Rejuvenate literally means “make someone or something look or feel younger, fresher, or more lively.” All these effects occur in women undergoing vaginal rejuvenation. A woman’s vagina may become lax or widened because of childbirth, aging, or any number of other factors, but you can still achieve a tighter and more toned vagina—and the livelier sex life that may come with it—even in middle age. A New Canaan vaginal rejuvenation surgeon could restore your vagina to the way it was in your youth or before childbirth. Contact a knowledgeable gynecologist and they could help explain your potential medical options.
Vaginal rejuvenation goes by several terms. The procedure is also known as female genital cosmetic surgery, female genital plastic surgery, and vulvovaginal surgery, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It is sometimes referred to as the “designer vagina” procedure. No matter what it is called, vaginal rejuvenation can restore a woman’s confidence, improve the appearance of her genitals, and reinvigorate her sex life.
Many women seeking vaginal rejuvenation are mothers who have given birth vaginally. When a baby enters the world via the birth canal, a lot of widening and possible tearing is involved. The more difficult the birth, the more likely it is that some damage may occur, and more children born through natural childbirth may exacerbate this effect.
However, mothers are not the only women who may benefit from vaginal rejuvenation. As women age, their vaginas may lose muscle tone. Women who experience some urinary incontinence when laughing or coughing may benefit from the surgical tightening of muscles in this area. The same holds true for women who have certain vaginal deformities.
Pregnant women are not candidates for vaginal rejuvenation. In the same vein, if a woman has not completed her family, she should wait until she thinks she is done with childbearing before undergoing the procedure since another birth would compromise its effects. Those who wish to know if they are a viable candidate should reach out to a New Canaan vaginal rejuvenation surgeon.
When performing a vaginoplasty, the surgeon tightens the pelvic floor muscles by pulling them closer together. Excess skin and scar tissue are also removed. The operation takes about two hours while the patient is under general anesthesia.
Variations of vaginoplasty include perineoplasty, which repairs the area between the vagina and the anus. Other procedures often done in conjunction with vaginoplasty include labiaplasty, which reduces the size of the labia or vulvar lips, and clitoral hood reduction, which removes excess tissue over the clitoris.
Expect to take a week off from work after a vaginal rejuvenation operation. The healing process takes time, so patients should not engage in vaginal intercourse for at least six weeks after the operation. While healing, women cannot use tampons or place any other items in their vagina.
The area may remain swollen and bruised for a few weeks, but ice packs and over-the-counter pain medications should help relieve discomfort. Avoid strenuous physical activity or exercise for at least three weeks post-surgery.
If you are unhappy with the state of your vagina and would like more information on vaginal rejuvenation, Dr. Edward Jacobson could review your options with you, discuss available procedures, and answer any questions so you can make a fully informed decision. Call an experienced New Canaan vaginal rejuvenation surgeon today to schedule a consultation and start exploring what may be possible for you.