Talking about changes to the physical appearance of your genitals is often seen as something of a taboo. It can be embarrassing and, often, you feel as if you’re the only one in the world who has such a problem. But you’re not – millions of women are in the same boat.
At the Institute for Incontinence, Vaginal Reconstruction & Women’s Health in Los Angeles, we understand your anxiety. We specialize in diagnosing and treating women who have cosmetic insecurities or medical concerns with their vaginas. Contact the Institute online or call today at 310.307.3552 to schedule an appointment.
What Exactly is Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Very simply put, vaginal reconstruction re-contours your vagina, which can lose its shape after childbirth, injury, aging, or significant weight loss.
A vaginal reconstruction (sometimes called vaginal rejuvenation or aesthetic vaginal surgery) can refer to vaginoplasty (tightening of the vagina), labiaplasty (reshaping of the inner lips), vulvaplasty (reshaping the outer lips) or non-invasive ThermiVa ®. It can also include any combination of the four procedures.
Read on to find out 5 more truths associated with vaginal reconstruction:
Truth 1: What Actually Loosens Your Vagina
Your vagina can gradually loosen through the years from factors not remotely associated with sex. One example is if you’ve given birth to multiple children, which can cause decreased vaginal elasticity due to muscle fatigue. The result is that your vaginal muscles won’t fully contract.
Another factor is age, which causes lower estrogen levels. This causes your vaginal walls to become thinner and less elastic, robbing those muscles of their former tautness.
A vaginal lift can restore firmness, elasticity, and youthfulness.
Truth 2: Labia Reduction is Possible
It’s commonly thought that your vagina cannot be tightened through a vaginal reconstruction procedure, but this is simply not true. Using traditional or innovative alternative means, your labia can be reduced and reshaped exactly how you want.
However, it is absolutely a bad idea for a young woman or girl under the age of 21 to undergo this procedure for anything other than medical reasons (a traumatic injury to the vagina, for example). For most young women and girls, it is not necessary for your vagina to be tightened.
Truth 3: Vaginal Surgery is Not Just for Cosmetic Reasons
A large number of our patients here at the Institute don’t undergo vaginal rejuvenation for cosmetic reasons. Medically, this procedure offers them relief from various physical issues, such pain or irritation.
After childbirth, your urethra could have lowered or your bladder could have dropped, causing you severe pain or incontinence. Maybe your enlarged labia causes irritation when you wear certain clothes you enjoy wearing. Sometimes, stretched labia make sex uncomfortable or even painful.
Los Angeles vaginal reconstruction can effectively treat any of these issues. However, non-invasive methods like ThermiVa® can be as effective as surgical options, but without the invasive nature and recovery time.
Truth 4: Labia Reduction Can Be Performed By Traditional or Alternative Means
Traditional – Traditional vaginal reconstruction is usually performed on an outpatient basis and under local or general anesthesia. Very small incisions are made in your labia minor or labia majora to reshape them how you want. When healed, the incisions usually don’t leave any scarring because they are closed with dissolvable sutures.
You can return to work in 3-5 days, but you’ll be prohibited from exercise for the first 1-2 weeks and sex for about a month. After 3-4 weeks, the full effect of the procedure will become evident.
Non-Surgical Treatment – Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation is now more common than traditional surgery. This non-invasive procedure uses a controlled heating through ThermiVa to tighten tissue. Your urologist has complete control of the procedure’s intensity to contract the collagen and elastin in your tissue to give you the long-term tightness and shape you want.
The procedure is safe and comfortable. Furthermore, there is almost no downtime – you can resume normal activity or exercise the same day as treatment.
This procedure also helps with issues such as mild incontinence or vaginal dryness and also restores a tighter appearance to your vagina, which can boost your sensations during sex and increase your self-confidence when wearing the tight, sexy clothes that you make look stunning!
Learn more about labiaplasty at WebMD.com.
Truth 5: It’s Designed to Be Permanent, But …
Vaginal reconstruction, whether surgical or otherwise, was designed to be permanent. However, the reality is this – if you have another child later on after surgery, or if you gain a large amount of weight, you can expect the appearance of your reconfigured vagina to be altered once again.
In a Nutshell: Vaginal Reconstruction and Rejuvenating Treatments
- What is it for? Both for aesthetic (appearance) and functional (less irritation and improved sex life) reasons.
- What can be fixed? Almost any changes including loose and enlarged vaginal canal, droopy appearance of external labia, redundancy of internal labia, etc
- Techniques: Non-invasive and highly effective radiofrequency treatments (ThermiVa®), surgery through small incisions on the labia, surgery through the vagina (reform the canal), etc
Contact Beverly Hills Vaginal Reconstruction Specialists with Your Questions
Vaginal reconstruction is nothing to be embarrassed about. It simply restores the tightness and tone of your vagina and eliminates looseness from childbirth or aging. Restoring your vagina to its youthful shape and tightness will enhance your intimate moments. Learn more today by contacting an expert Los Angeles urologist at the Institute for Incontinence, Vaginal Reconstruction & Women’s Health through our online contact form or by calling 310.231.5234.