Yes, vaginal rejuvenation is now a thing. In fact, this plastic surgery procedure’s popularity is steadily increasing, fueled by celebrity testimonials and medical device marketing campaigns.
Vaginal rejuvenation is a surgical procedure that tightens the inside and outside of the vagina. In addition, the muscle at the vagina’s opening is also repaired during the procedure, resulting in a tightening of the vaginal opening. Here’s what you need to know about this controversial new trend.
What Conditions Does It Help?
For most women, a vaginal rejuvenation procedure helps with stress incontinence, which is a common problem many women experience after childbirth. In particular, women who had large babies weighing around 10 pounds are prone to having this problem. Along with resolving this issue, vaginal rejuvenation also helps post-menopausal women who experience dryness and pain during intercourse, and also benefits women who currently have an inability to experience orgasm during sex.
Are There Cosmetic Advantages?
Yes, there are cosmetic advantages for women who receive a vaginal rejuvenation. Since the muscle at the opening of the vagina is also repaired during the procedure, the opening of the vagina has an improved appearance resembling its pre-childbirth state.
How Is The Procedure Done?
The procedure focuses on performing surgery through the vaginal opening, primarily by repairing the posterior vaginal wall. The major goal of the surgery is to pull the lateral walls of the vagina toward the center of the vagina’s floor. By doing so, the internal area of the vagina is narrowed. Once this first part of the surgery is completed, the surgeon then focuses on tightening the vaginal opening by using a small probe inserted into the vaginal canal. Once there, radio frequency heats the tissue, tightening the vaginal tissue as well as creating new elastin and collagen.
What Is The Success Rate?
According to most doctors who perform this procedure, the success rate for patients ranges from 85-97 percent. By success, doctors mean not only if it lessens or eliminates such conditions as stress incontinence, but also if the patient is satisfied with the enhancement of friction during intercourse one year after the surgery.
Is The Procedure Painful?
While this can vary since each patient’s situation is unique, in most cases doctors agree patients should only feel warmth during the procedure rather than pain. In addition, most patients usually have no pain after the procedure, and suffer no downtime. However, any patients who do experience limited pain after a vaginal rejuvenation are those who needed higher amounts of sutures to help tighten the vagina.
What Is The Cost Of A Vaginal Rejuvenation?
While this can also vary depending upon the surgeon, the complexity of the procedure, and other factors, the average cost to patients who just need a tightening of the vagina can range from $5,000-$10,000. However, since more than 50 percent of patients require some level of vaginal reconstruction due to the bladder, intestines, or uterus falling into the vagina, the price for these patients can be as low as $7,000 or as high as $20,000.
Can Just Anyone Have A Vaginal Rejuvenation?
No. Not only should patients evaluate whether they can afford to pay for the procedure, since some insurance companies may not cover the procedure, but there are physical limitations as well. Most doctors agree any woman with a bladder prolapse of grade two or higher should not have the procedure. In addition, women who have had or currently have genital cancer, are undergoing radiation treatments to their vulva or vagina, experiencing pelvic floor pain, or have fibromyalgia, levator myalgia, or have vaginal or uterine infections should avoid having a vaginal rejuvenation.
How Do I Choose A Doctor?
To make the best choice, experts recommend choosing a doctor who has extensive experience performing this procedure, as well as one who is board-certified in cosmetic surgery as well.
Should I Schedule A Pre-Surgery Consultation?
Before undergoing this or any surgical procedure, always have a pre-surgery consultation with your doctor. By doing so, you will be able to get answers to any questions you may have, and be given pre-surgery instructions as to how to prepare the day before your surgery is scheduled. And of course, it will be an opportunity to gain peace of mind prior to your surgery.