It's tempting to just latch onto the buzzwords we hear in magazines. (Most of the time there's a billion dollar laser company behind it.) And so it goes with vaginal rejuvenation. But as we enter into the "final frontier" of plastic surgery--vulvovaginal surgery--we owe it to ourselves to be more specific.
Females, unlike their male counterparts, undergo a dramatic evolution in their genital anatomy over time. Also unlike men, women experience not just one (puberty), not two (pregnancy), not three (childbirth), but four (menopause) major physiological changes that dramatically affect the form and function of the vulva and vagina.
The catch all term of "vaginal rejuvenation" is wholly inadequate to describe the myriad of efforts that can be directed at restoring the vagina and surrounding tissues. As we progress in our acceptance and understanding of these undesirable changes, and as we move towards mainstream medical care for the unique changes that go along with each of these four physiological events, we must specifically describe them so that they can be named and understood.
Knowledge is power and knowledge empowers. As women and men become brave enough to move from describing changes "down there" to specific discussions of, for example, vaginal looseness, we become equipped to face the problem head on and direct specific medical care to a dramatically under-treated problem.
One such problem is vaginal laxity, or vaginal looseness, resulting from perineal tears (between the vagina and anus) and episiotomies (surgical cuts in the same area) during vaginal childbirth.
50% of all women experience a perineal tear during their first pregnancy. Half. Of. All. Women. Studies suggest that most of these women are asymptomatic, but the reality is that many women suffer from:
• a lack of mutual satisfaction during intercourse because of vaginal looseness,
• painful scarring from tears that cause dyspareunia (pain during sex), and
• insecurity about the appearance of a wide introitus (large opening)
It's not time to start the conversation. It's actually long overdue. Let's use the right words to do it.
This is a 36 year old mom of three who complained of vaginal looseness and all of the symptoms above after 3 vaginal deliveries. The before and after photos show results immediately after a perineoplasty or vaginoplasty, which tightens the vagina by repairing the perineal muscles and removing stretched, scarred, and injured perineal and vaginal tissues.