Get That Spring Back in Your Step (Down There) with ThermiVa!

Gray hair, wrinkles and sagging skin. These are the common tell-tale signs that we women associate with aging. As our body ages on the outside, our most intimate part of the body, the vagina, ages too. Issues such as vaginal dryness, laxity, and bladder leakage take a toll both physically and emotionally causing us to avoid certain activities.

At New Image Plastic Surgery, Dr. Robert Gartside offers patients a safe, effective, non-surgical treatment to help ladies get that spring back in their step (down there) with ThermiVA.

What is ThermiVa and how does it work?
ThermiVa is a non-surgical vaginal treatment that uses physician-controlled radio-frequency energy. A thin probe heats the supportive tissues of the vagina, urethra and tissues beneath the bladder to stimulate blood vessels and collagen growth. This collagen stimulation results in immediate tightening of the labia and vagina. It reduces bladder leakage and increases vaginal moisture.

How long does the treatment take?
A single ThermiVa procedure takes approximately 30-40 minutes and is performed in the office.

How soon can you start to see or feel results?
Most women will start to notice improvements immediately after the first treatment. However, optimal results are seen upon completion of a series of three treatments. A single follow up treatment at six or 12 months is usually recommended to maintain results.

Is it painful?
ThermiVa treatments are pain-free. Most patients report that treatments are gentle, relaxing and feel like an internal, warm massage.

Do I need to have any tests prior to the treatment?
No, but you will need to have a consultation with Dr. Gartside to make sure you are a candidate. Candidacy includes a pelvic exam to ensure an undiagnosed condition or health concern does not exist.

How long is recovery?
There is no recovery and no downtime with ThermiVa treatments. You can even resume sexual activity the same day!

Why ThermiVa versus other vaginal rejuvenation treatments?
ThermiVA is non-surgical and nonablative. It uses radiofrequency which is safer, more reliable and less invasive than other vaginal rejuvenation treatments that use lasers. With ThermiVA, women can resume all activities immediately after a ThermiVa treatment. Lasers, on the other hand, can be painful and require longer recovery. Lasers are also often associated with a higher rate of complications. In addition, because ThermiVA does not utilize any hormones, it is a safe treatment option for women with breast cancer or those who have received chemotherapy. ThermiVA is a better option for women who desire a non-invasive solution that uniformly treats vaginal laxity, vaginal dryness, and bladder leakage.

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Roberta Gartside
Roberta L. Gartside, MD, FACS is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and with over 25 years in practice, Dr. Roberta Gartside is one of the most experienced and highly sought-after plastic surgeons in the area. In addition to offering patients a wide range of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery procedures, she also offers outpatient skincare treatments such as fillers, like Botox, and lasers, including the Gentle Waves Skin Fitness System™ - a breakthrough LED light treatment therapy that helps rejuvenate aging skin. While patients certainly appreciate Dr. Gartside’s vast experience and offerings, they also place great value in the time she and her gregarious staff take to explain each and every option available to them. Committed to upholding the utmost standards in her specialty, in addition to working on the medical staff at Fairfax Hospital, Fair Oaks Hospital and Reston Hospital Center, Dr. Gartside has served as Vice President of Membership and Communications for the American Society of Plastic Surgery and as a Board Representative of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. She has also worked with Operation Smile and the Fairfax Skindeep Tattoo Removal Program in the past.