It's a growing trend in America - the private nip/tuck or vaginal rejuvenation. Women who are uncomfortable with the appearance of their vaginas are seeking out cosmetic surgery to correct what they see as unattractive 'down there.'
It often happens after having childbirth - things just aren't the same. Sensation during sexual intercourse may change and women may feel uncomfortable in the bedroom. For some it doesn't take childbirth to make them feel uncomfortable. Women with large labia minora may be embarrassed in bathing suits or with their partner and would like to achieve the Playboy vagina.
Vaginal rejuvenation is an umbrella term for a group of procedures intended to improve the appearance and/or sensation of the vagina. A one to two hour outpatient procedure, called posterior repair or vaginoplasty, will reduce internal vaginal mucosa, which tightens the canal. This increases muscle tone, control and strength, which may improve sexual sensation.
For women unhappy with the size of their labia minora or majora, laser labioplasty may be an option. This procedure reduces the length of the tissue and will make the labia equal in size. This is typically a short outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia, and has a short recovery time.
After surgery, a patient can walk within a few days and can return to sexual activity in four to six weeks. It is important to remember that vaginal rejuvenation surgery cannot cure sexual dysfunction or increase desire. This surgery may not be covered by insurance, and complications such as bleeding or scarring are possible.
These procedures were recently discussed on The Doctors and gynecologist Dr. Lisa Masterson stated, "The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology does not advocate it at this time because of the risks of infection, nerve damage, scarring, etc." Before undergoing this or any other procedure, make sure to seek out a qualified, board certified physician skilled at performing these procedures.