When you arrive for your vaginal rejuvenation surgery, you will first be prepared for surgery by getting into a gown and having the vagina and surrounding areas cleaned with a mild disinfectant. Then, local anesthetic will be administered to the pelvic region and you may be given a sedative. In some instances, doctors recommend the use of general anesthesia rather than local anesthesia.
After the anesthesia takes full effect, the doctor will begin the procedure. Using a scalpel and sutures, or a laser to perform the procedure, the vaginal opening and vaginal walls will be tightened. Muscles that have lost tension will be tightened and excess mucosa may be removed, ultimately diminishing the diameter of the vagina. After the procedure is complete, the doctor will close up any remaining incisions and put dressings in place. In total, the procedure will take approximately one and a half hours.
Because labiaplasty involves the external structures of the female genitalia, the procedure differs somewhat from vaginal rejuvenation. Doctors not only pay close attention to how their incisions and sutures will affect the way the vagina looks but also the functionality of the vagina. When you first arrive for labiaplasty, your doctor will provide you with a gown, clean the vaginal area, and then start the anesthesia. Typically, labiaplasty involves local anesthesia and a sedative.
There are three different types of labiaplasty procedures that can be performed. In reduction labiaplasty, excess tissue is measured and marked to assure symmetrical results. Then, excess skin is removed using a scalpel, a laser, or special surgical scissors. Then, the surgeon closes the incisions.
In augmentation labiaplasty, the doctor performs two basic steps in the procedure. First, after the anesthetic has taken effect, the doctor will use liposuction to harvest fat cells from the body. Then, these fat cells are injected into the labia to create a plumper, more youthful appearance.
In Liposuction labiaplasty, in contrast, fat cells are removed from the labia to create a smoother appearance to the genitalia. The doctor uses liposuction to create more aesthetically pleasing results.
Benefits from Surgery
Vaginal rejuvenation and labiaplasty are growing so quickly in popularity because of the multiple ways in which they can benefit patients. Patients who have had vaginal rejuvenation are able to experience greater pleasure from sexual intercourse and perhaps greater partner satisfaction as well. The procedure can, thus, increase a woman’s self-confidence as well as her quality of life.
Women who have labiaplasty may have dramatic results from the surgery as well. A woman with excess tissue in the labia minora may experience difficulties during sexual intercourse if the excess tissue gets in the way. Similarly, excess tissue can also interfere with athletic pursuits. Women who have labiaplasty can enjoy the confidence of knowing that their vagina is “normal”, functions properly, and is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Side-Effects and Risks
The most common risks associated with vaginal rejuvenation and labiaplasty are similar to the risks posed by all surgical procedures: bleeding, infection, and scarring. Indeed, scarring can be an issue due to the delicate tissues involved in the procedure.
Other side effects or risks associated with the procedure include a loss or change of sensation (temporary or permanent) following the procedure. In rare instances bladder or rectal damage could occur as a result of the procedure.
Some experts believe that laser vaginal rejuvenation surgery may be less risky than traditional scalpel methods of the procedure. In addition, laser-based procedures seem to require less of a recovery period following the procedure.