Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Changes to the appearance of the vagina can occur as we naturally age, or as a result of life events such as pregnancy or childbirth. Fortunately, vaginal rejuvenation can improve not only the aesthetic appearance but also the function and sensation of the vagina.
A vaginal rejuvenation is the combination of numerous surgical procedures which works to tone both the internal vaginal muscles and the perineum. This procedure can also alter the aesthetic appearance of the external genitalia by shortening the labia.
You will be considered a good candidate for vaginal rejuvenation if you:
You may wish to consider having this procedure once you are sure you will have no future pregnancies. Having another child after the procedure may alter the results and you may need further procedures in the future.
A vaginal rejuvenation will happen under a general anaesthetic known as ClearSleep™. This means you will not be awake for the duration of the procedure. ClearSleep™ varies from other general anaesthetics as it does not rely on any breathing machines or tubes. You will also wake up quickly after the procedure and experience a heightened sense of wellness.
The vaginal rejuvenation includes joining the stretched muscles from the back of the vagina together. This is done using dissolvable stitches. This allows for the vaginal cavity to be decreased in size, therefore increasing friction.
The external genitalia can be reshaped using precise dissection techniques. This will shorten and reshape and unwanted tissue from the labia majora. This can help to improve the aesthetic appearance and comfort of the labia. This procedure can be performed on its own and is known as a labiaplasty.
The procedure should take about two hours to complete. This will vary depending on if you are having just internal or both internal and external surgery. You will be able to return home on the same day, once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
After the vaginal rejuvenation, it is normal to experience some redness, bruising and swelling around the procedure area. This may last up to one to two weeks. You may experience some pain and discomfort, particularly in the first few days. To relieve this, you can apply an ice pack to the area, which will help with any pain and swelling. You may also wish to take pain medication. Any pain will only last a few days.
If you had non-dissolvable stitches, these will be removed one week after surgery.
You will need to take at least one week off work to fully recover; however, some people feel the need to take two weeks off work. How long you need to take off work will vary depending on what type of job you do and your level of comfort.
You will need to avoid any exercise and sexual intercourse for six weeks.
A vaginal rejuvenation is a combination of surgical procedures which enhances the aesthetic appeal and functionality of the vagina and labia.
A vaginoplasty focuses on the tightening of the cavity of the vagina. Meanwhile, a vaginal rejuvenation not only tightens the internal vaginal walls but alters the appearance of the external genitalia as well.
To have a vaginal rejuvenation, you will need to be at least 18 years old and have reasonable expectations about what the vaginal rejuvenation procedure can achieve.
You will be suitable for vaginal rejuvenation if you are unhappy with the appearance and function of your internal and external genitalia. Often this is suitable for those who have had childbirth.
You will experience some pain and discomfort, which should subside after the first few days. You can use pain medication to minimise symptoms.
You will experience some bruising and swelling, which may last one to two weeks. You can apply an ice pack to help reduce any swelling.
If you had non-dissolvable external stitches, these will be removed after one week.
You will need to take at least one week off work, however, some women prefer to take longer and will take two weeks off work.
You will need to avoid any strenuous physical exercise for at least six weeks.
You will have to wait until you are fully recovered before having sexual intercourse, which is six weeks after surgery.