Choosing the Right Cosmetic Procedures

What Should Every Woman Know About Non-Surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation?

If you have concerns about your vagina's appearance, you're not alone—a recent survey revealed that nearly half of all American women were dissatisfied with their vagina's appearance. Others' concerns go more than skin deep, with around a third of women surveyed indicating that they would change something about their vagina if they could. With so many women seeking a change, it's no wonder that vaginal rejuvenation procedures like labiaplasty have skyrocketed over the last decade. 

But what if you're interested in a change that's a little less invasive? Do you have any options short of surgery? Read on to learn more about the non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments available. 

What Does Non-Surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation Include?

As women go through pregnancy and childbirth, especially those who have more than one child, their vaginas may stretch, resulting in "vaginal laxity." And during menopause, the hormonal changes associated with this period of life can reduce vaginal lubrication and further contribute to a stretchy or loose feeling. Vaginal laxity can affect your enjoyment of sexual intercourse, so seeking out treatment options early in the process can improve the odds of returning your vagina to its youthful state. 

Surgical vaginal rejuvenation is essentially a "facelift" for the vagina, as surgeons remove extra tissue and tighten the vaginal walls. But similar results can be achieved through the use of surgical lasers that heat up the vaginal tissues, boosting collagen production. This treatment option has been peer-reviewed and is shown to have a profound effect as compared with a placebo. And because the laser boosts blood flow to the vaginal walls, it can also increase natural lubrication for women struggling with vaginal dryness. 

Who Is a Good Candidate for This Treatment? 

Vaginal rejuvenation generally isn't a good idea if you're planning to have more children within the next couple of years. Because childbirth can lead to vaginal laxity, getting pregnant after either a surgical or non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation can run the risk of undoing all your results and making future treatments less effective. 

But if you're generally in good health and have educated yourself on the potential side effects of this treatment, like temporary sensitivity and an increase in vaginal discharge for a week or so following the procedure, you may be a good candidate for this treatment. Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation isn't permanent, however; like other non-surgical cosmetic treatments like Botox or facial fillers, you'll need to have it "touched up" once or twice a year.