Vaginal rejuvenation is a general term that is used to describe procedures that are designed to improve the appearance of the female genital region. The external female genitalia are composed of two primary areas: the inner labia minora and the outer labia majora.
Changes that occur to these areas include stretching and thinning of the tissue, loss of volume in the labia majora as well as alteration to the local pigmentation of the skin. These changes may be seen in early adulthood but are more commonly noticed with aging or following the vaginal delivery of babies.
Occasionally, the stretching of the tissue may result in discomfort and local irritation.
What is involved in the surgery?
The most common procedure is a labia reduction which involves removal of a small amount of redundant tissue leaving a more tapered and smooth edge to the labia minora. If there is loss of fullness in the outer labia majora, procedures such as fat injection may be suggested.
These procedures are usually performed under a short general anaesthetic on a day surgery basis. Most women return to normal activity within a few days however heavy physical activity should be avoided for a full month.
What results can I expect?
Benefits from surgery to the labia may include:
- Increased comfort wearing tight clothing
- Less discomfort with sexual activity
- Improved self confidence
- Decrease in local rubbing and irritation
Risks and Complications
Surgery to rejuvenate the labia is usually quite predictable. Risks and complications are rare and may include minor asymmetry, a change in sensation, delayed areas of healing or infection. This will be discussed with you in detail at the time of your consultation.