The vaginal area is a private, personal part of the woman's body, and many women are hesitant to even consider possible cosmetic treatments for this intimate region. However, for women who have experienced significant weight changes or childbirth, or who are just getting older, aesthetic changes in the private area can lead to almost daily concerns. Whether women feel discomfort wearing tighter fitting clothes and playing sports; a change in sensation during intercourse; or even if they just don’t like the appearance of their vaginas, women should be able to feel comfortable speaking with a licensed specialist about these issues. Vaginal rejuvenation procedures give women the chance to turn back the clock and gain more confidence in their own skin.
Vaginal plastic surgery or labiaplasty procedures are becoming more and more popular as more women realize the benefits of vaginal rejuvenation. There are a number of procedures that can be performed to treat different conditions or problems, so women need to be well-informed on what vaginal rejuvenation surgery actually entails.
Vaginal rejuvenation comes in many forms, mostly because there are a few different types of surgery that can be performed. Basically, vaginal rejuvenation is the process of altering the vagina to tighten or reduce the lips of the vulva or to manage zones to increase pleasurable friction. Depending on a woman’s personal issues, a doctor may prescribe one or more of these procedures.
Labiaplasty: The reduction of the labia majora or minora (outer and inner lips of the vulva). The procedure treats elongated or asymmetrical labias, reducing their size or modifying them to make them even. The surgery requires the excess tissue to be removed with a laser, reducing or evening out the vagina. This is a short, outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia. Recovery time is usually pretty short, and women can return to work after about three days. Physical activity should be avoided for at least three weeks after surgery.
Perineoplasty: After giving birth, women may experience weakness in their perineum, the region between the vaginal opening and the anus. The muscle could have been damaged during childbirth, which can affect sensation and appearance. A perineoplasty is a type of vaginal rejuvenation surgery that helps to strengthen the perineal muscle. Surgeons will use a laser technique to reduce the size of the vaginal opening and improve the appearance.
Hoodectemy: This is another type of surgery that reduces or removes the clitoral hood in order to increase sexual function. A hoodectemy is minor genital surgery that removes excess prepuce tissue—the sheath around the clitoral node—and leaves the clitoris exposed. While this surgery is generally performed to treat the condition known as Clitoral Phimosis—where the tissue is so close to the node that there is no flexibility to let the clitoris naturally move—along with similar stimulation problems, hoodectemies can also address some hygiene-related issues that can occur with an excess of prepuce. The surgery does not take long to perform and requires no anesthesia. Patients can leave the clinic within an hour of the treatment.
Hymenoplasty: This controversial vaginal rejuvenation procedure is also referred to as the revirginization surgery. The hymen is the thin membrane enclosing the vagina, which is usually broken during intercourse or even after using tampons. A hymenoplasty repairs the hymen, replicating the natural look and feel of the original membrane. The pieces of the membrane are stitched back together, but it will break again when intercourse occurs.
Augmentation Labiaplasty:This is a non-invasive alteration of the labia majora and minora. The vulvar lips are injected with extracted body fat that augment and enhance the labia. Since it does not require anesthesia, patients do not experience as much down time as other treatments, and they can return to their normal activities much quicker.
Laser Reduction Labiaplasty: An advanced form of vaginal rejuvenation, laser reduction labiaplasty uses laser energy to shape and sculpt the edges of the labia, giving it a more appealing look.
A few other vaginal rejuvenation options are urinary incontinence surgery, g spot amplification and rejuvenation of the mons pubis. These surgeries are not as common, but they are available for women who have bladder control issues or desire more stimulation during intercourse.
As with any cosmetic procedure, vaginal rejuvenation does pose some risks and side effects that women need to be aware of. Some of the common side effects of vaginal rejuvenation are scarring, infection, loss of sensation, asymmetry and changes in texture and pigment of the labia. A more serious risk of vaginal rejuvenation is urine retention, when a patient is unable to urinate. This can lead to harmful health problems, like nephrosis or kidney infections, and should be treated right away by a trained doctor. Most of these problems can be avoided by choosing a certified plastic surgeon who has plenty of experience in vaginal rejuvenation procedures.
The cost of vaginal rejuvenation will depend on a few factors: the type of procedure that is performed, the surgeon who performs the surgery and the geographic region where patients have the procedure. Generally, plastic surgery prices are more expensive in well-populated cities with a high cost of living, so it is best to shop around in neighboring areas to find more reasonable rates. That being said, a surgeon with a cheaper price may not be as qualified as another surgeon. Usually certified surgeons with more experience and expertise tend to charge more for treatment, but the price tag is well worth the peace of mind provided by a well-trained surgeon. The various types of vaginal rejuvenation will differ in price, but the national average for this procedure is $2,689. Most treatments will range anywhere between $2,000 and $8,000. The cost of vaginal rejuvenation is usually a deciding factor, so patients need to take the time to meet with a number of surgeons to get all the information they need and determine the best option.
Any woman who is uncomfortable with the look and feel of her genitals is a candidate for vaginal rejuvenation and can benefit from any of the aforementioned procedures. However, it is important for prospective patients to first meet with a certified plastic surgeon to discuss their aesthetic or sexual goals, the details of the surgery, recovery time, overall cost and financing options.
There are a number of highly-qualified plastic surgeons offering vaginal rejuvenation in our network. These doctors gladly offer private consultations to patients interested in learning more about improving their self-esteem and sexual pleasure through vaginal rejuvenation. To find out more about this popular procedure or to schedule a meeting with a doctor in your area, contact us today.