Feminine rejuvenation procedures reduce, reshape or tighten female genital tissues to help restore a firmer tone and/or a more youthful, symmetrical appearance. Patients choose feminine rejuvenation for cosmetic reasons as well as to improve comfort and alleviate problems caused by vaginal tissue laxity, such as painful intercourse or stress urinary incontinence.
Today, patients have both surgical and non-surgical options for feminine rejuvenation.
Sagging, overly large, or misshapen labia can cause considerable discomfort when wearing certain clothing or exercising, as well as interfere with a woman’s self-confidence. Loss of vaginal tone following childbearing or menopause can lead to issues such as urinary leakage, vaginal dryness, and painful or dissatisfying sexual intercourse.
Feminine rejuvenation can address these issues by restoring a more normal tone and appearance to the vagina and labia. The appropriate procedure, performed by an experienced, board certified cosmetic surgeon, can achieve one or more of the following:
The single most important decision you will make when considering feminine rejuvenation is who will perform your procedure. Surgical procedures such as labiaplasty require highly specialized training and skills to ensure your safety and achieve a successful outcome. Even non-surgical feminine rejuvenation procedures require special training and should only be performed by a highly experienced, licensed medical provider—don’t have these treatments at a spa or other practice without a qualified physician supervising.
Cosmetic surgeons perform both surgical and non-surgical procedures to restore tone, improve appearance, and improve function of vaginal tissues.
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure and is typically the most appropriate procedure to treat the following:
Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure, typically performed using general anesthesia. Small incisions are made in the labia majora, labia minora, or both, excess tissue is removed, the remaining tissue tightened and shaped to restore symmetry, and incisions are closed with sutures.
Recovery is relatively straightforward for most patients. Discomfort after surgery is typically mild and easily controlled with over-the-counter or prescription pain medication. Patients typically return to work within 3 to 5 days and resume exercise within 2 to 3 weeks. Sexual intercourse is permitted after about one month.
Results of labiaplasty are long-lasting. Although labial tissues may begin to sag again due to normal age-related changes, this is usually mild in comparison to what patients would have experienced without surgery.
In addition to labiaplasty, select cosmetic surgeons are experienced in and perform other specialized vaginal rejuvenation procedures:
Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments provide women with an alternative to surgery that achieves results nearly as quickly, if not for as long. These treatments use highly focused energy, either radiofrequency or laser, to invoke tissue contraction and promote collagen production in the vulvovaginal tissues.
Current FDA-cleared non-surgical feminine rejuvenation treatments include fractional laser. All are essentially non-invasive—no incisions, tissue ablation, or needles are involved, although certain treatments use an instrument that is inserted internally (much like a transvaginal ultrasound device).
Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation can be a great option for women suffering the effects of vaginal atrophy; however, it is not an optimal solution for every patient. Limitations include:
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