Also known as aesthetic vaginal surgery, or female genital plastic surgery, vaginal rejuvenation usually involves Labiaplasty (reshaping of the labia or vulva) and Vaginoplasty (tightening of the vagina). Although it a fairly recent procedure, it is a popular one with many women. Especially useful for women who have just given birth, as well as women who have had significant weight loss, the surgery can boost confidence and provide comfort.
Do You Need Surgery?
If you’re considering having a vaginal rejuvenation surgery, it’s important to consult with an aesthetic plastic surgeon. He or she will explain the procedure, and also help to determine whether you are a good candidate. Make sure you speak to a professional such as David Ghozland, M.D. in order to receive sound advice. The following are the most common reasons why people tend to opt for this surgery:
- You desire a more refined, sleeker contour to your vulva or labia
- You suffer from stress related urinary incontinence and wish to combine the corrective procedure with a vaginal lift.
- You have had a previous genital surgery that has resulted in scarring which is causing discomfort.
- Your vaginal structures have become more lax and started to sag due to pregnancy, weight loss or aging.
- If the effects of multiple vaginal births have led to reduced sensation during sexual intercourse.
- If you experience pain or soreness whilst cycling, horse riding, or during sexual intercourse.
If you have a positive attitude, are in good health, and have realistic expectations of how the procedure will work, you are a good candidate for vaginal rejuvenation surgery.
How is Vaginal Rejuvenation Performed?
Prior to surgery, your surgeon will discuss the best treatment options with you. You may require a reduction of the labia majora or labia minora, clitoris hood remodelling, or a pubis reduction. The most common procedure today is laser vaginal rejuvenation, which involves using the laser like a scalpel (a pudendal block will be given before the surgery to provide you with up to 24 hours of pain control). Using a laser gives a much more precise aesthetic result, and also results in less bleeding. Other surgery options are available, however, and your surgeon will be able to discuss the pros and cons of each with you.
What to Expect After Surgery
Vaginal rejuvenation is usually performed on an outpatient basis, and you will be free to go home the same day as your surgery, so long as your surgeon is happy with how the procedure went. It’s advisable to ask someone to drive you home, and to stay with you for the night following your surgery. Your surgeon will discuss with you what to do during the recovery period, and will let you know when you can expect to return to normal activities (this is usually within seven days but it can vary). You will also be given aftercare instructions, and be told about the possible signs of complications to look out for.
Most vaginal rejuvenation surgeries go well, and many women see permanent results. Remember, however, to visit your plastic surgeon for follow-up appointments, so that he can check on your health. You can also contact him at any time to discuss your concerns.
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