With age, after childbirth, or due to a variety of factors, the vagina loses some of its youthful firmness and begins to feel and look “loose.” Many women are unhappy not only with the appearance of their vaginal structures, but also with the loss of sensitivity due to reduced friction during intercourse, as well as the pain and discomfort of enlarged labia that may rub or pinch during exercise or when wearing tight clothing.
Vaginal relaxation can affect both the internal vaginal canal and the labia minora and majora (the inner and outer vaginal “lips”). Some women opt for a full transformation of the genital area in a procedure that combines vaginoplasty, which focuses on tightening the vaginal canal and reducing the diameter of the vaginal opening, and labiaplasty, which aims to correct enlarged, elongated or irregular labia. The combination of these procedures is often referred to as vaginal rejuvenation.
Combined Labiaplasty & Vaginoplasty
For women who have experienced both vaginal stretching and labial hypertrophy (enlargement), combining labiaplasty and vaginoplasty can have many benefits. Primarily, while performing both procedures together may slightly lengthen recovery time, it actually puts less stress on the body than two separate surgeries. Furthermore, the risks associated with anaesthesia, bleeding, and infection are greatly reduced. The vaginal area has an ample blood supply and can easily tolerate simultaneous procedures. Undertaking both labiaplasty and vaginoplasty together can also reduce costs associated with anaesthesia, such as the presence of an anesthesiologist, and the use of surgical facilities. Price adjustments are often available for patients undergoing multiple procedures.
HOW IS A vaginal rejuvenation PERFORMED?
Vaginal rejuvenation can be performed under local or general anaesthesia, and usually takes 1-2 hours to perform, on an outpatient basis. Surgeons will employ either traditional surgical methods, which involve making incisions with a scalpel, or specialized laser technology, which uses concentrated beams of light in place of a scalpel. Some surgeons will use a tool called iris scissors in order to preserve the ruffled look of the labia minora. Non-surgical laser options are also available. Our surgeons are highly specialized in these complex and delicate procedures.
Patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and tenderness for the first few days after surgery, and mild to moderate pain or discomfort, which can be managed with prescription pain medication and by applying cold compresses or ice packs to the area. Showering can be resumed the day after surgery, but it is best to avoid baths, as well as any strenuous activity or heavy lifting. Sexual activity can be resumed, under the advice of a physician, after about 6 weeks, or when sutures have fully healed.
What Other Procedures Can be Performed with Vaginal Rejuvenation?
A number of other procedures targeting the genital area can be undergone simultaneously with vaginal rejuvenation, which can contribute to the overall transformation of the vaginal area. These procedures include:
- Clitoral Hood Reduction (Hoodectomy): excess skin surrounding the clitoris (known as the “prepuce”) is trimmed or removed completely in order to better expose the clitoris for greater sensitivity during intercourse
- Mons Pubis Reduction: Lifts the area between the belly and vagina, often through a combination of liposuction and surgical skin removal
- Hymenoplasty: Reconstruction of the hymen, or vaginal barrier
- Laser De-Pigmentation: Using pulses of light, darkened or discoloured labial tissue is corrected
- Perineoplasty: Repair of the area between the anus and vaginal opening (known as the perineum), which may have been damaged due to difficult childbirth
- Other cosmetic procedures: Such as breast augmentation, liposuction, or rhinoplasty (nose job) can also be simultaneously performed, depending on your surgeon
What to Expect After Vaginal Rejuvenation
After vaginal rejuvenation, women can expect a dramatic transformation of the vaginal area, although it is important to maintain realistic expectations. The vaginal muscles will be tightened and women can expect better tone and control, as well as a reduction in the diameter of the vaginal opening. Depending on the level of correction desired, the labia majora and minora will be trimmed and adjusted, and their symmetry will be restored. Many women report feelings of greater sexual satisfaction, as well as improved self-confidence following vaginal rejuvenation procedures. If you feel your vaginal area has lost some of its youthful firmness and elasticity, if you have experienced pain, discomfort or loss of sensitivity as a result of vaginal looseness or enlarged labia, or if you are simply unhappy with the appearance of your vaginal structures, vaginal rejuvenation might be appropriate for you.