Vaginal rejuvenation can encompass several different procedures two of which are a?Labiaplasty?and a Vaginoplasty. The Labiaplasty is a commonly performed procedure designed to trim and reshape the labia minora, but can be performed on the labia majora also. This procedure solely addresses aesthetics of the labia, which may be compromised after childbirth or hormonal changes, as well as from genetic malformations. The Vaginoplasty surgically tightens lax vaginal muscles, which can lose elasticity after childbirth or as a woman ages. Combining these two procedures in a vaginal rejuvenation restores a tight vaginal canal, improving physical function and increasing sexual stimulation for both partners, as well as creating an aesthetically pleasing appearance to the vagina.
Dr. Paul Vitenas, a plastic surgeon in Houston, Texas says, "The Vaginoplasty is, on its own, a technique that is unique to my practice. Only a handful of surgeons across the country successfully perform complete vaginal rejuvenation. Rather than simply restoring the mucosal lining, as many surgeons do, my technique actually brings in the muscles of the vagina which are often not completely repaired at childbirth. By tightening the posterior vaginal sling of muscle, and appropriately tapering the vaginal walls, I am able to create a snug, taut, vagina; restoring its pre-baby condition. This procedure, along with the Labiaplasty, can be life changing, as it gives the woman a renewed sense of beauty and sexual confidence."
The ideal candidate for vaginal rejuvenation will be a woman in overall good health, looking to improve the function and aesthetic appearance of her vagina, and who fully understands the surgical procedure. Anyone who is experiencing laxity in her vaginal tissues due to genetics, childbirth, or the normal aging process may benefit from vaginal rejuvenation.
Women experiencing certain health problems, are seeking surgery for the benefit of a significant other, or do not have reasonable expectations for their surgical results are not considered good candidates for the vaginal rejuvenation procedure. To maintain the results from vaginal rejuvenation, those women who are planning on becoming pregnant in the future should postpone their procedure. However, a vaginal rejuvenation procedure will not pose any physical problems for future pregnancies.
"General anesthesia, local anesthesia, or IV sedation will be used during the vaginal rejuvenation procedure, keeping the patient completely comfortable during surgery," according to Dr. Vitenas, "a long lasting anesthetic will also be used, remaining for up to 72 hours; after which time patient should expect mild to moderate discomfort for a few days. I will prescribe the appropriate medications for a comfortable healing process. Women are able to return to work or school three to five days after their vaginal rejuvenation. Sexual intercourse should be postponed for about six to eight weeks."