Vagi­nal re­ju­ve­na­tion

Vagi­nal re­ju­ve­na­tion is fast be­com­ing a pop­u­lar aes­thetic pro­ce­dure. We ask med­i­cal aes­thetic ex­pert Dr Por­tia Gumede to ex­plain what it in­volves and how you can ben­e­fit from it.

True Love - - CONTENTS - By LER­ATO SEUOE

1. What is vagi­nal re­ju­ve­na­tion?

As women age, the vagina is af­fected by a num­ber of things rang­ing from de­creased col­la­gen pro­duc­tion to vagi­nal dry­ness and fe­male sex­ual dys­func­tion. Oe­stro­gen-based treat­ments are ef­fec­tive for some of these con­di­tions, but many pa­tients are re­luc­tant to be treated due to health con­cerns re­gard­ing oe­stro­gen. More and more women now pre­fer non­sur­gi­cal treat­ments. Vagi­nal re­ju­ve­na­tion is the treat­ment of these con­di­tions us­ing non-sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures. For ex­am­ple, you can in­ject platelet-rich plasma (PRP) into the up­per wall of the vagina, trig­ger­ing stem cell mul­ti­pli­ca­tion and new tis­sue growth, to en­hance sex­ual re­sponse.

2. What does the pro­ce­dure en­tail?

Firstly, the pa­tient does a pap smear, then blood is drawn from the pa­tient and placed in a test tube. The blood is then spun in a cen­trifuge ma­chine, which sep­a­rates the blood cells into platelet-rich and platelet-poor plasma. It is then as­pi­rated into a sy­ringe along with platelets that con­tain al­pha gran­ules, min­er­als, en­zymes and growth fac­tors (GF). The PRP is mixed with cal­cium chlo­ride to ac­ti­vate the GFs and this is then in­jected onto the cli­toris (numbed with a lo­cal anaes­the­sia) as well as onto the vagi­nal wall.

3. Are there other non-in­va­sive pro­ce­dures?

Yes, there are other pro­ce­dures one can un­dergo, in­clud­ing car­bon diox­ide laser treat­ments and ra­dio fre­quency treat­ments. These tighten the vagi­nal walls.

4. Who are the best can­di­dates?

Any­one who is in their early 20s to late 60s.

5. What are the com­mon rea­sons one would want to get un­dergo this pro­ce­dure?

Stress uri­nary in­con­ti­nence Vagi­nal dry­ness Vagi­nal atrophy Re­cur­rent in­fec­tions Post-de­liv­ery re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Fe­male sex­ual dys­func­tion Dys­pare­u­nia – pain dur­ing sex­ual in­ter­course Vul­vo­vagi­nal au­toim­mune con­di­tions like lichen scle­ro­sus (le­sions)

6. Do the pro­ce­dures in­volve any down­time?

No, there is no down­time with these pro­ce­dures.

7. What does the pro­ce­dure im­prove?

Cel­lu­lar growth New gen­er­a­tion and re­pair of blood ves­sels Col­la­gen pro­duc­tion Tis­sue re­pair Pro­mo­tion of wound healing.

THIS LEADS TO:

De­crease in stress uri­nary in­con­ti­nence Im­proved vagi­nal hy­dra­tion Fewer vagi­nal in­fec­tions Im­proved sex­ual func­tion, in­clud­ing libido De­creased pain De­creased symp­toms of vul­vo­vagi­nal au­toim­mune con­di­tions like lichen scle­ro­sus “It is now more com­mon for peo­ple to groom their in­ti­mate ar­eas, which can be done with a gen­tle in­no­va­tive skin bright­en­ing so­lu­tion.” — Dr Judey

AT-HOME CARE

Step 1: Vagi­nal Bright­en­ing Serum (R1 200) cor­rects, tones and pre­vents skin dis­coloura­tion. Step 2: In­ti­mate Hy­giene Cleanser (R780) re­duces odours and bal­ances ph lev­els. Step 3: Anal Bright­en­ing Serum (R1 200) bright­ens the anal area.

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