18 Jun What It’s Like To Have A Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedure
Are you scheduled to have a vaginal rejuvenation procedure done soon? This procedure, though very helpful in the long run, can seem daunting at first. Click here to learn everything you can expect during the procedure. You can also get a sense of what recovery will be like.
It’s no secret that our bodies change as we age. But you might be surprised to learn about all the changes your vagina goes through and why.
If you’ve been living with incontinence, vaginal dryness or other issues, a vaginal rejuvenation might be the cure you’ve been looking for.
Continue reading and we’ll tell you all about this widely popular procedure. Find out if it’s right for you, learn about the risks, and more right here.
What is Vaginal Rejuvenation?
A vaginal rejuvenation or a vaginoplasty is a procedure designed to tighten a vagina that’s lost some of its laxity. The lack of laxity usually comes after the muscles have separated or the tissues have become overstretched.
Childbirth, a weak pelvic floor, menopause, and physical trauma are just a few of the reasons this may happen. The end result of vaginal rejuvenation is a tighter vaginal canal.
There are many misconceptions that follow vaginal rejuvenation surgery. So that you’re aware of what you’ve signed up for, we want to set some of these rumors straight.
Untrue beliefs about vaginal rejuvenation surgery are:
It’s Unnecessary and Purely Cosmetic
No, vaginal rejuvenation isn’t a life-saving surgery. However, it can help women lead happier more comfortable lives. We’ll explain the reasons women have vaginal rejuvenation later in the article.
It’s Often Confused with Other Surgeries
Many people don’t realize that vaginal rejuvenation is only a surgery that tightens the vagina, it gets mistaken for other surgeries a lot. They include:
Labiaplasty– Allows women to change the size and or shape of their labia
Clitoral Hood Reduction Surgery- Reduces the size of your clitoral hood
G-Spot Amplification (G-Shot)- The G-spot is injected with collagen to cause it to swell and become easier to find
Vaginal Rejuvenation is Permanent
Before rejuvenation, women are encouraged to think about whether they will want to have children in the future. The reason is, childbirth (even c-sections) cause vaginal changes that can potentially undo what’s been done.
Additionally, significant changes in weight, both losing and gaining it, can affect a completed procedure. This applies to surgery and non-invasive methods like FemLift.
How Can You Benefit From It?
Vaginal rejuvenation offers relief from ailments that significantly impact women’s lives. If you suffer from a leaky bladder, a birth defect, or tears and tissue damage this procedure can help you.
A leaky bladder is more formally known as urinary incontinence. It’s more common in women than men.
Factors that can cause this leakage are trauma during childbirth, age, weak or overactive bladder muscles, and nerve damage. Diagnosis can involve various levels of testing like an ultrasound, cystoscopy, urinalysis, and a bladder stress test.
When the vaginal tissue is tightened, it gives better support to the bladder. This is how vaginal rejuvenation can offer a solution.
Some baby girls are born without a vagina or one that isn’t long enough, or malformed. In these cases, certain types of vaginal rejuvenation can give them to live lives where they fit in with their peers.
These surgeries allow them the ability to urinate, menstruate, and have sex normally as they age.
Tears and Tissue Damage
Tears, tissue damage, and scarring aren’t abnormal in women who have experienced multiple childbirths or troublesome pregnancies. These injuries can cause several problems, including painful intercourse.
Vaginal rejuvenation can repair damages to give you a vagina that once again functions as it should.
What Are the Risks and Side Effects?
When choosing where to have your vaginal rejuvenation, going to a qualified doctor will minimize risks and ease your own pre-surgery jitters. Always have an open dialogue with your doctor and ask questions.
You should know how often they perform the surgery, their success rate, how they’ll handle complications, and if there is a non-surgical option present to give you the outcome you’re seeking.
Some women who have vaginal rejuvenation end up with:
More pain than before, including during intercourse
Lack of sexual satisfaction
Damage to the bowel or bladder
These risks are rare and are sometimes results of poor aftercare. Make sure you’re following the aftercare instructions.
