Feminine wellness encompasses the health and function of the vaginal, vulvar and pelvic areas. It’s not just about aesthetics; it’s about comfort, sexual health and overall quality of life. Changes in these areas can occur for various reasons, including the natural aging process, childbirth and hormone fluctuations (such as during menopause). Symptoms like vaginal dryness or laxity, discomfort during intercourse, and urinary incontinence can significantly affect your life.

The Gillian Institute, under the expert guidance of Dr. Kimberly Short, offers advanced solutions to address these concerns. As a board-certified female plastic surgeon, Dr. Short empathizes with women experiencing these symptoms and is dedicated to helping restore their feminine wellness.

What Is ThermiVa®?


ThermiVa uses controlled radiofrequency energy to gently heat the targeted tissues. This energy stimulates the production of collagen, a vital protein that enhances tissue structure and elasticity, leading to tissue tightening and rejuvenation.


ThermiVa is a non-invasive procedure that involves a specially designed wand applied externally to the labia and internally in the vagina. The treatment is generally painless, with patients often experiencing a comfortable, warm sensation during the procedure.

What Is Vaginal CO2 Laser?


This treatment uses a fractional CO2 laser to deliver controlled energy to the vaginal walls. The energy creates micro-injuries in the vaginal tissue, which stimulates the body’s natural healing process and leads to collagen production and healthy tissue regeneration.


The procedure is also non-invasive, with a laser probe inserted into the vagina. The sensation during treatment is generally described as a slight warmth or vibration.

What Can ThermiVa® and the CO2 Laser Achieve?

ThermiVa and vaginal CO2 laser treatments can address various concerns, enhancing your feminine wellness and overall well-being. Some key benefits include:

  • Vaginal Tightening: Restores firmness to the vaginal tissues
  • Improved Moisture: Enhances natural lubrication to combat vaginal dryness
  • Bladder Control: Helps with mild to moderate urinary incontinence
  • Aesthetic Enhancements: Rejuvenates external vulvar appearance
  • Enhanced Sensation: Increases sexual satisfaction


How Many Treatments Will I Need?


Typically, a series of three ThermiVa treatments spaced about a month apart is recommended for optimal results. Significant improvements may be noticed after the first session, with the full effects achieved after completing the series.

Vaginal CO2 Laser

The typical course of treatment involves two to three vaginal laser sessions spaced several weeks apart. Like ThermiVa, improvements can be seen after the first session, but the full benefits are usually appreciated after completing all sessions.

What to Expect During Your Feminine Wellness Procedure

During ThermiVa or vaginal laser treatment, you’ll be in a comfortable, private setting at our Indianapolis aesthetic center. The ThermiVa or laser device will be gently applied to the treatment areas, and you will likely feel a warming sensation but no pain. The entire treatment usually takes just 30 minutes.

Will I Need Anesthesia?

The ThermiVa process is comfortable and does not require any anesthesia. To keep you comfortable throughout a vaginal CO2 laser treatment, a topical numbing cream will be applied, followed by local anesthesia injections.

Will I Need Downtime After Treatments?


One of the significant advantages of ThermiVa is the minimal to no downtime. Most patients can resume their regular activities, including sexual intercourse, almost immediately after the treatment.

Vaginal CO2 Laser

You can resume most activities in your routine immediately, but refrain from sexual intercourse and the use of tampons for about a week to allow the vaginal tissue to heal.

Recovery is minimal with both treatments, but you might experience some initial redness and swelling in the treated areas.

When Will I Notice My Results?

With both ThermiVa and CO2 laser vaginal rejuvenation, some results are typically noticeable immediately or shortly after the first session. These initial changes can include increased tightness, improved moisture and enhanced sensation.

More significant results typically develop over the next few weeks to months. As your body produces new collagen, the rejuvenation effects become more pronounced. The full benefits are generally realized a few weeks after your final session.

How Long Do the Results Last?

ThermiVa®: Nine Months to Two Years

After completing the recommended ThermiVa treatment series, the results can last anywhere from nine months to two years. The longevity of the results depends on factors like age, hormonal balance and lifestyle.

Vaginal CO2 Laser: One to Three Years

The results from CO2 Laser treatments are also quite long lasting, often remaining effective for about one to three years. Similar to ThermiVa, factors like age, hormonal changes and overall health can influence how long the benefits last.

Maintenance Treatments for Long-Lasting Results

With both ThermiVa and the vaginal CO2 laser, a periodic maintenance treatment may be undergone if desired.

How Much Do ThermiVa and CO2 Laser Treatments Cost?

The cost of ThermiVa and vaginal CO2 laser treatment varies depending on multiple factors, including:

  • The specific treatment plan, including how many areas are treated
  • The number of sessions required
  • Any combined treatments or additional services

Can I Combine Feminine Wellness Treatments With Other Procedures?

Yes, many women interested in restoring their feminine wellness are also excited about rejuvenating other areas of their bodies. Most commonly, the Mommy Makeover is combined with feminine wellness treatments, as it can address aging and post-pregnancy concerns in the breasts and abdomen. In other cases, women choose to undergo a non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment to restore a more youthful, radiant glow to their skin.

Ready to Explore Your Options for Feminine Wellness?

If you’re considering feminine wellness and vaginal rejuvenation treatments, Dr. Kimberly Short and the team at the Gillian Institute are here to guide you. Connect with us for a personalized consultation, where we’ll discuss your goals and how these treatments can help you. Remember, taking this step is about focusing on your health and comfort, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Schedule your virtual consultation or at our Indianapolis office today!