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Vaginal rejuvenation is a combination of surgical procedures which can effectively improve the appearance, sensation and function of your vagina and surrounding areas, including the labia and perineum. This is achieved by tightening the vaginal muscles and reducing the size of the labia.
The vagina is susceptible to many changes over the course of a woman’s life. Natural life events such as childbirth and the aging process can have a major impact on this part of the body, which may prompt a woman to feel concerned or self-conscious. There are a number of reasons for this.
A woman may feel self-conscious about the cosmetic appearance of this intimate area, particularly due to the effect of childbirth, which can cause issues like a stretched labia.The stretching of the vagina, which can happen due to childbirth and the aging process, can lead to a loss of sensation in the area, potentially impacting on a woman’s sexual satisfaction.
Other common issues include urinary incontinence and vaginal prolapse.
But vaginal rejuvenation treatment can successfully help to tackle one or all of these issues. A vaginal rejuvenation procedure may include perineal surgery, the area between the vagina and the rectum which can be damaged in childbirth, and labiaplasty, a straightforward procedure to reshape and reduce the protrusion of the labia. In less severe cases, this can include simple perineum and pelvic floor tightening.
The range of treatment options will be explained in full by your surgeon during your consultation.
Whatever your personal requirements, the Cadogan Clinic can provide the leading experts and techniques in its state-of-the-art, purpose-built, central London facility.
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Why Do People Have It?
Life changes can have a huge impact on the appearance and function of the vaginal area. A woman may choose to undergo vaginal rejuvenation surgery because she feels self-conscious about the appearance. Some patients opt for vaginal rejuvenation to enhance their sexual satisfaction.
Another common issue is stress incontinence, such as leaking urine when you sneeze, or urge incontinence, meaning you have to rush to the toilet at short notice.
Vaginal reconstruction is used to repair the physical trauma caused by childbirth, such as a damaged perineum. Childbirth and aging can also lead to vaginal prolapse – a bulge or heaviness in the vagina or lower abdomen area. Vaginal rejuvenation surgery will help to rectify all these issues.
Who Is Suitable?
Cadogan Clinic considers individuals fit for the procedure, if all of the following are true of them:
Vaginal rejuvenation surgery is a bespoke treatment, tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient. The treatment may include one or all of the following:
Vaginal rejuvenation is carried out here at the Cadogan Clinic under a general anaesthetic. A typical operation will take in the region of two hours, depending on how many procedures are being carried out.
If you are having vaginal tightening surgery (vaginoplasty), then the surgeon will join together the stretched muscle at the back of the vagina, therefore shortening it. This is kept in place using dissolvable stitches, before the excess vaginal lining is removed, tightening the surrounding soft tissues. When the muscles and ligaments in the vagina are tightened, they can then support the other internal structures including the bladder, bowel and womb (uterus). The perineum is often repaired as part of the treatment.
If the patient has opted for a labiaplasty to reduce the size of her labia, then the surgeon will use a scalpel or a laser to cut away skin from the labial lips to reduce their size or change their shape. The area is then stitched with dissolvable stitches.
Vaginal rejuvenation treatment is carried out as a day case, which means you will be allowed to go home with a friend or family member on the same day as your surgery.
A huge thank you to the Cadogan Clinic who looked after me whilst having surgery. They treated me with so much care and it was truly appreciated. The care from the nurses was wonderful, and I genuinely felt that they really cared. First class service from the start. I also had follow-up calls the day after, couldn’t ask for more. A huge thank you to all involved
I would like to thank the Cadogan Clinic and my surgeon for the outstanding job he did on my complicated and difficult surgery. Mine was an unusual case, but I could not have had a better outcome. Throughout the whole process from my first contact with the clinic I had wonderful support. Someone was always on the end of the phone, and I really appreciated the support
I could not praise the Cadogan Clinic or their fantastic staff more highly. I had a wonderful experience, am delighted with my outcome and in particular very grateful to the 24/7 nursing staff who were always on hand for any questions I had, at whatever time day or night
The Cadogan Clinic and their surgical and nursing staff were excellent throughout my experience with them. The 24/7 nursing support in particular was a huge comfort to me, and I found them extremely responsive
I had a procedure at the Cadogan Clinic. From my first consultation, my surgeon was honest, straight forward, and precise. All the details and expectations of the surgery were fully explained, along with the after care. I am still in recovery, but the results already look fantastic; they delivered on all the promises that he made to me.
I wanted to say a big thank you to the Cadogan Clinic, I am so happy with the results from my surgery. I can’t thank my patient advisor enough for being my support throughout my journey. I felt so reassured from my initial consultation with her and she followed me up closely at each stage. Would recommend highly.
