“Vaginal rejuvenation” – the term may sound restorative and serene, but it’s not very descriptive. So, what does vaginal rejuvenation mean, exactly? Let’s break down the basics and shed some light on this procedure.
What is vaginal rejuvenation?
Vaginal rejuvenation consists of two surgical procedures, labiaplasty and vaginoplasty, which can be done individually or at the same time. Labiaplasty involves altering the appearance of the labia, which are the inner or outer lips surrounding the vagina. Vaginoplasty is a procedure to tighten up a vagina that has become loose due to childbirth or aging.
Why get vaginal rejuvenation?
Vaginoplasty was originally developed as a reconstructive surgery to address birth defects such as a deformed, too short, or absent vagina. The surgery provided patients the ability to urinate, menstruate, and have sexual intercourse.
These days, vaginal rejuvenation is typically done for cosmetic reasons. Women seek out vaginal rejuvenation as a way to improve the appearance of their vagina, heighten functionality, and boost their self-esteem.
The most common reasons women go for vaginal rejuvenation include:
- Defects or deformities in the shape or appearance of the vaginal labia due to childbirth, accidents, or aging. Common complaints are that the vagina is asymmetric, dangling, torn, or uncomfortable
- A loose vagina due to childbirth, physical trauma, cancer, or congenital disease
- Decreased sensation during intercourse due to a loose vagina with low muscle tone
- Partner slipping out during intercourse
- Scar tissue around the vagina
What happens during vaginal rejuvenation?
During labiaplasty, your surgeon will reshape the lips of your vagina by using either lasers, fine scissors, or surgical knives, and then close up incisions with dissolvable stitches. The surgery lasts about one hour.
During vaginoplasty, your surgeon will remove excess vaginal lining and tighten the muscles. Sutures help keep muscles together and make the opening narrower. This procedure also takes around an hour.
How long is recovery?
After labiaplasty, you will experience soreness for a few weeks. It takes around 4-6 weeks before you can return to sexual activity. Recovery from vaginoplasty takes around one week, but if you had labiaplasty at the same time, you will have to wait 4-5 weeks before you can engage in sexual activity again.
What are the risks?
From a functional standpoint, it’s not guaranteed that tightening up the vagina will improve sexual pleasure. That’s because sexual pleasure isn’t just a matter of sensitivity – it’s complex, personal, and influenced by emotional and mental factors. There are risks to vaginal cosmetic surgery, including infection, permanent changes in sensation, pain and scarring. The best way to reduce your risk is to choose a surgeon who has been trained and is experienced in the procedures.
Because vaginal rejuvenation is an invasive procedure with associated risks, also consider talking with your doctor about non-surgical alternatives. You can tone weak, loose vaginal muscles through targeted Kegel exercises, which can help improve sexual pleasure. Counseling and therapy can also help address sexual self-esteem and confidence issues related to the appearance of your vagina.
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