Bririttony Croasdell MS, FNP-BC, APN and Anna Grancher PA-C are advanced practitioners who form the core team for non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation at the Whole Beauty® Institute in Chicago and Winnetka. Here are the most common questions that we hear from our patients about Votiva, an advanced treatment that addresses both internal and external vaginal issues:
How do I know if I am a good candidate for Votiva?
Symptoms like vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, loss of vaginal tone and pain with intercourse are all common concerns that can be addressed with Votiva. Women of every age can benefit from the power of Votiva. After childbirth many women experience a change in vaginal tone which can lead to stress incontinence and decreased sensation during intercourse; there can also be an alteration in the shape and size of the labia. Similarly, with menopause there are changes that can occur to the vaginal tissue; vaginal dryness is a primary concern for many peri-menopausal and post-menopausal women.
Votiva is extremely versatile in treating a variety of conditions and is valuable for women in every stage of life. Additionally, our skilled female clinicians will meet with you prior to treatment and discuss your specific concerns to create a personalized treatment plan that you feel great about.
Can I really achieve change in the appearance of my vulvovaginal area and labia without surgery?
Yes! We understand that most women experience changes in the appearance of the vulvovaginal area with childbirth, weight fluctuations and menopause. For many women, these changes can be distressing and can affect their sexual and personal relationships. Finally there is a non-surgical option to address these changes. Votiva uses FormaV and FractoraV to target the unique type of tissue in and around the vaginal area. We have used similar technology on the body and face for many years and had great success with tightening and toning skin in these areas. Votiva uses radiofrequency to stimulate new collagen and elastin. Common concerns like wrinkling, and stretched out tissue can be addressed safely and easily with Votiva.
What is radiofrequency? How can it help rejuvenate my vaginal area?
Radiofrequency (RF) fuels the remodeling and building of new healthy tissue. Fibroblasts are fundamental to skin regeneration and are directly stimulated by RF, fibroblasts produce collagen which we known improves the appearance and texture of the skin.
FormaV is the unique type of RF that is utilized by the Votiva system. FormaV delivers gentle thermal remodeling of the special tissue in and around the vaginal area. Tightening of the vaginal vault, increased lubrication and improvement of labial laxity are all direct benefits of Votiva’s RF.
I have issues with leaking urine while jumping, sneezing and/or coughing, what effect can Votiva have on this embarrassing condition?
Stress urinary incontinence is incredibly common.
Vaginal tone is affected by childbirth and by aging, this change in tone can alter the function of the bladder.
Votiva works to regenerate this tissue and strengthen the existing structures offering internal support.
Many women see improvement in their incontinence in just 1-2 Votiva sessions with optimal improvement after 3 sessions.
How can non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation improve my sexual experience and overall health?
When you feel confident about yourself it affects every aspect of your health. Intercourse can be painful when the vaginal tissue is dry. Labia that are stretched and lax can also contribute to pain during intercourse.
With three simple non-surgical treatments you can see a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your vulvovaginal area and functional issues like dryness and laxity can be improved.
You deserve to feel self-confident and enjoy all aspects of your life!
I have had issues with vaginal dryness for years, can Votiva help with this?
Yes. Votiva specifically targets the tissue responsible for creating lubrication in the vaginal area. A majority of post-menopausal women deal with vaginal dryness and may have tried other interventions like suppositories and oral medications without much success, not to mention the side effects. Votiva is quick, painless and can produce lasting results for this very common concern.
When will I see the results of my Votiva treatments?
And how long will the results last? Patients report immediate changes; even after one 30 minute treatment session, you can experience the benefits of Votiva. Every Votiva treatment regimen is personally tailored to your specific concerns and goals, but most women benefit from three sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Even after your final session, you will continue to see benefits from the treatments. Your results are best maintained with yearly or semi-annual maintenance treatments.
Are the treatments painful? What do I need to do to prepare for the treatments?
Votiva is painless! You can expect to feel a warming sensation during each Votiva session.
Preparation involves avoiding intercourse for 24 hours prior to treatment and stopping the use of NSAIDs like ibuprofen or Advil 3 days prior to treatment.
Women should not be on their menstrual cycle and hair will need to be removed from the treatment area.
How long does the treatment take? Is there any downtime associated with being treated?
Depending on the areas being treated the sessions last from 10-40 minutes. There is very little downtime associated with Votiva. We will ask you to abstain from intercourse for 72 hours following treatment and avoid hot tubs, pools, and bathtubs for 3 days following your treatment.
I am very discrete and this is a sensitive subject for me, who performs the treatments and are they qualified to help me with my concerns?
We completely understand that talking about your sexual relationship and personal health concerns can be a little intimidating. We have an all-female vaginal rejuvenation team that will work with you from consultation and performs your treatments. They will guide you through your post-procedure care and maintenance stages. Our advanced practice clinicians, Brittony and Anna, are well-versed in a variety of women’s health concerns and have over ten years of experience in this specialized field. And as always, your comfort and satisfaction are our top concern.
I may want to have more children, can I still have Votiva treatments?
Votiva is for women of all ages and stages of life. Women who have never been pregnant or who have had multiple children can all be candidates for Votiva. Our team is excited to meet with you and discuss your goals, we will create a unique treatment regimen for your specific concerns and lifestyle!