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    Vaginal rejuvenation and the cosmetic practice

     

    Practice Guidelines

    To optimally treat vaginal rejuvenation patients, practice providers need to focus on taking a medical history, to make sure patients have had their annual gynecologic exams before doing any sort of vaginal rejuvenation. Dr. Emer says it’s also important for cosmetic surgeons to be able to assess medical outcomes, like dribbling, dryness and other little things that are related to sexual activity, before patients have their procedures.

    Nurses who are trained in noninvasive and minimally invasive options are a vital component of a practice’s vaginal rejuvenation center. The reason, Dr. Emer says, is vaginal rejuvenation practice can be time-consuming. Nurses can take the needed time with patients to answer questions, ask the necessary questions, make women feel comfortable and at ease, as well as educate patients about post-treatment care and need for followup.

    “You want to really pick someone who is in that practice and that’s the person’s specialty. That treatment is all they do all day,” Dr. Emer says.

    The practice should have a dedicated and private area for these services, and a dedicated person who does the intakes and answers questions.

    “You want patients to feel very secure…. The look and feel of that part of the practice has to be different — almost like a spa. You have to have robes, a special type of bed, a treatment chair that allows a woman to be very comfortable during the treatment. I think that men could do the treatment, but I think that having women do the treatment makes women feel very comfortable,” Dr. Emer says.

    There should be one room — no moving from room to room. Everything, including the physician’s internal and external assessment of the patient, subsequent treatment and recovery, should occur in that room.

    Done right, there are mostly upsides to adding vaginal rejuvenation services to the cosmetic practice, Dr. Emer says.

    “The biggest concern to me is that if someone has a true medical condition that needs surgery — whether it be labiaplasty or internally there are issues with the cervix or the uterus — then, I feel the uro-gynecologist or somebody that specializes in the canal area really should be addressing it,” he says.

     

    Disclosures:

    Dr. Emer has ties with Thermi, Eclipse, Aerolase and BTL Aesthetics.

    Dr. Goodman conducts training courses for surgeons through the Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty Training Institute of America in the skills of female genital plastic and cosmetic surgery.

    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton is a writer in Boca Raton, Fla., who heads up her company, Words Come Alive.

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