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Breaking The Stigma Around Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedure

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Breaking The Stigma Around Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedure

Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery | by Dr. Kamal Singh Chhajer | Published on 01/02/2023



Overview:

Vaginal rejuvenation treatment is increasingly becoming popular among women seeking to refresh their intimate wellness. Vaginal rejuvenation is an umbrella term for corrective procedures associated with vaginal anatomy. This includes changing or altering both internal and external structures for medical and cosmetic purposes. However, vaginal rejuvenation isn’t a procedure discussed over cocktails with the girls, and advertising does not paint an accurate picture. So, women planning to undergo vaginal rejuvenation surgery must do their homework.

This blog addresses the different types of procedures for vaginal rejuvenation along with several factors which influence the need for the procedures. However, please note that this blog is for informational purposes and cannot replace the significance of a doctor’s consultation

What is Vaginal Rejuvenation?

As the name suggests, vaginal rejuvenation is a broad term for various corrective procedures associated with the vagina. The corrective procedures are amalgamations of surgical and non-surgical methods to restore vaginal function, health and aesthetics. Gynecologists perform reconstructive procedures for the vaginal canal, mucous membrane, and other vulvovaginal parts of the uterus. Also known as vaginoplasty, the goal of the treatment is to ‘tighten up’ a vagina which has become slack or loose due to vaginal childbirth or ageing.

Why Do Women Undergo Vaginal Rejuvenation?

There are several products and procedures which are marketed to help women hold on to their youth as long as possible. While vaginal rejuvenation can be done for cosmetic purposes to enhance the appearance of the vagina, women also undergo similar procedures for medical reasons after childbirth or menopause. Due to childbirth and ageing, the vaginal tissues usually lose elasticity and strength. This causes issues like incontinence, vaginal dryness, lack of sexual pleasure, etc. Women may choose to undergo vaginal rejuvenation surgery for the following reasons -

  • Loose skin around the vagina
  • Issues related to urinary leakage due to incontinence
  • Decreased libido
  • Excess dryness in the vagina
  • Pain during sex
  • Loss of sensation or sexual dissatisfaction

Additionally, a majority of women today are seeking vaginal reconstruction surgery for cosmetic reasons. This is why it is important to discuss your expectations with the doctor and consider all the risks and complications before the procedure. It is crucial for any woman looking to undergo vaginal rejuvenation surgery for cosmetic reasons to have realistic expectations of the outcome. 

What Are the Different Types Of Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedures?

Vaginal rejuvenation treatment involves a combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures to achieve the desired outcomes. Depending on the purpose, expectation and preference of the patient, the surgeon recommends the most effective procedure to minimize complications. Here are some surgical and non-surgical methods for vaginal rejuvenation treatment - 

  • Vaginoplasty - The surgical procedure is done to tighten or repair the vaginal canal after childbirth
  • Vulvoplasty - This procedure involves reshaping the vulvar area (external genitalia) and labia majora (outer vaginal lips)
  • Clitoral hood reduction - In this procedure, the surgeon removes extra tissue that covers the clitoris.
  • Labiaplasty - The surgical procedure reshapes the labia or the “lips” of the vagina
  • Monsplasty - During this procedure, the surgeon removes fatty tissue from the pubic bone area
  • Perineoplasty - In this procedure, the surgeon aims to strengthen the perineum (space between your vaginal and anus)

Also, there are non-surgical options which are non-invasive in nature. The doctor may recommend certain creams and ointments to tone or tighten your vaginal area without the need for needles or surgery. Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation treatment includes the following - 

  • CO2 laser treatment
  • RF (radio frequency) treatment

However, little is known about the long-term benefits of the laser and exposure to radio frequency. Discuss your symptoms with the doctor to analyse the risk and benefits of the procedure. 

What Happens During Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation?

