If you have heard about vaginal rejuvenation, also called vaginal renewal and vaginoplasty, you may be wondering what exactly it is and what all the fuss is about. These procedures are advertised as safe and effective treatments for typical problems that plague women during menopause: vaginal dryness, itching, and atrophy as well as urine leakage. To perform a vaginal renewal procedure, doctors use an energy-based laser or radio device to destroy vaginal tissue and reshape the vaginal walls. Women who are injured during these procedures should consider speaking with a vaginal rejuvenation lawyer about seeking damages.
Is It Dangerous?
While vaginal rejuvenation procedures are being heavily advertised and celebrities are preening about how wonderful the effects are, there is a lot of things about these types of procedures that aren’t being said. For instance, your insurance will not cover these procedures, whether you have it done for cosmetic reasons like improving the appearance of your vulva or for medical reasons, such as reducing menopausal symptoms. Also, the results of these procedures are not permanent, and you will probably have to undergo ‘booster’ procedures to maintain results. Despite claims of safety and no side effects, the FDA reports it has received complaints of women suffering pain and bleeding as well as vaginal burns, scarring, and decreased sensitivity.
A very big problem with the devices used in vaginal rejuvenation is that they have never received FDA approval, nor have they been involved in large, clinical trials that establish the safety of and effective uses for these products.
FDA Issues Warnings
Now, the FDA has its eye on this multi-million dollar a year industry and has issued letters to device makers giving them 30 days to prove their products are safe and effective and to stop making false and misleading claims about their safety. The government watchdog agency also issued a warning to women recommending that these procedures be avoided until it has completed its investigations and determined if the products are safe. It said it would continue to go after bad actors as it is concerned women are being harmed.
Even some doctors are advising women to stay away from these procedures until their safety record has been established. They are also warning that some of the dermatologists and plastic surgeons who are performing these procedures may not have experience working on tissues within the vagina, which are different than tissue found outside the body.
So even though you may see ads and articles touting these procedures as the solution we have all been waiting for, there is no evidence to back these statements up. Until device makers such as Alma Lasers, BLT Industries, Cynosure, InMode, Sciton, ThermiGen, and Venus Concept conduct adequate clinical trials and receive approval from the FDA for vaginal rejuvenation, women should avoid procedures involving:
- DiVa Laser Vaginal Therapy
- MonaLisa Touch
- Ultra Femme 360
- Venus Fiore
If You’ve Been Hurt, We Can Help
Any woman who underwent a vaginal rejuvenation procedure with one of the devices listed and suffered vaginal burns and scarring or who was left bleeding and in chronic pain has rights, including the right to hold these device makers accountable for their products and the injuries they may cause. Contact us today to learn more about these devices, the injuries women are suffering, and if you are entitled to seek justice and compensation for your injuries.