William Vinyard, MD, FACS

Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

What Every Woman Needs to Know about Vaginal Rejuvenation

As women age, our bodies change. Hormones fluctuate, skin sags, and fat gets more stubborn. The female genitalia are no exception, and both the vulva and vagina experience physical and chemical changes as the years go by. In an exciting medical improvement, refusing to sit by and allow your vagina to grow old is finally an option. So let’s talk about an area of plastic surgery that has made leaps and bounds in terms of popularity and scientific improvement over the past few years—vaginal rejuvenation!

What Actually Happens To An Aging Vagina?

As women age, estrogen shortages cause an array of physical changes affecting the vulva, vagina, and lower urinary system system. That might include genital dryness, burning, or irritability, absence of lubrication, discomfort during sex, pain while peeing, and a plethora of potential urinary system infections. It is also common to experience some of these symptoms in the months or years following a natural birth, or leading up to and during menopause.

These symptoms can be chronic in nature, meaning that there is always the chance they will get worse with time. This can reach a point where both sexual-related function and the ability to lead a comfortable life are threatened. When this happens, it’s common for women to attempt to simply utilize medicinal estrogen lotions or ointments to help soothe the angry vaginal area. Unfortunately, the topical application of estrogen might not be enough.

This medical breakthrough can significantly decrease the worst symptoms of aging surrounding the female genitalia.

Local estrogen therapy might be helpful in dealing with vaginal adjustments, but particularly in females with a history of estrogen-dependent tumors, could simply cause other issues.

Over the past few years, laser vaginal rejuvenation and genitalia restoration surgeries have been shown to be reliable in treating the often frustrating genital and urinary symptoms of menopause, in helping to increase sexual pleasure and confidence, to reduce often constant discomfort or pain, and to boost overall quality of life for women around the world. This medical breakthrough can significantly decrease the worst symptoms of aging surrounding the female genitalia.

What Is Vaginal Rejuvenation with Lasers?

A CO2 fractional laser carefully (painlessly!!) shines onto the internal walls of the vagina, producing tiny micro-lesions that encourage the production of brand-new collagen, which re-equilibrates the chemical composition of the vaginal mucosa and urogenital structures.

The 5 Exciting Benefits of Vaginal Rejuvenation with Lasers!

#1: The vaginal mucus becomes thicker as it is more nourished and better hydrated. With each laser treatment, the vaginal cells are triggered to regenerate, leading to this improvement in vaginal mucus and other benefits.

#2: The vaginal lining grows extra toned and more elastic thanks to the production of collagen. This can also help heal damage caused through child birth.

#3: The proper vaginal pH is reestablished, which minimizes the danger of infection and restores its natural defensive mechanisms against bacteria and or infection.

#4: Enhanced genital tissues at the urethral opening reduces troubles with urinary incontinence.

#5: Increased comfort during sex. Although the laser vaginal renewal treatment by itself cannot promise heightened sexual enjoyment (we all know that stimulation and climax are complex, personal actions) due to the increased vaginal lubrication and restored tissue, it is likely that pleasure during sex will increase.

Does Vaginal Rejuvenation Hurt?

No, your vaginal rejuvenation will not be painful. Most women feel a mild warm sensation against the vaginal wall as the laser reaches it, along with enhanced sensitivity near the vaginal opening during the procedure. As it typical, following your vaginal rejuvenation treatment there is likely to be some localized redness or swelling, but this discomfort should disappear within a few short days. These are the most common uncomfortable side-effects.

How Many Treatments Are Typically Required?

For peak results, our office typically recommends 2-3 vaginal rejuvenation treatments roughly 4-6 weeks apart, followed with one annual follow up visit for maintenance.

How Long Does Recovery From Vaginal Rejuvenation Take?

The primary side-effect being localized discomfort, women are typically able to resume their regular activities in only 1-3 days.

How Long Will It Take To See The Results of My Vaginal Rejuvenation?

The results are instant! You will walk right out of the office as a woman with a new vagina! Particularly after the very first treatment, you will continue to experience increasingly enhanced results over the following weeks and months.

How Long Will I Have To Avoid Sex For?

Following vaginal rejuvenation with lasers, sexual intercourse must be avoided for the first 3-4 days after the treatment.

Does Vaginal Rejuvenation Impact The Labia?

No. Although laser genital treatment can be incorporated with labiaplasty, if you so desire. Labiaplasty changes the size or shape of the labia, commonly making them smaller or altering their image for personal aesthetic reasons.

How Much Does Vaginal Rejuvenation Cost?

Typically, vaginal rejuvenation costs around $1,200 per treatment, with a recommended 2-3 treatments over a 12-18 week period, along with follow up visits roughly once a year.

Regardless of where you are in the aging process, your vagina will eventually undergo the wear and tear of time. Whether you’re still experiencing the unpleasant side effects of your choice to give birth to your children naturally several months later, or beginning to undergo the shift to menopause, eventually there will likely be a point where you are dissatisfied with it.

When you reach that point, schedule a consultation to discuss the best options for your particular needs and desires!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.