Too many women are living with problems ‘down there’ that are causing them discomfort and embarrassment, not knowing that there are a number of cosmetic procedures available to assist them.

Whether it’s lax vaginal muscles or enlarged labia, there are advanced treatment options available for this. If you’ve been considering vaginal rejuvenation surgery, you might be wondering what type of procedure is right for you. Vaginoplasty and labiaplasty might seem similar but they are used to achieve two different things – these are the differences.

Labiaplasty Basics

Also known as inner lip reduction, labiaplasty focuses on reducing the size or changing the shape of the small lips on the outside of the vagina. Women who have large or irregular labia minora that is causing irritation and discomfort on a day-to-day basis will benefit from this procedure. In some instances, women undergo this procedure for aesthetic reasons alone.

During the procedure, a surgeon such as Dr Perron will make small incisions and remove any excess tissue before closing up the incisions with dissolving sutures. Since the clitoris is unaffected, sexual sensation will be unaffected too.

Vaginoplasty Basics

While labiaplasty focuses on the labia minora, vaginoplasty is designed to tighten the vaginal canal and opening, which has stretched as a result of childbirth or age. Patients report a heightened level of sexual satisfaction following this procedure.

During the surgery, small incisions are made in the skin around the vagina, after which strong sutures will be used to tighten the muscles and tissues within the canal of the vagina. The sutures pull the separated muscles together so that the opening and canal are smaller and tighter.

After the Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedure

The recovery after a vaginoplasty and labiaplasty are very similar. You may feel slightly drowsy after the anaesthetic and there will be some slight pain and discomfort for a few days. Patients are able to return to light activities 24 hours after their procedure but any sexual intercourse should be avoided for at least 1.5 to 2 months.

Other Vaginal Rejuvenation Options

Along with labiaplasty and vaginoplasty, there are a few other vaginal rejuvenation options available:

  • Clitoral hood reduction. Often performed in conjunction with labiaplasty, clitoral hood reduction removes excess skin over the clitoris, resulting in a smoother and tighter hood.
  • Hymen repair surgery. The hymen can also be reconstructed with the help of an experienced surgeon who will bring the hymenal ring membranes back together.
  • Vaginal laser resurfacing. Women who want to improve the colour or quality of the skin on the labia, perineum or clitoral hood would benefit from vaginal laser resurfacing. It can also tighten certain problem areas.
  • G-spot enhancement surgery. To improve sexual satisfaction, the erogenous area inside the vaginal opening can be enlarged, making it more sensitive to pressure during intercourse.

While vaginal rejuvenation can be a sensitive topic, with the help of the right surgeon, you can experience more confidence, comfort and greater sexual satisfaction as a woman.