What is Vaginal Rejuvenation?
One of the fastest growing segments of cosmetic surgery is female genital surgery. Many phrases are used to describe what is surgically done and the catch-all phrase lay people have seen with increasing regularity is “vaginal rejuvenation.” The branded name “Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation” has even gained national attention in print and television. In reality, vaginal rejuvenation is a marketing term referring to vaginoplasty or the surgical tightening of the vagina. Vaginoplasty usually entails a modification of a standard “posterior repair” along with rebuilding of the perineum (the space between the vagina and rectum). This procedure was traditionally performed for a fallen or prolapsed rectum or rectocele. Lasers, scissors, cautery units, and knives are used.
Gynecologists on an occasional basis have performed these procedures for years with plastic surgeons recently showing interest in this rapidly growing ultra-sub-specialty. In recent years reconstructive pelvic surgeons and urogynecologist, with specific training in pelvic and vaginal surgery, have popularized these aesthetic genital procedures and have helped provide it with legitimacy. It was only several years ago when cosmetic vaginal surgery was attacked vigorously by many medical practitioners as barbaric, unnecessary, and frivolous. However, baby boomers drove the acceptance of these procedures and fueled the growth of this very small niche. Women no longer wanted to live with gaping vaginal openings and lack of sensation when having sexual relations. Both young women wanting a sleeker appearance of their genitals and older women wanting to repair the ravages of childbirth and time are in the forefront of demand to look and feel young again.
There are only a handful of surgeons who perform these surgeries in adequate volumes to be proficient and adept. Technical skill is of paramount importance for the surgeon but having an artist’s eye is of equal value.
Frequently Asked Questions
The procedure is usually done in a surgery center. If a simple labiaplasty is performed, then the option of performing the surgery in the office under local anesthesia and oral and injectible medication can be considered. We tailor the surgery to the patient’s projected pain tolerance, anxiety level, and health status.
General anesthesia, IV anesthesia (“twilight”), and local anesthesia are all used depending on where the surgery is performed, the individual’s anxiety level, and the complexity of surgery.
Fortunately, serious risks of aesthetic vulvovaginal surgery are quite rare and seen in less than 1% of cases.Anesthesia is a risk factor because of the very rare possibility of a reaction to either the injected medication or inhaled agents. You can also aspirate food or fluid that can obstruct your breathing tube or even cause a pneumonia. There is risk of infection at the surgical site. There is also a possibility of bleeding or hemorrhage and a need to have a transfusion. With transfusions there is risk of HIV, Hepatitis, and perhaps other unknown viruses. There is even the risk of death. A risk you should also consider is one similar to “buyer’s remorse” when one is not fully happy with the result of surgery. The risk of having the surgery redone or amended is present but fortunately is very rare. We will fully review the risks of surgery before the case is even scheduled and give you every opportunity to have your questions answered.
Yes. I work with highly respected Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons who are able to perform anything from liposuction, tummy tucks, to breast implants or facial reconstruction. Those names can be provided upon request. Your whole “mommy makeover” can be achieved at one time!
The initial consultation is $175. During this initial consultation, we will discuss the risks/benefits/options of surgery, do an examination, discuss costs, and give you every chance to ask questions that are vital to you.
Each procedure varies in cost depending on the length of surgery and difficulty involved. If having a vaginoplasty, a perineoplasty is included. Any secondary procedure(s) is discounted 50%. The listed price is ALL-INCLUSIVE of the facility fee, the surgeon fee, the anesthesia fee, photo documentation, preoperative visits, and postoperative visits if performed in the office. If you request or need to have the procedure performed in a surgery center, then an estimate will be provided at the time of consultation.
YES we do. We have financing programs available, and the application process is quite easy. In fact, you can apply right on our website and get an answer within minutes!