The Savvy Senior: Women's Wellness, Redefined
The EmpowerRF Experience
by Katherine Coley, MD, FACOG | Vaginal Rejuvenation Expert
The EmpowerRF Experience.
EmpowerRF is right for almost every woman! With seven different treatments on one platform, there is basically something for everyone. Any woman with vaginal dryness, pain with intercourse, stress urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, vaginal laxity, or lichen sclerosis will benefit. EmpowerRF uses radio-frequency energy to stimulate thermal remodeling, which results in new collagen and elastin formation, making the tissue more supple and elastic. This allows the tissue to expand and retract without tearing and provides better support for the surrounding structures.
FormaV is applied internally for about 10 minutes to heat the tissue to 43 degrees Celsius, which stimulates collagen production and brings blood supply to the area. The most exciting addition with EmpowerRF is that we now have the capability to deliver that same radio-frequency energy under the surface layers and into the supportive tissues with microneedling using the Morpheus V. Inside the vagina, this results in better collagen production in the vaginal walls, which also helps support the bladder and urethra. The result is improved bladder control for both stress urinary incontinence, as well as overactive bladder. These same treatments are also used externally to the labia, perineum, urethra and clitoral area, which results in increased sensation during intercourse and can help heal areas plagued by lichen sclerosis and chronic pain. If you have any pesky hemorrhoids, this treatment can help shrink those, too!
The other exciting addition with the EmpowerRF platform is the Tone and VTone devices. These use electromagnetic stimulation (EMS) to contract the muscles of the abdomen, as well as inside the vagina, to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Imagine the strength of 10,000 Kegels in one session!
Our EmpowerRF patients have improvement in lubrication, decreased pain and vaginal discomfort and improved bladder control even after the first treatment. However, three treaments, once monthly is necessary for optimal results. There is no downtime for normal activity,. However, we do recommend no tub bath, sex, or swimming for two to three days after the treatment. Best of all, there is minimal to no discomfort during the procedure. The FormaV wand is smaller than a routine ultrasound probe. We use a topical numbing gel prior to the Morpheus V, both internally and externally. Most patients feel only gentle warmth and the pressure from the device.
EmpowerRF patients are some of the happiest patients in our gynecology practice! Often they have not been able to have sex for years due to pain and dryness, or they have had to mark out every bathroom and wear a pad when going out. This treatment will not only change your life during the day with better bladder control, but will change your life during the night with better sensation and comfort with intercourse. It also helps you get a better night sleep with less waking during the night to void. Who could ask for more!
Katherine Coley, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. has a compassionate, genuine bedside manner that has earned her the trust of many women for their health care needs. The vaginal rejuvenation experts, Tracy Blusewicz, MD, FACOG and Katherine Coley, MD, FACOG, can be contacted at Advanced Women’s Care at 843-301-0718 for a consultation.