As women's bodies age, they go through changes: wrinkled and sagging skin. Increased fat deposits and decreased muscle mass develop throughout the body, including the vagina. Young women tend to have taut vaginas and then lose tone and strength, which comes with age and genetics. Severe strain on the pelvis and vagina during childbirth can cause a loss of elasticity and muscle tone at the opening.
Vaginal rejuvenation is used to increase the tightness and tone of the vagina. During the procedure, the surgeon tightens the vaginal opening and walls, and rebuilds and reinforces the surrounding tissues, tightening the vagina.
This surgery is designed to not only correct and perfect a woman's vagina, but also to boost her self-confidence and help improve her quality of life. With the proper care, the woman should see results in a short time.
Vaginal rejuvenation procedures are gaining in popularity. Many different types of vaginal rejuvenation procedures are currently available. Each has a different set of benefits and risks — not to mention advocates and critics. Specifically, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has come out against cosmetic surgery of the vagina, stating that the risks outweigh the benefits. Other medical organizations view the procedures as safe when performed on the right candidate by a qualified surgeon.
That being said, some of the more popular vaginal rejuvenation procedures include:
This vaginal rejuvenation procedure aims to reduce the size of the clitoral hood to maintain symmetry. Hoodectomy may be done in tandem with labiaplasty, especially if there is a significant or complete reduction of the inner lips (labia minora). The reduction or removal of the clitoral hood may increase the stimulation of the clitoris and intensify sexual pleasure.
A hoodectomy takes an hour or less to complete, while recovery spans about two weeks. Risks may include inflammation and infection.
The cost of a hoodectomy is about $2,500.
To address stretching that may result from natural childbirth, some women may want their vaginal canal and the surrounding tissues tightened.
This vaginal rejuvenation procedure can be done surgically or with a laser. Your surgeon will tighten and shorten the stretched muscle at the back of the vagina and remove the unwanted skin.
This reduces the excess vaginal lining and tightens the vaginal muscles. Vaginal tightening surgery takes around an hour, but some women may need to stay in the hospital overnight. Typically the procedure requires general anesthesia or a local anesthetic combined with sedation. The scarring is inside the vagina.
You will be sore and swollen after vaginal tightening surgery, but should be able to walk without discomfort within a few days. Most women can return to work within a week. You should avoid sex for four to six weeks after vaginal tightening. If your vagina is over-tightened, it can lead to urine retention.
The cost of vaginal tightening is roughly $5,900.
Like a Virgin? Revirginization
In recent years, many women have undergone a vaginal rejuvenation procedure called revirginization, also known as hymen repair surgery or hymenoplasty. During this fairly simple procedure, your surgeon uses dissolvable stitches to reconnect the skin membrane that once partially covered the opening to the vagina (the hymen).
Typically revirginization involves a local anesthetic and no hospital stay. Recovery time is about six weeks. The risks of hymen repair surgery may include infection, fever and pain during sex. In addition, intercourse will re-tear the membrane, causing pain and bleeding as if you were ... like a virgin.
The cost of revirginization is about $3,000.
Laser perineoplasty is a vaginal rejuvenation procedure that aims to tighten the muscles of the perineum with a laser. The perineum is located between the anus and the vulva (the labial opening to the vagina) in women. A firm perineum is important for sexual stimulation. It can also enhance the sagging outer lips (labia majora) and inner lips (labia minora) of the vagina.
The cost of laser perineoplasty ranges from $3,495 to $5,499.
Augmentation labiaplasty is a vaginal rejuvenation procedure that involves taking fat from other areas of the body and reinjecting it into the labia for a more youthful appearance. Fat grafting is also an option for other parts of the body such as the buttocks via Brazilian butt lift or face with stem cell facelift. Risks of augmentation labiaplasty include under- or overcorrection, infection and failure of the fat graft to take.
The cost of augmentation labiaplasty can be anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000.
Vajazzling is the latest down-there cosmetic trend. Vajazzling involves applying glitter and Swarovski crystals to the vulva after getting a full bikini wax. Vajazzles stay in place for about five days. There are few reported risks except for possible allergies to the glue used to apply the crystals. Vajazzling should never be done on irritated skin. Wearing tight-fitting clothing can rub stones off and compromise the duration of your results. If you hire someone else to perform your vajazzling procedure, choose an experienced technician. Word of mouth speaks volumes when it comes to vajazzling. Don’t be afraid to ask to speak with a previous customer. Professional vajazzling can cost up to $100. DIY Vajazzle kits are widely available and less expensive.
Vulvar lipoplasty can remove unwanted fat from the pubic mound (mons pubis) and upper parts of the outer lips (labia majora). Liposculpturing may alleviate unsightly fatty bulges in this area and produce a more aesthetically pleasing curve. This is performed with a fine liposuction cannula. Risks include over-suction, under-suction, and infection.
The cost of vulvar lipoplasty ranges from $3,800 to $6,000.
Benefits Of Vaginal Rejuvenation
The benefits of vaginal rejuvenation can be enormous!
Vaginal rejuvenation helps women revitalize stretched vaginal lining, tissues and muscles. With this procedure, women can feel more confident about themselves and their sexuality. In addition, it can improve the way a woman feels about herself, and this translates into how she is perceived by others. It can help to give her a stronger confidence and enjoy her sexual life with her partner.
Vaginal Rejuvenation Patient Qualifications
Patients at Risk:
- Women with diabetes, chronic illnesses, heart and lung disorders and bleeding disorders will probably not be candidates for this surgery.
- People who smoke tend to be at higher risk with any surgery; if you smoke and are seriously thinking about vaginal rejuvenation, consider quitting.
Your surgeon will review your qualifications to ascertain whether it would be safe for you to undergo this surgery and whether the surgery would help you. You will not know until you meet with a surgeon if this surgery is right for you, but there are some simple things to consider as you proceed.
If your vagina feels significantly different than it once did, especially if it feels loose, you could be experiencing something that a vaginal rejuvenation could help. Similarly, if you have a hard time keeping tampons in your vagina, or if your partner's penis falls out frequently during sex, that could indicate a certain amount of vaginal laxity. If you experience urine leakage during moments of abdominal pressure, this could also indicate pelvic weakness - in which vaginal rejuvenation could help.