Concerns about the way your vagina looks or feels are surprisingly common, especially as natural life events such as childbirth and ageing can fundamentally change the appearance of the vagina in an adverse fashion.

The good news is that surgery can improve appearance, sensation and function of your vagina, providing safe and effective relief from the symptoms and worry that these conditions can cause.

Typical issues raised include a general lack of confidence or satisfaction due to the cosmetic look of the vaginal area, a loss of sensation/satisfaction during intercourse, stress incontinence (such as leaking urine when you sneeze) or urge incontinence (having to rush to the toilet at short notice), and vaginal prolapse – a bulge or heaviness in the vagina or lower abdomen.

Surgical solutions vary from full Vaginal Rejuvenation in which patients choose to combine this procedure with perineal surgery (correcting the area between the vagina and the rectum) and labiaplasty (reshaping and reducing the protrusion of the labia), to a simple vaginal and pelvic floor tightening in less severe cases. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 upand improve its appearance as this area is commonly stretched during a natural childbirth birth.

Whilst a vaginoplasty will tighten the internal cavity of the vagina, a vaginal rejuvenation procedure will improve various factors both internally and externally through a well considered treatment plan often to achieve a pre pregnancy state for each woman.

It is incredibly common for a woman to have concerns about the look of this area as well as its function as often a womans  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  and can affect sexual satisfaction and often cause frustration for both yourself and your partner.

Once put to sleep usually under a general anaesthetic, your surgeon will begin your surgery.  A vaginal rejuvenation operation typically takes about 2 hours (depending on the procedures to be incorporated.)  It is treated on a day case basis, meaning that you are discharged to go home a few hours after your surgery.

The procedure  is designed to tighten the vagina and is done by joining together the stretched muscle at the back of the vagina and therefore shortening it, using dissolvable stitches, and then removing excess vaginal lining and tightening the surrounding soft tissues.  The resulting decrease in the size of the vaginal cavity creates more friction during sexual intercourse, often described as giving a woman back the vagina she had before children.  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 and the external labia can be reduced in size to improve overall comfort & appearance.

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.

Any risks associated with a vaginal rejuvenationprocedure 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 rejuvenationprocedure to you in detail at your consultation.

Generally there will be swelling, soreness and some bruising after surgery which should subside in a week or two.  After a couple of days you should be able to walk around comfortably.  Your final result may be a couple of months following surgery, but you are usually able to resume sexual activity within 4-6 weeks.

Vaginal rejuvenation can combine various treatments including vaginal tightening and perineum repair (starting from £6000) and can include a labiaplasty (starting from £4000) , however often treatments can be bespoke and combined to suit your particular case. This can only be determined during a consultation with your surgeon, and following that an accurate price can be quoted

What to expect

Free Consultation with a Patient Advisor

We offer a free, no-obligation 30-60 minute consultation with one of our Patient Advisors. They will work with you to understand your objectives and the results you want to achieve, talk you through the procedure and answer any questions you may have. If you decide that you would like to proceed to the next step and see a surgeon, your Patient Advisor will be happy to arrange this for you. At this point, you will be required to pay a consultation fee. 

Surgical Consultation

The next step is for you to meet your chosen surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic. Your surgeon will use this time to make a comprehensive medical assessment of you, your condition, and your expectations before making a recommendation and personalised treatment plan for you. You will then discuss the outcomes you can expect to see and ask any questions.

The Procedure

On the day of your procedure you will be welcomed at the Cadogan Clinic by your Patient Advisor and dedicated nursing staff. Following a brief medical check, you will meet with both your surgeon and anaesthetist to run through the details of your procedure one final time and answer any last questions you may have.  

Recovery

After the procedure, you will recover in the capable hands of our aftercare team. As we are a day-case facility you can expect your recovery to be complete within 2 to 3 hours. If your surgeon is happy with your results, you will be able to be discharged from the Clinic the very same day. In some cases patients may wish to stay locally in our exclusive partner hotel the day before or after your procedure in order to be close to their surgeon. Talk to us about these options if this is for you. 

After Care & Support

Our care and support continues in the days and weeks following your procedure with our complimentary aftercare programme. This comprised of a series of appointments made with your surgeon and nursing team to monitor your progress and recovery. They will also introduce you to several scar minimization techniques and bespoke products to aid your progress. Our team are also on call to answer any questions you have around your surgery at any time you are concerned.