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Photomed Laser Surg. 2017 Mar;35(3):171-175. doi: 10.1089/pho.2016.4173. Epub 2016 Dec 30.

Fractional CO2 Laser: From Skin Rejuvenation to Vulvo-Vaginal Reshaping.

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1 Department of Obstetric and Gynecology, Hospital State of Republic of San Marino , San Marino, Republic of San Marino.
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2 Department of Dermatology, University of Rome Tor Vergata , Rome, Italy .
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3 Dermatology Center srl , Bologna, Italy .
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4 "Laser in Dermatology, " University of Rome Tor Vergata , Rome, Italy .
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5 Section of Dermatology, Department of Surgery and Translational Medicine, University of Florence , Ospedale "Piero Palagi," Florence, Italy .
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6 Division of Plastic Surgery, S.Orsola-Malpighi University Hospital Bologna , Bologna, Italy .
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7 Dermatology Department of Health Sciences, "Magna Grecia" University of Catanzaro , Catanzaro, Italy .

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The CO2 laser has become the gold standard treatment in dermatologic surgery for the treatment of a large number of skin and mucosal lesions. The introduction of the fractional micro-ablative technology represented an integration to the ablative resurfacing technique, reducing the healing time and the side effects.

OBJECTIVE:

Vaginal rejuvenation performed with this technique is a minimally invasive procedure that stimulates internal tissues of the female lower genital tract to regenerate the mucosa, improving tissue trophism and restoring the correct functionality.

METHODS:

In our experience, 386 menopausal women affected with vulvo-vaginal atrophy (VVA) were treated with three section of fractional micro-ablative CO2 laser.

RESULTS:

After three treatments, patients reported a complete improvement of the symptoms (59.94% dryness, 56.26% burn, sensation, 48.75% dyspareunia, 56.37% itch, 73.15% soreness, and 48.79% vaginal introitus pain).

CONCLUSIONS:

Fractional micro-ablative CO2 laser seems to reduce symptoms related to vaginal atrophy. The beneficial effects were reported just after the first session and confirmed 12 months after the last session.

KEYWORDS:

fractional micro-ablative laser CO2 technology; genitourinary syndrome; vulvo-vaginal atrophy (VVA); vulvo-vaginal rejuvenation

PMID:
28056209
DOI:
10.1089/pho.2016.4173
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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