Queens Clinic always aims to house the latest technologies to be able to enhance patient experience and we are proud to announce that our clinic also houses FemTouch’s CO2 Laser which is used for both gynaecological and facial aesthetic procedures.

It is a game changer and with regards to Gynaecological procedures it is a safe non-invasive, pain free & provides effective solutions for our patients. We have outlined a few ways in which the FemTouch CO2 Laser works for certain treatments in order to provide our patients with a better insight into the technology.

How soon should I see results?

In order to achieve optimal results, typically 2-4 treatment sessions are required at 4 weeks intervals. In clinical evaluations many women could see the difference after 1-2 treatment sessions.

How long does the procedure last?

This depends on what type of procedure is being administered however several of the FemTouch™ procedures are short and take approximately 5 minutes to complete (full scan along the vagina wall).

How does FemTouch work?

FemTouch is a technology that addresses vaginal health (and other) related conditions by promoting the remodelling of the vaginal mucous layer. The fractional CO2 laser beams are applied along the vaginal wall, resulting in regeneration of the tissue.

Treatment

Prior to the treatment, during an initial consultation, we assess your vaginal health to ensure you are a good candidate for the treatment. During the procedure, your physician will move the sterilized applicator along the vaginal wall in an outward motion, applying the laser in a 360 degree pattern covering the entire area. The procedure should take a few minutes and is pain-free, some patients mention a mild discomfort but as the procedure takes minutes it is short-lived.

What can I expect after treatment? 

Immediately after treatment you may feel a mild heat sensation, which can be relieved with the recommended hydrating gel. The sensation should not last longer than a few hours.

Epidemiology of vulvo vaginal atrophy (VVA)

So what does that actually mean and why do we at Queens Clinic believe the FemTouch model by Lumenis is superior in quality, design, and functionality.

With age and after childbirth, women may start to notice certain symptoms related to their vaginal health that can affect their lifestyle on various levels. Vaginal atrophy or dryness is a common symptom in postmenopausal women. Stress urinary incontinence is another symptom, as well as vaginal laxity after childbirth, which can impact certain aspects such as satisfaction during sexual intercourse. 

Nearly 50% of postmenopausal women suffer from stress urinary incontinence and Vulvo vaginal atrophy (VVA) affects up to 80% of post-menopausal women. The symptoms primarily include vaginal dryness, irritation, itching, dysuria, and dyspareunia. These symptoms can adversely affect interpersonal relationships, quality of life and sexual function (1). The main cause for VVA is a drop in estrogen levels during menopause. The change in estrogen level causes the vaginal lining to become thinner, dryer and less elastic. As the urinary tract is also estrogen dependent and since the urethral epithelium originates from the same embryologic tissue as the vaginal epithelium, women with VVA may also have symptoms such as urge incontinence (UI) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) (1).

Questions?

Do you have further queries about how FemTouch treatments can improve vaginal health? Is FemTouch right for you? Get in touch and we will get back to you in order to schedule a consultation whether online or a face to face consultation

The efficacy of CO2 laser in the treatment of VVA

Laser-based technologies and especially fractional CO2 lasers, have been proven to be safe and effective for a range of indications involving tissue remodelling over the past few decades. Recent scientific literature shows that treatment with fractional CO2 lasers can be used also for treatment of vaginal health related conditions and specifically that it significantly improves symptoms of VVA in post-menopausal women (4-6). In addition to symptoms improvement, histological data indicate that fractional CO2 lasers cause a thickening and a restoration of the vaginal mucosa (7, 8).

The FemTouch™ Procedure

  • FemTouch™ is a new procedure for treatment of vaginal health related conditions using a dedicated vaginal probe used in conjunction with the AcuPulse TM fractional CO2 laser system
  • FemTouch™ delivers low continuous wave CO2 energy levels in a fractional pattern along the vaginal lining. Uniform delivery of the fractional pattern is achieved through a unique scanner designed to scan microbeams of 210μm each in a controlled and uniform manner
  • Controlled small ablation/coagulation zones are created in the lamina propria using energy levels from 7.5 to 12.5mJ. The restriction of these parameters allow to provide effective vaginal remodelling process while limiting penetration depth up to 600μm to ensure fibromuscular layer safety. The fractional scanning pattern enables a quicker vaginal tissue healing
  • To complement the intra-vaginal treatment, an optional external treatment of the introitus and vaginal vestibule is possible using the AcuScan120TM Microscanner

Possible Symptoms that could benefit from FemTouch Procedures

Menopausal transition to post menopause

  • Patients presenting one or more symptoms of vaginal atrophy:
  1. Itchiness
  2. Burning sensation
  3. Decreased vaginal lubrication
  4. Dyspareunia
  5. Vaginal bleeding during sexual intercourse
  • Patients with discomfort related to vaginal laxity

* Non exhaustive list. At the discretion of the Physician

Patient preparation*

  • To exclude the presence of infections and any abnormality apart from atrophic vaginitis:
  • Pelvic exam will be performed
  • Papanicolaou test (PAP smear test) to meet national guidelines and standards
  • For better patient comfort, the patient will be positioned as for a speculum exam with bended knees and feet in stirrups
  • Patient with history of Herpes may be prescribed antiviral prophylaxis as per physician discretion
  • Procedures are performed in ambulatory conditions and do not require analgesia nor anaesthesia
  • On patients with dryness of the vaginal canal, no extra preparation is required
  • On patients with secretions left in the vaginal canal, wipe dry the canal with a sterile gauze
  • Some discomfort might be associated at introitus level when inserting the HP tip on patients with introital stenosis
  • As the treatment technique involves intravaginal handpiece motion, some patients may report a sensation of “vibration” which remains pain-free.

* All recommended pre-treatment evaluations will meet local medical and regulatory requirements

For more information, please arrange an appointment with Queen’s Clinic by phoning us on 020 7935 5540 or by booking online via our online booking form