Tissue Tightening with
FormaV is an FDA-cleared non-invasive treatment that delivers targeted and precise bipolar radiofrequency (RF) energy to tighten tissue and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Thermal energy flows between the electrodes providing enough heat that the tissue contracts without causing damage or burning of the skin. FormaV is painless, safe, and effective on all skin types.
FormaV leverages bipolar RF energy to heat the tissue causing contraction of the deep skin layers, increase blood flow, and stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin throughout the treatment area, thus restoring the strength, elasticity, and moisture of the vaginal canal.
FormaV treatments performed on the lining of the vagina result in better lubrication and elasticity of the vaginal canal which markedly relieves irritating vaginal and vulvar dryness as well as painful intercourse.
Additionally, treating the surface tissue of the vaginal canal improves the vaginal pH which helps treat recurrent bacterial and yeast infections.
Through increased collagen and elastin production, FormaV treatments result in better support to the bladder and urethra which helps relieve stress urinary incontinence. The tightened tissue provides a more complete bladder emptying and allows for better hygiene of the labia, resulting in less urinary tract infections (UTIs). The tightening of the vaginal canal, labia, and clitoral hood results in a more youthful appearance of the vulva, as well as increases sensation during intercourse.
FormaV uses A.C.E. (Acquire, Control, Extend) technology to ensure the treatment safely and adequately delivers exceptional and consistent results. The RF energy heats the skin to the appropriate temperature and extends the therapeutic temperatures long enough to signal the body to make new collagen and elastin. The technology is designed to use heat to achieve the desired result without compromising the integrity of the skin.
What to Expect
Treatments require minimal preparation, deliver minimal discomfort, and there is no downtime. FormaV treats vaginal dryness, loose or stretched tissue, pain with intercourse, stress incontinence, thinning of internal and external vaginal tissue, and decreased vaginal sensitivity.
Depending on your specific symptoms, treatment plans may include a combination of the EmpowerRF platform devices. During the consultation, you and your practitioner will create a custom plan based on your personal objectives to obtain optimal results. Typically, the best results with FormaV are seen in three 15- to 30-minute treatments received 4 – 6 weeks apart. As we continue to age, additional treatments will be necessary to maintain the desired results. These should be scheduled when you start experiencing symptoms again and are typically received annually.
During the treatment ultrasonic gel is applied to the FormaV device probe which is then inserted intravaginally. A warm sensation will be felt as the probe comfortably delivers RF energy in a sweeping motion. In addition to the vagina, FormaV can also be used on the vulva, perineum, and perirectal skin.
You will need to have a normal PAP test within the past 24 months.
Treatment cannot be performed if you have an active infection or rash. If you do, please call the clinic to reschedule your appointment.
Treatment may be performed if you are currently menstruating, however, don’t hesitate to call the clinic to reschedule your appointment if you prefer to postpone your treatment.
If you have a history of herpes simplex virus / cold sores (oral or genital), please let your provider know as you may be provided a prescription for an anti-viral medication the day of the procedure to avoid an outbreak.
Shave the treatment area 24 hours prior to the appointment. Do not wax or use a chemical hair remover.
Discontinue any topical skin irritants 2-3 days prior to the procedure.
To avoid infection, the treatment area will be thoroughly cleaned prior to the procedure. Please avoid using any lotion, powders, or bath/shower oils in the treatment area.
The side effects of FormaV are minimal with no downtime. Patients may see slight redness depending on treatment parameters. Slight swelling may be seen and will resolve within 24 hours.
DO NOT cool the area post treatment. Avoid very hot water for 2 days after the treatment.
It is unlikely to experience pain after the procedure. You may take over the counter pain medications.
Recommend pelvic rest (no sexual intercourse) for 24 hours. There are no restrictions for bathing or exercising.
A barrier ointment such as Aquaphor, Vanicream Moisturizing Ointment, or petroleum jelly may be applied after the procedure. No bandages or wraps are necessary.
Treat the skin gently. Avoid scrubbing the treatment area or exposing it to trauma. Avoid washcloths or sponges and use water or a gentle cleanser for the first 3 days to clean the skin.
Contact the office with any questions, concerns, or if there is any sign of infection such as redness, fever, pain, pus, or excessive swelling.