Yup, Laser Vaginal Tightening Is a Thing. Here’s What It’s All About
It’s no secret that having a baby can stretch things out below the belt. And, according to Khloe Kardashian, her sisters have found a nonsurgical way to tighten it back up.
“My sisters, they’ve had kids, and there’s a vagina lasering thing to tighten,” she said on a recent episode of Kocktails With Khloe. “So in my household, all they do is talk about this vagina laser. It’s like their discussion back and forth.”
It sounds crazy, but vagina lasering, known in the medical community as laser vaginal tightening, is a thing. In fact, there are several FDA-approved treatments marketed under names like FemiLift and IntimaLase, which are designed to tighten up the vaginal area using, yep, lasers.
According to the website of Alma Surgical, which makes FemiLift, the procedure is a “state-of-the-art, minimally-invasive outpatient solution that incorporates CO2 laser technology to provide optimal results for various feminine concerns.” In addition to firming up your vagina, these lasers also claim they can fight vaginal dryness and incontinence. They may even help fight a low libido, although that claim isn’t verified by the FDA.
So…how does it work, exactly? Cindy Barshop, founder of VSPOT MediSpa, a women’s health clinic that performs FemiLifts among other vaginal health treatments, breaks it down. A gynecologist will do a pelvic exam and then begin the treatment, which involves inserting a fractional CO2 laser about four to six centimeters into the vagina. Once it’s turned on, the laser beam penetrates about 0.5 millimeters into the vaginal wall, deep enough to reach the level of the skin where collagen is formed.
“The treatment tightens the vaginal walls which enhances sexual pleasure, restores tone to tissue, and increases blood flow—which increases lubrication and strengthens the supporting ligaments surrounding the bladder and urethra to reduce the symptoms of stress urinary incontinence,” Barshop says.
Barshop says the process isn’t painful—patients only feel a little pressure—and the procedure is over in less than 10 minutes. It’s typically recommended that women get lasered three times, with each session spaced four to six weeks apart, and have a “touch-up” session after a year.
The only stipulation is four days without sex. After that you can get back to it.
Laser vaginal tightening isn’t cheap (one FemiLift treatment costs a little more than $1,000), but it is less invasive than a vaginoplasty. Plus, the whole “lasering your vagina” thing is kind of cool.
What do you think? Would you try laser vaginal tightening?