A woman’s body changes profoundly across her lifetime. The vaginal area may be significantly impacted by childbirth, and it continues to morph over time as the body uses its stored collagen and elastin. Collagen is the protein that firms and strengthens various tissues. Elastin is the chemical that gives the skin and other soft tissues “bounce” and elasticity, or stretchiness. The vaginal area is not exempt from the effects of collagen and elastin decline. Here, age-related changes contribute to what is called vaginal atrophy.
In recent years, a handful of devices have been developed to naturally stimulate collagen and elastin proliferation. Forma V is an integral part of our medical spa practice, and is performed routinely to help our clients regain a better sense of their intimate wellness.
What Is Forma V & How Does It Work?
Forma V is an advanced radiofrequency device designed for the correction of vaginal atrophy and labial hypertrophy. The FDA-cleared technology utilizes a specially designed wand for internal tissue remodeling, and it uses the Morpheus 8 RF microneedling applicator to reshape the labia by depositing energy exactly where it is needed.
The Forma V treatment has two aspects, internal rejuvenation and external tissue remodeling. The internal treatment is delivered with a specially designed wand that applies uniform radiofrequency energy to stimulate new collagen and elastin.
The absorption of thermal energy also increases blood flow and improves tissue sensation. This phase of the procedure may take 10 to 15 minutes and it involves a mild to moderate warming sensation.
The external phase of treatment utilizes the Morpheus 8 applicator to remodel the labia outside of the vaginal opening. This use of radiofrequency microneedling causes tissue contraction that can correct labial hypertrophy, elongation and asymmetry of the external genitalia. Wrinkles and looseness also improve as a result of this treatment. A topical anesthetic is applied beforehand to make the procedure more comfortable.
Forma V FAQs
What Conditions Does Forma V Treat?
Forma V, with its unique use of radiofrequency, is designed to address multiple concerns simultaneously, all through the production of healthy new collagen. It may be an excellent treatment for:
- Vaginal laxity
- Looseness, enlargement and wrinkling of the labia
- Dryness and discomfort
- Weakening of the vaginal muscles
- Stress urinary incontinence
- Decreased sexual function and sensitivity
Is Forma V Treatment Painful?
This device is built for safety, efficacy, and results. Clients may notice a warming sensation during the internal aspect of the procedure. This may be noticeable but does not require anesthetic to be comfortable. The provider will apply a topical numbing cream before conducting external tissue rejuvenation using the Morpheus 8 handpiece.
Is There Downtime After Forma V Treatment?
There are no activity restrictions after non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation using Forma V. Clients typically do not experience uncomfortable side effects from their treatment. Clients who also have Morpheus 8 to rejuvenate the external labial tissue may have minor soreness or tenderness for a few days. These clients may be advised to avoid pools, hot tubs, and sexual intercourse for two to three days.
When Can I Have Sex After Forma V?
There are no restrictions around sexual intercourse after Forma V treatment. If comfortable, you may engage in sexual activity on the day of your treatment. If you have Morpheus 8 treatment to remodel the labia, your provider may advise you to postpone sex for two to three days.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Forma V?
This innovative nonsurgical treatment is ideal for women who have begun to notice the signs of vaginal laxity, vulvovaginal atrophy, or urinary incontinence. The external applicator is suitable for correcting the effects of aging on the labia, such as elongation or asymmetry. Women who would be good candidates for labiaplasty but prefer a nonsurgical approach may achieve satisfying results from Forma V nonsurgical labial reshaping. If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your labia or physically uncomfortable due to elongated labia or vaginal atrophy, Forma V may be an ideal solution for you.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Improvements may be noticed right away after Forma V treatment. However, this technology is designed to stimulate tissue remodeling via the production of new collagen and elastin. The process of remodeling can continue for several weeks, so clients can expect to notice more profound results over time. In some cases, such as stress urinary incontinence, multiple treatments may be ideal. If recommended, treatments are then scheduled four to six weeks apart. Once the desired improvements have been obtained, a touch-up every one to two years can be scheduled to maintain them.
What Are The Benefits Of Forma V Treatment?
