Also known as female genital plastic surgery or aesthetic vaginal surgery
Vaginal rejuvenation usually combines vaginoplasty (“tightening” of the vagina) and/or labiaplasty or vulvaplasty (reshaping of the vulva or labia, the outer and inner lips of the vagina). It has become an increasingly popular option for women. For individuals who desire recontouring after childbirth, significant weight loss, aging or injury to genital structures, vaginal rejuvenation offers increased self-confidence and comfort.
When to Consider Vaginal Rejuvenation
- If the contours of your vaginal structures have altered and stretched over time.
- If you experience soreness or pain with sexual activity, bicycle riding or horseback riding.
- If the effects of multiple vaginal deliveries have led to reduced sensation during intercourse.
Are you a good candidate for vaginal rejuvenation?
The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider vaginal rejuvenation:
- Your vaginal structures sag and have become more lax due to aging, weight loss or pregnancies.
- You have discomfort from scarring as a result of previous genital surgeries.
- You have stress urinary incontinence and wish to combine a “vaginal lift” with a corrective procedure.
- You desire a sleeker, more refined contour to your labia and vulva.
If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
Detailed Procedural Info
How is a vaginal rejuvenation procedure performed?
The most common vaginal procedure today is laser vaginal rejuvenation; your surgeon will discuss the most appropriate technique for you. A pudendal block is given to provide 18 to 24 hours of postoperative pain control. The laser is used very much like a scalpel, but it allows a precise aesthetic result, with less bleeding. Redundant (extra) tissue will be removed and the incisions will be sutured inside the vagina.
For a labiaplasty, the desired labial/vulval contours are outlined with a surgical marker and sutures are then placed. A laser is used to remove tissue beyond the desired contour, then skin staples are placed to align the edges of the labia, absorbable sutures are used and the staples are removed.
A) Natural aging, childbirth or a hereditary condition may lead to a woman to seek vaginal rejuvenation.
B) The results are long-lasting and can help you feel more comfortable wearing certain types of clothes, exercising and during sex.
What are my options?
Your surgeon will discuss with you which areas of correction or enhancement are best for you:
- Reduction of the labia minora (inner lips of the vagina)
- Reduction or augmentation of the labia majora (outer lips)
- Mons pubis reduction
- Clitoral hood remodeling
A) Labiaplasty removes redundant tissue along the ruffled edge, reducing the size and protrusion of the labia minora
B) Labia majora reduction removes excess skin and tissue from the outer lips of the vulva, hiding the incisions on the inner edge of the labia.
C) Excess bulk of the mons can be disproportionate with the rest of your body.
D) Liposuction or surgical resection can improve the contour with minimal scars.
E) Clitoral hood reduction removes excess protrusive tissue overlying the clitoris.
What will my vaginal rejuvenation incisions and scars be like?
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.
Dr. Christian Guzman is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and is experienced and qualified to perform your aesthetic procedure. Contact us today for a consultation!