About Vaginal Rejuvenation
Vaginal rejuvenation, also known as female genital plastic surgery or aesthetic vaginal surgery.
A vaginal rejuvenation procedure usually combines a labiaplasty, a vaginoplasty which is the “tightening” of the vagina, or a vulvaplasty, which is the reshaping of the vulva or labia. Over recent years this procedure has become increasingly popular for individuals who desire re-contouring after significant weight loss, childbirth, aging or injury to genital structures.
A vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure that tightens the vagina because it has become loose due to aging or vaginal childbirth. A labiaplasty procedure changes the size or shape of the labia, although they are typically made smaller or altered to correct an asymmetry between them.
How is it performed?
The most common vaginal procedure today is laser vaginal rejuvenation. Your surgeon will discuss the most appropriate technique for you. A pudendal block is often administered to give up to 24 hours of post-operative pain relief. Your surgeon will use the laser in a similar way to a scalpel, but with a more precise aesthetic result and less bleeding. Extra tissue will be removed and the incisions will be sutured inside the vagina.
During a labiaplasty, the desired labial or vulval contours are outlined with a surgical marker before the sutures are placed. A laser is then used to remove any excess tissue and define contour before skin staples are placed to align the edges of the labia, these are removed once absorbable sutures are applied.
What are my options?
During your consultation your aesthetic surgeon will discuss with you which enhancements are most suitable for you, from the following options:
- Reduction of the labia minora (inner lips of the vagina)
Removes the redundant tissue along the ruffled edge, reducing the size and protrusion of the labia minora.
- Reduction or augmentation of the labia majora (outer lips)
Removes excess skin and tissue from the outer lips of the vulva hiding the incisions on the inner edge of the labia.
- Mons pubis reduction
Excess bulk of the mons can be disproportionate with the rest of your body. Liposuction or surgical resection can improve the contour with minimal scars.
- Clitoral hood remodeling
Clitoral hood reduction removes excess protrusive tissue overlying the clitoris.
What will my vaginal rejuvenation incisions and scars be like?
For a vaginoplasty the incisions are made to the mucosal walls inside the vagina. For a labiaplasty the incisions are made to the labia minora or majora so that excess tissue can be removed.
What result can I expect?
The results of a vaginal rejuvenation procedure are intended to be permanent, but pregnancy or significant weight gain will alter the results. For safety, as well as the most beautiful and healthy outcome, it’s important to return to your plastic surgeon’s office for follow-up evaluation at prescribed times and whenever you notice any changes in your vagina. Do not hesitate to contact your surgeon when you have any questions or concerns.
- Your vagina and surrounding muscles will return to nearly the tightness you had in your youth or before pregnancies.
- A re-contoured, trim vagina may boost your self-confidence.
- You may find that wearing clothing such as bikini bottoms or panties is enhanced by your sleek new shape.
- Bladder injury, hemorrhage and infection might occur.
- Your partner and you may need some time to adjust to the new sensations resulting from your tightened vaginal walls.
- You may need to experiment to find positions and approaches that are comfortable and pleasurable for both you and your partner.
There may be some swelling and bruising immediately after your procedure. You may also experience some minor pain or discomfort which can be alleviated with medication. It is recommended that you rest in bed on the day of surgery, but you may return to work within a week of your procedure, depending on your activity level. You should refrain from engaging in sexual intercourse for at least one month.
It is essential you follow all patient care instructions given to you by your physician. It is important to realize everyone’s body is different and so the amount of time it takes to recover varies between individuals.
Limits & Risks
Fortunately, significant complications from vaginal rejuvenation are infrequent. Your specific risks will be discussed during your consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. You can minimize the risk to you by carefully following the instructions and advice of your plastic surgeon before and after your cosmetic surgery procedure.
Some potential complications of all surgeries are:
- Adverse reaction to anaesthesia
- Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
- Infection and bleeding
- Changes in sensation
- Allergic reactions
- Damage to underlying structures
- Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures.
- Blood clots in your legs or lungs