. Our dermatologists team up with community Ob-Gyn specialists, pelvic physiotherapy experts, and we employ only the safest and most efficacious technologies and therapies to help our female patients suffering from: urinary stress incontinence, menopause related vaginal changes (such as thinning, dryness and irritation), and lack or sexual response. Dr. Jonathan Huber is our affiliated Ob-Gyn who screens patients who do not have a family physician or gynecologist for non-routine pap smears and pelvic exams. Dr. Huber also specializes in hormone and sexual dysfunction gynecology.
We also partner with health professionals in the community in order to care for our patients in a holistic manner. Some patients who require surgery or ancillary therapies may be referred to gynecologists, specialized pelvic floor physiotherapists, or sex counsellors/therapists. Breast cancer survivors who have undergone chemotherapy are also referred to us for pelvic health therapies.
Did you know?
- Pelvic support issues can affect women of all ages from ordinary life events such as childbirth, weight fluctuations, menopause and hormone changes. Some disease processes and cancer treatment can also negatively affect pelvic health.
- The changes that occur in the vagina and surrounding structures may result in symptoms of:
- Urinary stress incontinence (leakage of urine with jumping, sneezing, running, etc) as a result of vaginal wall laxity or stretching
- Dry and irritated vaginal walls from menopausal hormone changes or sudden changes in hormone levels as a result of chemotherapy
- Pain (dyspareunia) or decreased sensation with intercourse
- Studies report that while many women experience vaginal health issues, only a small percentage discuss it with their physician. Part of the problem is that traditional gynecology is focused on hormone replacement or surgical treatment of disorders, so pelvic issues that are not severe enough for surgery are not given the due attention, MOSTLY BECAUSE THERE WERE NO MEANINGFUL SOLUTIONS. There is especially a void in solutions for sexual dysfunction. Click here to read more on PRP injections for female sexual enhancement called the O Shot.
- Referrals for gynecology consultations are still an integral part of the Women’s Health Program. Traditional gynecology approaches may include hormone therapy for the management of menopause, surgical and non-surgical treatment options (such as prostheses) for bladder or bowel prolapse or other indications for vaginal reconstruction.
- Specialized pelvic support physiotherapists can help patients to rehabilitate pelvic floor muscles when there are muscle tone factors that contribute to the pelvic disorder. For more information on how pelvic floor physiotherapy can help, go to pelvicsupport.com
- For more information on the laser technology used for the FemiLift visit almasurgical.com/applications/femilift/
- FemiLift has been featured on The Doctors, see Dr. Berman’s interview and patient testimonial here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGLzQFTayJk
What is the FemiLift?
The FemiLift is an FDA cleared/Health Canada approved non-surgical, painless laser procedure that helps to treat vaginal atrophy (thinning and irritation)and dryness, vaginal laxity, and mild urinary incontinence.
How does it work?
The fractional CO2 laser creates precise micro-wounds or “dots” of ablation in the vaginal wall, which stimulates new collagen, elastin, and vascular supply. CO2 laser ablation has been used for decades now to resurface or virtually replace old tissue with new tissue. Think of this as anti-ageing for the vagina, the tissue is restored for more optimal tone and sensitivity, proper lubrication, and better control of the urethra due to tissue tightening.
When will I notice the results?
Patients often report that the symptoms of vaginal dryness and urinary stress incontinence are improved even after the first session. Three sessions done monthly give the optimal result, it takes only 20 minutes each visit and you can return to work immediately after.
Will it hurt and is there recovery time?
Most patients report that the laser procedure is painless, and you can return to normal activities immediately. A pap smear is described as more uncomfortable than the FemiLift procedure. Insertion of tampons and sexual intercourse should be avoided for 48 hours.
How long do the results last?
Long term benefits are appreciated for up to a year or more. Maintenance treatment can be performed on a yearly basis or when symptoms start to return.
How long after childbirth should I wait before having the FemiLift treatment?
You should wait a minimum of 3 months before the FemiLift treatment.