Vaginal rejuvenation treatments give women a chance to change the appearance and tightness of the vagina. A combination of childbirth and ageing can cause the vaginal muscles to become more relaxed however working with an established and experienced plastic surgeon for a vaginal rejuvenation procedure can address these issues. Let’s take a look at the procedure and what you can expect from vaginal rejuvenation recovery.
What Is Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Also known as a vaginoplasty, vaginal rejuvenation surgery can be performed for cosmetic and functional reasons. A labiaplasty procedure can reduce the size of the labia minora. Other procedures that may be performed on the vagina include
- Clitoral unhooding: to remove the tissue surrounding the clitoris
- G-spot amplification: collagen is injected into the front wall of the vagina in order to increase sensation
You should discuss your concerns and issues with your plastic surgeon so that the most appropriate treatments can be recommended. It’s possible that more than one procedure may be required, depending on your description of symptoms.
Vaginal rejuvenation surgery may be an option if you:
- Do not like the appearance of your vagina
- Want to reduce the size of the labia minora (the inner lips of the vagina)
- Feel looseness in your vagina during sexual intercourse
- Experienced decreased sensation during sexual intercourse
Vaginal rejuvenation can be performed by laser or surgically.
Vaginal Rejuvenation Recovery: What To Expect After The Procedure
Your plastic surgeon will give you step by step recovery instructions, which you should follow carefully. All patients heal differently but on average you should expect a six week recovery period to apply.
Ideally, taking a week’s rest or leave from work is ideal. While you may be able to resume your daily activities soon after the procedure, rest and relaxation are best for recovery and healing.
The anaesthetic should wear off by the afternoon after your surgery and it will be possible to move around but you should take care not to put pressure on the surgical site. This means no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for at least 24 to 48 hours.
You should wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing to minimise friction and pressure to the area.
Most patients can resume their usual activities 72 hours after the procedure but again, you should take care to ensure there is no friction to the vaginal area.
Most patients can drive two days after vaginal rejuvenation, as long as they are not taking any narcotics or medication that may cause drowsiness.
You can expect a six week period of pelvic rest, which means you should abstain from sexual activity and not use tampons during this time. You should also avoid swimming (especially in public places) and baths during this period.
Rigorous physical activity and exercise should also be avoided during the six week recovery period.
Vaginal Rejuvenation Recovery: What Are The Possible Side Effects?
All surgeries carry some degree of risk and the particulars should be discussed with your surgeon. Complications from vaginal rejuvenation surgery may impact your recovery time and healing and need to be taken into account before making any decision.
Some of the potential side effects include
- Loss of sensation (this could be temporary or permanent)
- Scarring. Although the incisions are internal and are kept small, it is possible for scar tissue to develop, particularly if this is something you are susceptible to.
- Infection at the surgical site
- Persistent pain or discomfort
Because conversations about genitals are only starting to become more mainstream now, it’s important that you engage openly with your surgeon before moving ahead with vaginal rejuvenation surgery. Some of the questions you could ask include
- What are my individual risk factors and possible complications?
- What are the benefits of vaginal surgery?
- Am I likely to experience a loss of sensation?
- Could the procedure enhance my ability to orgasm?
- Am I being realistic about my expectations of vaginal surgery?
- Could I achieve my objectives without surgery?
How Much Does Vaginoplasty Cost?
The cost of your vaginoplasty procedure will depend on what you would like to have done and whether you choose surgery or a laser procedure. Your surgeon will prepare a treatment plan which will include a cost estimate as well as any alternative options available. If your vaginoplasty is medically necessary there is a chance it may be covered in part or in full by private health insurance, depending on your policy details.
Some examples of when vaginal rejuvenation may be medically necessary include
- Perineal tears after childbirth
- Bladder or rectal prolapse
- Overgrowth of the labia caused by genetic factors or excess testosterone
To find out more about vaginal rejuvenation recovery and what you can expect before, during and after surgery, please contact us: (02) 8599 7161.