FormaV, also known as Forma Votiva, is the innovative handpiece we use to treat Vaginal Laxity, Diastasis Recti and Urinary Incontinence.
Vaginal laxity and atrophy are caused mainly by ageing and vaginal childbirth, which lead to a loss of strength and flexibility within the vaginal wall. As a result, women may experience vaginal, pelvic, sexual and urinary symptoms that significantly affect their quality of life.
FormaV offers state-of-the-art feminine care for therapeutic use to treat sexual and urinary dysfunction or an adjunct to Kegel exercises (tightening the pelvic floor muscles to increase muscle tone).
Vaginal Laxity affects:
- Sexual sensation/pleasure
- Vaginal sensitivity to electric stimuli
- Pelvic muscles
- Urinary incontinence
- Blood circulation
- Vagina dryness and itchiness
The Science Behind FormaV
Forma Votiva combines fractional and bipolar radiofrequency (RF) technologies, providing uniform volumetric deep heating for vaginal tissue remodelling with real-time control of surface temperature.
With the deep heating, vaginal tissues are triggered into thermal remodelling. The heat stimulates the body to produce more collagen and elastin. This process, in turn, restores the elasticity and firmness of the vaginal area.
FormaV is an effective treatment as:
- Improved sexual sensations
- Improved libido
- Improves blood circulation
- Muscle pain relief
- Muscle relations
The Treatment Process
- Ultrasound gel is applied to the electrode area on the disposable probe overall 3 electrodes and RF is used without skin contact to pre-warm the gel.
- The power level is set to 20-35W to achieve gradual heating, according to patient tolerance. This means no uncomfortable pain or heat is felt during the treatment.
- The cut-off temperature is set to 40°C which can be increased to 42°C, according to patient tolerance.
- The probe is positioned at the end of the canal without RF application to determine the penetration depth before beginning the process.
Acquiring the optimal therapeutic temperature for collagen contraction (38-42°C), FormaV can also be used outside genitalia (labia majora, labia minora and clitoris) the skin and tissue contraction of the clitoria.
Benefits of FormaV
- Safe and effective treatment
- No anaesthesia/ sedation is required.
- Immediate results with continued improvements over treatments
- Improve outcomes quickly, safely, and comfortably
- Exceptional temperature control
Many women notice a difference in the way they look feel after just one session. However, depending on each situation, we usually recommend 2-3 sessions to see full results. With each treatment, you will experience a marginal improvement in the tightening of your vaginal tissues. You can resume daily routine activities after the treatment without feeling any pain or discomfort.
At Nuffield Wellness, our FormaV treatments start from $238 per session. Contact us to make an appointment today!
Frequently Asked Questions
The monopolar type uses a single electrode tip within the vagina and delivers energy to the space between the vagina and the gel pad. In monopolar, energy is dispersed through the skin to the whole body,
In the bipolar type, both tips are placed within the vagina wall lining. Electrical current is passed between the two electrodes. For the bipolar type, the depth of treatment is approximately half of the distance between the two electrodes.
While monopolar RF can technically stimulate deeper depths of tissue allowing better results, its problems lie in temperature control as it is poorer and the risk of burns is higher compared to bipolar treatment. In monopolar RF, frequent occurrence of ‘hot spot can make the procedure painful and increase the risk of burns’. In FormaV the bipolar system, there is a real-time temperature sensor, which feedbacks automatically and cuts off the energy when the target temperature of 42 degrees is achieved. In such a system, the risk of burns is minimal.
Comparing co2 and RF technology, co2 laser is limited by the FDA to the penetration depth of only three-quarters of 1mm. This targets only the external layers of the mucosa. The microscopic breakage of the lining increases contamination risk, especially when in the most system the applicator is reused.
Comparing this to FormaV, RF energy is able to penetrate deeper to 4mm, reaching the muscular layer of the pelvic floor. Hence results are expected to be better results as more fibres are stimulated. It also has shown some improvement in stress urinary incontinence.
• Avoid mechanical contact (including intercourse) for the next 2 days after treatment
• Avoid any chemicals which can irritate the area, which vaginal wash.
The risk of bleeding or infection is very low. However, if you experience excessive swelling, redness, pain, abnormal vaginal discharge or any other unusual symptoms, you should contact your physician immediately.
Generally they are very safe procedures with minimal downtime. However rare but serious complications like vaginal or vulvar scarring may result from energy-based treatments. This can cause life-long pain and it is therefore very important that you choose to do your treatment in a centre where FDA-approved machines are used by an experienced practitioner.
So, all it takes is 1 session. The results will slowly peak at 4 weeks post-procedure where the collagen stimulation process and tissue remodelling of the treated area are complete.
For most treatments, it is advisable for about 3 sessions every 4 weeks for the best results. The results can be maintained with a repeat treatment once every 6 months.
Since we use radiofrequency energy, it may not be necessary.
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