Vaginal rejuvenation or vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed to change the aesthetics of the labia of the vagina. Our highly skilled and experienced surgeons have assisted many women with vaginal rejuvenation surgery or vaginoplasty, to help them feel more confident and comfortable with their bodies. Let’s try to answer the question of what is vaginal rejuvenation and how it could benefit you.
What Is Vaginal Rejuvenation And Why Is It Performed?
Vaginal rejuvenation treatments are performed for women who are not happy with the appearance of their labia (the outer lips of the vagina). And, while the topic has been an uncomfortable one for quite a long time, women are starting to feel freer in discussing their bodies and sexual identities, marking an increase in interest in vaginoplasty enquiries.
Who Requests Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Vaginal rejuvenation treatments are requested by women of different ages, as their bodies go through different stages of life and changes caused by hormonal changes. It is often requested by women who have birthed multiple children, and by women who have tried pelvic floor exercises, also known as Kegel exercises, but to no avail.
Vaginal rejuvenation is requested to address a number of concerns as the vagina and birth canal go through different stages of life. Some examples of changes may include:
Changes in lubrication
Hormonal changes and ageing can reduce the amount of vaginal lubrication being produced and this may lead to painful intercourse. Vaginal rejuvenation treatment may assist with the promotion of blood flow and thus lubrication levels.
Decreases in sensation
Noticeable during intercourse.
Increase in vaginal laxity
Pregnancy and childbirth, and ageing can contribute to vaginal laxity, which may impact on confidence and a woman’s quality of life. Women may experience decreased sexual sensitivity and satisfaction.
Loss of muscle tone in the labia
Pregnancy, childbirth and ageing result in the loss of muscle tone in the vagina. It is possible to remove excess skin if this is interfering with intercourse or to inject fillers into the labia majora if you have experienced volume loss.
You will discuss the specifics of your treatment with your plastic surgeon, but most vaginoplasty procedures take around an hour to complete. During the procedure the muscle at the back of the vagina will be surgically shortened and then joined together. Often this is done using stitches that will dissolve on their own. If there is any additional skin, this can be removed, which tightens the muscles and skin of the vagina.
Before your surgery you should:
- Avoid food and drink for 10 hours before the procedure
- Do not have sexual intercourse the day before your surgery so that your vaginal is in its regular form for the vaginoplasty
- Make sure you have time off work and that your home is set up for your recovery
- Your surgeon will probably also give you a pregnancy test to confirm that you are not expecting.
What Can You Expect After Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery?
As with any kind of surgery, you will need to give yourself enough time to heal, rest and recover. You will also need to see your surgeon at regular intervals for check ups. you can expect some degree of swelling, bruising and bleeding following your vaginal rejuvenation surgery, however this should improve in the days after your procedure.
Most patients notice the effects of their vaginal surgery two to three weeks after the procedure, and most can resume sexual activity four to six weeks after their vaginoplasty.
Are There Any Risks Or Side Effects?
All surgeries carry with them some element of risk, and each patient should conduct his or her own risk assessment before moving forward with any kind of surgery. Of course working with an experienced and well qualified plastic surgeon who follows a thorough planning process can help to mitigate your risk.
And, although uncommon, there are some possible complications associated with vaginal rejuvenation treatments and these may include:
Different sensations during intercourse
Any nerve damage during the procedure can result in alterations to your sensations during sexual intercourse.
Pain during sexual intercourse
May also occur as a result of damage during vaginoplasty.
Damage to other organs
Because of the close proximity of other organs in the pelvis, although rare, it is possible for them to be damaged.
In terms of what is expected of you, you should:
- Be aware of your healing and recovery and make sure you have reached the appropriate healing milestones a week after your vaginal rejuvenation surgery.
- Monitor your progress for any signs of infection. If you notice any deterioration of side effects or any unusual discharge it could be a sign of an infection that should be inspected by your surgeon.
What Can You Expect To Pay For Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatments?
The cost of your vaginal rejuvenation treatment will be fully inclusive and encompass your surgeon and assistant surgeon’s fees, the anaethetist’s fee and hospital costs, as well as the costs of your follow up consultations during the first six weeks after your treatment. If you are having any other treatments, these will be added to your total cost.
Your surgeon will prepare a treatment estimate for you, prior to carrying any work out.
Still unsure about what is vaginal rejuvenation and how it could benefit you? It’s always best to speak to a professional. Please contact us for a confidential discussion: (02) 8599 7161.