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 FormaV & 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.
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:
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.