No More Suffering in Silence

For years women have suffered in silence regarding their vaginal health. Thanks to celebrities and the media,more women are speaking up and seeking treatment for issues related to the aging vagina. 

Yes, the most intimate part of the female body – the vagina – ages, too. Aging and childbirth can cause issues such as vaginal dryness, looseness, loss of sensation and leaky bladders. 

As a female plastic surgeon, Dr. Gartside is sensitive to women seeking non surgical vaginal restoration options. Having suffered some of these symptoms herself, and understanding the changes in the female anatomy, she has personally sought after the perfect non-surgical treatment that offers today’s busy woman the total package in feminine rejuvenation and she found it in ThermiVA. 

“I can speak from my own experience that ThermiVA works. For some patients it may help improve their symptoms and greatly prolong the need for surgery. For others, it may eliminate the need for surgery all together. It just depends on the severity of the diagnosis.” 

What is ThermiVA and how does it work? 
ThermiVa is a non-surgical vaginal treatment that uses physician-controlled radiofrequency 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 to 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 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 a physician 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 vs. other vaginal rejuvenation treatments? 
ThermiVA is non-surgical and non-ablative. 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 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 use 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. 

What Patients Are Saying: 
“ThermiVA has helped TREMENDOUSLY with my urine leakage and vaginal moisture!” 

“I’ve only had one treatment so far, but let me tell you, my husband and I LOVED it!” 

“I just received my third treatment. I love it! No more poise pads and I can run without smelling like urine. Happy is an understatement.” 

“Due to age and childbirth, I hated the appearance of my vagina. I am excited to say I feel pretty again down there!” 

“Intercourse has improved with the vaginal opening being tighter after just one treatment.” 

“ThermiVA has stopped stress incontinence by 90 percent!” 

“The night of the first procedure, I was moderately surprised. I heard I should feel a difference, but it was so much better. NO pain! And I felt moisture I had not felt in years! My husband so please he cried. I’m looking forward to my second treatment!” 

For more information, visit www.gartside.com.

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.