Vaginal rejuvenation refers to any procedure that changes or alters the vaginal anatomy and this refers to not just the vaginal canal but the surrounding external structures as well including the labia and mons.
Childbirth and age can have dramatic effects on the appearance and function of a woman’s vagina. Some women want to try to reverse these aging related changes and vaginal rejuvenation is the field of cosmetic and plastic surgery that aims to help tighten the vagina, stop incontinence, and even eliminate age related vaginal dryness that may happen after menopause. This also includes lasers and creams that help enhance orgasms and lasers and surgeries to tighten the muscles of the vagina and improve its appearance.
Sounds great! Sign me up!
Wait are there risks?
Recently the FDA has taken a strong stance against lasers and other nonsurgical devices being used for the purposes of vaginal rejuvenation. While these lasers have been FDA approved previously for treating cancer in the genitals and in removing genital warts (often associated with HPV), they are increasingly being marketed for purposes like vaginal dryness and healing with no scientific evidence that they work! These lasers to reshape vagina not only might not work but more importantly the FDA warns of potential serious side effects including burns, scarring, pain during sex, and chronic pain. The University of Utah currently recommends against the use of vaginal lasers/devices for vaginal rejuvenation given limited research and safety data.
What about surgical options for vaginal rejuvenation/reconstruction?
Surgical options have been around longer than the nonsurgical approaches with a lot more years of data and research. For some procedures satisfaction rates post-operatively are over 90%!
Here at MDLingo we believe in the informed consumer and the informed patient. We believe blanket statements don’t apply to everyone and want you to be aware of all your options and their risks. Vaginal issues can be very distressing to women and they should be aware of all their options – both nonsurgical and surgical. Results can vary in the hands of different surgeons.
If you or someone you know has had success with any of the above surgeries or even the nonsurgical procedures like lasers or injections please let us know below.
You can find a list of American Board of Plastic Surgery Certified surgeons with years of experience in vaginal rejuvenation here:
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