Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedures
Reviewed by Foad Nahai, MD
Vaginal rejuvenation procedures are gaining in popularity. Many different types of vaginal rejuvenation procedures are currently available. Each has a different set of benefits and risks not to mention advocates and critics. Specifically, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has come out against cosmetic surgery of the vagina, stating that the risks outweigh the benefits. Other medical organizations view the procedures as safe when performed on the right candidate by a qualified surgeon.
That being said, some of the more popular vaginal rejuvenation procedures include:
This vaginal rejuvenation procedure aims to reduce the size of the clitoral hood to maintain symmetry. Hoodectomy may be done in tandem with labiaplasty, especially if there is a significant or complete reduction of the inner lips (labia minora). The reduction or removal of the clitoral hood may increase the stimulation of the clitoris and intensify sexual pleasure.
A hoodectomy takes an hour or less to complete, while recovery spans about two weeks. Risks may include inflammation and infection.
The cost of a hoodectomy is about $2,500.
To address stretching that may result from natural childbirth, some women may want their vaginal canal and the surrounding tissues tightened.
This vaginal rejuvenation procedure can be done surgically or with a laser. Your surgeon will tighten and shorten the stretched muscle at the back of the vagina and remove the unwanted skin.
This reduces the excess vaginal lining and tightens the vaginal muscles. Vaginal tightening surgery takes around an hour, but some women may need to stay in the hospital overnight. Typically the procedure requires general anesthesia or a local anesthetic combined with sedation. The scarring is inside the vagina.
You will be sore and swollen after vaginal tightening surgery, but should be able to walk without discomfort within a few days. Most women can return to work within a week. You should avoid sex for four to six weeks after vaginal tightening. If your vagina is over-tightened, it can lead to urine retention.
The cost of vaginal tightening is roughly $5,900.
Like a Virgin? Revirginization
In recent years, many women have undergone a vaginal rejuvenation procedure called revirginization, also known as hymen repair surgery or hymenoplasty. During this fairly simple procedure, your surgeon uses dissolvable stitches to reconnect the skin membrane that once partially covered the opening to the vagina (the hymen).
Typically revirginization involves a local anesthetic and no hospital stay. Recovery time is about six weeks. The risks of hymen repair surgery may include infection, fever and pain during sex. In addition, intercourse will re-tear the membrane, causing pain and bleeding as if you were ... like a virgin.
The cost of revirginization is about $3,000.
Laser perineoplasty is a vaginal rejuvenation procedure that aims to tighten the muscles of the perineum with a laser. The perineum is located between the anus and the vulva (the labial opening to the vagina) in women. A firm perineum is important for sexual stimulation. It can also enhance the sagging outer lips (labia majora) and inner lips (labia minora) of the vagina.
The cost of laser perineoplasty ranges from $3,495 to $5,499.
Augmentation labiaplasty is a vaginal rejuvenation procedure that involves taking fat from other areas of the body and reinjecting it into the labia for a more youthful appearance. Fat grafting is also an option for other parts of the body such as the buttocks via Brazilian butt lift or face with stem cell facelift. Risks of augmentation labiaplasty include under- or overcorrection, infection and failure of the fat graft to take.
The cost of augmentation labiaplasty can be anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000.
Vulvar lipoplasty can remove unwanted fat from the pubic mound (mons pubis) and upper parts of the outer lips (labia majora). Liposculpturing may alleviate unsightly fatty bulges in this area and produce a more aesthetically pleasing curve. This is performed with a fine liposuction cannula. Risks include over-suction, under-suction, and infection.
The cost of vulvar lipoplasty ranges from $3,800 to $6,000.
The highly sought-after G-spot or Gräfenberg spot is purported to be a highly erogenous zone inside the vagina that enlarges when directly stimulated. G-spot amplification is a procedure that involves injecting collagen directly into the G-spot to enhance sexual pleasure.
The actual injection involves a 3 1/2-inch needle and takes less than eight seconds. Pioneered by David Matlock, MD, a gynecologist in Beverly Hills, G-spot amplification creates a G-spot about the size of a quarter. The results last for about four months, on average. Most women require a repeat injection every three months to maintain the effect.
The cost of G-spot amplification is about $1,850.
Consult a Qualified Surgeon
If you are considering a vaginal rejuvenation procedure, you need to do two things:
- Select a board-certified plastic surgeon, a board-certified gynecologist or a board-certified urologist.
- Make sure the surgeon has years of specific vaginal rejuvenation experience and expertise. The evaluation of surgical skills specifically relating to vaginal rejuvenation is not required for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. There are no specific licensing requirements or required educational courses to perform vaginal rejuvenation procedures. For this reason, it is important to choose a surgeon who has extensive experience performing the procedure you are considering. Start your search for a reputable surgeon now.
About the Reviewer of This Article
Foad Nahai, MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Nahai was the 2008-2010 president of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). In addition, he is a past president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), a former director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and current editor-in-chief of Aesthetic Surgery Journal. He completed medical school in England and his post-graduate surgical training at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Emory University in Atlanta. Before joining Atlanta's Paces Plastic Surgery in 1998, Dr. Nahai practiced at the Emory Clinic, where he was professor of plastic surgery at Emory's School of Medicine.
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