Three years of FemiLift-WOW

For three years Genesis Cosmetic Laser Center has been providing an innovative procedure that addresses problems with vaginal laxity, vaginal dryness, and mild urinary incontinence caused by loose vaginal tissue.  The FEMI LIFTis a revolutionary CO2 laser treatment that addresses all those issues and I have been so pleased with our results.  As we enter our forth year of  offering this treatment I am proud to report our patients have been 100% satisfied with the results.  After childbirth, with aging, and especially menopause the collagen of the vagina begins to weaken much like it does on the face.  This causes the vagina to become loose and also to lose some of the support under the urethra resulting in leakage.  Many patients complain of lessened sexual sensation and satisfaction due to the vaginal laxity.  In addition, with menopause, lack of natural lubrication can result in even further sexual discomfort that requires lubricants or hormone cream.  FEMI LIFTcan address all these. 

Medical CO2 lasers have been around for decades but this is one of the first ones to specifically address vaginal problems.  The procedure is very simple.  After a brief exam, a specially designed speculum is inserted into the vagina. Inside the speculum a small mirror deflects a modified laser toward the vaginal wall.  When the laser is fired very tiny “pin like “ punctures or pixels are sent into the vaginal wall resulting in rejuvenation of the vaginal “skin” and new collagen growth that tightens the vagina.  Along with tightening the vaginal wall and reducing the laxity there is a further tightening of the tissue around the bladder stem or urethra resulting in a noticeable lessening or elimination of annoying bladder leakage. The rejuvenation of the vaginal lining gives the woman more natural lubrication and moisture.  In addition minor labial problems can also be addressed with this laser.

No anesthesia or numbing is necessary but can be done in certain circumstances or if requested. The procedure takes about 5-10 minutes and you can go back to work or other activities immediately after.  Three treatments spaced a month apart are recommended to achieve the best long lasting result.  We do recommend refraining from sexual activity for about 3 days.  About two weeks after the first treatment patients notice about a 50% improvement in their symptoms with everyone noting a 100% improvement after the second and third treatment.  To the many women with embarrassing bladder leakage, this is a life changer.  

There is no need to be embarrassed about these conditions.  Femi-Lift may be your answer to better vaginal health and bladder control. Make a simple call to Genesis at 843-669-2220 where we can set up a no cost consultation to see if you are a candidate for this simple but life changing treatment.  

Stretch marks..New treatment options

Stretch marks…YUK.  Whether it’s from pregnancy or weight gain and loss they are there, they are ugly, and they need to go.  Over my career I have seen all the hopes and creams come and go to get rid of the stretch marks.  Using various food creams didn’t work, Liebfraumilch cream was a bust, Accutane was tried and failed, Various external lasers and other energy sources did not work either. Then you tried hours at the gym only to find your waist line got some better but the stretch marks didn’t budge much.  Stretch marks have been an everlasting challenge in aesthetic medicine.  Stretch marks are nothing more than markedly damaged skin protein (collagen) that has stretched beyond the normal ability to heal.

Now there is a better solution.  About 5 years ago I attended the national meeting of the American Society of Cosmetic Physicians (ASOCP) and heard an amazing lecture by a Dermatologist from Brazil.  Her before and after stretch mark pictures using her therapy were outstanding with at least a 90% reduction or disappearance of stretch marks after 3 or so treatments.  She was using CO2 injections, also known as Carboxy therapy, under the stretch marks.  Whoa… isn’t that that greenhouse gas stuff you hear about?  Truth is CO2 has been in use for decades as a treatment for skin conditions and wound problems. It has been used for over 40 years in laparoscopic surgery around the world without any problems.  Problem was the FDA had not approved it for skin usage in the USA. …..Until now.

So how does Carboxy Therapy work?  Basically when an area of the body has an excessive buildup of CO2 the brain thinks there may be tissue damage that needs to be corrected.  What happens is that there is a massive shift of Oxygen to that area with the CO2 being taken away  then exhaled by the patient.  In fact, there results an even greater O2 concentration in that area than what can be acheived by direct O2 injection. In addition, because you have fooled your body physiology into thinking there is damaged tissue, a large amount of platelets and growth factors also stream into the injected area.  What results is marked oxygenition of the stretch mark and a rebuild of the damaged collagen protein.

I know this treatment sounds far fetched but I have found in my own patient research that is not only works but works exceptionally well.  It does take about 3-5 treatments for the best result spaced about a month apart.  I have one patient with pigmented stretch marks that is showing good fading and healing of the marks.

The treatment is simple.  You come in about 45 minutes before your treatment appointment to apply a numbing cream to the area. A small injection needle is then used to direct the CO2 just under the skin of the damaged area.  It takes about 15 minutes.  No downtime.   The treatment is then repeated in a month.   It takes about 2 weeks after the treatment to start seeing the results.  It can also be used to thin raised scars on the body.

I am so excited to bring this innovative yet simple treatment to South Carolina.  If you are tired of the stretch marks or raised scars, this may be what you have been waiting for.

Stretch Marks no more.

Dr. O’Dell