The time has finally come, and Vamp is launching the much anticipated CO2RE Intima for vaginal and vulval rejuvenation.
The CO2RE intima is a safe, quick, in-office, non-surgical procedure that treats a variety of gynaecological conditions experienced by many women following childbirth and menopause.
The device uses fractional CO2 laser to create zones of ablation and coagulation, which stimulates subsequent remodelling, deposition of new collagen, elastin and blood vessels within the tissue.
CO2 laser is the gold standard for skin rejuvenation and is used world-wide by many gynaecologists and medical practitioners for vaginal rejuvenation.
Who can benefit from this treatment?
The two largest groups to benefit from this device are women with vaginal or urinary issues following childbirth or menopause.
Menopause is the complete cessation of menstrual periods (defined after 12 consecutive months). The average age is 51. Women will go through a peri-menopausal stage, where their periods start to change, and they experience a plethora of symptoms due to a fluctuation and drop in oestrogen levels. These symptoms persist into the menopause for many women, and some of the associated changes are permanent. While many people know about the hot flushes, headaches and mood changes, what is less spoken about (and unfortunately persistent) are the changes that affect the vaginal tissue and urinary system. Without signalling by oestrogen the vaginal and vulval tissue becomes thinner, loses elasticity and structure, becomes fragile, dryer, and begins to lose its usual sensation. This can result in irritation or itching, painful sex, bleeding after sex, and decreased arousal or orgasm. The low oestrogen state also affects the urinary system and may cause painful or frequent urination, incontinence, and recurrent urinary tract infections. Some of these symptoms can be addressed with hormone replacement therapy, including vaginal oestrogens, but not everyone is a safe candidate and having to apply vaginal creams regularly can be a hassle for many.
Following breast or ovarian cancer many women will experience these same symptoms because of chemotherapy/oestrogen-modulation therapy or removal of the ovaries.
The second group are women who have had vaginal births. Although some women bounce back incredibly well following child birth, the unfortunate truth for many is that they don’t look and feel the same down below. Although the body is designed remarkably well to tolerate carrying a baby to term and a vaginal birth, there is no doubt it can cause some irreversible changes to the pelvic constituents including vaginal tissue and structure. Following vaginal birth some women may experience laxity, change in appearance of their vulva, decreased sensation, and urinary symptoms (frequency, urgency, leakage).
While vaginal laser cannot replace pelvic floor exercises or the need for surgery in more severe pelvic organ prolapse, the CO2RE Intima has been clinically proven to significantly improve the symptoms of vulvovaginal atrophy.
Being the only CO2 laser device in Australia to treat both the internal and external genitalia, the CO2RE Intima can also be used to address dissatisfaction with the vulval appearance (sagging skin, pigmentation, and texture) for women of all ages.
The best part about it… It works.
There are multiple peer-reviewed studies documenting effect of CO2 laser in vaginal rejuvenation.
One recent study using the CO2RE intima device for a course of 3 treatments over 12 weeks in perimenopausal women showed 82% of women had a significant improvement in Vaginal Health Index (scale assessing vaginal elasticity, fluid volume, vaginal pH level, skin integrity & moisture), 81% reported improved sexual gratification, and 94% reported improvement in vaginal rejuvenation.
Another study assessing the effect of the CO2RE Intima treatment on postmenopausal women demonstrated a significant improvement in 90% of subjects after just 1 treatment. Following the 3-session treatment course, symptoms of vulvovaginal atrophy and microscopic changes on biopsy showed continued improvement at both 6- and 8-month follow-up.
So, what does the process involve?
First you will consult our female doctor who will go through your medical history and reasons for seeking treatment to determine if you’re an appropriate candidate.
You will need an up-to-date Pap smear/Cervical Screening Test (CST).
3 treatments, each one month apart, are recommended for full effect.
Each treatment takes roughly 10-15 mins.
During the treatment the internal handpiece is inserted into the vagina and the laser is pulsed while rotating 360 degrees. The handpiece is then withdrawn a centimetre and the process repeated until the entire area is treated. The external handpiece is then applied to treat the vulval area.
The treatment is safe and causes mild to no discomfort.
You may experience some mild redness, tenderness, swelling, or itching in the first few days following treatment, which can be treated with a cool compress or antihistamine.
You will be required to avoid any swimming, tampon use, or sexual intercourse for 7 days following the procedure.
Some women may require a maintenance treatment at 1 year.
Book a consult with Dr Monique to find out if the CO2RE Intima can benefit you.