You may have read or seen an interview where celebrities have been singing the praises of vaginal rejuvenation or vaginal lasering. Everyone from the Kardashians to the stars of Desperate Housewives has discussed such procedures. You may find yourself asking “what is it exactly?” There are different treatment options to consider and we can discuss those here to provide you with a better understanding.
What is vaginal rejuvenation?
Vaginal rejuvenation is a term that is used to describe various vaginal corrective procedures. Many elect to have these procedures done due to causes ranging from childbirth and aging to genetics. Childbirth and general aging may cause your vagina and its surrounding tissues to lose elasticity and strength. This can lead to several issues such as vaginal dryness, incontinence, sagging skin, and a lack of sexual pleasure. Having a vaginal rejuvenation procedure will help to improve these conditions along with restoring the appearance and function of the vagina if that is a concern.
Different kinds of vaginal rejuvenation?
Procedures for vaginal rejuvenation can be surgical or non-surgical. These types of treatment can affect the vulva and the vaginal canal.
Surgical methods of vaginal rejuvenation
Surgical methods of vaginal rejuvenation typically include sedation or anesthesia. These procedures are performed by a gynecologic or plastic surgeon. Some of the most common surgical procedures for vaginal rejuvenation are:
- Labiaplasty: A surgery to reduce the size of the labia minora – the flaps of skin on either side of the vaginal opening.
- Vaginoplasty: A procedure to construct or repair a vagina. It treats various medical issues, including vaginal injury due to childbirth and pelvic floor disease complications. It’s also for creating a transgender vagina, which helps individuals achieve their preferred gender identity.
- Clitoral hood reduction: A clitoral hood reduction removes excess tissue from the skin folds that cover and protect your clitoris. These skin folds are your clitoral hood.
- Monsplasty: A surgical procedure that removes hanging skin and fatty tissue from your mons pubis (fatty tissue that covers the pubic bone).
- Vulvoplasty: Reshapes the vulvar area (external genitalia). Essentially, reconstructing or creating the parts of a vulva — the mons, the clitoris, and the outer and inner labia.
- Perineoplasty: Strengthens the perineum (space between your vaginal and anus).
Non-surgical methods of vaginal rejuvenation
Non-surgical methods are considered to be noninvasive and allow for a shorter recovery time. This method will help to tighten, tone, or strengthen the vaginal region without needles or surgery. Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation involves heating the top layers of vaginal tissue. This process causes the underlying tissue to create extra collagen and new, firmer tissue.
Non-surgical treatment includes:
- CO2 laser treatment: The laser heats the upper layers of the tissue of the vaginal wall, causing the tissue in the lower layers to make more collagen. This makes the skin firmer and tighter. Brand names of laser devices include MonaLisa Touch®, FemTouch®, and FemiLift®.
- RF (radio frequency) treatment: RF treatment uses electromagnetic waves, similar to the waves used in a microwave (but to a lesser extent). RF waves heat the vaginal tissue, encouraging blood flow and collagen production. Brand names of RF devices include Viveve®, Emsella®, and ThermiVA®.
RF and laser treatments are done in the physician’s office. Generally, very little or no local anesthetics are used during the procedure. Typically, there is no recovery time with this procedure.
Benefits of vaginal rejuvenation
- Improves the tightness of your vagina.
- Helps with incontinence.
- A decrease in dryness and increased lubrication and moisture.
- Increase vaginal sensitivity and sensations.
- Improving weak vaginal and pelvic muscles.
- Reduces or prevents painful intercourse.
- Enhance the appearance of your vulvar area (labia, clitoris, or vaginal opening).
What are the complications associated with vaginal rejuvenation?
To be clear, not all these treatments have been proven to be safe or effective. There are risks associated with vaginal rejuvenation:
- Painful sex (dyspareunia).
It is important to consult with your gynecologist for a full evaluation prior to making a decision about any of these methods. When you consult with your gynecologist, be sure to ask questions and discuss your concerns along with any symptoms you are experiencing. You should have all of the information prior to making any medical decisions.
We are here to help with any questions you may have about vaginal rejuvenation. Make your appointment with OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch at 941.907.3008.