Vaginal rejuvenation has become an increasingly popular option for women who desire re-contouring after childbirth, significant weight loss, ageing or injury to genital structures. It combines vaginoplasty (‘tightening’ of the vagina) and/or labiaplasty (reshaping of the vulva or labia, the outer and inner lips of the vagina.
Vaginal and pelvic floor muscles are strained during childbirth, pregnancy, hormonal changes, and aging. The loss of muscle strength and tightness reduces a woman's self-esteem, resulting in unsatisfactory intercourses as well as sexual dysfunction. A variety of factors, including age and childbirth, contribute to women seeking vaginal tightening treatments today.
A nerve block will be administered to numb the entire vaginal area and will provide 18 to 24 hours of pain control. General anesthesia is commonly used during a vaginal rejuvenation procedure, although local anesthesia or intravenous sedation may be desirable in some cases. Vaginoplasty surgery tightens the vagina by tightening the muscles and tissues and removing the excess lining.
Labiaplasty removes redundant tissue along the ruffled edge, reducing the size and protrusion of the labia minora (inner lips of the vagina). Labia majora reduction removes excess and tissue from the outer lips of the vulva, hiding the incisions on the inner edge of the labia. Liposuction of the mons pubic can improve the contour with minimal scars.
For the 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.
After surgery, you will be placed in a surgical dressing that includes a support or compression garment over your vagina.
There may be some bruising and swelling in the initial postoperative period and you may experience minor discomfort, which can be controlled by medication. Bed rest the day of surgery is recommended and you may return to work within five to seven days, depending on your activity level. You should refrain from engaging in sexual intercourse for one month. The results of a vaginal rejuvenation procedure are intended to be permanent.
All surgical procedures have some degree of risk (for example bleeding, hematoma, unfavourable scarring). Fortunately, significant complications from vaginal rejuvenation are infrequent. Your specific risks will be discussed during your consultation. You will feel safe and comfortable in a female cosmetic surgeon hands.