Aging is not simply skin deep. Another aspect of aging that can interfere with feeling youthful is diminishing sexual function, which can relate to changes in vaginal function. If you are experiencing problems like vaginal dryness, decreased sexual satisfaction, or stress urinary incontinence, you might think that your only options are hormone treatments or surgery. However, there might be another way.
The CO2RE® Intima can help with these and other conditions related to changes in the function of the vagina, labia, and other related structures. Dr. Michelle Reyes at The Med Spot in Woodland Hills approaches this issue with gentleness, compassion, and sensitivity. She understands that these issues can cause you significant stress, and her goal is to ensure your treatment adds no additional stress — only relief. Since 1997, she has been helping women in the Calabasas area to live better, fuller lives. Because of her understanding and discretion, patients have requested that she expand her practice, which now includes several age management therapies, including nonhormonal and nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation.
The CO2RE® Intima treatment can be used as a nonhormonal and nonsurgical approach to changes in the vagina, labia, and related structures. This can improve many symptoms of aging and life experience such as:
The same treatments that stimulate the improvement of skin tone and function can stimulate the tissues of the vagina and labia. That’s because many of the issues are the same. For example, a loss of collagen can lead to skin laxity in the vaginal canal the same way it can lead to loose, sagging skin in the face.
Treatment with CO2RE® Intima can lead to the production of more collagen, blood vessels, and growth factors in the vagina and labia. This can tighten the vagina and labia, and it can lead to better function. The growth of new mucosa tissue in the vagina can lead to the production of more lubrication. It also helps the production of fluids that regulate the pH of the vagina and protect against infections.
Tightening of tissues in the vagina and labia, along with the production of more lubrication can lead to more sexual sensation and greater satisfaction.
Stress urinary incontinence may be related to thinning of the urethra wall. Thickening of this wall after treatment with CO2RE® Intima can reduce the incidence of stress urinary incontinence, which means you can reduce reliance on panty liners or pads.
Vulvar dystrophies are skin changes in the folds around the urethra and vagina. They can appear as gray or white patches and might be flat or raised. Treatment with CO2RE® Intima can remove these similar to other skin bumps or stimulate the growth of more homogenous skin. Removing these and other obstructions can help reduce pain with intercourse.
Many of the above symptoms are linked to the newly defined condition genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM). In 2020, the CO2RE® Laser was approved to treat GSM by Health Canada. Although it has not been cleared for this specific indication in the US, it remains an effective treatment for many of the related symptoms.
Because CO2RE® Intima can stimulate the regrowth of tissue, it can help minimize or eliminate c-section scars you find problematic. It can be effective on scars that are simply white lines, are depressed areas on the skin, and even those that are keloid scars — scars that outgrew the area of the original cuts.
The CO2RE® Intima is a CO2 laser. Initially developed in the 1960s, this type of laser has been used for gynecological treatments since the early 1970s. It’s also the most powerful continuous-wave laser available. While some more powerful lasers might be available, they only operate in short pulses. The longer energy application lets CO2 lasers achieve more powerful interventions, up to and including surgical cuts. The specific light emitted by the laser is in the infrared range. Since your eye can’t see in that range, any lights you see from the handpiece are simply for reference or guide purposes.
The CO2RE® Intima is ablative laser treatment. In ablative laser treatment, the laser evaporates tissue quickly to create a precisely controlled injury. This injury stimulates the body’s healing response. The healing response creates new tissue with many youthful characteristics. This includes the production of more collagen, tighter collagen, and a more vigorous blood supply.
The CO2RE® Intima stands out because of its precise control and adjustability. Depending on the type of treatment we’re performing, we can set the laser to work at the surface or affect deep levels of your tissue. Deep tissue treatment provides the most significant tissue tightening, more collagen growth, and the best increase in blood supply. In addition to the laser settings, the CO2RE® Intima has several individual handpieces that facilitate different types of treatment. This helps us achieve the precise results you’re looking for.
Effects of treatment don’t occur immediately. They depend on the body’s healing response, so they appear as the body completes healing. Usually, this takes several months, but often only one treatment is required, and the results are long-lasting.
There are several options for maintaining or restoring the youthful function of the vagina, labia, and other structures. However, the CO2RE® Intima is often a better choice because it offers:
Your treatment time depends on the condition being treated. However, in some cases, it might take just 10 minutes to complete your treatment with CO2RE® Intima. This is usually a minimally invasive procedure and typically doesn’t involve cutting your tissue. CO2RE® Intima is also a nonhormonal treatment without medications. This means you won’t have to deal with the side effects of medications and hormones.
The customized handpieces help facilitate quick and accurate treatment with CO2RE® Intima. In addition, these are single-use, disposable handpieces that eliminate the risk of cross-contamination.
Because this is usually a minimally invasive treatment, there is little discomfort compared to surgical procedures. When necessary, topical anesthesia is used, unlike surgery which may require general anesthesia. There is also little to no downtime. In some cases, you can go right back to work. Other times, you might have to take up to a few days off. However, this is typically much less than for surgical procedures.
Even when CO2RE® Intima is used to remove skin bumps or other tissue, the laser has greater precision than a scalpel and causes less scarring. It also makes a cleaner incision, which can reduce your risk of infection.
We understand it’s a sensitive issue if you are unhappy with age-related problems that affect your sexuality. We strive to be as understanding, compassionate, and discreet as possible when dealing with these issues. Dr. Michelle Reyes has worked hard to make The Med Spot in Woodland Hills a comfortable, welcoming space. You are always free to ask questions, and you remain in control of your treatment. These issues come with enough stress on their own — we don’t want to increase your difficulty anymore.
Since 1997, Dr. Michelle Reyes has been helping women in the Calabasas area to live better, fuller lives. Over the years, patients who appreciate her gentleness and compassion have asked her to expand her practice. Now she offers a wide range of procedures, including minimally invasive cosmetic treatments and age management treatments, including vaginal rejuvenation. Dr. Michelle Reyes has also assembled a professional team that shares her attitude and approach. Our goal is to ensure not only that you get great results, but that you enjoy a great experience.
To learn more about vaginal rejuvenation with CO2RE® Intima, please call 818-857-4299 or contact us online for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Michelle Reyes at The Med Spot in Woodland Hills.