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Historically, women’s intimate concerns went largely unmet within the field of gynecology. In recent years, several different procedures have been developed to help women feel more confident and comfortable. Today, we routinely perform procedures including vaginal rejuvenation and labiaplasty to correct changes that have resulted from childbirth and aging. Some of these procedures are surgical and some are not. Understandably, this area of aesthetic medicine can be confusing to navigate. Here, we discuss details to prevent this.
What is Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Vaginal atrophy and loosening is a natural byproduct of childbirth and aging. The relaxation of the vaginal canal may relate in part to stretching and also to hormones and the loss of collagen and elastin in connective tissues. Without sufficient vaginal lubrication, elasticity, and muscle tone, a woman’s sexual responses may wane. Vaginal rejuvenation procedures correct looseness and weakness so a higher degree of stimulation can occur.
Vaginal rejuvenation may be performed surgically or nonsurgically. Surgical vaginal tightening is a one- to two-hour outpatient procedure performed under anesthesia. During surgery, Dr. Ong tightens and trims tissue, resulting in a more narrow vaginal canal. Nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation is an in-office procedure that requires no anesthesia and no downtime. This method works by delivering thermal energy into the vaginal lining, stimulating collagen constriction and the production of new collagen and elastin fibers. There are benefits to each type of vaginal tightening procedure. A consultation with Dr. Ong can help you determine which approach is best for you.
What is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a procedure that sculpts and reshapes the labia, the external pieces of tissue at the opening of the vagina. No labia are considered “abnormal.” However, the size and shape of a woman’s genitalia can cause physical and emotional discomfort. For example, labia that are quite long may get pinched or pulled during sexual intercourse. On a cosmetic level, large labia can be visible in certain types of clothing.
Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure in which strategic incisions are made in the labia minora or labia majora. A small amount of tissue is trimmed to reshape the labia to appear smaller and more symmetrical. In some cases, thermal energy can be used to perform nonsurgical labia reshaping.
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