For women looking to improve their appearance, vaginal rejuvenation is a procedure that can restore everything from reproductive vitality to sexual self-confidence. It's important to note, however, that this term does not refer to a single procedure. Instead, it's an all-encompassing label that refers to several different treatments, each targeting different types of vaginal-related complaints.

Patients may also sometimes hear this type of surgery referred to as female genital plastic surgery, female genital rejuvenation surgery, female genital cosmetic surgery, and vulvovaginal plastic surgery. All these terms refer to the same type of care.

In addition to being able to address a multitude of issues, vaginal rejuvenation can help patients with different goals for their body and health. So while some women undergo a procedure for cosmetic reasons, others look into it in the hopes of resolving a medical issue affecting their sex life, bathroom habits, and more. 

No matter your reason for considering vaginal rejuvenation, rest assured that you are in good hands when visiting with Dr. Capone. With 35 years of experience in plastic and reconstructive procedures, he offers services at the Shadyside Surgi-Center on Centre Avenue in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Call us today or use our online appointment tool to effortlessly schedule a consultation with Dr. Capone today!

What is Vaginal Rejuvenation?

"Vaginal rejuvenation" refers to several different corrective and/or cosmetic procedures for female genitalia. Most commonly, it refers to the following types of surgeries:

  • Labiaplasty - a plastic surgery procedure that reduces the length of the labia minora, i.e. the folds of skin surrounding the vulva.
  • Clitoral Hood Reduction - A procedure often performed alongside a labiaplasty, used to reduce the presence of excess tissue surrounding the clitoral hood.
  • Labia majoraplasty - a procedure designed to surgically reduce the size of the outer, hair-bearing labia majora, i.e. part of the folds of skin surrounding the human vulva.
  • Monsplasty - a procedure designed to reduce bulging of the mons, i.e. the upper part of the hair-bearing part of the vulva.

Why do women undergo Vaginal Rejuvenation?

Most women look into this procedure for cosmetic reasons, wanting to restore their body to a more youthful appearance. That’s because, over time, the outer appearance of their reproductive system will experience age-related changes, just like other parts of their body. Additionally, the extra strain of childbirth can cause stretching of tissues and separation of muscles in the vaginal area. These changes can also affect a woman’s body in major ways, making a woman feel insecure about her new appearance.

Even if a woman is not interested in adjusting her physical appearance, however, these procedures can also be carried out to correct age-related health problems. These include the painful side effects sometimes experienced when a post-birth labia minora twists or tugs when a woman goes about her daily routine.

Who is an ideal candidate for Vaginal Rejuvenation?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the ideal candidate for vaginal rejuvenation is a woman in good health who has one or more of the following concerns:

  • The contours of her genital structures have become stretched out.
  • She experiences soreness or pain with sexual activity or exercise.
  • Her sensation during intercourse has been significantly reduced after having children.
  • She wishes to improve the contour or appearance of her genitals.

What is the best way to prepare for Vaginal Rejuvenation?

As with any plastic surgery procedure, the first step is to seek a consultation for your needs. Because “vaginal rejuvenation” covers and includes a very wide range of procedures, which can be performed in various combinations, patients will need to discuss expectations and preparation for their specific surgery with their doctor.

As part of your preparation, you should ask about the following:

  • what you can do to maximize your results
  • details of the procedures and recommendations for the best ones to help you reach your goals
  • what the risks of a procedure are
  • how complications are handled
  • how the procedure will affect your sex life
  • how childbirth may affect your results post-op
  • and any other questions that come to mind during your consultations

What can be expected after Vaginal Rejuvenation?

Recovery time will ultimately depend on the type of surgery a patient undergoes. The following are some general guidelines on the most common procedures and their recovery times:

  • After undergoing labiaplasty or labia majoraplasty (perhaps with a simultaneous clitorial good reduction), many patients take a few days off of work. During their recovery, they also use icing techniques to reduce swelling and pain of the surgical site. Women should also avoid wearing tampons or having intercourse for four to six weeks after their procedure.
  • After undergoing monsplasty, patients should expect about a week of recovery time. Their physical activity will be restricted for two weeks, depending on the extensiveness of their procedure. 

How long does it take to see results after Vaginal Rejuvenation?

While physical changes will be achieved immediately post-op, patients may not see the full physical extent of a procedure until their recovery, is complete. Patients must give their bodies time to heal, i.e. allow redness and swelling to dissipate, before appreciating the true results of their procedure.

Need Help?

If you still have questions about whether vaginal rejuvenation is right for you, reach out to our office! Our staff are ready to help you evaluate your options and make a decision regarding your surgery needs. Call us at 412.363.6626 or use the convenient online appointment booking tool to get in touch with us. Betsy, our Patient Coordinator and our team of care experts are happy to do a FREE CONSULTATION with you to understand your needs and help you figure out your next steps