Treatment benefits include:
- Tightening of the vaginal walls
- Shorter, smaller, more symmetrical labia
- Improvement in vaginal dryness
- Improvement in stress urinary incontinence
- Increased sexual function and satisfaction
- Increased self-esteem
How Long Does A Forma V Treatment Take?
Your Forma V treatment sessions should take between thirty and sixty minutes. Your provider will prepare you ahead of time so you can plan your day around your appointment.
What Results Will I See And Feel From The FormaV Treatment?
It may not take long at all to begin noticing some of the benefits of your FormaV treatment. How soon and intensely your improvements occur may vary from other people, but the sensations tend to be similar. These include:
- Improved vaginal tightness
- Shortening and tightening of the labia
- Improved vaginal moisture and lubrication upon arousal
- Decrease in stress urinary incontinence
- Improved sexual sensitivity
You may notice improvements in these areas as soon as your first session. However, you may require two or more session to feel the desired degree of enhancement in your sexual function.
At What Age Should I Get FormaV?
Being a good candidate for FormaV treatment isn’t as much about a particular age as it is about the overall condition of your most intimate feminine area of your body. You may be in your thirties but have had multiple vaginal birth experiences. You may be in your later fifties or sixties and had no vaginal deliveries. Life affects us all differently. Your provider understands this and doesn’t plan your FormaV treatment based on your age alone.
When you consult with a trained professional about FormaV treatment, you can expect to engage in an in-depth conversation about your concerns as they relate to your intimate health. Factors such as dryness, laxity, and a decrease in sensation all matter because they each contribute to your overall sexual pleasure.
During your visit, your provider will take in all of the information you provide, including details about your lifestyle, medication or supplement use, and general medical history They will use this data to determine how to best help you feel your best again.
How Is FormaV Different From The O-Shot?
FormaV is a minimally-invasive treatment that tightens and tones the external and internal vaginal tissue via heating using radiofrequency energy. The external process also involves comfortable microneedling that can shorten and refine the shape and appearance of the labia. The O Shot, known as the “orgasm shot,” is an injectable treatment that stimulates collagen production in and around the vaginal opening. The treatment works via the action of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) that is within your own blood. Platelet-rich plasma is regenerative but may not stimulate tissue contraction so is not usually used to address labial laxity or elongation.
FormaV and the O Shot are both outpatient treatments. Neither requires downtime for recovery. Your provider can discuss more nuanced details of the different approaches to vaginal rejuvenation to help you confidently choose which treatment is ideal for you.
How Does FormaV Compare To Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery?
The primary difference between these two treatment options, as you may realize, is that one works surgically and one works by stimulating natural tissue changes. Vaginal rejuvenation surgery can vary in complexity from the refinement of external genitalia (labioplasty) to tightening the vaginal canal (vaginoplasty). Surgical procedures require a recovery period during which you must abstain from sexual intercourse. You may also need to take prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers to control post-operative discomfort. It can take a few weeks for the side effects of surgical vaginal rejuvenation to resolve. Non-surgical FormaV treatment can take weeks to achieve peak results. This is because the treatment works naturally via collagen and elastin production. That said, there is little, if any, downtime associated with this treatment. You may return to normal activities immediately after your appointment, noticing improvements over time as collagen remodeling continues.
Are Feminine Radiofrequency Rejuvenation Treatments Safe?
The FormaV treatment process, like other RF vaginal rejuvenation procedures, is known to be very safe and effective. The procedure is not known to be painful. Slight discomfort can occur during or after treatment due to the absorption of radiofrequency energy. That said, the device used to administer the FormaV treatment features built-in safety alerts and functions that significantly decrease the risk of overheating. During your consultation, please feel free to ask your provider about these mechanisms and other protocols that decrease treatment risks.
Schedule A FormaV Consultation
To schedule an appointment for a FormaV RF vaginal rejuvenation procedure or a consultation to speak with a specialist, please call us at (385) 388-8600 or fill out an online contact form and our office will be in touch with you. Thank you for choosing Imago Medical Spa in Salt Lake City, UT – we look forward to hearing from you!