How To Tell If You Need Surgical or Nonsurgical Vaginal Rejuvenation

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


Aging and childbirth can take a toll on the body, and some negative changes are expected to occur. This includes unwanted conditions, such as vaginal dryness, urinary stress incontinence, and discomfort during sex. If you are experiencing these effects, there is a breakthrough treatment that can rejuvenate and tighten your vaginal tissues once again. ThermiVa® is a procedure that stimulates collagen production and rebuilds tissue for an improved quality of life.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi is proud to offer nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation in Newport Beach, CA. But what is ThermiVa, and how does it differ from surgical vaginal rejuvenation? ThermiVa uses radiofrequency technology to achieve your goals – no incisions or general anesthesia needed. When you schedule an online consultation or in-house appointment with SSK Plastic Surgery, we can review this treatment option with you.

What is ThermiVa, and how does it compare to labiaplasty?

ThermiVa is a noninvasive treatment that retightens the tissues of the labia and vagina. This procedure uses radiofrequency energy to heat the area and promote the development of new collagen. This can relieve complaints, such as urine leakage, lack of vaginal lubrication, and pain or discomfort during sex. Many women are just beginning to learn about the remarkable benefits of ThermiVa to feel more comfortable with their bodies.

Labiaplasty, on the other hand, improves the appearance of the vagina by reducing excess skin of the labia majora or minora. This is often performed for cosmetic reasons, but sometimes the tissue can cause health complications. This includes irritation or chafing that prevents women from engaging in physical activities or sex. When you arrive for a consultation at SSK Plastic Surgery, we can identify the options that make the most sense for your situation.

Candidates for surgical and nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation

As with any procedure, it is important to understand that women have different needs and goals. Although it is true that both labiaplasty and vaginal tightening through ThermiVa are often successful, patients need to meet with a doctor before pursuing a specific treatment in Newport Beach, CA. No matter which option you choose, we can walk you through the process and perform an examination to make sure you qualify. Please report any history of sexually transmitted diseases or vaginal infections as these may need to be addressed beforehand.

How vaginal tightening is performed

The ThermiVa treatment takes less than an hour, is pain-free, and requires little to no recovery period. It is performed using a soft S-shaped probe that Dr. Kelishadi moves inside the vagina and over the labia. Patients sometimes compare the sensation to a warm massage. Our team closely monitors patients and watches for any negative side effects that may occur. Afterward, you may experience pain at the treatment site, but this issue should resolve itself within a few hours. You can return to your regular routine with virtually no downtime.

How surgical vaginal rejuvenation is performed

Labiaplasty is performed by trimming or removing excess skin. In contrast to ThermiVa, surgical vaginal rejuvenation does require a set of guidelines that need to be followed to ensure successful results. Even though labiaplasty is not as invasive as other treatments, you should still expect some swelling and soreness as normal, but temporary, side effects.

Surgical vaginal rejuvenation also requires some restrictions on activities. Patients should avoid baths or submerging the area in water for several weeks. Women should also abstain from sexual activity and strenuous exercise during that time. Our office can recommend different products or medications to help you manage any pain and discomfort in the meantime.

Schedule your vaginal rejuvenation treatment

There are many factors that can change the appearance or health of the vaginal area. Pregnancy, childbirth, and natural aging can all result in urinary incontinence, vaginal dryness, and discomfort during sex. Dr. Sean Kelishadi offers vaginal tightening with ThermiVa to resolve these issues for good. Nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation has helped countless women at our facility to feel comfortable in their bodies again.

On the other hand, if you struggle with excess skin of the labia majora or minora, surgical vaginal rejuvenation may be the right option for you. To learn more or to get an assessment in Newport Beach, CA, we encourage you to reach out to SSK Plastic Surgery for an in-house appointment or virtual consultation. Our goal is to help women to take back their lives while enjoying more comfort and confidence.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.