Many women live with reduced sexual pleasure or pain and embarrassment due to a loosening of their vagina or an enlarged or misshapen labia, often due to aging or childbirth. While a growing number of women are motivated to improve their sex lives and feel better about themselves, many don’t know where to turn or may feel too embarrassed to discuss the issue with their care provider. The surgeons here at Cherokee Women’s Health want you to know that your health and sense of well-being are their top priority and with over a combined 35 years of experience performing vaginal rejuvenation procedures, they have the experience, sensitivity and knowledge to help you.
The Two Types of Vaginal Rejuvenation
There are two different types of vaginal rejuvenation procedures; vaginoplasty and labiaplasty. Some women may wish to have a procedure to correct the shape of her labia while others may wish to have their vagina tightened. These procedures are separate and may be performed together or individually, depending on the woman’s choice. Below we explain the different types of vaginal rejuvenation procedures.
Vaginoplasty or Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery is the Tightening and Rejuvenation of the Vagina
Vaginoplasty is a vaginal surgery aimed at tightening lax muscles to achieve a narrower and tighter vaginal canal and smaller opening. A widening of the vaginal area is often as a result of aging or childbirth. As a result, you may experience reduced sexual pleasure due to reduced friction during intercourse. This procedure typically takes about 60 minutes and can be done under general anesthesia or a local anesthesia with some sedation. By using a laser devise, greater precision can be achieved with minimal incisions.
Labiaplasty or Vaginal Cosmetic Surgery is the Reduction and Beautification of the Labia
Labiaplasty is an aesthetic procedure used to reshape and transform the appearance of the labia minora (small inner lips) or the labia majora (larger outer lips). Labiaplasty is performed to remove excess skin or to correct misshapenness or irregularities. Large labia can cause discomfort during sexual intercourse, cause friction while exercising or make it uncomfortable to wear swimsuits. Labia reduction will transform the shape of the labia and achieve symmetry. Both procedures typically take about 60 minutes and can be done under general anesthesia or a local anesthesia with some sedation. The recovery period is relatively short and most patients can return to work in 3-4 days. Sexual activity can be usually be resumed in 6-8 weeks.
Dr. Litrel Explains Vaginal Rejuvenation in His Own Words:
There is a reason why there is so much confusion about vaginal rejuvenation. General plastic surgeons with hardly any knowledge of pelvic anatomy have historically botched the operation. They have only addressed the physical appearance of a woman’s genitalia without correcting the underlying problem. Thus, it has become known as a cosmetic operation that does not fix anything but physical appearance.