With the rising popularity of cosmetic surgery in the U.S., the taboo surrounding elective procedures has, for the most part, disappeared. One exception, however, is with cosmetic vaginal procedures. While most women — and men — are relatively comfortable talking about breast augmentation, tummy tucks, and other cosmetic surgeries, a discussion about vaginal rejuvenation or labiaplasty can be difficult and is often met with significant hesitation. Because of this, many women considering vaginal rejuvenation are not fully educated on the specifics of the procedure, leading to many misconceptions and fears.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi and the exceptional medical team at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, are committed to providing the highest level of patient care, beginning with education. During an initial consultation, Dr. Kelishadi will take time to carefully evaluate your individual case, discuss your personal concerns and goals, answer all of your questions, and recommend a course of action that will best fit your needs. In determining whether vaginal rejuvenation is right for you, it is important to first understand how the procedure works and what to expect. Arguably more critical is knowing the difference between some of the most common myths and truths about vaginal rejuvenation, outlined here:
1. Myth: Vaginal rejuvenation is only beneficial for postmenopausal women.
Truth: Women of almost any age can realize physical, emotional, and lifestyle benefits from a vaginal rejuvenation procedure. While it is true that the procedure is most often performed on women who have gone through menopause to address vaginal dryness, vaginal looseness, and sexual dysfunction, there are a variety of reasons younger women may also benefit from nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation. These include:
Vaginal looseness due to childbirth
Incontinence caused by decreased bladder support
Vaginal dryness due to hormonal conditions
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, let Dr. Kelishadi and the caring team at SSK Plastic Surgery evaluate your case and explain more about how vaginal rejuvenation treatment may help improve your quality of life.
2. Myth: The procedure is a complex, difficult, and painful surgery.
Truth: Vaginal rejuvenation at SSK Plastic Surgery is actually a completely noninvasive, painless, and relatively quick procedure that requires little to no downtime and boasts overwhelmingly high patient satisfaction rates. Treatment sessions typically last approximately 30 minutes, and patients often go straight from our office back to work or their daily routine.
Unlike the vaginoplasty procedures that were popular many years ago, modern-day vaginal rejuvenation requires no incisions and no anesthesia, relying instead on an intravaginal wand to deliver radiofrequency that stimulates the vaginal muscles and boosts natural collagen production. As a result, patients will ultimately realize a restored tightness in the vaginal vault, a more lubricated vaginal area, and increased bladder support, among other results. The combination of these benefits can lead to a more enjoyable sex life, a decrease in incontinence (bladder leakage), and an overall boost in self-confidence.
3. Myth: Vaginal rejuvenation results are immediate.
Truth: Vaginal rejuvenation patients may have a slightly different physical sensation immediately following the procedure — often citing a feeling of vaginal tightness — but the full results of the treatment can take several months to be realized. In most cases, patients require an average of 1 – 3 treatment sessions to achieve their ideal outcome, but many women report a dramatic improvement in their symptoms just a few weeks after their first treatment.
4. Myth: The main reason to undergo the treatment is for your partner’s pleasure.
Truth: Both the partner and the patient will experience significant benefits from vaginal rejuvenation treatment. The professional and discreet medical team at SSK Plastic Surgery is dedicated to helping patients address their concerns and achieve their goals with each and every procedure. They will work with you to develop a treatment plan that best meets your needs.
While vaginal rejuvenation treatment can improve vaginal laxity and increase vaginal tightness, both of which may improve a partner’s sexual experience, it is important to remember that the procedure can also help with vaginal dryness and decreased vaginal sensation, enhancing the patient’s own experience.
5. Myth: It’s a selfish and superficial procedure to want.
Truth: You should never feel selfish when it comes to your health or self-confidence. Vaginal rejuvenation treatment can unequivocally improve a patient’s quality of life in many ways. Whether the procedure corrects vaginal laxity, stops your bladder leakage, improves your sex life, or other benefits, vaginal rejuvenation is a worthwhile and beneficial option for women who are struggling with a wide variety of symptoms.
The last myth to contemplate is that vaginal rejuvenation is a routine treatment that can be performed in any office by any provider. As with any procedure, it is imperative that patients select a highly qualified, licensed, and experienced professional to perform vaginal rejuvenation. The providers at SSK Plastic Surgery have performed numerous vaginal rejuvenation procedures and continue to provide meticulous, focused, and individualized care.
To learn more about how vaginal rejuvenation can help you, call our Newport Beach, CA, office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Sean Kelishadi.