Vaginal rejuvenation is a term that includes a number of different procedures. These include:
- Labiaplasty or Vulvoplasty
- Vaginal Tightening
- Clitoral Hood Reduction
It is important to note the term “Vaginal Rejuvenation” has been used extensively by some for marketing purposes as it is thought to sound more appealing than the more appropriate medical terminology, “Vaginoplasty”, which encompasses the above procedures.
Vaginoplasty is a procedure that is used to surgically correct a woman’s vagina resulting usually from vaginal birth. These problems can occur in many other situations as well, such as aging, weight gain and smoking to name a few. The procedure reconstructs the vaginal muscles and tissue in an attempt to recreate and/or improve the original vaginal size and tone. Having the procedure can certainly enhance ones sexual life by allowing greater strength, control and friction leading to a greater sexual experience.
Labiaplasty (Labioplasty/vulvoplasty) is a surgical procedure that will reduce in size and/or reshape the labia minora. This is performed in many cases on women who may find:
- Discomfort during sex
- Discomfort wearing tight clothing, swimming suits etc
- Discomfort taking part in activities such as cycling or running
- They don’t feel comfortable with the size and/or shape of their labia
- Disfigurement from previous surgery or traumatic events
The labia are described as either the labia are described as either the labia minora which are the inner most lip or the vagina and the labia majora which are the outer lips of the vagina. More often than not, the labia minora is the bigger concern amongst women considering labiaplasty. They will usually complain of the above symptoms or that they feel that is unsightly in appearance.
Clitoral Hood Reduction
There is a fold of skin that covers the clitoris called the prepuce or clitoral hood and acts as a protective barrier. This procedure involves the reduction (NOT the complete removal) of this skin, allowing for easier access to the clitoral gland, and in many cases increases sensitivity.
There are times when after having a normal delivery the vagina and/or labia are damaged. These can heal on many occasions in an unsightly manner, with scar tissue and ridges or bands, causing general discomfort and painful intercourse. These can be corrected with cosmetic surgery.
In other instances women may find that they have a prolapsed of the vagina (a bulge or sensation of something coming down or even out the vagina). This can present in a number of ways. Most commonly a woman can present with an:
- Anterior (front/top) wall prolapsed of the vagina
- Posterior (bottom/back) wall prolapsed of the vagina
All of these procedures are not without risk. Although unlikely, these risks include infection, hemorrhage, scarring, hypersensitivity, painful intercourse and the possibility that the cosmetic result does not live up to the expectations you may have had prior to the procedure. All surgeries will be discussed in detail beforehand and all questions and concerns addressed.
* Remember that for the most part, vaginal cosmetic procedures are not necessary.
* Remember that once the labia has been reduced or even removed, it cannot be replaced.
* Remember to ask as many questions as you feel are necessary to make yourself comfortable with the procedure you are seeking to have performed.
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