A really unique procedure that some women are ashamed to talk about but should know more about is non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation. Offered by The Skin Girls in Vancouver, Votiva is a safe, accessible and comfortable treatment that can address both internal and external vaginal health issues (think urinary incontinence, disfigurement, problems brought on by childbirth, menopause, lack of sexual arousal or feeling) without surgery. We chatted with senior technician Jenn Austria about this non-invasive solution that delivers results that can change women’s lives for the better. —Vita Daily
Hi Jenn! Please tell us a little bit about yourself and The Skin Girls to start!
My name is Jenn and I have been a senior technician at The Skin Girls for the last four years. With the rise in Vancouver of medical spas, The Skin Girls is the go-to for medical-grade skin and body treatments without the feel of being at a medical clinic—and at an affordable cost.
When and why did The Skin Girls decide to intro vaginal rejuvenation (Votiva) to the clinic?
Being a mother of two boys (18 and nine) and working in an industry that caters mainly to women ages 20 and 45, I am so familiar with how our bodies change—especially with giving birth and aging. Vaginal rejuvenation was introduced not so long ago; however, with Votiva coming into the vaginal-rejuvenation game, everything changed. It’s the first procedure of its kind that benefits both internal and external issues without the need for surgery.
What’s the treatment all about—and why shouldn’t we be embarrassed about it?!
Votiva (also know as Plus 90) uses radio-frequency energy waves to stimulate the cells and dermal walls of the vagina to increase collagen and elastin fibre. Also, it helps with the external skin known as the vulva. To receive maximum efficacy, a series of three treatments is recommended. Vaginal rejuvenation is a definitely a taboo subject. Many women believe that some of the issues after giving birth or with aging are rare when, in fact, most women do deal with the same issues. Sometimes it takes speaking to someone with similar issues for them to open up.
Who is the treatment for, and what kind of benefits/results does it yield?
This treatment is not only limited to mature women (menopause) or women who have given birth. Hormonal changes, weight gain/weight loss and eating disorders hugely effect the pelvic floor. Nearly 50 per cent of women 20 years and older experience urinary stress incontinence. The procedure can help improve skin laxity and wrinkled appearance of the labia and vulva, loosened vaginal canal (particularly after childbirth), urinary stress incontinence, weakening of the vaginal muscles, vaginal dryness, pain caused by labial hypertrophy, low blood flow and sensitivity, pain sensation and diminished sexual interest due to the above changes.
What do you, as an expert, like best about this treatment?
It’s a treatment that does not require a day in the clinic. From beginning to end the treatment is roughly 30 minutes and there’s virtually no downtime. What I love best is I can help deliver back that confidence in just the first treatment.
What kind of feedback have you received from clients?
There’s nothing better than my clients coming in and expressing how happy they are (sexual partners included!) with the improvement after their first treatment. I have had women that could not jog one kilometre due to urinary incontinence go to being able to run 10K. Women with post-menopausal issues could now could have intercourse without the help of lubricants. Most of feedback I do hear from women is actually based on what their partners tell them!