Notify your doctor right away if a problem does arise.
What is the Surgical Process Like?
Preparing yourself for surgery can easily become a daunting and nerve-wracking task. Especially if you’re one of the many people with a general fear of anesthesia, needles, and all things medical.
Though the vulnerability can become unsettling, sometimes knowing what typically happens during a procedure can make you feel more comfortable.
Because surgery can be very stressful on your body, you will want to make sure you’re treating it well before surgery. Eat healthy foods, get plenty of rest, and exercise to keep your energy up.
Have someone you trust on call for support. They should be able to drive you to and from surgery and help you during recovery because you won’t be able to jump back into your normal routine right away.
Your doctor will also give you specific information to prepare your body’s specific needs. This can be telling you to refrain from a medication you’ve been taking that might be dangerous at this time.
Before your surgeon begins to operate on your vagina, they will do a bowel prep. This is to remove the feces from the colon to avoid infections. Bowel prep is usually only necessary when your colon or an area near it is getting operated on.
During the procedure, your doctor will pull the lateral walls or the levator ani muscles in your vagina to the center of the vaginal floor. This pulling narrows the vagina as a whole.
Afterward, they will need to tighten your vaginal opening which is accomplished by entering a small probe into your vagina. The probe uses radio frequency to heat the tissue which doesn’t just tighten the tissue, it encourages the growth of new collagen and elastin.
Because vaginal rejuvenation surgery is performed under general anesthesia, you won’t feel anything while your doctor is working. Most patients don’t experience pain while they’re recovering, but everyone’s body and surgery are different. If you’ve had to have more work done than someone else, it’s possible you’ll feel more pain than her.
The surgery can take 1 hour. Two hours max.
Once the anesthesia wears off, you can be up and walking the same day of your surgery. But you still need to be careful. For the first 6 weeks, you shouldn’t have sex or use tampons, avoid swimming and baths, and don’t do any heavy lifting.
You should be able to go back to work within 3-4 days if you’re healing properly and don’t have a physically taxing job. You should also wear loose, cotton underwear and avoid skinny jeans and other bottoms that are tight on your lower body.
You will have a follow-up visit 4-6 weeks after surgery. This allows your doctor to assess how you’ve healed and answer questions you may have. They will also tell you if it’s alright resume activities you had to stop during recovery.
Not all cases are extreme enough to require surgery. For those, you have many non-invasive treatment options available.
The benefits of non-invasive procedures are decreased downtime, less risk of infection, and avoiding anesthesia. FemiLift works by using lasers to stimulate your body’s natural production of collagen and elastin.
These proteins make your skin feel more youthful. And as the proteins continue to grow, your vaginal tissue will righten.
With this procedure, you will require 3 doctor’s visits before you can benefit from long-lasting improvement. However, you should begin to see or feel the results increase from one treatment to the other.
Although it’s a safe treatment, FemiLift isn’t for pregnant women.
If you’d like to avoid the doctor’s office altogether, kegels, vaginal cones, and pelvic tilt exercises are natural ways to can help strengthen and tighten the vagina. However, they aren’t as powerful as vaginal rejuvenation.
Vaginal Rejuvenation Covered by Insurance?
Because it is considered to be elective, most insurance plans won’t cover your vaginal rejuvenation. You can run into the same conclusion if you’re considering another procedure, like a labiaplasty.
Since there are some instances where the surgery is medically necessary, speak to your insurance company for clarification regarding your plan. Also, ask your surgeon about payment options and plans.
Although prices vary by location, the standard is $8,000-$10,000.
You don’t have to live with dissatisfaction from your body. Vaginal rejuvenation can help you restore your confidence and feminity.
It’s a safe way to relieve a plethora of ailments like vaginal dryness, decreased sexual desire, urinary incontinence, and vaginal atrophy. Schedule a consultation today to see how we can help you.