Annual ThermiVa Boosts Help Combat Aging’s Effects on Collagen
Beauty Authority’s 2017 New Beauty award winner, ThermiVa, a non-invasive, painless radiofrequency treatment, has become the standard for improving collagen production in patients. In fact, since 2016, over 103,000 ThermiVa treatments have been performed worldwide for vaginal tightening, minimizing urinary incontinence, improving vaginal appearance, and more.
But why are women returning for vaginal tightening with ThermiVa after the first three initial treatments?
Read on to learn more about the science behind the ThermiVa treatment and why annual boosts of ThermiVa are recommended to maintain positive results.
All About ThermiVa Treatments
Treatments using radiofrequency technology, like the FDA-cleared ThermiVa, have become the preferred treatment of choice for many for a variety of conditions dealing with decreased collagen production — and for good reason.
Using real-time temperature monitoring and regulation, ThermiVa uses radiofrequency energy to heat and rebuild the body’s natural collagen. This tightens the vagina, increases vaginal moisture, improves sexual function, and improves bladder leakage.
ThermiVa Treatment Schedule
For full efficacy, it is recommended that all patients who undergo ThermiVa treatment complete a series of three initial treatments, with the second and third treatments occurring during the early stages of new collagen formation.
Why Women Return for ThermiVa After Initial Treatments
So why are women returning for ThermiVa after these initial three treatments?
To understand this, it is important to start by learning about collagen production.
While collagen is a protein that provides firmness and elasticity, the aging process can diminish this collagen. As stated in The American Journal of Pathology’s study “Decreased Collagen Production in Chronically Aged Skin,” “Reduced synthesis of collagen types I and III is characteristic of chronologically aged skin. The present report provides evidence that both cellular fibroblast aging and defective mechanical stimulation in the aged tissue contribute to reduced collagen synthesis.”
This process starts earlier than some may assume, with women starting to produce less collagen typically in their mid-20s’. After the first five years of menopause, they are likely to experience a 30 percent loss of collagen production, resulting in a need for more preventative treatments like ThermiVa boost.
Because while the first three ThermiVa treatments will produce a fair amount of collagen to treat a variety of conditions, women will still naturally metabolize collagen following the treatments because of aging (and potentially other factors). That is why many women return, and many doctors recommend returning, after the initial first three sessions for regular single treatments. According to many experts, including the authors of “Nonsurgical Vulvovaginal Rejuvenation With Radiofrequency and Laser Devices: A Literature Review and Comprehensive Update for Aesthetic Surgeons,” in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, patients can benefit from receiving a ThermiVa boost every nine to 12 months to retain the initial effects of the treatment while counteracting the effects of aging on collagen.
About Dr. Drake
After many years of working in female health and after having been published in numerous peer review journals and having worked for prestigious medical institutions like the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Drake has developed a passion for treating conditions such as urinary incontinence and vaginal dryness with safe, effective, and alternative methods. This has led her to working with the ThermiVa procedure, for which she is now a trusted practitioner at her Houston, Texas practice.