Undergoing plastic surgery on your genitals can be daunting. You probably have a ton of questions about the procedure and what to expect. Our team here at DiGeronimo MD Advanced Plastic Surgery wants to put you at ease and in the know when it comes to vaginal rejuvenation.
Vaginal rejuvenation is a broad term that encompasses multiple different vaginal procedures. Each procedure involves a different area of the vagina and yields different results. This umbrella term includes clitoral hood reduction, labiaplasty, labia majoraplasty, monsplasty, and vaginoplasty.
When the clitoral hood has excess folds, they can create a “top-heavy” look, or even the appearance of a bulge. Undergoing a clitoral hood reduction can get rid of that bulge and restore balance to the appearance of your vagina. This procedure is often done in concurrence with a labiaplasty, in order to further ensure a balanced appearance.
Being the most popular vaginal rejuvenation procedure, labiaplasty shortens the length of the labia minora, or the inner lips of your vagina. There are many reasons why women opt into getting labiaplasty, including self-consciousness associated with the appearance of their labia minora, discomfort during intercourse, irritation, itching, twisting, or tugging. This procedure can be performed on one or both labia, but is most often performed on both to ensure symmetry and comfort.
The outer hair-bearing lips of your vagina are called the labia majora, and are what this vaginal rejuvenation procedure focuses on. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your labia majora, or they cause you discomfort when doing certain activities due to their size, you may consider getting a labia majoraplasty. Women who have just given birth often look to labia majoraplasty, as the labia tend to grow during pregnancy.
The mons is the upper part of the hair-bearing part of your vagina. For some women, excess skin or fat is present in the mons, creating a bulge. Depending on what’s causing the bulge, your plastic surgeon removes the excess skin or fat, leaving you with renewed confidence.
Women may experience vaginal laxity, or looseness, after giving birth. This looseness is caused by the vaginal muscles separating and tissues stretching, and can lead to sexual dysfunction. During a vaginoplasty, a board-certified plastic surgeon moves the vaginal muscles back together and removes extra skin to restore vaginal tightness.
For less severe cases of vaginal laxity, there’s a noninvasive treatment involving heating the vaginal tissues to restore tightness.
Each procedure requires one to two weeks of down time. Most patients can get back to their regular routine by then, though certain physical restrictions may remain in place for six to eight weeks, depending on which procedure was performed. Swelling can take up to six months to fully disappear.
Deciding on whether or not to undergo vaginal rejuvenation is very personal, and each case is unique. Whether you’re still unsure or you’re ready to make a change, Dr. Ernest DiGeronimo and the rest of our team at DiGeronimo MD Advanced Plastic Surgery are here to make you feel comfortable and confident in your choice. Give our Miami, Florida, office a call to book your consultation with Dr. DiGeronimo, or request an appointment online.