Vaginal surgery can be cosmetic, reconstructive, or both. Vaginal surgery is focused on the visual appearance of the vagina or the tightness of the internal tissues, and the most common procedures are vaginoplasty and labiaplasty. In fact, these two procedures are often performed at the same time and may be packaged together as vaginal rejuvenation.
Vaginal rejuvenation can also be achieved through laser treatments, and this option does not require any surgery or recovery time.
Vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure that aims to tighten the vagina by removing the excess lining. This will tighten the surrounding soft tissues and muscles, often times resulting in a level of tightness similar to what the patient had before she had children.
This surgery is most often recommended for women whose vaginal tissue, muscles, and ligaments stretched during childbirth and did not return to their pre-pregnancy diameters. When this occurs, women experience decreased sensations, lack of sexual satisfaction, and difficulty climaxing due to lack of friction.
A vaginoplasty procedure will tighten the tissues, leading to an increase in friction during intercourse that will be both noticeable for her and her partner. The recovery from surgery is relatively straight forward, with most patients returning to work within 2-5 days.
Labiaplasty is another surgical procedure that is used to reduce a large or misshapen labia. Unlike vaginoplasty, which focuses on internal tissues, labiaplasty can enhance the appearance of the outer vagina and give women greater confidence and self-esteem.
A woman with an irregularly shaped or sized labia can also experience discomfort with pinching or pulling, as well as pain during sports or intercourse. A labiaplasty can eliminate this discomfort and can recover from the procedure in a matter of 3-4 weeks.
Vaginal rejuvenation can also be achieved through an outpatient procedure that can take as little as 30 minutes to an hour. The medical professional will use a temperature-controlled radio frequency that feels like a hot stone massage to build collagen, tighten tissues, and increase blood flow to the vagina.
There is no anesthesia needed and can be performed directly in the office or procedure room. There is no recovery time, and patients can resume their regular activities that same day. This is a great option for women who do not want to go under the knife but still desire vaginal rejuvenation.
For optimal benefits, it is recommended that patients receive 2-3 treatments, but increased tightness and greater sensation will be noticeable after just one treatment.