A recent statement from the FDA warning that energy-based medical treatments for vaginal rejuvenation can be dangerous and have no proven benefit has left many women feeling anxious about the safety and efficacy of these treatments that can be used to address menopausal symptoms and stress urinary incontinence.
Leading Harley Street gynaecologist at Cosmebeauté, Dr Hina Sra, has spoken out to reassure women who are considering non surgical energy based procedures.
She says; “ The FDA statement might put women off having a treatment that can be extremely beneficial for treating menopausal symptoms including stress urinary incontinence. Treatments like FemiLift, which delivers CO2 laser energy uniformly along the vaginal lining is FDA approved. 250,000 treatments have been performed globally with zero complications. Various studies have shown significant improvements in symptoms of stress incontinence, in turn leading to an improvement in the patient’s quality of life. There have also been studies that have shown histological evidence of improvement in the vaginal mucosa after treatment with Femilift."
Dr Asel, a gynaecologist at EF Medispa agrees, “Femilift is a safe, effective and FDA-approved procedure. It helps with a number of issues including the improvement of vaginal lubrication , normalisation of pH, mild urinary incontinence, vaginal laxity , urgency, and dyspareunia . It's is a safe and quick procedure. We’ve had great feedback from patients who claim how effective it is in comparison to the other alternatives out there. “
Dr Sra advises women to consider the following guidelines when seeking Laser treatment; "Always have treatment at a registered medical clinic. Choose a device that is FDA approved for the indication you want to treat. Always consult a Gynaecologist, and consult someone who is approved to use that particular device. Talk to other women who have had the treatment. Ask your doctor for all treatment options available and make an informed choice when you have the evidence."
In response to the FDA statement experts advised women to try pelvic floor exercises as an alternative to energy based treatments but Dr Hina warns,
"Historically, pelvic floor exercise have been the mainstay of management of mild to moderate stress urinary incontinence. However, only 50% of women will benefit from pelvic floor exercises if done consistently. We are not suggesting that laser treatments take the place of traditional management, but this minimally invasive treatment has helped a lot of women who are symptomatic who either don’t qualify for surgical management, or simply do not want any surgery. In today’s modern world, women have the right to know all their treatment options and make an informed decision based on facts."
Dr Asel agrees, “Femilift and pelvic floor exercises are two different approaches for the treatment of USI. Femilift is performed to rejuvenate the exterior layer cells in the vagina, which is used to increase Collagen and Elastin in the subcutaneous tissue of the vagina. The female genital tissue is restored to a more youthful state, embedded with thick epitilium, new collagen fibres and decreases vaginal diameter thus providing better support to the mid urethra underside. Pelvic floor exercises repeatedly contract and relax the muscles that form part of the pelvic floor.”
Earlier this year, TV personality Danielle Lloyd and mum had the procedure earlier this year after giving birth to her fourth child, she said of her experience “This is totally life changing for me- it took around 10 minutes and was pain free.”
“Not only does it tighten and help stress incontinence, it’s perfect for women who are going through menopause and struggling with dryness. I am not going to let people troll me or try make me feel embarrassed over this as every women goes through these symptoms at some point in their lives and this new treatment can change that.”
Kirsty Spray, 45 a mum of one from Surrey had the procedure at the start of the year after she lost control of her bladder when doctors used forceps to deliver her daughter. She was unable to pick up her new baby without wetting herself.
She said, “It got to the point where I couldn’t speak, cough or laugh for fear or wetting myself. That meant even going out with my friends was off the table,” she recalled. I was not keen on surgical intervention, like a mesh, because of all the risks it held. But I came across something called a FemiLift. As far as I was concerned, I had nothing to lose. It was definitely worth a try.”
Since completing the treatment at Court House Clinics in London, Kirsty said: “Finally, I can truly be the mum I have always wanted to be. I can pick Isabelle up, play with her, push her in the swings in the park - it’s changed my life.
For more information about FemiLift please contact ABC Lasers www.abclasers.co.uk