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Frequently asked questions

How do the Fotona SMOOTH® treatments work?

The treatments work by stimulating the body’s own regenerative potential. Laser pulses are delivered to the tissue in an optimal, patented laser mode that produces gentle heat pulses in the vaginal mucosal lining, stimulating the formation of new collagen and strengthening vaginal wall support.

What does IncontiLase® stand for?

IncontiLase® is the market name for treatment of Stress & Mixed Urinary Incontinence using the FotonaSmooth® laser.

Can any woman with incontinence be treated?

Yes, however, this treatment is predominantly designed to treat women with mild & moderate stress and mixed urinary incontinence.

Can the IncontiLase® treatment be performed in cases of severe incontinence?

Yes, we can expect some degree of improvement in most cases, decreasing unwanted leakage and the use of pads, while complete dryness is reached in a much smaller percentage of cases compared to the dryness rates in patients with mild and moderate incontinence.

Can the ProlapLase® treatment be performed in cases of severe pelvic organ prolapse?

Yes, we can expect some degree of improvement in most cases and this may postpone the need for a surgical procedure. In many severe cases surgery is the only option.

Is it possible to over-tighten the vaginal canal and introitus as a consequence of IntimaLase® treatment?

This cannot be the case as the treatment results in only slight shrinkage of existing collagen and stimulation of the production of natural collagen, enabling regeneration to a pre-condition state.

Are women required to have a gynecological examination prior to taking the treatment?

Yes, they should consult their gynecologists and have a standard gynecological examination, including a pap-smear, prior to starting the treatment.

Are there any contra indications that may prevent a woman from having the treatment?

Yes, these should be explained by the performing physician. These include positive Pap-smear, vaginal infections or injuries and different other pathologies.

Can pregnant women have the treatment?

No, laser treatments should not be performed on pregnant women.

How long after birth can women have the treatment?

Your gynecologist will advise, however, it is recommended that women wait between 6 months – 1 year after birth before taking the treatment.

What happens if a woman becomes pregnant again?

The treatment has no effect on pregnancy and delivery. After a vaginal delivery the treatment may have to be repeated.

Can women who are going through menopause have the treatment?

Yes, menopausal women can have the treatment. In the case of severe dryness and irritation, it is recommended to first start with the RenovaLase® treatment, which has been specially developed to treat the symptoms of genitourinary syndrome of menopause. This can then be followed up with treatments for stress urinary incontinence or prolapse, if needed.

Are there any age-limitations for the treatments?

The treatments are recommended for adult women of all ages. The effectiveness of the treatment may be reduced with advanced age due to the decreased capacity of the body’s natural regeneration process, which is the mechanism behind the Fotona SMOOTH® procedures.

How soon should I expect results after having the procedure?

Although improvement of symptoms is usually noticed already a few days after the procedure, optimal results start to show one month to six weeks after the initial treatments, as the effects are due to the formation of new collagen in the treated tissue.

How many treatment sessions are necessary?

Two to three procedures with 4-6 week intervals are standardly performed and achieve optimal results. However, some patients may require additional treatments.

Are the results permanent?

The results have been shown to be stable up to 18 months post-treatment. After this they start to slowly diminish. A maintenance treatment of one session per year is thus advised after the initial series of sessions to achieve lasting optimal results.

What is the down time for the treated women?

This is a walk in / walk out procedure, although, women should abstain from lifting heavy objects and undertaking long periods of sustained exercise for a period of up to 14 days.

How long after receiving the treatment can a woman become sexually active?

In order to achieve the best results, it is recommended that women should abstain from sexual intercourse for a period of between one to two weeks following the treatment.

How much do the Fotona SMOOTH® procedures cost? Are they covered by insurance?

Fotona SMOOTH® is available in more than 50 countries around the world. The costs and payment plans differ from country to country. We recommend that you contact a doctor offering Fotona SMOOTH® treatments in your vicinity.

Where can I find out if a doctor near me offers Fotona SMOOTH® procedures?

You can find the information here.

Are the treatments safe? What are the side-effects connected to the treatments?

There have been no serious side effects reported in connection with the procedure. Most women will experience mild swelling and discomfort for a couple of days. Many clinical studies have proven the safety of the Fotona SMOOTH® procedures. You can read more about the published clinical trials here.