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Laser Therapy & Treatment for Stress Urinary Incontinence in Singapore - Fotona IncontiLase

IncontiLase is a patent-pending, non-invasive Er: YAG laser therapy for the treatment of mild and moderate stress urinary incontinence. Using a non-ablative photothermal stimulation of collagen neogenesis, the laser works to shrink and tighten vaginal mucosa tissue and collagen-rich endopelvic fascia to provide support to the bladder.

IncontiLase therapy is a generally safe treatment for mild and moderate stress- urinary incontinence (SUI) and mixed-urinary incontinence (MUI).

What is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control, a common and often embarrassing problem. It can occur for various reasons, ranging from occasional leaks when you cough or sneeze, to having a sudden and strong urge to urinate.

It is more common in females than males, and the chances of it happening tend to increase with age. Urinary incontinence is also common for people with conditions such as obesity.

Types of Urinary Incontinence

There are several types of urinary incontinence, such as:

  • Stress incontinence – Happens when your bladder experiences stress or pressure from coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising or lifting heavy objects.
  • Urge incontinence – Happens when you have a sudden, intense urge to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine. It may be caused by a minor condition, such as infection, or a more severe condition, such as a neurological disorder or diabetes.
  • Overflow incontinence – Happens when you don’t empty your bladder completely, causing you to experience frequent or constant dribbling of urine.
  • Functional incontinence – Happens when a physical or mental impairment keeps you from making it to the toilet in time.
  • Mixed incontinence – Happens when you experience more than one type of urinary incontinence, most often referring to a combination of stress incontinence and urge incontinence.

Causes of Stress Urinary Incontinence

Stress urinary incontinence is caused by an inability to hold urine in the bladder when there are certain movements or activities, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing or lifting heavy objects.

In pregnant women, hormonal changes and the increased weight of the foetus can lead to stress incontinence. Upon vaginal delivery of the baby, it can weaken the muscles needed for bladder control and damage the nerves and supportive tissue, leading to a dropped pelvic floor.

With this, the bladder, uterus, rectum or small intestine can get pushed down from the usual position and protrude into the vagina, causing stress urinary incontinence to occur.

Over time, ageing of the bladder muscle can decrease the bladder’s capacity to store urine. Involuntary bladder contractions are more frequent as you age. Upon reaching menopause, women produce less estrogen, a hormone that helps to keep the lining of the bladder and urethra healthy. Deterioration of these tissues can aggravate incontinence.

Symptoms of Stress Urinary Incontinence

While the main symptom of urinary incontinence is the unintentional leakage of urine, when and how stress urinary incontinence occurs will depend on what caused it.

In the case of stress urinary incontinence, it is more common among women who have given birth or gone through menopause. When their bladder and muscles in the urinary tract experience a sudden extra pressure, they may urinate involuntarily.

The following may also trigger stress incontinence:

  • Coughing, sneezing, or laughing
  • Heavy lifting
  • Exercise

Some people may also experience stress urinary incontinence after suffering an injury to their bladder or pelvic floor muscles.

How does Fotona IncontiLase help with Stress Urinary Incontinence?

Fotona IncontiLase can help treat stress incontinence. It is a non-invasive laser therapy for the treatment of mild and moderate stress urinary incontinence.

This laser uses Er: YAG non-ablative laser whereby the thermal heat can stimulate collagen remodelling and the synthesis of new collagen fibres to shrink and tighten vaginal mucosa tissue and collagen-rich endopelvic fascia to provide support to the bladder.

It is a generally safe laser treatment performed by doctors for mild and moderate stress- and mixed-urinary incontinence (SUI). The procedure is non-invasive and generally painless, with little to no side effects. Plus, the treatment also uses laser energy to tighten the exterior vaginal folds, resulting in a more aesthetic appearance.

What is the Treatment Process Like?

The Fotona IncontiLase laser treatment for stress urinary incontinence is a simple procedure that can be done during your lunch hour.

Aside from a pap smear which is included, no preparations are required before the procedure. There is also no downtime after the procedure, except for abstaining from sexual activity for 72 hours after the treatment.

Price / Cost of Treatment for Stress Urinary Incontinence – Fotona IncontiLase in Singapore

At SL Aesthetic Clinic, we offer the Fotona IncontiLase from $1,300+ per session. For prices on multiple sessions, speak to our doctor to learn more.

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FAQ

Fotona IncontiLase is a non-invasive laser treatment that is designed to treat mild to moderate stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and mixed urinary incontinence (MUI) in women. The laser energy is used to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and improve the control of the urinary sphincter.

During the treatment, a special laser probe is inserted into the vagina. The laser energy is then delivered to the vaginal tissue, stimulating collagen production and improving the strength of the vaginal wall and pelvic floor muscles.

Most people find the discomfort tolerable. A local numbing cream is applied prior to treatment for added comfort. There is no downtime associated with this treatment, but patients are advised to abstain from sexual activities for at least 72 hours.

The treatment typically takes around 20-30 minutes to complete. Patients may require multiple sessions, depending on the severity their urinary incontinence symptoms. Patients are required to do a pap smear (included in the treatment price) prior to the treatment. 

Yes, Fotona IncontiLase is a safe and effective treatment for mild to moderate stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and mixed urinary incontinence (MUI). It is non-invasive and does not require any downtime.

The treatment is generally well-tolerated, and there are no serious side effects associated with it. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or vaginal dryness after the treatment, but these symptoms typically resolve on their own within a few days.

Patients may notice an improvement in their incontinence symptoms after the first treatment. However, it may take several sessions to achieve optimal results.

The results of the treatment can vary from patient to patient, but they typically last for around 1-2 years. Patients may require maintenance treatments to maintain their results.

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