Women are being warned against the risk of using vagina rejuvenating therapies to reshape and tighten the vagina.
Experts say the “therapies”, offered by some private clinics in the UK and the US, pose a serious risk of burns, scarring and recurring pain.
Typically during these procedures, a probe is inserted into the vagina to heat or laser the vaginal tissue.
Officials say the procedure is not necessarily safe although it is non-surgical and can be done in a lunch hour.
Laser and energy-based devices have been approved for use in destroying pre-cancerous cells in cervical or vaginal tissue, as well as genital warts, but they have not undergone testing for rejuvenation therapies.
However, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it will take action if deceptive marketing of the “dangerous procedure with no proven benefit” continues.
“These products have serious risks and don’t have adequate evidence to support their use for these purposes. We are deeply concerned women are being harmed,” the FDA warned.
Paul Banwell, consultant plastic surgeon and member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and Dr Vanessa Mackay, from the UK’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), shared the FDA’s concerns respectively stating it is vital to provide more evidence to substantiate the use of rejuvenating procedures to reshape and tighten the vagina.