What Is Vaginal Rejuvenation?

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Vaginoplasty, or vaginal rejuvenation, is a surgical procedure to tighten the vaginal muscles to improve the appearance and size of the vaginal opening. After childbirth, the muscles of the vagina become stretched. Although there are no standards of beauty when it comes to the vagina, some women feel that their sex lives would improve if their vagina was rejuvenated, according to Sex Info Online at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Why Vaginoplasty?

A woman may choose to seek vaginoplasty to correct the stretched musculature of the vagina after childbirth, but the vaginal muscles also stretch with age. Problems with incontinence after childbirth could be corrected with this procedure as well. Overall, most women seek vaginoplasty to improve their sex life. Some women are concerned about the tightness and appearance of the vagina and their ability to sexually satisfy their partner, according to Sex Info Online at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Procedure

The procedure consists of removing excess vaginal tissue and tightening the vaginal muscles. Using laser surgery methods, the procedure takes one to two hours with an additional one required for recovery. If you are considering this procedure, it is advisable to seek a board certified cosmetic surgeon, according to Sex Info Online.

Recovery

After the procedure, the vaginal tissue will be painful. Healing will require at least six to eight weeks. If infection occurs, healing will be prolonged. Most women can return to work within three days, and you will be required to see the surgeon four additional times to monitor your recovery progress, says Sex Info Online.

Complications

Cosmetic surgery to improve the look or feel of the vagina does not serve any medical benefit. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists warns women to seriously consider their decision before undergoing vaginoplasty. The procedure has not been proved to improve sex life or sexual experience. In fact, if the vaginal muscles are tightened too much, sex can become painful. Surgery could cause nerve damage, decreasing sexual sensation. Scarring, infection and incontinence could also occur, according to Sex Info Online and the Georgia Department of Community Health.

Cost

In the United States in 2010, vaginoplasty can cost between $3,500 and $8,000, according to Sex Info Online.

Alternative

To improve the strength of the vaginal musculature without surgery, try Kegel exercises. To perform Kegel exercises, empty the bladder, then tighten the pelvic floor muscles and hold for 10 seconds. Imagine tightening the muscles that would also stop the flow of urine. Relax the muscles and contract again for 10 seconds. Perform three sets of 10 repetitions, three times per day, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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