As having cosmetic procedures becomes more normalized in our society, more and more people (especially women) are getting things done. And these procedures don’t stop with wrinkles and nose jobs. The number of vaginal rejuvenation procedures has increased by 44% in just one year.
A UK study also showed that interest in vaginal rejuvenation has increased by a whopping 109%. So, a lot of people are interested in this procedure. But there are a lot of questions people want answered before undergoing a procedure on such an intimate part of their body.
What does this procedure entail? Is it safe? Is it painful? What are the benefits of this procedure? Is it expensive?
We are going to answer all of this and more in this article. If you’ve ever been the slightest bit curious about the “facelift for your junk,” as it’s colloquially known, then keep reading.
What Is Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Vaginal rejuvenation is a general term for a type of plastic surgery technique performed on the outer parts of the vagina. Usually, it refers to a few different procedures performed at one time, which can include any (or all) of the following:
- Labiaplasty (reduction of labia minora)
- Clitoral hood reduction
- Vaginoplasty (vaginal tightening)
- Labia majoraplasty (reduction of outer labia)
Some, or all, of these procedures can be performed during a vaginal rejuvenation procedure. This procedure is performed with both surgical and non-surgical techniques.
During a surgical vaginal rejuvenation, you will be put under anesthesia. The various surgical techniques you’ve discussed with your doctor will be performed while you’re under.
The stitches put in will dissolve in a matter of weeks, and many people find that they are able to walk and do normal activities just days after surgery.
Recently, there’s been a rise of using lasers as a non-surgical option for some parts of the vaginal rejuvenation procedure.
The non-surgical technique is sometimes called Femilift or a Thermiva rejuvenation procedure. This method uses lasers to cut through the outer skin layers as well as inducing collagen production. This will result in tighter and stronger skin.
You can learn more about this type of procedure on the Elna Sexual Wellness website.
Benefits of Vaginal Rejuvenation
For what’s thought of as a purely cosmetic procedure, there are actually many benefits to vaginal rejuvenation.
Let’s start with what most people think of when they think of this procedure: the cosmetic benefits.
We did start this off saying that there’s more to this procedure than aesthetic. That being said, we don’t want to undercut the importance of this aspect for many women. Many women feel uncomfortable with the size of their labia, so much so that it impacts their self-esteem.
Having low confidence in the appearance of genitals can impact not only mental health, but sexual health as well. Women with less genital confidence orgasm less and are less satisfied during sex.
Reducing the size of the labia or performing a vaginal tightening procedure can help women feel more comfortable with themselves.
Besides feeling more comfortable emotionally, many people report that reducing the size of the labia and/or tightening the vagina is more comfortable physically.
Women with large labia can experience uncomfortable chafing or bunching. A reduction of the size can make wearing certain types of clothes and underwear much more comfortable.
Sometimes age, childbirth, and other factors can lead to the vagina feeling “looser”. This can lead to:
- Loss of sensation during penetrative sex
- Lack of sexual pleasure
- Leaking urine/gas
- Contact urges to pee
- Pain during sex
Stimulating collagen production with this procedure will make the vaginal opening and canal feel tighter. and elasticity of the muscles will improve. This can prevent or erase the symptoms of a “loose” vagina.
Increase Sensation and Pleasure
There are also claims that vaginal rejuvenation can enhance pleasure and sensation in the vagina. The increase in confidence that women feel when they get this procedure could account for an increase in sexual satisfaction.
But, there’s some evidence to suggest that a vaginal rejuvenation procedure can physically improve sexual pleasure as well. Clitoral unhooding exposes more of the clitoris for stimulation. This can increase overall pleasure.
You can also get G-spot amplification by having collagen injected around the area of the G-spot. This could also increase sexual satisfaction.
Tighter vaginal walls will also allow for more contact during penetrative sex. This can increase sensation and pleasure as well.
There are also medical reasons why people undergo vaginal rejuvenation. Some conditions that can be helped, or even cured, by vaginal rejuvenation techniques include:
- Urinary incontinence
- Vaginal tearing from childbirth
- Bladder and/or rectal prolapse
If you need this procedure because of a medical reason, you may be able to have it covered by insurance.
All these benefits sound great, but most women are worried about the recovery process after a procedure like this on such a sensitive and intimate area.
We’ve got good news for you: the recovery for this procedure is easy compared to other types of surgeries. One woman said that this was the easiest plastic surgery she’s ever had to recover from.
The first few days after surgery you can experience mild to moderate pain and discomfort, but it can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen. You can walk at all times post-surgery, and you’ll probably only have to take a few days off of work.
The Basics of Vaginal Rejuvenation: Wrapping Up
The term “vaginal rejuvenation” refers to a number of different procedures that can be performed on the vagina. Depending on your needs and what you discuss with your doctor, you could have every possible option done, or perhaps just one of them.
Hopefully, this article helped answer any questions and calmed any anxieties you might’ve had about this procedure. Once you realize how common this procedure is and how safe and effective it is for so many women, your potential prejudices about it begin to fade away.