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As we age, our sex lives can begin to decline for multiple reasons. Women, in particular, can suffer from a diminished sex drive because it can often become less stimulating, pleasant, or rewarding as it once was. At Acqua Blu Medical Spa, we believe in helping women combat this issue in order to regain what they have lost. We provide vaginal rejuvenation treatments in Pittsburgh with ThermiVa and the Lotus Gynolaser.

What is VRS, Vaginal Atrophy, and Urinary Incontinence?

Vaginal relaxation syndrome (or VRS) and vaginal atrophy are two very common problems women face. Both can be caused by illnesses that interfere with normal female hormonal balances, or as the result of natural aging, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.

  • VRS is also described as “laxity of the vaginal wall,” which causes a lack of friction during intercourse, and can result in less sexual satisfaction for both partners
  • Vaginal atrophy is the thinning of the vaginal walls, and loss of lubrication in the vaginal mucosa. It can also have a profound effect on sexual function and quality of life for many women
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It is also common for women to suffer from stress-induced urinary incontinence. This is when small amounts of urine leak during activities that put additional pressure on the abdominal wall (like coughing, sneezing, or lifting weights).

This happens because the muscles supporting the urethra have lost their strength, which can be a result of damage to the pelvic support structure during pregnancy and childbirth, or even as the consequence of frequent physical activity.

The health of the urinary tract is closely linked to vaginal symptoms, such as the absence of estrogen. This leads to frequent nocturnal urination, urinary urgency, painful urination, stress urinary incontinence, and post-coital infections.


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ThermiVa is a non-surgical procedure for vaginal tightening and labia rejuvenation. Using ThermiRF’s innovative radiofrequency technology, the ThermiVa device can help women who suffer from any of the following issues:

  • Vaginal laxity
  • Low libido
  • Orgasmic dysfunction
  • Vaginal/vulvar dryness
  • Atrophic vaginitis
  • Stress incontinence
  • Prolapse

Our ThermiVa treatment will resolve these issues without the need for surgery or other drastic measures.

What are the Benefits of this Treatment?

Internal Vaginal Tightening

The full length of the vagina and opening will see a reduction in laxity that is both noticeable to you and to your partner.

External Labia Tightening

The sag or “camel toe” appearance will be improved by tightening the tissues to reveal smoother, softer skin. You’ll be more comfortable in tight clothing and will feel more confident about your body.

Increased Moisture

Because there’s tighter and thicker skin, there will be more moisture both internally and externally. Atrophic vaginitis and vaginal dryness will be resolved to make sexual intercourse and daily life much more comfortable.

Alleviation of Incontinence

Accidents, leaks, and urge symptoms will no longer be such a looming possibility. Patients report that they see a decrease in these symptoms.

Increased Libido & Sexual Satisfaction

Our ThermiVa treatment will give you increased sensitivity, boosting your sexual experience and giving you stronger muscular contractions or orgasms over a much shorter length of time.

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The Lotus Gynolaser

Another treatment we offer at Acqua Blu Medical Spa is the Lotus Gynolaser. The Lotus Gynolaser represents a new generation of non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation in Pittsburgh for vaginal laxity and atrophy. It uses CO2 laser technology, proven to be one of the most powerful and efficient laser technologies available. The Lotus Gynolaser stimulates the mucous-making tissues of the vagina and promotes neocollagenesis: an enriching of the mucous membrane with new, more tense, and more elastic collagen. The Lotus Gynolaser also helps restore the natural pH of the vaginal mucosa, resulting in greater flexibility, strength and moisture content, and a tighter, better-lubricated vaginal wall.

Because it restores collagen, the Lotus Gynolaser is also an effective treatment for stress urinary incontinence. Women who suffer from stress urinary incontinence have significantly less collagen in their cells. Collagen maintains the strength and elasticity of cell and tissue structure, and its loss is believed to reduce the ability of the pelvic floor muscles to support the urinary tract. By tightening the vaginal walls, the Lotus Gynolaser has a positive effect on the strength and ability of the pelvic muscles to perform their role in bladder control.

How Long Will the Results Last?

As with any non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation in Pittsburgh, there has to be some ongoing maintenance involved. After the three recommended treatments, most patients return for a yearly maintenance procedure.

What is the cost for vaginal rejuvenation procedures?

Pricing will depend on the extent of your treatment and on the technology chosen to address your issue. We will offer you a personalized quote at the time of your consultation with Dr. Heil and his team.

  • ThermiVa vaginal treatments (3 sessions) $1800-$3000
  • GynoLaser vaginal treatments (3 sessions) $2900-$3500

What Kind of Laser is the Lotus Gynolaser?