Laser vaginal rejuvenation is a non-surgical method which involves a laser probe to heat the upper layers of the tissues in the vagina. The procedure uses a probe which is inserted or guided across the external genitals to make the skin firmer and tighter. Then, the surgeon manipulates the probe to distribute the heat in the affected areas.

Laser vaginal rejuvenation is an outpatient procedure which usually takes 30-45 minutes depending on the type and extent of reconstruction. Before the procedure, the patient is given topical anesthesia to minimise the pain and discomfort during the procedure. During the procedure, the surgical area may feel warm or similar to a bee sting. However, the feeling subsides within 2-3 days. The doctor may prescribe certain medications and post-operative tips for a smooth recovery. 

Myths and Facts About Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery:

The advancements in medical science and technology have minimised the chances of complications associated with vaginal rejuvenation procedures. However, the stigma around vaginal reconstruction often clouds our judgement about the procedure. Here are some myths and facts about vaginal rejuvenation surgery - 

  • Myth - Vaginal rejuvenation procedure is a complex and painful procedure.

Fact - Vaginal rejuvenation can be done both surgically and non-surgically within 30 minutes. Modern tools and equipment stimulate vaginal muscles and boost collagen production to gradually achieve tightness and firmness. The procedure can be done under topical anesthesia which reduces the pain and discomfort during the procedure.

  • Myth - It is selfish and superficial to undergo vaginal rejuvenation

Fact - There is nothing selfish about prioritising your health since vaginal reconstruction can treat urinary incontinence, improve sex life, and boost self-confidence. The procedure can benefit women experiencing age-related issues such as vaginal tightness. 

  • Myth - Vaginal rejuvenation is done for my partner’s pleasure

Fact - Vaginal rejuvenation procedure enhances sexual pleasure for both partners. The treatment also tackles age-related issues in women such as urinary incontinence, lack of lubrication, etc. 

Conclusion:

It is not uncommon for women to turn back the clock and counteract the signs of ageing by preferring to undergo vaginal rejuvenation. Vaginal rejuvenation refers to the medical procedures to restore vaginal tightness for both cosmetic and medical purposes. However, the choice of undergoing vaginal rejuvenation should not be at the cost of a woman’s mental health and the decision must be her own. 

While there are several creams, ointments, and products which claim to improve the quality of orgasms, it is important to discuss your condition and expectations comprehensively before opting for these products. Many women believe that undergoing vaginal rejuvenation can boost their self-confidence but it should not be done due to pressure from society or their partner. 

FAQs

What is the surgical time for vaginal rejuvenation surgery?

The OT time for vaginal rejuvenation surgery is usually 30-45 minutes. However, the surgical duration can vary depending on the type and extent of reconstruction.

What are the benefits of vaginal rejuvenation procedures?

The advantages of vaginal rejuvenation include the following - 

  • Improves vaginal tightness
  • Treats urinary incontinence
  • Increases vaginal lubrication and moisture
  • Enhances vaginal sensitivity and sensations
  • Strengthen weak vaginal and pelvic muscles
  • Improve painful intercourse
  • Enhance the appearance of your vulvar area

When can I have sex after vaginal rejuvenation?

Doctors generally do not recommend engaging in sexual activities for at least a week after the procedure. However, depending on the extent and type of procedure, some individuals can have sex 3-4 days after the procedure. Before resuming sex, you can discuss your condition with the doctor to avoid complications after the procedure.

Is there insurance coverage for vaginal rejuvenation procedures?

Most insurance companies do not cover the cost of vaginal rejuvenation if it is done for cosmetic reasons. However, reconstruction procedures for exceptional cases involving childbirth, injuries, and medical conditions may be covered under insurance. Insurance policies vary depending on the term and conditions set by the insurance provider.

Are there any risks associated with vaginal rejuvenation procedures?

While vaginal rejuvenation is a safe and effective procedure, there are rare chances of complications due to the medical health of the patient and the surgical experience of the surgeon. Possible chances of vaginal rejuvenation procedure include -

  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Painful sex