Vaginal rejuvenation is the process of treating symptoms like urinary incontinence, dryness, and loose vaginal tissue. Some women also use this treatment for cosmetic reasons.
Options include both surgical or non-surgical treatment. Both types of treatments have their pros and cons. In this post, we’ll help you decide whether vaginal rejuvenation is for you and help you decide what treatment method is best for you.
Who is it for?
You can opt for vaginal rejuvenation if:
- You are insecure about the appearance of your genitalia;
- The labia minora causes you discomfort;
- You want to increase your sexual satisfaction;
- The vaginal tissues have lost elasticity due to childbirth or aging;
- You are dissatisfied with the look of your vulva;
- You experience soreness and pain during sex;
- You experience dryness and chafing during sex;
- You experience urinary leakage (incontinence) while sneezing or coughing.
Basically, vaginal rejuvenation improves the looks and function of the vagina. Some issues, such as large or asymmetrical labia or anomalies of the vulva, are birth-related, while other problems occur due to childbearing or menopause. The right candidate for vaginal rejuvenation is 18+ years old. Most women who get this treatment are in their middle years, but older women experiencing pain and discomfort can opt for this treatment as well.
Methods of Vaginal Rejuvenation
Vaginoplasty tightens the wall of the entire vagina. It requires the administration of anesthesia (you can choose local or general anesthesia). The internal walls of the vagina are tightened with strong sutures. The results last for a lifetime but are affected by childbearing.
Vaginoplasty also treats urinary incontinence by fixing the bladder.
Results are immediate after surgery. However, you’ll have to rest for an entire week. Scarring and bruising might occur, and the area can feel sore as well.
You can return to work after a week but will have to wait for a month or so for full healing. In the meanwhile, you can't have penetrative sex or use tampons.
Labiaplasty is surgery on the inner folds of the labia minora of the vagina. Women who feel discomfort or self-conscious because of a large labia can opt for this surgery.
After administering an anesthetic, the professional will trim the excess part of the labia and suture the skin.
You can experience scarring, bruising, redness, or swelling for a few weeks. You’ll have to take time off from work and refrain from exerting yourself.
Full recovery can take up to two months, but you can return to work after 1-2 weeks.
Side Effects of Surgical Methods
The general side-effects of surgical vaginal rejuvenation include:
- Light scarring
- Blood clotting in deep veins following the surgery
- Risk of infection
Thus, you should be healthy before the surgery, so you can heal faster. It could mean eating healthy foods and quitting smoking and drinking in the days leading up to the procedure.
Some potential risks related to labiaplasty and vaginoplasty are:
- Discomfort while urinating
- Loss of sensitivity
- Vaginal discharge
Follow-up appointments will be required after the surgery to monitor progress.
Reduce the risk by doing your research before choosing a surgeon or gynecologist. The success rate is higher than the failure rate, and you can ensure satisfaction by consulting with the professional before your surgery.
The radio-frequency treatment tightens the tissues of the vulva and vagina. During the procedure, the tissues are warmed with a probe. The procedure fosters collagen and elastin production, which makes the muscles tighten and contract.
Administering anesthesia is unnecessary, as you won't feel pain. The procedure can take up to an hour. You can go back straight to work and can have sex the same day, as there's no downtime for this procedure.
Due to the tightening of the vaginal walls, women can experience more sexual satisfaction and relief from urinary incontinence. Unlike surgical treatment, you will see final results after 2-3 treatments spaced a week apart. An annual upkeep treatment is required to maintain vaginal laxity.
CO2Re Intima uses a handheld laser-emitting device to heat the vaginal tissue. Similar to radio frequency vaginal rejuvenation, CO2Re Intima triggers the production of collagen and elastin to tighten the vaginal walls. It can also tighten the vulva for a more youthful appearance.
The laser heats the tissues faster than radio frequency, so the procedure is fairly quick. Consider CO2ReIntima if you feel shy or embarassed about exposing your private parts for too long.
CO2Re Intima can also treat mild urinary incontinence and increase sexual pleasure.
It can take up to 3 treatment sessions spaced 1-2 weeks apart to get the desired results. Annual treatment can keep your vagina looking youthful and maintain its tightness.
Keep in mind that you’ll have to refrain from sexual intercourse for up to 7 days post-treatment.
Side Effects of Non-Surgical Methods
The non-surgical methods are non-invasive and pose fewer risks than surgrey. The potential risks and side effects of non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation are:
- Allergic reaction
- Changes in skin tone caused by pigments
Most side effects are mild, so you can expect a fast recovery. And since there's no downtime, the follow-up treatments won't disrupt your schedule.
Vaginal Rejuvenation to Feel and Look Young Again
You no longer have to live with vaginal laxity or incontinence. Nor do you have to spend your life feeling insecure about your vagina. Vaginal rejuvenation can make you feel more comfortable, both physically and mentally.
Surgical methods deliver permanent results, but non-surgical methods are a better option for women who prefer a non-invasive treatment. Doctors also recommend kegel exercises for added benefits. These exercises are meant to strengthen the pelvic floor which supports the bladder, uterus, and rectum.
The procedure, expected results, recovery and cost of each vaginal rejuvenation method are different, but an expert consultation with one of our professionals will resolve your questions. Since all bodies are different, we highly recommend getting a personal consultation.