The Lotus Gynolaser is a patented fractional CO2 laser specifically designed for treatment for vaginal atrophy. It delivers thermal effect to the mucosa, helping to regenerate the underlying connective tissue. Treatment takes as little as five minutes, and downtime is minimal. The Lotus Gynolaser is one of the best choices for those looking for non-surgical treatment for sexual health needs, as it doesn’t require any anesthesia, and does not involve incisions or stitching. A disposable i-Slide tube fits over the sterilized laser cylinder to assure comfort and hygiene.

How Does the Gynolaser Work?

The Lotus Gynolaser uses a non-surgical fractional C02 laser system, very similar to the laser treatments that have long been available for facial rejuvenation. The laser works by optically splitting a laser beam into a series of very small dots. These dots are aimed at the inside wall of the vagina or vaginal canal. The laser pulses for less than a tenth of a second, during which the intensity of the laser is carefully varied by a computer to match the characteristics of the existing vaginal wall.

At the point of contact, the laser removes a tiny area of tissue, creating a pinhole around the same size as the diameter of a human hair. The pinhole stimulates the body to repair itself, signaling cells to create new, healthy tissue at the site of the dot and the flesh immediately surrounding it.

The laser also works to heat the area between dots, stimulating the activity of specialized cells that create elastin and collagen: the building blocks of healthy tissue. This process involves the same concepts as many facial rejuvenation procedures in terms of skin healing and collagen stimulation.

What are the Benefits of the Lotus Gynolaser?

The Lotus Gynolaser treatment causes a functional restoration of the vaginal mucosa, which helps to greatly reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of vaginal atrophy: a widespread problem among pre and postmenopausal women, as well as women who have lost estrogen due to other conditions such as chemotherapy.

Thanks to its action on factors leading to vaginal dryness, fragility, and loss of mucosal elasticity, the Lotus Gynolaser can eliminate troublesome itching, irritation, and pain, which become particularly acute during intercourse.

The Lotus Gynolaser stimulates the collagen contained in the vaginal walls, and helps the lining grow and thicken, resulting in vaginal rehydration and functional tissue restoration, returning your self-confidence and sexual sensation.

What Should I Expect from the Lotus Gynolaser Treatment?

At the start of your treatment(s), a swab will be inserted into your vagina to dry out the inside as much as possible prior to the insertion of the laser. This can be uncomfortable, but it’s over quickly. No anesthesia is required. Most patients describe the actual laser firing as a slight tingling sensation. Although the fractional CO2 laser treatment is performed inside the vagina, there is no pain associated with the treatment. The only discomfort patients typically experience is during the initial treatment when first inserting the laser hand piece into the vagina—and that discomfort is due to the patient’s atrophy symptoms. You can relax knowing that the discomfort you will face is less than that of a speculum insertion.

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Preparation for Your Lotus Gynolaser Treatment

Prior to a vaginal rejuvenation treatment at Acqua Blu Medical Spa, all patients must meet with us for a private consultation to discuss Lotus Gynolaser treatment. You will also need to have had a PAP smear and examination proving you have no abnormalities within the last year.

What is Recovery from the Lotus Gynolaser Like?

Most women report slight localized discomfort directly following the laser treatment, and during the first few days after the session. Many patients resume their normal routine after as little as one to three days. During the healing period, you should avoid lifting weights, taking a hot bath, or doing physical exercise. Dr. Heil will give you specific indications for a speedy recovery. Treated patients can resume sexual activity three to four days after treatment in order to allow the vaginal canal surface to heal properly.


Who is a Candidate for Lotus Gynolaser Treatment?

The Lotus Gynolaser is best suited for those struggling with vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, and painful sexual intercourse related to peri and postmenopausal changes from decreased estrogen levels. Women undergoing hormonal treatment for breast cancer are great candidates as well. The Lotus Gynolaser is ideal for those looking for a less invasive procedure compared to traditional surgical or pharmaceutical treatments.

Are There Any Risks?

The risks with the Lotus Gynolaser are minimal. The treatment is performed in-office, with no anesthesia. Mild discomfort, slight redness, swelling, or itching can be temporary side effects, but they should disappear within one or two days.

How Much Does a Lotus Gynolaser Treatment Cost?

Lotus Gynolaser treatments are not covered by either Medicare or health insurance. Care Credit financing is available. Pricing will depend on the number of sessions recommended in your treatment plan; your treatment plan will cater to your clinical needs and be presented to you during the consultation.

  • It is advised that patients adhere to their suggested treatment plan, even if they are satisfied with the results after the first treatment
  • Repeated treatment at specified intervals allows longer-lasting improvement

A standard Lotus Gynolaser treatment plan consists of an initial consultation, three treatment sessions over 18 weeks, and a yearly maintenance treatment.

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