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. With more than 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 a result of aging or childbirth. Therefore, 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:
And it will also improve other things.
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.
Even most obstetricians and gynecologists who specialize only in caring for women and who generally have a much better understanding of vaginal anatomy wind up spending so much time delivering babies or performing annual exams, he or she doesn’t develop the surgical expertise to address the complicated anatomical injuries that result in sexual dysfunction.
The fundamental problem is that a woman suffers damage to her vagina as a result of giving birth to a baby. This is not a complicated idea. A baby’s head is big and it causes damage when it comes out. Any lacerations are fixed right after the delivery by the obstetrician. The bleeding is stopped and the wounds to the vagina and labia are repaired. But this does not repair all the damage to a woman’s body. Think about what just happened; the mother spend nine months growing a human being inside her body and then an exhausting twelve hours or so pushing the baby out. It’s not possible to fix all the damage done to a woman’s body with the repair of an episiotomy. So a woman’s problems do not stop when she is discharged from labor and delivery.
Other things happen later.
So what exactly happens to a woman’s anatomy? Essentially, after having a baby the vagina loosens and drops. This is why so many experience changes in sexual pleasure after they become mothers.
And other things occur as well.
Changes to a woman’s vagina falls under the category of pelvic organ prolapse. As the direct result of childbearing, the bladder, rectum and uterus lose their structural support. These are the organs that lie underneath the vagina. The external appearance of a woman’s genitalia change as the vagina loosens and these pelvic organs begin to drop down.
There are functional problems that many women experience that go far beyond just sexual dysfunction and changes in appearance. A hernia of the bladder can result in leakage of urine when jumping or sneezing. Urine leakage even occurs for some unfortunate women during sexual intercourse. Herniation of the rectum results in severe vaginal looseness that decreases sexual sensation for the woman and her partner. Some women even have to touch their genitalia in the bathroom to get stool out. Herniation of the uterus or intestine can result in pelvic discomfort or pressure that worsens as a woman gets older or just towards the end of the day or during menstrual cycles. And pelvic pain and discomfort can obviously have a bad effect on sexual response. Who wants to be sexually active if intercourse causes discomfort?
As a specialist in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, it’s my goal with all my patients to fully understand the problems they are experiencing and offer the easiest solutions that resolve their issues in the best way possible. Vaginal rejuvenation is a cosmetic operation that improves the appearance of a woman’s genitalia. A woman can look like she did before she had children or even “virginal” before she had sex. But vaginal rejuvenation not only addresses changes in sexual response for the woman and her partner but the surgery also helps a woman feel much better physically.”