I had the most amazing experience with the Cadogan Clinic. They were extremely accommodating and professional. I was a little bit hesitant to go through with it but their safety standards and professionalism put me at ease. Most importantly I am so happy with my results.
A massive thank you to the Cadogan Clinic. I am very pleased with the results from my surgery. My patient advisor was extremely organised and made me feel reassured throughout the whole experience. My surgeon was excellent and so was the Clinic team - I could not have asked for a better service
Complications are unlikely. That said, as with all surgery, some complications are possible, your surgeon will discuss each of these risks comprehensively at your consultation.
Our Surgical Patient Advisor, Ellie, answers our patients most frequently asked questions.
WHAT IS A VAGINAL REJUVENATION?
Vaginal Rejuvenation is a combination of surgical procedures which aim to tighten both the internal vaginal muscles and the perineum to help improve overall tone, strength and control-enhancing your sensitivity and sexual experience. In conjunction with this, it deals with the aesthetics of the external labia to neaten up and improve its appearance as this area is commonly stretched during a natural childbirth birth.
What are the benefits of VAGINAL REJUVENATION?
There are a number of benefits to vaginal rejuvenation surgery.
As mentioned before, vaginal rejuvenation is a bespoke treatment, made up of a combination of one or more different surgeries. So you will need to decide what you hope to achieve with vaginal rejuvenation surgery. Book a consultation with one of our expert surgeons to discuss your treatment and let us help you to achieve your body goals.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VAGINAL REJUVENATION AND VAGINOPLASTY?
A vaginoplasty, otherwise known as vaginal tightening, is a single procedure which will tighten the internal cavity of the vagina, improving laxity and enhancing sexual sensation.
Vaginal rejuvenation surgery is made up of a combination of different treatments, including vaginoplasty, labiaplasty and perineum and pelvic floor repair, which together will help to improve the look and function both internally and externally.
Depending on what you hope to achieve, you may undergo some or all of these procedures as part of your vaginal rejuvenation treatment. A well-considered treatment plan can often achieve the return to a pre-childbirth state for each woman.
AM I A SUITABLE CANDIDATE FOR VAGINAL REJUVENATION SURGERY?
It is incredibly common for a woman to have concerns about the look of this area as well as its function as often a woman's vaginal muscles lose tone as part of the ageing process, or after childbirth and this can cause much embarrassment, discomfort, loss of sensitivity or friction during sexual intercourse, often resulting in frustration.
If you are bothered by the appearance and function of your vagina, due to childbirth, age or for any other reason, if you are physically and psychologically fit and healthy and have realistic expectations of what can be achieved by surgery, then you are considered a suitable candidate for vaginal rejuvenation treatment.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR THE VAGINAL REJUVENATION SURGERY?
During your consultation your surgeon will advise you to stop smoking, drinking and/or taking aspirin or certain other medications prior to your surgery as this can affect or slow down the healing process. Your surgeon will discuss this with you at length and guide you as to when would be suggested to resume taking these.
WHAT RISKS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH VAGINAL REJUVENATION SURGERY?
Any risks associated with a vaginal rejuvenation procedure are similar to that of any other surgical procedure that involves a general anaesthetic. Apart from possible bleeding and infection which is not common, there are no specific risks to be concerned about but your surgeon will explain the vaginal rejuvenation procedure to you in detail at your consultation.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER AFTER VAGINAL REJUVENATION?
It takes six weeks to fully recover from vaginal rejuvenation, as long as you follow all the aftercare advice issued by your surgeon.
Generally there will be swelling, soreness and some bruising in your intimate area after surgery. This should subside in a week or two. After a couple of days you should be able to walk around comfortably.
Strenuous exercise and sexual activity should be avoided until four to six weeks after surgery. Do not try and rush into these activities before your body has had a chance to fully heal.
Your final result may take a couple of months to fully settle.
IS VAGINAL REJUVENATION PAINFUL? WHAT DOWNTIME CAN I EXPECT?
Patients will undergo this procedure under general anaesthetic so you will feel no pain during surgery. After your procedure is complete, any pain or discomfort you may experience will be controlled effectively with medication provided by your surgeon and will usually subside within a few days.
You may experience some mild discomfort, swelling and some bruising, but this will usually disappear completely after 1-2 weeks. Most stitches will be dissolvable so you won't experience any discomfort – any to be removed will be done so at your 1 week post operative wound care appointment with a specialist nurse. Many of our patients return to work after one week but you will be advised that you may require two weeks. You must refrain from exercise and sexual intercourse until fully healed (around 6 weeks).
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