Vaginal Rejuvenation: Everything You Need to Know

So far there's not enough evidence on the efficacy of vaginal rejuvenation to solve health problems. Medical consultation is recommended.
Vaginal Rejuvenation: Everything You Need to Know

Last update: 30 July, 2021

Vaginal rejuvenation is the name given to a set of procedures aimed at changing the appearance of the external female genitalia. The objective is to give it a more youthful appearance. Some claim that it could also have positive health effects.

These types of procedures are applied to the inner labia, the outer labia, or both. The demand for vaginal rejuvenation operations has grown dramatically in recent years. The motivations for performing these operations are multiple and of various kinds.

Why do people get vaginal rejuvenation?

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Vaginal rejuvenation may have health benefits beyond the cosmetic aspect.

Generally speaking, vaginal rejuvenation is performed to correct or improve the balance or appearance of a relaxed vagina. Vaginal relaxation occurs when the vagina has lost elasticity and control over the vaginal muscles has been reduced.

Vaginal relaxation is a problem that particularly affects menopausal women. This is due to the fact that from the age of 30, collagen production is reduced and this is accentuated over time. This condition can cause physical and psychological discomfort in many women.

Another cause of vaginal relaxation is childbirth, especially if forceps were used or the baby was very large. Being overweight can cause the same effect. This causes the diameter of the vagina to increase and causes discomfort such as:

  • Decreased sexual pleasure
  • Involuntary loss of urine or urinary incontinence
  • Dryness and irritation
  • In the most severe cases, there’s discomfort when performing physical activities.
  • Sometimes, there’s discomfort when wearing certain garments such as bathing suits or pants.

What types of vaginal rejuvenation are there?

There are several procedures available for vaginal rejuvenation. The choice of the most appropriate one will depend on the desired effect and, of course, the physician’s evaluation. The main ones are the following:

Labiaplasty

Specialists perform it to improve the appearance of the labia minora and labia majora when they’re too large or flaccid. This can interfere with intimate hygiene and the enjoyment of sexual intercourse. The surgery reduces the size and flaccidity.

Vulvar lipoplasty

The goal of this procedure is to remove excess fat cells in the vulva. In particular, in the upper area of the labia majora and the mons venus. This gives the vagina a more attractive outer contour.

Augmentation labiaplasty

It’s a liposculpture procedure in which specialists inject fat into the skin of the labia. The objective is to reduce wrinkles and smooth the skin in the area, in addition to increasing the thickness of the skin so that the vagina acquires a more youthful appearance.

Perineoplasty

This procedure is applied to the perineum; that is, the area from the lower part of the vagina to the anus. This area is often affected by traumatic childbirth. The intervention allows you to recover the elasticity of the tissues and improves the appearance. This increases the pleasure during sexual intercourse.

Vaginoplasty

This surgery strengthens the muscles of the vagina, removes excess tissue and reduces the diameter of the vagina. Also, excess vaginal mucosa is removed and the pelvic floor is strengthened so that the vagina becomes firmer.

Minimally invasive procedures

To perform vaginal rejuvenation there are also minimally invasive procedures that may be the best alternative, depending on the case. They’re the following:

  • With radiofrequency. There are electromagnetic waves that generate heat and remodel the collagen fibers. This increases the elasticity of the vaginal area.
  • Fraxel laser. Promotes the restoration of collagen and elastin. This helps reduce urinary incontinence and improves vaginal lubrication.
  • Yag laser. Increases elasticity of the vaginal neck and bladder and improves lubrication.

What are the risks?

Many physicians have expressed concern about the growing demand for vaginal rejuvenation procedures. So far, there’s no strong evidence that they’re safe and effective.

Among the possible complications that may arise are alterations in sensitivity, infections, adhesions, dyspareunia and scarring. These may be very high risks, considering that these procedures may not be effective.

In premenopausal women who undergo this type of procedure, there may be complications when they enter menopause. At this stage, the tissues in the area thin naturally. Therefore, if there’s minimal prolapse and procedures are applied to narrow or thin the area, after menopause everything can aggravate.

Also, the tension in the area and the reduction in the diameter of the vagina sometimes lead to painful intercourse. Doctors, in general, are more in favor of methods that aren’t as invasive, such as Kegel exercises.

Factors to consider

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The physician will define the most appropriate procedure for each individual woman.

It’s important to be clear about the reasons for wanting vaginal rejuvenation procedures. In addition, you should speak frankly with the doctor and formulate realistic expectations for the intervention.

You must also consider the issues that each woman will face before and after the procedure. These are discussed below.

Before the procedure

The length of the procedure varies, depending on the type of procedure, but averages around one hour. With the exception of minimally invasive methods, these are outpatient surgeries that will require epidural or general anesthesia.

You should take into account the following points:

  • Doctors should ask for preoperative clinical assessment examinations.
  • It’s best to perform the surgery as soon as menstruation ends. This facilitates healing and reduces the risk of infection.
  • The patient should fast for 12 hours before the procedure.
  • The risk of infection is prevented with a prescription of antibiotics.
  • Recovery takes three to four days.

After vaginal rejuvenation

It’s important to follow medical instructions strictly after the procedure. In particular, don’t resume normal activities until the indicated time has elapsed.

Consuming alcohol and tobacco can have a negative influence on recovery. It’s best to avoid smoking a few weeks before and a few weeks after the procedure. This prevents the appearance of thicker and darker scars and speeds up the recovery time.

It’s best to wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing, i.e., avoid tight-fitting garments. The doctor will indicate when it’s possible to resume sexual relations, something that can rarely be done before four weeks after surgery.

Vaginal rejuvenation isn’t risk-free

All surgery involves risks and this isn’t an exception. Therefore, it’s best to thoroughly evaluate the reasons why a woman is undergoing this procedure. They may have excessive and unrealistic expectations about the appearance.

We must ask a doctor all the questions that we want without any kind of inhibition. Being informed is not only a right, but also a duty. It’s best to have enough information in order to make the right decision.

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