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What is ThermiVa?

ThermiVa is a non-surgical treatment invented by Dr. Red Alinsod and developed by Thermi, a global leader in radiofrequency technology. It uses radiofrequency energy to gently heat vaginal and vulvar tissues without discomfort or downtime, helping women reclaim vitality, and restore youthful bodies. Childbirth, aging, trauma, and genetics can cause vaginal tissues and surrounding muscles to lose strength and tone.

ThermiVa addresses these challenges by treating dermatologic conditions like loose and saggy skin, dry skin, and vulvovaginal laxity. As a non-invasive treatment option, ThermiVa represents a significant advancement in vaginal rejuvenation, providing a safe, effective, and convenient solution for women, ultimately helping to restore self-confidence and improve the quality of life.


How does ThermiVa work?

ThermiVa works by utilizing targeted radiofrequency energy to gently remodel the vaginal tissue and stimulate the fibroblasts in the skin and mucosa. This promotes the body’s natural production of collagen, a protein essential for maintaining skin’s elasticity and strength. Externally, the stimulation from ThermiVa leads to the tightening of the labia, which often becomes loose after pregnancy or with natural aging. Internally, it works to tighten the vaginal walls and rejuvenate the tissue.

The gentle heating of the tissue triggers collagen remodeling, resulting in a tighter, more youthful appearance and feel, both internally and externally. Overall, ThermiVa harnesses the body’s natural processes to rejuvenate and tighten the vaginal area, addressing common concerns related to aging and post-pregnancy changes, ultimately helping women to regain confidence and improve their quality of life.

Is ThermiVa truly effective?

ThermiVa is a revolutionary treatment for various vulvovaginal symptoms, providing a host of benefits:

  • Comprehensive Treatment: It addresses multiple issues – vaginal dryness, atrophy, laxity, pain during intercourse, and urinary incontinence by enhancing collagen and elastin in vaginal tissues, thereby improving vaginal tone, reducing dryness and laxity, and enhancing sexual satisfaction and urinary control.
  • Non-invasive and Low-risk: As a non-surgical and non-medicinal procedure, ThermiVa involves minimal risks, with no need for anesthesia, lasers, or medications.
  • Quick and Painless: The treatment, which uses a handheld device to deliver radiofrequency energy, takes approximately 30 minutes, is completely painless, and involves zero recovery time, allowing women to resume their regular activities immediately after the session.
  • Immediate Results: While results vary from person to person, many women notice an immediate improvement right after the treatment or within two weeks, with the most significant changes typically observed after about 90 days.
  • Non-hormonal: ThermiVa is a suitable option for patients for whom hormonal therapy is unsafe due to existing medical conditions.
  • Long-lasting Effects: Most patients remain symptom-free for up to a year after completing their 3-treatment regimen, although touch-up treatments every 9-12 months are recommended to maintain the results.
  • Not Suitable for Everyone: Certain conditions, such as pregnancy, recent childbirth, current infections, or having implanted devices like pacemakers, may make ThermiVa unsuitable. Therefore, it is crucial to consult a dermatologist to determine if you are a suitable candidate for ThermiVa.

How many sessions are needed for ThermiVa?

ThermiVa is a quick in-office procedure, typically lasting between 20 to 30 minutes. Although some results may be noticeable almost immediately, it is recommended to undergo a series of three treatments spaced one month apart to achieve optimal results. This regimen allows for the most significant and lasting improvements in vaginal health and functionality.

What can patients expect after the treatment?

After ThermiVa treatment, patients can expect a range of positive outcomes. The treatment, which consists of three 30-minute sessions over three months, involves applying gentle heat to the vagina and vulva, causing no pain or discomfort. Remarkably, sexual activity can be resumed on the same day of the treatment.

Post-treatment, patients should anticipate:

  • Increased Moisture and Lubrication: A noticeable increase in vaginal moisture and lubrication will help decrease discomfort during intercourse.
  • Improved Urinary Control: The treatment helps treat mild urinary leakage and improve overall urinary control.
  • Vaginal Tightening: Both the vaginal canal internally and the opening of the vagina will experience tightening. The loose stretched outer lips of the vagina will also be tightened.
  • Enhanced Sensitivity and Sexual Arousal: Patients will experience enhanced sensitivity, which can lead to increased sexual arousal and more intense orgasms.
  • Relaxation of Tight or Painful Areas: Areas that may have been too tight or painful will be relaxed after the treatment.
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FAQ About ThermiVa

Is there any age restriction for undergoing ThermiVa treatment?

There is no specific age restriction for undergoing ThermiVa treatment. However, it is commonly sought by women who are experiencing symptoms related to childbirth, aging, or menopause. It is always best to consult with a healthcare provider to determine if ThermiVa is suitable for you.

Are there any side effects associated with ThermiVa?

ThermiVa is generally considered to be a safe and low-risk procedure. However, as with any medical treatment, there may be potential side effects, although they are rare. Some patients may experience mild swelling or redness immediately after the treatment, but this usually subsides within a few hours.

Is ThermiVa suitable for women who have had a hysterectomy?

Yes, ThermiVa can be suitable for women who have had a hysterectomy. However, it is always recommended to consult with a healthcare provider to assess your individual situation and determine if ThermiVa is the right treatment option for you.

How long should I wait after childbirth to have a ThermiVa treatment?

It is recommended to wait at least 6 weeks postpartum before having a ThermiVa treatment. It is essential to consult with a healthcare provider to assess your individual situation and determine the appropriate timing for your treatment.

Is there a dermatologist near me in Grand Rapids that offers ThermiVa?

Yes. At our Grand Rapids dermatology office we offer ThermiVa to patients from Grand Rapids and the surrounding area. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.